William Phipps

Biography

In the early days of 1950s science-fiction, one of the first people to become identified with the genre was actor William Phipps. Aside from furnishing the voice of Prince Charming in Disney's cartoon classic Cenerentola (1950), Phipps also hid his boyish face beneath a beard as the star of Arch Oboler's end-of-the-world melodrama Anni perduti (1951); made a token appearance in Oboler's The Twonky (1953); encountered Martians in both Gli invasori spaziali (1953) and La guerra dei mondi (1953); and took on the Abominable Snowman as one of the leads in L'Abominable homme des neiges (1954). Most notoriously, he even grappled with Moon maidens set on world conquest in the almost indescribable Quei fantastici razzi volanti (1953). Phipps was born in Vincennes, Indiana, and grew up in St. Francisville, Illinois; he knew from boyhood that he was destined to be an actor and appeared in several plays in grade school and at Eastern Illinois University. Hitchhiking to Hollywood in 1941, he worked on the stage and later in films, beginning with RKO's Odio implacabile (1947). Over the next 60 years he amassed a long list of film and TV credits; he also did commercials and voiceover work, including the narration for the special 190-minute TV version of David Lynch's Dune (1984).

Filmography

Movie Name Release Date
Cinderella – Cenerentola September 15, 1950