Norman Alden
Norman Alden appeared as US Senator "Will Bill" Orloff in the episode titled "Spy in the House" in Season 1 of CBS-TV's "Dallas" series.
Norman Alden
General Information
Birth Name: Norman Adelberg
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Died: July 27, 2012(2012-07-27) (aged 87)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Once Dated/Portner(s): Linda Thieben (1987-2012, his death)
Spouse(s): Sharon Hayden (1966-?, divorced)
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1957-2006
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas (first series)
Appeared as: Senator "Will Bill" Orloff
Episodes appeared in
/involved with:
"Spy in the House" in Season 1 (Ep.#3)

Norman Alden (born Norman Adelberg; September 13, 1924 - July 27, 2012) appeared twice on the CBS-TV series "Dallas" as U.S.Senator "Will Bill" Orloff, whom the Ewings, namely Jock Ewing, has in his pocket, in paying him to divert the focus of the State Investigator Cliff Barnes, a Ewing family nemisis, off of Ewing Oil's business practices, in "Spy in the House" in Season 1.


A talented and gifted veteran character actor, Norman performed in television programs and motion pictures since first appearing on The 20th Century Fox Hour in 1957.

Norman was signed to a development deal by NBC in 1954, where he got a role in its series Matinee Theater.[1] As a character actor, he frequently played mostly tough guys and authority figures, often in sports team coach or police detective type roles. In Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, he had a memorable appearance as a coach who drowned after collapsing face-down into a bowl of chicken soup, and he coached Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson in the film Semi-Tough.

Alden was also the voice of Aquaman, on Super Friends & The All New Super Friends Hour. He reprised this role brief for a commercial crossing over Super Friends and The Powerpuff Girl. The commercial included Blossom being voice by Cathy Cavadini. [2]

In 1986, Alden voiced Kranix on The Transformers: The Movie, which also had Hal Rayle voicing Shrapnel and Neil Ross voicing Bonecrusher, Hook, Springer and Slag. Yhat same year, he appeared in the role of Lou Caruthers in Back to the Future, which co-starred Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, and Christopher Lloyd.

Norman also appeared in numerous Disney films, with roles including Sir Kay in The Sword in the Stone and Norman in the Disney Sunday Movie episode "Sunday Drive".


Alden died at the age of 87 on July 27, 2012 from natural causes in Los Angeles, California. He is survived by his two children from his first marriage, one grandson, and his partner of 25 years, Linda Thieben.[3][4][5]


  1. "'Oscar' Talk Heped Alden," The Morning Herald, January 4, 1978, p36
  2. SuperFriends commercial, YouTube video, accessed 3/6/2014.
  3. Character Actor Norman Alden Dies at 87
  4. Actor Norman Alden dies aged 87,, accessed July 30, 2012.
  5. 'America's Favorite Unknown Actor' Norm Alden Dies,, taken from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram article, July 31, 2012, accessed July 31, 2012.

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