William Prince

William LeRoy Prince (January 26, 1913 – October 8, 1996) was an American actor who appeared in numerous soap operas and made dozens of guest appearances on primetime series as well as playing villains in movies like The Gauntlet and Spontaneous Combustion. Prince was born in Nichols, New York, the son of Myrtle (née Osborne), a nurse and Gorman Prince, who worked in sales. Prince attended Cornell University, which he left in his senior year to join a Federal Theater tour of The Taming of the Shrew. He served an apprenticeship with the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia, making his New York debut with the company in 1937 in its production of Max Reinhardt's Eternal Road. He then joined Maurice Evans's company, appearing in minor Shakespearean roles. His star began to rise after actress Eva Le Gallienne, responding to a pleading letter, gave him an audition for the part of 'Richard' in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! He got the part and caught the eye of the critics. His breakthrough came a year later, in 1942, with the role of Private Quizz West in Maxwell Anderson's play The Eve of St. Mark.

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