Bill Irwin Biography (1950-)

Full name, William Mills Irwin; born April 11, 1950, in Santa Monica, CA; sonof Horace G. (an aerospace engineer) and Elizabeth (a teacher; maiden name,Mills) Irwin; married Kimi Okada (a dancer and choreographer), April 19, 1977(divorced); married Martha Roth (an actress and midwife); children: (secondmarriage) Santos Patrick Morales. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 40 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, dancer, clown, writer
Birth Details
April 11, 1950
Santa Monica, California, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Donner Party, It's Crossing, Kraken Theatre Ensemble, Oberlin, OH, 1971
  • The Seeds of Atreus, Kraken Theatre Ensemble, 1971
  • Murdoch and the Regard of Flight, Oberlin Dance Collective, San Francisco, CA, 1977
  • Circa, Oberlin Dance Collective, 1977
  • Not Quite/New York, New York City, 1980
  • (Off-Broadway debut) The Regard of Flight, American Place Theatre,1982
  • 5-6-7-8 ... Dance!, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1983
  • The Regard of Flight, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, LosAngeles, 1983, then Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1985
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights (dance work), New York City, 1984
  • (Broadway debut) Sergeant, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Belasco Theatre, 1984
  • Galy Gay, A Man's a Man, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA, 1985
  • Medvedenko, The Sea Gull, La Jolla Playhouse, 1985
  • The Courtroom, Theatre at St. Clement's Church, New York City,1985
  • The Clown Bagatelles, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • The Regard of Flight, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1987
  • The Post-Modern Hoofer, Largely/New York (The Further Adventures of aPost-Modern Hoofer), City Center Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Lucky, Waiting for Godot, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • The Post-Modern Hoofer, Largely/New York, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Texts for Nothing, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • Fool Moon, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 1993-95, then Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1996, later Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1998
  • Trinculo, The Tempest, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • Nixon's Nixon, MCC Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • Hip-Hop Wonderland, New York City, 1996
  • Scapin, Seattle, WA, then Roundabout Theatre Company, Laura Pels Theatre, New York City, 1996-97
  • Host, The Elegance of Tap and the Comedy of Tap, Theatre at Town Hall, New York City, 2000
  • Appeared as Arlecchino, Three Cuckolds, La Jolla Playhouse; and also appeared in Strike Up the Band, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Major Tours
  • Appeared in a tour of Fool Moon, European cities.
  • Stage Work
  • Choreographer, Circa, Oberlin Dance Collective, 1977
  • Choreographer, Murdoch and the Regard of Flight, Oberlin Dance Collective, 1977
  • Choreographer, The Courtroom, Theatre at St. Clement's Church,1985
  • Circus and clown consultant, Times and Appetites of Toulouse-Lautrec, American Place Theatre, 1985
  • Producer and video designer (with Skip Sweeney), Largely/New York (TheFurther Adventures of a Post-Modern Hoofer), City Center Theatre, 1988
  • Director, Fool Moon, Richard Rodgers Theatre, 1993-95, then Ambassador Theatre, 1996, later Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 1998
  • Director, Scapin, Seattle, then Roundabout Theatre Company, LauraPels Theatre, 1996-97
  • Director, A Flea in Her Ear, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1998
  • Codirector, Three Cuckolds, La Jolla Playhouse.
  • Film Appearances
  • Ham Gravy, Popeye, Paramount, 1980
  • Eric, A New Life, Paramount, 1988
  • Eddie Collins, Eight Men Out, Orion, 1988
  • Ride with the Devil, 1988
  • Kirby, My Blue Heaven, 1990
  • Mime, Scenes from a Mall, 1991
  • Buzz Harley, Hot Shots!, 1991
  • Geoffrey, Stepping Out, 1991
  • Floyd, Manhattan by Numbers, 1993
  • Comic, Silent Tongue, 1993
  • Man in the gray hat, Water Ride, 1994
  • Marco, Illuminata, Artisan Entertainment, 1998
  • Ray Charles, Just the Ticket (also known as Scalpers), United Artists, 1999
  • Tom Snout, A Midsummer Night's Dream (also known as WilliamShakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sogno di una notte di mezza estate), Fox Searchlight, 1999
  • Jules, Stanley's Gig, 2000
  • Lou Lou Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (also known as Dr.Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Grinch), Universal, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1980-1982
  • Santa Claus, Who's the Boss?, ABC, 1985
  • Senator Platt, Silver Spoons, NBC, 1985
  • Eddie Bartholomew, "The Show Must Go On," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1987
  • Gus, Boys Will Be Boys, Fox, 1988
  • Enrico Ballati, the flying man, "Get Real," Northern Exposure, 1991
  • Enrico Ballati, the flying man, "On Our Own," Northern Exposure, 1992
  • Charley, Dave's World, CBS, 1996
  • Pickles, 3rd Rock from the Sun, NBC, 1997
  • Appeared as "the postmodern hoofer" in an episode of Sesame Street; also appeared in episodes of Alive from Off Center, PBS, and TheTonight Show.
  • Specials
  • "The Regard of Flight," Great Performances, PBS, 1983
  • New Vaudevillians III, The Disney Channel, 1988
  • Bette Midler's Mondo Beyondo, HBO, 1988
  • Clown, The Circus, HBO, 1989
  • The maestro, "The Last Mile," Great Performances' 20th AnniversarySpecial, PBS, 1992
  • Host, Silent Sunday Nights, Turner Classic Movies, 1995
  • Vaudeville, PBS, 1997
  • Broadway '99: Launching the Tony Awards, PBS, 1999
  • Appeared in The Paul Daniels Magic Show, BBC.
  • Series
  • The goon, WWF Monday Night RAW, 1996
  • Mr. Noodle, Sesame Street (also known as Canadian Sesame Street), 1998-
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 41st Annual Tony Awards, 1987
  • The 42nd Annual Tony Awards, 1988
  • Other Television Appearances
  • "Katherine Anne Porter: The Eye of Memory" (miniseries), American Masters, PBS, 1986
  • Himself, "Subway Car from Hell," Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground (movie), HBO, 1997
  • Himself, Niagara: A History of the Falls, 1999
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Appeared in the Bobby McFerrin video Don't Worry, Be Happy, 1988; and in the Mary Chapin Carpenter video Let Me into Your Heart, 1996.
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage
  • Circa, Oberlin Dance Collective, 1977
  • (With Doug Skinner) Murdoch and the Regard of Flight, Oberlin Dance Collective, 1977
  • Not Quite/New York, New York City, 1980
  • The Regard of Flight, American Place Theatre, 1982
  • The Courtroom, Theatre at St. Clement's Church, 1985
  • Largely/New York (The Further Adventures of a Post-Modern Hoofer),City Center Theatre, 1988
  • Television Episodes
  • Writer for Alive from Off Center, PBS.
  • Television Specials
  • "The Regard of Flight," Great Performances, PBS, 1983

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books:
    • Newsmakers, October 6, 1995, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1988.
    Periodicals:
    • Back Stage, p. 5.
    • People Weekly, April 5, 1993, p. 93.

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