Beloved ‘80s Actor Dies; Starred in ‘Gilmore Girls,’ ‘Chapelle’s Show’ and More

The world has lost a legend after this beloved actor passed away at the age of 83 on January 12. As a TV, film and theater actor, he had many starring roles, such as in “War Games” and the 1980s sitcom “Small Wonder.”

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Actor William Bogert Dies in his Home in New York City

Actor William Bogert reportedly died in his home in New York City. We do not know the official cause of death at this time. He is preceded in death by his wife, Eren Ozker. Ozker worked as a puppeteer for “The Muppets.” She passed away in 1993.

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William Bogert’s Impressive Career History

William Bogert is a familiar face for many, considering his long-spanning acting career. One of his roles included playing Brandon Brindle on “Small Wonder.” Brandon Brindle was the Lawsons’ neighbor and Harriet’s father. He often stole ideas from Ted Lawson and became his boss.

Some of his other plentiful TV appearances included “Gilmore Girls,” “The Greatest American Hero,” “Chapelle’s Show,” “Law & Order,” “Hope & Faith,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “One Day at a Time,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Melrose Place,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “The Wonder Years,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “M*A*S*H,” “Webster,” “The Jeffersons,” “The Facts of Life,” and many more.

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William Bogert’s Political History

Not only was William Bogert known for his many film roles, but he also appeared in a much-talked-about political ad called “Confessions of a Republican.” The ad aired in 1964 in favor of Lyndon B. Johnson.

He made waves more recently in 2016 when he returned to play the same character in a Hillary Clinton campaign video. In it, his character explains that although he’d been a Republican his entire life, he could not endorse a Republican like Donald Trump.

In the commercial, Bogert’s character says, “He scares me,” which was a repeat of his assessment against Barry Goldwater from the 1964 version.

Besides his TV and film appearances, William Bogert also starred on stage in shows including, “Play it Again, Sam!” and “A Man for All Seasons.”