William Edward Hickey (September 19, 1927 – June 29, 1997) was an American actor.
Hickey was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Nora and Edward Hickey, both of Irish descent. He had an older sister, Dorothy Finn. Hickey began acting on radio in 1938.
He was best known for his Oscar-nominated role as Don Corrado Prizzi in the John Huston 1985 film Prizzi’s Honor, as well as the voice of Dr. Finklestein in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
Best known as the ancient Mafia don in Prizzi’s Honor (1985), Hickey had a long, distinguished career in film, television, and the stage. He began his career as a child actor on the variety stage and made his Broadway debut as a walk-on in George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” (1951 production, starring Uta Hagen). He performed often during the golden age of television, including appearances on Studio One and Philco Playhouse. His most important contribution to the arts, however, remains his teaching career at the HB Studio in Greenwich Village, founded by Hagen and Herbert Berghof. George Segal, Sandy Dennis, and Barbra Streisand all studied under him. He was a staple of Ben Bagley’s New York musical reviews, he can be heard on several of the recordings, notably Decline and fall of the entire world as seen through the eyes of Cole Porter.
Hickey enjoyed a career in film, television and theater. In addition to his work as an actor, he was a respected teacher of the craft. Notable for his unique, gravely voice and somewhat offbeat appearance, Hickey, in his later years, was often cast in “cantankerous-but-clever old man” roles. His characters, who sometimes exuded an underlying air of the macabre, usually had the last laugh over their more sprightly co-stars.
Hickey died from emphysema and bronchitis in 1997. He is interred in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn, New York. He died during the filming of Uzo’s Better Than Ever, and his role was played by the producer in a pickup shot depicting his character in the hospital. His final movie Knocking on Death’s Door (in which he plays the town sheriff) was released nearly two years after his death.
The movie MouseHunt (in which he also starred) is dedicated to his memory.
Guy Rolfe (27 December 1911 – 19 October 2003) was an English actor who specialized in playing villains.
He was born Edwin Arthur Rolfe. Rolfe had spent his early twenties as a professional race car driver and boxer before making the move into films at the age of 24.
He made his screen debut in 1937 with an uncredited appearance in Knight Without Armour. Notable roles include: Prince John in Ivanhoe (1952), Ned Seymour in Young Bess (1953), Caiaphas in King of Kings (1961), and Prince Grigory in Taras Bulba (1962). He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Andre Toulon in the Puppet Master film series, appearing in the third, fourth, fifth, and seventh films, with archive footage in the eighth.
His television credits include The Saint, The Avengers, The Champions, Department S, The Troubleshooters, Space: 1999, Secret Army, and Kessler. Although he was always recognized in such classic pictures, Rolfe became a familiar presence when he took over the role of toy maker “Andre Toulon” in the slasher film franchise “Puppetmaster”. First appearing in the third installment, he made brief appearances in most “Puppet Master” movies since then.
Guy Rolfe passed away of “natural causes” at the British Film Hospital in London, England at the age of 91. He is buried in Benhall’s St Mary’s Churchyard.
Steve Welles as of today Thursday August 9th 2012, except for his filmoghraphy found on IMBD, this guy didnt leave much for anyone to remember him by.
Baywatch (TV series) Crocker – Masquerade (1992) Crocker- 1991 The Addams Family – Fingers Addams – 1991 Puppet Master II (video) – Andre Toulon/ Eriquee Chaneé – 1990 They Came from Outer Space (TV series) – J.M. Berkhardt – Rodeo Romeos (1990) J.M. Berkhardt – 1990 Solar Crisis Prophet – 1990 Emperor of the Bronx Pimp – 1989 Shooters Major Wolf – 1988 Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers Lab Tech #1 – 1985 Biohazard Walker.