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William Duell


Born - 30 August 1923, Corinth, New York, USA
Died - 22 December 2011

Skinny, not-too-tall, crabby-looking, brown-haired character actor, mostly in small roles, but notable as one of the more prominent inmates in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). A latecomer to TV (1956) and films (1961) after years on stage, and a specialist in oddballs and lowlifes, Duell made his film debut as the leering Louisville Hustler in The Hustler. Subsequent roles included those in 1776 (1972), King of the Gypsies (1978, typically lugubrious as a funeral home director), Airplane! (1980), Without a Trace (1983), Ironweed (1987), Out of the Rain (1991), Trial by Jury (1994), In & Out (1997), The Out-of-Towners (1999), Cradle Will Rock (1999) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), his last. Duell, who met his wife while playing a gravedigger in a stage production of Hamlet, died from respiratory failure.