William Wintersole Dies
William Wintersole dies: William Wintersole, a veteran of the soap opera The Young and The Restless, died at the age of 88 from complications with cancer. His daughter, Tiffany Harmon, shared the news on Facebook. She writes:
My father Bill Wintersole passed away early Tuesday morning. My bond with him was strong. His pure heart He spoke to me with his facial expressions, since his gift was communication with ANYBODY … AT ANY TIME … AT ANY TIME. A legend. An artist and my beautiful daddy. # collective consciousness as it rises to protect me and the many fans who loved it.
This is what you need to know about this veteran screen actor.
1. Wintersole has been ill for several years
In another Facebook post, Harmon details the two years they spent with “trips to the hospital, to the nursing home and back.”
“I did the best I could… and I was really present and took it into account in recent years,” Harmon writes.
He also says he is happy to have the Internet there to “search for, share and love him even more for being such a talented actor.”
2. His character “Young and The Restless” has also disappeared
Attorney Mitchell Sherman was an unconditional Newman Enterprises for decades. In September 2019, Amanda Sinclair (Mishael Morgan) revealed to Devon Hamilton (Bryton James) that Mitchell passed away.
As a prominent lawyer on the show, his great stories included Jill Abbott (Jess Walton) marrying Phillip Chancellor II (John Considine) declared illegal because Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) was intoxicated when she signed the divorce papers for Phillip. He also helped Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) prevent Derek Thurston (Joe Ladue) from taking over Chancellor Industries. And in recent years, he helped Brock Reynolds (Beau Kazer) discover the plot to change the identities of Marge Cotroke (also Jeanne Cooper) and Katherine.
3. Did more than soap operas
Wintersole was born in 1931 in Portsmouth, Ohio, but came to California to attend UCLA for college. He then starred in The Young and the Restless for 25 years, his last appearances were in 2011, but he also appeared in dozens of other television shows, including Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, General Hospital and Simon & Simon.
Wintersole’s film credits include television movies and the band played in, Bubble Burst Day and Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love and the movie Valley of the Dolls.
4. Wintersole served during the Korean War
According to his IMDB biography, Wintersole worked for the American Forces Radio and Television service during the Korean War, assigned to the AFKN headquarters at KILROY station in Taegu, Korea.
During the Korean War, there were so many American troops serving there that several stations were used, including mobile units that followed the combat units, providing news and entertainment on the radio.
5. He was a devoted father and grandfather
Harmon writes on Facebook , “I am a lucky woman for having such an amazing father … and for my connection having been so STOOL … he was my guide … and will always guide me.”
Wintersole is survived by her partner Marlene Silverstein, her daughters Tiffany and Katherine Ramsey, her three granddaughters (Kristy, Amy, and Jill) and a great-granddaughter, Abby.