William Campbell, star of the cult classic film DEMENTIA 13 died Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. Campbell was born in Newark, New Jersey on October 30, 1926 and served with the Navy in World War II. He married his first wife Exner in 1952 and the couple divorced in 1958. Campbell is survived by Tereza, his third wife.
Campbell had a long career and starred in such classic films as BLOOD BATH, TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE, and Francis Ford Coppolaβs directorial debut. DEMENTIA 13. Campbell also starred on the cult classic television program Star Trek, and notably portrayed a Klingon captain beset by Tribbles in”The Trouble With Tribbles. β
In DEMENTIA 13, Campbell played Richard Haloran. A member of the creepy Haloran family who gather every year at Castle Haloran to reenact a bizarre ritual and pay homage to Kathleen Haloran who drowned in the neighboring pond decades earlier. Campellβs portrayal of the disturbed Richard Haloran was both powerful and moving.
βJohn Haloran has a fatal heart attack, but his wife Louise won’t get any of the inheritance when Lady Haloran dies if John is dead. Louise forges a letter from John to convince the rest of his family he’s been called to New York on important business, and goes to his Irish ancestral home, Castle Haloran, to meet the family and look for a way to ensure a cut of the loot. Seven years earlier John’s sister Kathleen was drowned in the pond, and the Halorans enact a morbid ritual in remembrance. Secrets shroud the sister’s demise, and soon the family and guests begin experiencing an attrition problem.β