William Boyett

William Boyett Headshot

Actor

Birth Date: January 3, 1927

Death Date: December 29, 2004

Birth Place: Akron, Ohio

Actor William Boyett is best known for countless television cop roles, tops being "Dragnet" (both the 1950s original and 1960s remake) and another Jack Webb production, "Adam-12." Born in Akron, Ohio, Boyett and his family eventually relocated to Los Angeles, around which time he served in the Navy during World War II. Following his discharge, he began acting in theatre and on radio. By the early 1950s, Boyett began landing regular roles on television shows, including appearing on several episodes of the minimalist cop drama "Dragnet," and over 60 episodes of the Broderick Crawford crime vehicle "Highway Patrol."

The 1960s saw Boyett land recurring roles on the long-running western smash "Gunsmoke," the legal drama "Perry Mason," and the family sitcom "My Three Sons." Also during this era, Boyett landed his best-known role as Sergeant MacDonald on "Adam-12," which he played from 1968 through 1975. He retired from acting in the late 1990s after two decades' worth of occasional guest-star roles, often playing multiple parts in a single series over the course of its run.

Credits

Le Corps du délit

Actor
Movie
1995

Blood Run

Actor
Briskin
Movie
1995

Girls in Prison

Actor
Dr. Shainmark
Movie
1994

Maison des félins

Actor
Movie
1991

Strays

Actor
Dr. Lyle Sokol
Movie
1991

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStream

Guest Star
Policeman
Series
1987
92%

Star Trek: The Next Generation 2.0

Guest Star
Show
1987

The Hidden

Actor
Jonathan Miller
Movie
1987

Amazing StoriesStream

Actor
Series
1985

Hotel

Guest Star
Soap
1983

Knight RiderStream

Guest Star
Series
1982

Simon & Simon

Guest Star
NBI Special Agent Carl Lomax
Series
1981

Archie Bunker's Place

Guest Star
Series
1979

Tales of the Unexpected

Actor
Simpson
Show
1979

When a Stranger CallsStream

Actor
Sgt. Sacker
Movie
1979
9%

The Incredible HulkStream

Guest Star
Series
1978

Fantasy Island

Guest Star
Series
1978

Every Girl Should Have One

Actor
Detective Rand
Movie
1978

CHiPsStream

Guest Star
Series
1977

The Bionic WomanStream

Guest Star
Captain Blank
Series
1976

Mobile Two

Actor
Lt. Don Carter
Movie
1975

The Rockford FilesStream

Guest Star
Sgt. Harvey Slate
Series
1974

The Six Million Dollar ManStream

Guest Star
Air Force General
Series
1973

The RookiesStream

Guest Star
Series
1972

The Other Wise Man

Actor
Soldier
Movie
1969

Mod Squad

Guest Star
Foreman
Series
1968

Adam-12Stream

Actor
Sgt. MacDonald
Series
1968

MannixStream

Guest Star
Morgan
Series
1967

JerichoStream

Actor
Series
1966

Family AffairStream

Guest Star
Series
1966

Get SmartStream

Guest Star
Series
1965

I SpyStream

Guest Star
Series
1965

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.Stream

Guest Star
Policeman
Series
1964

The Outer LimitsStream

Actor
Co-Pilot Beeman
Series
1963
92%

Alfred Hitchcock HourStream

Actor
Series
1962

Gunslinger

Guest Star
Show
1961

My Three SonsStream

Guest Star
Series
1960

Mr. LuckyStream

Guest Star
Series
1959

LaramieStream

Guest Star
Walt Cade
Series
1959

Bat MastersonStream

Guest Star
Dank Lance
Series
1958

Northwest PassageStream

Guest Star
Series
1958

Sea HuntStream

Guest Star
Delmar
Series
1958

Perry MasonStream

Guest Star
Sgt. Ralph Reynolds
Series
1957

Wagon TrainStream

Guest Star
Frank Tacker
Series
1957

The Silent Service

Actor
Franklin
Show
1957

Zane Grey TheaterStream

Actor
Series
1956

Highway Patrol

Actor
Officer Stan Johnson
Series
1955

Highway Patrol

Guest Star
Sergeant Ken Williams
Series
1955

Alfred Hitchcock PresentsStream

Actor
Capt. Davidson
Series
1955

GunsmokeStream

Guest Star
Jake Wirth
Series
1955

The Man Behind the Badge

Actor
Det. Pete Lovick
Show
1953

The Loretta Young Show

Actor
Show
1953

So This Is Love

Actor
George Gershwin (uncredited)
Movie
1953

Showcase 39

Actor
Show
1952

Death Valley DaysStream

Actor
Jim Hardwicke
Series
1952

Dangerous Assignment

Guest Star
Show
1952

The Bogus Green

Actor
Nick Helmerick
Movie
1951