William Hansen
William Hansen
William Hansen appears here as the owner of the pawn shop at which Fred tries to pawn a gun at in the "Sanford and Son" episode titled "Have Gun, Will Sell" in Season 2.
Vital Information
Born: (1911-03-02)March 2, 1911
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died June 23, 1975(1975-06-23) (aged 64)
Deathplace: Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California , U.S.
Years active: 1945-1975 (his death)
Family/Personal information
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son
Character(s) played: Pawn Shop owner/Pawnbroker
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William Hansen (March 2, 1911 - June 23, 1975) appeared as the pawn shop owner and pawnbroker in the Sabford and Son episode titled "Have Gun, Will Sell" in Season 2. William was a veteran actor, active in film, television, and the stage.


A founding member of The Actors Studio in New York,[1] Hansen originated the role of Mr. Lundie in the original Broadway production of Brigadoon in 1947 and is best known to film audiences for the role of Secretary Swensen in Fail Safe .

Filmography Edit

Year Film Role Notes
1949 Pinky Mr. Goolby Uncredited
1950 Side Street Dr. Harry Sternberg Uncredited
1952 The Member of the Wedding Mr. Addams
1960 The Bramble Bush Father Bannon
1961 The Young Doctors X-Ray Technician Uncredited
1962 Birdman of Alcatraz Fred Daw Uncredited
1964 Fail-Safe Secretary Swenson
1969 The Arrangement Dr. Weeks
1970 Diary of a Mad Housewife Worker in the Balser apartment Uncredited
1971 Willard Mr. Barskin
1972 1776 Caesar Rodney
1973 Save the Tiger Meyer
Year Title Role Notes
1945 The Front Page Unknown
1953 The Trip to Bountiful Ticket man (second bus station)
1953–1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 4 episodes
1956 Playwrights '56 Parker 1 episode
1956–1957 The Alcoa Hour Santa / R.B. Angus 2 episodes
1959 Playhouse 90 Milliard 1 episode
1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mr. Babcock 1 episode
1954–1960 The United States Steel Hour Quillan / - 2 episodes
1960 Armstrong Circle Theatre 1 episode
1961 Naked City Joe 'Papa' Ganoulian 1 episode
1961 Great Ghost Tales 1 episode
1962 The DuPont Show of the Week Doctor Scully 1 episode
1962–1964 The Defenders Randall / Dr. James Warrener 2 episodes
1965 Slattery's People Adam Smith / Dave Logan 2 episodes
1966 An Enemy of the People Nansen
1969 Bonanza Vinson 1 episode
1969 Mission: Impossible Dr. Wimmel 1 episode
1962–1971 Hallmark Hall of Fame Mr. Oshira / Mentor Graham / Ozni 3 episodes
1971 Night Gallery Mr. Godwin 1 episode
1972 Cade's County Barney 1 episode
1972 Sandcastles Sascha
1972 Sanford and Son Pawnbroker 1 episode
1972 Cannon Bellman / Caretaker 2 episodes


  1. Garfield, David (1980). "Birth of The Actors Studio: 1947-1950". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc.. p. 52. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. "Also [in Lewis' class were] Henry Barnard, Jay Barney, John Becher, Philip Bourneuf, Joan Chandler, Peter Cookson, Stephen Elliott, Robert Emhardt, Joy Geffen, William Hansen, Will Hare, Jane Hoffman, George Keane, Don Keefer, George Matthews, Peggy Meredith, Ty Perry, Margaret Phillips, David Pressman, William Prince, Elliot Reid, Frances Reid, Kurt Richards, Elizabeth Ross, Thelma Schnee, Joshua Shelley, Fed Stewart, John Straub, Michael Strong, John Sylvester, Julie Warren, Mary Welch, Lois Wheeler, and William Woodson." 

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