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Woodrow Parfrey
Woodrow Parfrey
Credits
Role General Stanton
Biographical Information
Birth Name Sydney Woodrow Parfrey
Birthdate October 5, 1922
Birthplace New York, New York, United States
Death Date July 29, 1984 (age 61)
Death Place Los Angeles, California, United States

Woodrow Parfrey played General Stanton in the fourth season episode, "I Confess" (1968).

Biography[]

Parfrey was born Sydney Woodrow Parfrey on October 5, 1922, in New York City. He was an American stage, radio, film and television actor.

Parfrey fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was captured. He was never put in a camp, but marched around. He escaped once, but was recaptured. Unlike many of his fellow prisoners he survived, but after he was liberated he was so thin that doctors injected him with lots of glucose. As a result he developed Type One diabetes.

The G.I. Bill enabled him to enroll in the New School in New York City, where he was taught acting along with fellow classmates Rod Steiger, Marlon Brando (for a while), Walter Matthau, Bea Arthur, Harry Belafonte and Tony Curtis. There he met his future wife, Rosa, who was teaching at the New School. Their inspiration there was the German director Erwin Piscator, who was known for creating what was called “Epic Theater” and directing plays by Bertold Brecht. At the New School, Parfrey performed in several Piscator-directed plays, including "All the King's Men" and Sartre’s "Flies". He was Valedictorian of his class at the New School.

In the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s, Parfrey performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, summer stock, live television, radio, and a couple Grade Z movies. He performed Samuel Beckett’s “All That Fall” for a radio broadcast and performed in the first televised broadcast of "Waiting for Godot".

His talents honed in New York regional and Broadway theatre, Parfrey worked also in live television early in his career, on episodes of CBS’ Danger (1950-1955), Studio One (1948-1958) and Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater (1963-1967).

He appeared in a large number of motion pictures and television shows, a few of which include the "Planet of the Apes" Sci-Fi saga, "Dirty Harry," (1971) "Charley Varrick" (1973), "Papillon" (1973), and "The Outlaw Josie Wales" (1976). His television appearances number in the hundreds, some of which include "Perry Mason," "The Untouchables," "The Munsters," "Hogan's Heroes," and "I Dream of Jeannie."

He performed the orangutan judge Maximus, who presided over Charlton Heston’s trial in Planet of the Apes (1968) and forms the "see no evil/speak no evil/hear no evil" triptych. He played Ike Godsey in "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" (1971), the pilot television movie for "The Waltons". He had to turn down a continuing role in "The Waltons" series in order to act in "Charley Varrick" and "Papillon".

He married Rosa Ellovich on February 18, 1950 and they had four children - Adam, Jonathan, Jessica and Juliet. They were married until his passing in 1984. They moved to Hollywood in 1962.

Woodrow Parfrey died of a heart attack on July 29, 1984, in Los Angeles. He was 61.

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