Date of Birth
14 January 1924, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death
30 April 1989, Buenos Aires, Argentina (brain aneurysm)
Armando Joseph Catalano
6' 3" (1.91 m)
An exceptionally handsome and charismatic performer, Guy Williams was born Armand Joseph Catalano (nicknamed "Armando" by his family) of Italian parentage in New York City on January 14, 1924. The elder child of an insurance broker (he had a younger sister, Valerie), he was raised in the Washington Heights area. Attending Peekskill Military Academy during his formative years, he originally broke into the entertainment field as a male fashion model. Guy subsequently joined New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, which led to such TV assignments as "Studio One in Hollywood" (1948), and he debuted in films with a featured role as a pilot in the The Beginning or the End (1947), the story about the first US deployed atom bomb.
In 1952 he was given a screen test and signed by Universal Pictures. As tall, dark and athletic (6'3", 190 lb.) in Hollywood always fits the bill, the highly photogenic Williams began paying his dues in unbilled bits in such standard movies as Back at the Front (1952), All I Desire (1953), The Golden Blade (1953) and Take Me to Town (1953). When he did manage to receive billing, he was rather benignly used: Bonzo Goes to College (1952)--the sequel to Ronald Reagan's cult classic Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)--The Mississippi Gambler (1953) with Tyrone Power and The Man from the Alamo (1953) with Glenn Ford.
Guy later freelanced in films, including a minor role as a cop in the cult horror classic I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) starring Michael Landon, and also added scattered TV appearances ("Highway Patrol" (1955), "The Lone Ranger" (1949)) to his resumé. Nothing, however, of major significance happened until Walt Disney came into the picture. His signing at age 33 to play Don Diego de la Vega, aka "Zorro" (1957), thrust Guy immediately into the celebrity limelight. His dashing good looks, eloquence and charm had female hearts fluttering, while the male audiences admired his fencing dexterity and effortless ladies'-man appeal. The Disney series was so popular that certain episodes were culled together and released into two feature films: The Sign of Zorro (1958) and Zorro, the Avenger (1959).
Further propelled by Disney with his captivating role in "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: The Prince and the Pauper: The Pauper King (#8.21)" (1962), Guy was handed fully-bearded heroes to play in a couple of fantasy film adventures. He portrayed Damon in the costumer Damon and Pythias (1962) a/k/a "Damon and Pythias", and the title role in Captain Sindbad (1963), an MGM attraction. He reunited with Michael Landon in 1964 when he arrived on the "Bonanza" (1959) set to play cousin Will Cartwright for a few episodes.
The cult sci-fi series "Lost in Space" (1965) would be Guy's last hurrah in show business. Although overshadowed extensively by the nefariously campy antics of Jonathan Harris' Dr. Smith character, Guy nevertheless provided a strong anchor to the family show, which included June Lockhart as the silver-suited wife and mother of his three intergalactic offspring. Battling aliens and the forces of nature, the show's popularity went stratospheric at first. However, much like "Batman" (1966), it faded very quickly and ended up having a short life--three seasons.
When Guy first visited Argentina in 1973 he was quite taken by the signs of admiration and fascination the Argentines expressed for him and his signature character of "El Zorro." In turn Guy fell in love with the people and culture of Argentina. Eventually he retired, except for personal appearances, to Recoleta in the 1970s, an upscale neighborhood of Buenos Aires. He died there of a brain aneurysm at the age of 65 on May 7, 1989. Long married (since 1948) to Janice Cooper, he was survived by their two children.
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Janice Cooper (8 December 1948 - 1983) (divorced) 2 children
Children: Steven Catalano and Toni Catalano.
Ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Malibu, California, USA.
John Robinson, Williams' character on "Lost in Space" (1965), was ranked #38 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
Throughout the last several years of his life, he was in Argentina where "Zorro" (1957) had an understandably huge cult following.
While starring on "Lost in Space" (1965), he spent much of his spare time buying and selling on the stock market...even during shooting breaks.
