– December 29
) was an American actor best known for his work as the low-key but authoritative Sergeant William "Mac" MacDonald on the police drama Adam-12
producer Jack Webb
recommended him for the role after his performance in an episode of Webb's Dragnet
, and Boyett stayed with the series for its entire 1968-1975 run. Boyett appeared in a number of TV shows, such as Highway Patrol
, Perry Mason
, Fantasy Island
, The Rockford Files
, Star Trek: The Next Generation
, The A-Team
and Night Court
. He also acted in several motion pictures, such as The Rocketeer (film)
(1991) and The Hidden
(1987), for which Boyett earned much Sci-Fi
fan praise as a hospital patient named Johnathan P. Miller, possessed
by an alien being with a taste for red Ferraris
and rock and roll music
. Boyett also played Battalion Chief McConike on the 1970s series Emergency!
Boyett was born in Akron, Ohio and lived there until the 1940s when he moved with his family to Los Angeles, California. He won a Shakespeare competition in high school which led to acting jobs in radio. He served in the Navy during World War II and afterward performed on the stage in New York and Los Angeles.
Boyett died December 29, 2004 in Los Angeles at the age of 77, of complications from pneumonia and kidney failure. He left behind a wife, two brothers, a son and daughter, and two granddaughters.
- Associated Press (January 3, 2005). Actor William Boyett, 77, Akron native, dies in L.A. Akron Beacon Journal, p. B6.