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William Woodson

Show Count: 48
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
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Born: July 16, 1917, Glendale, California United States

William "Bill" T. Woodson (born July 16, 1917) is a retired American voice artist. He can be heard in the opening narrative of the 1970s televisionseries The Odd Couple, explaining how it is that Felix and Oscar end up rooming together. He did the narration of the pilot episode of "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams". He did some of the voice-over work on the 1960s series The Invaders. Woodson's legacy will be his long association with the Superfriends series where he served as narrator and sometimes voice actor. Woodson took over the role of narrator from actor Ted Knight. (It wasn't the first time Woodson took over for Knight. In 1971, Woodson had a bit part in Series 2, Episode 9 of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", as "Big Voice Man", who auditions to be Ted's character's replacement while Ted's character takes his first vacation in 4 years.)

Woodson narrated each subsequent Superfriends episode, narrating over 100 episodes, including the 7-minute short subject episodes produced during 1980 through 1983. Perhaps his most memorable line from the series was the often-used phrase that accompanied a transition to scenes at the Superfriends' headquarters: "Later, at the Hall of Justice..." In addition, Woodson also supplied the opening narration and voice for several guest characters on Battle of the Planets. He has a small onscreen appearance in the 1950s sci-fi film The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms as a newscaster.

Woodson was a featured (but uncredited) voiceover announcer for WKRP In Cincinnati. It was Woodson's voice inviting the audience to stay tuned for the epilogue for each episode. He also did various voice roles in several episodes, including the pre-recorded announcer of the intro/outro to Les Nessman's newscasts.

Woodson was the narrator for the miniseries adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel, The Winds of War, and its sequel miniseries, War and Remembrance. In this capacity, he was able to explain to the television audience the large-scale historical events that provide the context for the storylines of the two miniseries.

Woodson is also the narrator of NFL Films' official films of Super Bowl II. The longtime voice of NFL Films, John Facenda, was unavailable, and Woodson stepped in. Woodson also narrated the1967 NFL Championship Game, better known as the "Ice Bowl".

In 2007, at the age of 90, Woodson, a California resident, lent his austere voice to a series of humorous commercials promoting the Minnesota Twins. The ads had titles such as "The Minnesota Twins - Get to Know 'Em", "Every Fan Counts", and "This is Twins Territory".

Source: Wikipedia

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