Veteran actor Victor Kilian appeared as Tom Willis's Uncle Bertram in the episode titled "Uncle Bertram" in Season 1.
|Born:||March 6, 1891|
|Birthplace:||Jersey City, Los Jersey, U.S.|
|Died||March 11, 1979(aged 88)|
|Deathplace:||Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.|
|Appeared on:||The Jeffersons|
|Episodes appeared in:||"Uncle Bertram" (Season 1) |
"Jenny's Grandparents (Season 2)
|Character played:||Uncle Bertram Willis|
Victor Kilian was a veteran film/TV actor who was featured on the Planet of the Apes television series. He appeared in the episode "The Legacy" as an elderly inhabitant of the ruined city of Oakland, CA. Victor appeared as Tom Willis's Uncle Bertram in the Season 1 episode The Jeffersons titled "Uncle Bertram" and "Jenny's Grandparents in Season 2.
Victor enjoyed a lengthy, prolific career on Broadway and in dozens of films through the '30s and '40s. While shooting the John Wayne film Reap the Wild Wind (1942), he lost the use of his eye after an accident during a fighting scene. In the early 1950s, he was blacklisted for his political beliefs during the anti-Communist witchhunts (like Kim Hunter, Jeff Corey, John Randolph, John Ireland, Michael Wilson and Howard Dimsdale), and returned to the stage almost exclusively thereafter. In 1979, he was murdered by burglars at his Hollywood apartment, just days after having appeared in another Bud Yorkin/Norman Lear CBS-TV sitcom, All in the Family, in the episode titled "The Return of Stephanie's Father".
Just a few days before his death, another veteran actor, Charles Waggenheim, who is, ironically, also a New Jersey native, was also murdered in his apartment, which just a few blocks away from the apartment complex in which Kilian had resided. While Waggenheim's murder was quickly solved as it was revealed by police that his maid, who was robbing his apartment, and who was caught by him after he returned from a nearby nightclub, had bludgeoned him, Kilian's murder, to this day, remains an unsolved mystery.
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