William Sylvester was born in Oakland, California, the son of Italian immigrant Joseph Silvester (1899–1941) and his American wife, Gertrude Bailey Silvester (1898–1957). He served in the U.S. Navy during the Second World War , and settled in Britain after the war to pursue his interest in professional acting.
Sylvester is a name derived from the Latin adjective silvestris meaning "wooded" or "wild", which derives from the noun silva meaning "woodland". Classical Latin spells this with i . In Classical Latin y represented a separate sound distinct from i , not a native Latin sound but one used in transcriptions of foreign words.
William Thomson's father, James Thomson, was a teacher of mathematics and engineering at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and the son of a farmer. James Thomson married Margaret Gardner in 1817 and, of their children, four boys and two girls survived infancy.
Bill Finger was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1914 to a Jewish family.   His father, Louis Finger, was born in Austria-Hungary in 1890 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1907, while his mother Tessie was born circa 1893, in New York City.
William James "Willem" Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American actor. He is known for his distinctive gravelly voice, and has received multiple accolades, including nominations for four Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.