Birth Date: February 4, 1922 / Age: 94
Birth Place: Vincennes, Indiana, USA
Also Credited as: William Edward Phipps
Biography: In the early days of 1950s science-fiction, one of the first people to become identified with the genre was actor William Phipps. Aside from furnishing the voice of Prince Charming in Disney's cartoon classic Cinderella (1950), Phipps also hid his boyish face beneath a beard as the star of Arch Oboler's end-of-the-world melodrama Five (1951); made a token appearance in Oboler's "The Twonky"; encountered Martians in both Invaders from Mars (1953) and The War of the Worlds (1953); and took on the Abominable Snowman as one of the leads in The Snow Creature (1954). Most notoriously, he even grappled with Moon maidens set on world conquest in the almost indescribable Cat-Women of the Moon (1953). Hailing from St. Francisville, Illinois, Phipps knew from boyhood that he was destined to be an actor and appeared in several plays in grade school and at Eastern Illinois University. Hitchhiking to Hollywood in 1941, he worked on the stage and later in films, beginning with RKO's Crossfire (1947). In the half-century since, he has amassed a list of credits that is nearly staggering, not only in films but also in TV, commercials and in voiceover work (he provided the narration for the special 190m-minute TV version of David Lynch's Dune (1984)).