William Sylvester



Place of birth:

Oakland, California, USA:


William Sylvester (January 31, 1922 – January 25, 1995) was an American TV and film actor. His most famous film credit was Dr. Heywood Floyd in Stanley Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968). Born in Oakland, California and married at one time to the British actress Veronica Hurst, he moved to England after the Second World War and became a staple of British B films at a time when American and Canadian actors were much in demand in order to give indigenous films some appeal in the US. As a result, he gained top billing in one of his very first films, House of Blackmail (1953), directed by the veteran filmmaker Maurice Elvey, for whom he also made What Every Woman Wants the following year. He also starred in such minor films as The Stranger Came Home (1954, for Hammer), Dublin Nightmare (1958), Offbeat (1960), Information Received (1961), Incident at Midnight, Ring of Spies and Blind Corner (all 1963). There were also lead roles in four British horror films: Gorgo (1960), Devil Doll (1963), Devils of Darkness (1964) and The Hand of Night (1966). Among his many TV credits were a 1959 BBC version of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (playing Mark Antony), The Saint, The Baron, The High Chaparral, Harry O and The Six Million Dollar Man. His later films included You Only Live Twice (1967) and, back in the USA after his prominent role for Kubrick, Busting (1973), The Hindenburg (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He died in Sacramento, California in 1995, aged 72.


Bowie 2001 A Space Oddity (2011)
Dr Heywood Floyd
2001: The Making of a Myth (2001)
Dr. Heywood R. Floyd (archive footage) (uncredited)
First Family (1980)
TV Interviewer
Riding with Death (1976)
The Hindenburg (1975)
Luftwaffe Colonel
Busting (1974)
Mr. Weldman
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
Tom Henderson
The Challengers (1970)
Brad York
The Syndicate (1968)
Burt Hickey
The Hand of Night (1968)
Paul Carver
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Dr. Heywood Floyd
Devils of Darkness (1965)
Paul Baxter
Devil Doll (1964)
Mark English
Ring of Spies (1964)
Gordon Lonsdale
Incident at Midnight (1963)
Blind Corner (1963)
Paul Gregory
Information Received (1961)
Rick Hogan
Gorgo (1961)
Sam Slade
Offbeat (1961)
Layton / Steve Ross
Whirlpool (1959)
Dublin Nightmare (1958)
John Kevin
High Tide at Noon (1957)
Alec Douglas
Portrait of Alison (1955)
Dave Forrester
The Stranger Came Home (1954)
Philip Vickers
What Every Woman Wants (1954)
Jim Barnes
House of Blackmail (1953)
Appointment in London (1953)
"Mac" Baker
The Yellow Balloon (1953)
Len Turner
Give Us This Day (1949)