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      William Sylvester

      William Sylvester

      Highest Rated: 92% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Busting (1974)

      Birthday: Jan 31, 1922

      Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

      American film and TV actor William Sylvester left his most enduring cinematic legacy with a brief but crucial expository role in director Stanley Kubrick's epic 1968 space adventure, "2001: A Space Odyssey." Although his somewhat remote performance as Dr. Heywood Floyd (a scientist sent early in the film to investigate a magnetic anomaly on the surface of the moon) was all but overshadowed by that of iconic on-board computer HAL 9000, the film's primary antagonist, it nevertheless provided grist for one of the story's central themes: human evolution. Sylvester, a native of Oakland, California, moved to England after WWII, kick-starting his acting career by appearing in dozens of British-made B-films. After finding some success in the horror genre, including lead roles in the monster feature "Gorgo" (1961) and the campy "Devil Doll," Sylvester returned to the United States in the late 1960s to earn his most famous film credit, gradually fading away in the 1970s with minor roles on American TV.

      Highest rated movies

      92% 2001: A Space Odyssey
      71% Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
      33% Devil Doll
      17% Busting

      Photos

      THE UNHOLY FOUR (aka THE STRANGER CAME HOME), from left, William Sylvester, Paulette Goddard, 1954 THE UNHOLY FOUR (aka THE STRANGER CAME HOME), from left, William Sylvester, Paulette Goddard, 1954 GIVE US THIS DAY, (aka CHRIST IN CONCRETE), Bonar Colleano, Sam Wanamaker, Charles Goldner, William Sylvester, George Pastell, 1949 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, William Sylvester, Leonard Rossiter (right), 1968

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      17% 55% Busting Mr. Weldman (Character) - 1974
      71% 57% Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Tom Henderson (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Syndicate Burt Hickey (Character) - 1968
      92% 89% 2001: A Space Odyssey Dr. Heywood R. Floyd (Character) $1.3M 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Treasure of Kenya Burt Hickey (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beast of Morocco Paul Carver (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hand of Night Paul Carver (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 14% Devils of Darkness Paul Baxter (Character) - 1965
      33% 29% Devil Doll Mark English (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ring of Treason Gordon Lonsdale (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Corner Paul Gregory (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Man in the Dark Paul Gregory (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Incident at Midnight Vince Warren (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Information Received Rick Hogan (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 39% Gorgo Sam Slade (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Offbeat Layton/Steve Ross (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Tide at Noon Alec Douglas (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 20% Postmark for Danger Dave Forrester (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What Every Woman Wants Unknown (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 20% The Stranger Came Home Philip Vickers (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet House of Blackmail Jimmy (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yellow Balloon Len Turner (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Albert R.N. Lieutenant `Texas' Norton (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 50% Appointment in London Major Mac Baker (Character) - 1953

      TV

      Credit
      87% 98% Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Frederick CollinsRichard O'Brien:Breen (Guest Star) 1975 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Jason Howard (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1975-1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon .Elliot Markham (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1970 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Pilot (Guest Star) 1970-1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D. Paul Berwick (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet El Santo Ralph Damien (Guest Star) 1965-1966