Bill Bixby

Actor + Film Director + Comedian
Born Jan 22, 1934

Wilfred Bailey Everett “Bill” Bixby III was an American film and television actor, director, and frequent game show panelist. His career spanned over three decades; he appeared on stage, in motion pictures and TV series. He is known for his roles as Tim O'Hara on the CBS sitcom My Favorite Martian, Tom Corbett on the ABC comedy-drama series The Courtship of Eddie's Father, and Dr. David Banner on the CBS drama series The Incredible Hulk.… Read More

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1934 Birth Born on January 22, 1934.
1942 8 Years Old In 1942, When Bixby was eight years old, his father enlisted in the Navy during World War II and traveled to the South Pacific. … Read More


1946 12 Years Old In 1946, his mother encouraged him to take ballroom dance lessons and from there he started dancing all around the city. … Read More
1952 18 Years Old After graduation from high school in 1952, against his parents' wishes, he majored in drama at San Francisco City College, where he was a classmate of Lee Meriwether, another young actress who was later to win the title of Miss America as Miss California 1954. … Read More


1959 25 Years Old He then moved to Hollywood, California, where he had a string of odd jobs that included bellhop and lifeguard. He organized shows at a resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In 1959, he was hired to work as a model and to do commercial work for General Motors and Chrysler.
1961 27 Years Old In 1961, Bixby was in the musical The Boy Friend at the Detroit Civic Theater, returning to Hollywood to make his television debut on an episode of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. … Read More
1962 28 Years Old He also joined the cast of The Joey Bishop Show in 1962.
1963 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963 he played a sailor with a Napoleon tattoo in the movie Irma La Douce, a romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, directed by Billy Wilder based on the 1956 French musical. … Read More


1969 35 Years Old In 1969, Bixby starred in his second high-profile television role, as Tom Corbett in The Courtship of Eddie's Father, a comedy-drama on ABC. … Read More
1970 36 Years Old Bixby made his directorial debut on the show in 1970, directing eight episodes. … Read More
1971 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The final thing he realized of Bill's real-life father's death in 1971, and when asked about his mentor’s father’s loss, he stated: "He had that type of mentality that the show must go on, thinking it was just a great T.V. show, after he broke down weeping."
1973 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1973, Bixby starred in The Magician. … Read More


1974 40 Years Old 1 More Event
He became a popular game show panelist, appearing mostly on Password and The Hollywood Squares. He was also a panelist on the 1974 revival of Masquerade Party hosted by Richard Dawson. … Read More
1975 41 Years Old In 1975, he co-starred with Tim Conway and Don Knotts in the Disney movie The Apple Dumpling Gang, which was well received by the public.
Returning to television, he worked with Susan Blakely on Rich Man, Poor Man, a highly successful television miniseries in 1976.
1980 46 Years Old …  Bixby directed one episode of the series, "Bring Me the Head of the Hulk" in 1980 (original airdate: January 9, 1981). … Read More
1981 47 Years Old On March 1, 1981, Bixby's six-year-old son Christopher died suddenly of a rare throat infection. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean, near Maui, like his grandfather's. Benet committed suicide on April 7, 1982, following a break-up with her assistant, Tammy Bruce.
1983 49 Years Old 1 More Event
During the same time period, Bixby directed several episodes of another short-lived television series, Wizards and Warriors, which aired in 1983.


1986 - 1987 2 More Events
1989 55 Years Old In 1989, he met Laura Michaels, who had worked on the set of one of his Hulk movies. … Read More
1991 57 Years Old In early 1991, Bixby was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent treatment. … Read More
Bixby married Judith in late 1993, just six weeks before he collapsed on the set of Blossom.


1993 60 Years Old The two would remain in touch until Bixby's death in 1993. … Read More
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