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William Hickey (I) (1927–1997)

Son of Edward & Nora Hickey. Best known as the ancient Mafia don in Prizzi's Honor (1985), Hickey had a long, distinguished career in film, television, and the stage. Began career as a child actor on the variety stage. Made Broadway debut as walk-on in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" (1951 production, starring Uta Hagen). Performed often during... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Nightmare Before Christmas
One Life to Live
One Life to Live John Rupert (1984)
The Name of the Rose
The Name of the Rose Ubertino da Casale
The Producers
The Producers The Drunk


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 1999 Knocking on Death's Door
Town Sheriff (as Bill Hickey)
 1997 Better Than Ever
 1996 Twisted
Andre, a proprietor
 1996 The Maddening
 1996 Love Is All There Is
 1995 Sandman (Short)
 1995 The Wright Verdicts (TV Series)
Bishop Nelson Downey
- The Eyes of God (1995) ... Bishop Nelson Downey
 1995 Forget Paris
 1995 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Harlan Hawkes
- White Light Fever (1995) ... Harlan Hawkes
 1995 The Jerky Boys
Don 'Uncle Freddy' Frederico
 1994 The Adventures of Pete & Pete (TV Series)
Grandfather Wrigley
- When Petes Collide (1994) ... Grandfather Wrigley
 1994 Hey Stranger
 1993 Tribeca (TV Series)
Morgue Attendant
- The Loft (1993) ... Morgue Attendant
 1991 The Runestone
Lars Hagstrom
 1990 Sons
 1990 Mob Boss (Video)
Don Anthony
 1990 Any Man's Death
Erich Schiller / Ernst Bauricke
 1989 It Had to Be You
 1989 Puppetmaster (Video)
Andre Toulon
 1989 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Hans Kozak
- Victims of Circumstance (1989) ... Hans Kozak
 1989 Hairway to the Stars (Short)
 1988 Starlight: A Musical Movie
Billy Davis
 1988 Da
 1988 Bright Lights, Big City
Ferret Man
 1988 Crime Story (TV Series)
Judge Neville Harmon
- Brothel Wars (1988) ... Judge Neville Harmon
 1988 The Tracey Ullman Show (TV Series)
- Episode #2.14 (1988) ... Claude
 1987 A Hobo's Christmas (TV Movie)
Cincinnati Harold
 1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Gus Harley
- Homecoming (1987) ... Gus Harley
 1987 Moonlighting (TV Series)
Mr. Kendall
- To Heiress Human (1987) ... Mr. Kendall
 1986 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Tom Clark
- Counterfire (1986) ... Tom Clark
 1986 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Dr. Nis
- The Circus (1986) ... Dr. Nis
 1986 Stranded (TV Movie)
Mr. Pierson
 1986 Seize the Day
 1986 One Crazy Summer
Old Man Beckersted
 1985 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Monsignor Farrell
- Episode dated 18 November 1985 (1985) ... Monsignor Farrell
- Episode dated 13 November 1985 (1985) ... Monsignor Farrell
- Episode dated 12 November 1985 (1985) ... Monsignor Farrell
- Episode dated 6 November 1985 (1985) ... Monsignor Farrell
 1985 Izzy & Moe (TV Movie)
Desk Clerk
 1985 Walls of Glass
Papa (as Bill Hickey)
 1985 Prizzi's Honor
Don Corrado Prizzi
 1983 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Ike Slattery
- Come Fly with Me (1983) ... Ike Slattery
 1979 Wise Blood
 1978 Nunzio
 1977 The Andros Targets (TV Series)
Riley Connor
- In the Event of My Death (1977) ... Riley Connor
 1977 The Sentinel
 1976 Mikey and Nicky
Sid Fine
 1975 92 in the Shade
Mr. Skelton
 1972 The Doctors (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2479 (1972) ... Eddie (uncredited)
 1972 Between Time and Timbuktu (TV Movie)
Stony Stevenson
 1971 Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Looseleaf Harper
 1971 The Telephone Book
Man in Bed
 1971 A New Leaf
Smith (uncredited)
 1970 Little Big Man
 1970 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Ceremony of Innocence (1970) ... Abbot
 1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
- The Attacker (1969)
 1968 The Boston Strangler
Eugene T. O'Rourke
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
John Rupert (1984)
 1967 Saint Joan (TV Movie)
The Steward
 1967 The Producers
The Drunk (as Bill Hickey)
 1967 Androcles and the Lion (TV Movie)
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Chi Chi
- The Shivering Pigeon (1966) ... Chi Chi
 1964 Mr. Broadway (TV Series)
- The He-She Chemistry (1964) ... Otis
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
- Rope's End (1964) ... Roy
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Jason Conners
- Circle of Choice (1963) ... Jason Conners
 1962 The Defenders (TV Series)
Hary Lewis
- Blood County (1962) ... Hary Lewis
 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
- The Action in New Orleans (1962) ... Clerk
 1961 Something Wild
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1961 Westinghouse Presents: The Dispossessed (TV Movie)
 1960 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Joe The Glom
- Raid in Beatnik Village (1960) ... Joe The Glom
 1960 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
- Three in One (1960)
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Bowling Man
- The Man (1960) ... Bowling Man
 1959 Lamp Unto My Feet (TV Series)
- More Than Enough (1959) ... Henry
 1957 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Roger K. Bellman, Jr.
- Bilko F.O.B. Detroit (1957) ... Roger K. Bellman, Jr.
 1957 Operation Mad Ball
Sampson (uncredited)
 1957 A Hatful of Rain
 1956-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Paul Richards / Jonesy
- Love Me to Pieces (1957) ... Paul Richards
- The Luck of Luke McTigger (1956) ... Jonesy
 1957 Decoy (TV Series)
- Saturday Lost (1957) ... Billy (as Bill Hickey)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Goldsmith") in "Miss Lonelyhearts" on Broadway. Written by Howard Teichmann, from the novel by Nathanael West. Scenic Design / Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Directed by Alan Schneider. Music Box Theatre: 3 Oct 1957-12 Oct 1957 (12 performances). Cast: Irene Dailey, Maurice Ellis, Henderson Forsythe, Jo Anna ... See more »

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