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 Guy Williams

Guy Williams

Original Name Armand Joseph Catalano
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 30 Apr 1989 (aged 65)
Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Specifically: Ashes scattered just off Malibu California
Memorial ID 2648 · View Source
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Actor. Born Armand Joseph Catalano in New York City, the son of Italian immigrants Attilio and Clare Catalano. He dropped out of the Peekskill Military Academy in pursuit of an acting career, supporting himself with jobs as a welder, accountant, aircraft-parts inspector, and Wanamaker's salesman. His first success was as a model, appearing in print and on billboards. He then adopted the name Guy Williams. In 1946, he signed with MGM Studios making his film debut in 1947's ‘The Beginning or the End.' Other films included ‘The Mississippi Gambler' in 1953; ‘Sincerely Yours' in 1955; and ‘I Was a Teenage Werewolf' in 1957. Chosen by Walt Disney to play Zorro on a new television featuring the character, Williams studied fencing and guitar to strengthen his portrayal. The popular series ran from 1957 to 1959. In 1964 he joined the cast of ‘Bonanza' as Will Cartwright, remaining for only half a dozen episodes before being written out. In 1965, he won the role of Professor John Robinson in a new television series, ‘Lost in Space' which ran from 1965 to 1968. With the end of the series, he chose to retire, relocating to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1973. By 1977 he formed the Circo Real Madrid in partnership with fencing champion Fernando Lupiz, performing riding and fencing feats and reprising the immensely popular role of Zorro. In 1989 Williams worried friends with a disappearance of several days. Police dispatched to his apartment discovered the actor's body on May 6th, but he had been dead for several days. The cause of death was later determined to have been a brain aneurysm. A funeral service was held by his friends in Buenos Aires followed by a memorial service in West Hollywood. In accordance to his wishes, his ashes were scattered at sea near Malibu, California. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard.

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In Loving Memory Of Guy Williams
The One And Only "Zorro"
You carved a "Z" on our hearts and
changed our lives forever.
Your friends salute you!
August 2, 2003


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Guy Williams (14 Jan 1924–30 Apr 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2648, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, who reports a Ashes scattered just off Malibu California.