Distinguished character actor William Michael Hootkins died Oct. 23, 2005, at the age of 57.
A graduate of St. Mark's School, "Hoot" was active in theater throughout his schooling. After graduation from Princeton he attended the London Academy of Dramatic Arts and had many roles in British television and theater, often portraying Winston Churchill.
His extensive film work included a co-starring role in Hear My Song as Ned Beatty's look-alike impostor. He also had small but dramatic parts in Flash Gordon and the first Star Wars film. "If I had known Star Wars would catch on like it did, I would have insisted on a character with continuity," he quipped. Hoot also appeared in A River Runs Through It, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Batman, American Gothic, Valentino, and the television movie The Magnificent Ambersons. His TV roles include guest starring on Cagney & Lacey and The West Wing. His magnificent voice also put him in great demand for audio books, radio, and documentary narration.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Robb Hootkins; his mother, Helen Hootkins; sister Susan Hootkins; brother Robert E.; and several nieces and nephews. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mark's School of Texas, 10600 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75230.