One of his last appearances in the United States was on "Family Feud" (1976) where he joined some of the cast from "Lost in Space" (1965) in 1982.
Had two children from his steadfast marriage to Janice Cooper. Both Steven and Antoinette (Toni) dabbled in acting.
An avid fencer (obviously) and chess player, he also played the guitar, was a wonderful cook and was an expert on tropical fish.
He was an amateur astronomer and loved to read and listen to all kinds of music, mostly classical.
Owned a 40-foot ketch called The Oceana.
Was nicknamed "the Comb" by "Lost in Space" (1965) co-star Bill Mumy, because he would frequently comb his hair between takes on the set.
Best remembered by the public for his starring role as John Robinson in "Lost in Space" (1965) and as the title character in "Zorro" (1957).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
In 1960, his name was connected to a proposed Disney television series called "Gold.".
Although he is often thought of as Hispanic, he is actually of Italian descent. He lived in Argentina in his later years which accounts for the confusion.
GUY WILLIAMS PLAYS A POLICE OFFICER IN THIS 1957 CULT CLASSIC, I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF!
Henry Calvin (May 25, 1918 – October 6, 1975) was an American comic actor best known for his role as Sergeant Garcia on Walt Disney's live-action television series Zorro (1957–1959).
Born Wimberly Calvin Goodman in Dallas, Texas, he sang in the choir of his local Baptist church as a child; he was often the featured soloist. After graduating from public school in Dallas, Texas (Sunset High School), he attended Southern Methodist University before pursuing a career as an actor and singer.
Calvin hosted a 1950 NBC radio show and appeared on Broadway (most notably in Kismet as the Wazir of Police). In 1952, he portrayed Big Ben on the children's TV series Howdy Doody. and made his film debut in Crime Against Joe as Red Waller four years later.
His character in Zorro, Sergeant Demetrio Lopez Garcia, was a comedic foil for Zorro and alter ego, Don Diego de la Vega (Guy Williams). Sometimes a friend (especially to Diego), sometimes a reluctant foe, Garcia is constantly outwitted by other characters, and is often his own worst enemy due to his weakness for food and drink.
Sergeant Garcia was usually accompanied onscreen by Hazel "Gil" George's humorous musical theme.
Calvin also sang the "Zorro" theme song that was heard over the opening credits. (Another version of the song, recorded by the female trio, The Chordettes, became a Top Ten hit.) Calvin's rich baritone voice also contributed to a number of musical interludes over the course of the series, singing everything from drinking songs to a serenade, and even a duet with Annette Funicello in one episode. After the series ended due to a contract dispute with ABC, he reprised the role of Garcia in all four Zorro stories that aired as part of Walt Disney Presents in 1960 and 1961. In 1955 he appeared on broadway in the hit musical Kismet, playing the role of the evil Wazir, a role he reprised in the 1966 Lincoln Center revival.
He appeared in the 1960 film Toby Tyler as gruff wagon driver Ben Cotter, Toby's friend and protector. Toby's other mentor in the film, clown and animal trainer Sam Treat, was played by Gene Sheldon, who co-starred in Zorro as Bernardo. Toby Tyler was played by Kevin Corcoran, a prolific child actor at the studio in that era. All three actors also appeared in another Disney film, Babes in Toyland (1961).
Calvin sang the children's song "Never Smile at a Crocodile" for Disneyland Records, a recording that was later reissued as part of a Peter Pan soundtrack CD. He also sang "We Won't Be Happy Till We Get It" with Ray Bolger and "Slowly He Sank To The Bottom of the Sea" on the Babes in Toyland soundtrack.
After Zorro and his Disney contract ended, Calvin guest starred in numerous television series during the 1960s. In his appearance on an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, his character performed a comedy sketch as Oliver Hardy, opposite Dick Van Dyke's Rob Petrie character as Stan Laurel.
He also kept in touch with other members of the Zorro cast, even traveling with Guy Williams to Argentina in 1973 to attend a charity event. He died in Dallas from throat cancer in 1975.