A member of the Screen Actors Guild, William’s
roots are as an actor. He initially performed on stage
as a pre-teen in Atlanta with the Atlanta Children’s
Civic Theater, performing in such classics as “Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Ali Baba
and the Forty Thieves.” He continued on stage
during high school as Rabbit in “ Winnie the
Although he had a love of performance, his other love,
aircraft, opened an additional career for him. William
was awarded an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.
Following graduation, he earned his wings as a Naval
Aviator flying E-2 Hawkeye aircraft from aircraft carriers.
While onboard his carrier he co-wrote and performed
in shows for his fellow shipmates. After over 7 years
of active service, he transferred to the Navy Reserves.
He still flies, but has returned to the performing
Returning to Atlanta , he once again performed on-stage.
In addition, he was getting cast in commercials and
industrials. In 1995 William moved to Los Angeles .
He began studying under David LeGrant, a veteran of
the 1950’s Actor’s Studio, the era of Marlon
Brando and Marilyn Monroe.
In Los Angeles , William has been active in the film,
commercial, industrial and live theater arenas. He
has appeared in spots for The Fox Family Channel, Comedy
Central, DiTech.com, Pontiac, and Honda (Japan), just
to name a few. William also had the lead in “The
Face in the Frame,” an independent film. In addition,
he starred in a series of one-act plays by Michael
T. Folie at North Hollywood ’s Raven Playhouse.
At a filmmaking program offered at The American Film
Institute, he branched out and co-wrote and co-directed
the comedy short “PRT Woman.”
William Kauffman founded Aviator Pictures. He
recently completed, “Those Who Also Served,” a
documentary that tells the story of a group of civilian
construction men on WakeIsland,
building a US Navy base in the Pacific in 1941. As
part of CONTRACTOR’S PACIFIC NAVAL AIR
BASES, they were attacked by the Japanese
just hours after Pearl Harbor and
held out for 16 days before surrendering and then spending
four years in Japanese prison camps. The documentary
covers the exploits of the island commander, Commander
Winfield Scott Cunningham, the Marine
Majors James Devereaux and Paul Putnam and
the civilian leader Nathan “Dan” Teeters,
as well as many of the civilians in their struggle
against the Japanese. Upcoming projects include the
production of an original dramatic screenplay and an
adaptation of a short story.