Bill Bixby
Actor, film director, comedian
Bill Bixby
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.
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Keith Coogan of "The Fox and the Hound" recalls his days at Disney Studios - Jim Hill (blog)
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Who played Mr. Donovan, the gambler that Bill Bixby originally played in the first 'Apple Dumpling' movie," Keith stated. "Now what was kind of interesting about that was - previous to 'Gun Shy' - I had shot an episode of 'Super Train' with Barry's Dad
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Will Hulk finally be a big screen hit? - TG Daily
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The Hulk was one of my favorite superheros growing up, and I loved the TV series with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. Like all the top superheros, the Hulk was brought to the big screen, twice within a decade, and both attempts really missed the mark
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The East Coast earthquake has nothing on these five comic book foundation ... - IFC
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Long before he was a major motion film property (and a CGI effect), the Incredible Hulk was the champion of the small screen and lovingly brought to life by the dynamic duo of Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. Capitalizing on the popular disaster movie
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Ask 411 Movies for 08.15.11: You'll Believe a Man Can Fly! -
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... or references to previous versions of a project, like Edward Norton watching The Courtship of Eddie's Father in 2008's The Incredible Hulk featuring Bill Bixby who played Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk television series and Lou Ferrigno,
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By Bags H. : August 13, 2011 Remember Bill Bixby? He was the guy who played David Banner on TV. Although he transformed into the Hulk, Lou Ferrigno is still the most widely remembered because he was the Incredible Hulk – on TV that is
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Washington to nation: What economic crisis? - Kansas City Star
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... much as a jaw-dropping market drop the same day that the House of Representatives rejected the Troubled Asset Relief Program in 2008 eventually helped force lawmakers back to pass the bill. Bixby and other analysts noted that there are plenty of
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What's with all the Marvel Studios Hate going on? - Comic Book Movie
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It could maybe be just me but I didn't get Norton's fear of what he was (an unstoppable DESTRUCTION MACHINE) like Bill Bixby passed on the audience. THAT'S what his portrayal lacked and what could have made it great, IMO
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Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro and Stan Lee on the Upcoming 'Hulk' TV Series -
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He was later featured in a well-regarded 1970s TV show starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, as well as two feature fims. He'll again appear on screen next summer in Joss Whedon's The Avengers. 'Nuff said
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Wimbledon 2011: rampaging Rafael Nadal is tennis's Greatest of All Time, not ... -
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But there hasn't been an instant metamorphosis of the type since mannerly Bill Bixby mutated into monstrous Lou Ferrigno in The Incredible Hulk. Nadal's resentment at losing the odd meaningless point while cruising to a facile victory captures his
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In arrivo una serie su Hulk? - Itasa Blog
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La serie, trasmessa con successo anche in Italia dagli anni ottanta, è stata interpretata da Bill Bixby nella parte di David Bruce Banner e da Lou Ferrigno, noto culturista, nella parte di Hulk. Cosa ne pensate? Avremo un Hulk rosso o grigio anziché
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Un gigante con un corazón de oro - Yahoo! Eurosport España
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Sigue asi de generoso. me acordé del capítulo piloto de la serie The Incredible Hulk, cuando David Banner (el gran Bill Bixby) estudiaba a una señora que fue capaz de levantar un auto o de arrancarle la puerta a un auto con tal de liberar a alguien,
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Review: 'Wilfred' akin to the 1960's far-fetched comedies - Monsters and
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They were the original "Get Smart" written by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, and "My Favorite Martian," starring Bill Bixby and Mr. Hand (Ray Walston) from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." They were the original "Get Smart" written by Mel Brooks and Buck
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BAZOOKA HULK by Tony Fitzpatrick - Artnet
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The Hulk has been canceled, re-introduced and re-launched a number of times; there have been bastardizations, too -- from a jive TV show with Bill Bixby who turned into Lou Ferrigno wearing a porcupine wig when mad, to two less than successful films
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Brevard County readers tell us about their favorite TV dads - Florida Today
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Moletteire says he appreciates the parenting style portrayed by Bill Bixby on "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," a show that aired from 1969 to 1972. / Craig Bailey, FLORIDA TODAY Who is your favorite TV dad? Who do you admire and why?
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INFINITE IMPROBABILITY Rich Howells - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
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GL: You got to know Bill Bixby quite well. What were some of your favorite memories of him? LF: He was like my mentor. I learned a lot from him about acting. He was very professional. I learned to be on time on the set, respect myself and respect the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Bixby
  • 1993
    Age 59
    Bixby's cancer recurred and was diagnosed as terminal. On November 21, 1993, six days after his final assignment on Blossom, he died of complications in Century City, Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details He was 59 years old. His wife, Judith Kliban and his longtime friend Dick Martin were by his side. His ashes are at Kliban's Maui estate.
    In early 1993, after rumors began circulating about his health, Bixby went public with his illness, discussing his disease and the energy needed to keep him alive.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, he made several guest appearances on shows such as Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, among many others.
    Bixby married Judith in late 1993, just six weeks before he collapsed on the set of Blossom.
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  • 1991
    Age 57
    In early 1991, Bixby was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent treatment.
    More Details Hide Details He was divorced in the same year. In late 1992, friends introduced him to the artist Judith Kliban, widow of B. Kliban, a cartoonist who had died of a pulmonary embolism.
  • 1989
    Age 55
    In 1989, he met Laura Michaels, who had worked on the set of one of his Hulk movies.
    More Details Hide Details The couple married a year later in Hawaii.
  • 1987
    Age 53
    In 1987, he directed eight episodes of the satirical police sitcom Sledge Hammer!, including the episode, "Hammer Hits the Rock" in season two, where he made an uncredited appearance as "Zeke" (prisoner in cell No. 76).
    More Details Hide Details Bixby was executive producer of the three Hulk made-for-television sequel movies in the late 1980s and in 1990. He also directed the latter two. Bixby hosted two Elvis specials, both from Las Vegas: The Elvis Files (August 1991) and The Elvis Conspiracy (January 1992). Bixby made his last acting appearance in 1992, guest starring on an episode of Diagnosis: Murder. He finished his career by directing 30 episodes (in seasons two and three) of the NBC sitcom Blossom.
  • 1986
    Age 52
    From 1986 to 1987, he hosted the syndicated weekday anthology series True Confessions.
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  • 1983
    Age 49
    From 1983 to 1984, Bixby hosted a documentary series for Nickelodeon entitled Against the Odds.
    More Details Hide Details The series, which was canceled after only two seasons, consists of short biographies of famous people throughout history.
    During the same time period, Bixby directed several episodes of another short-lived television series, Wizards and Warriors, which aired in 1983.
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  • 1981
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 1980
    Age 46
    Bixby directed one episode of the series, "Bring Me the Head of the Hulk" in 1980 (original airdate: January 9, 1981).
    More Details Hide Details The series was canceled after the following season, but leftover episodes aired as late as the next June. Bixby later reprised the role in three television movies – The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and The Death of the Incredible Hulk – the last two of which he also directed, and the first of which he has been said to have unofficially co-directed. Bixby was executive producer and co-star of the short-lived sit-com Goodnight, Beantown (1983–84). He also directed three episodes of the series.
  • 1976
    Age 42
    Bixby hosted Once Upon A Classic on PBS from 1976 to 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Although he initially declined the role of Dr. David Banner in The Incredible Hulk because of its comic book origins, on reading Kenneth Johnson's script for the pilot episode, he was persuaded to change his mind (and agreed to remain involved with the series for as long as Johnson was to be involved). Consequently, Bixby starred in the pilot movie called The Incredible Hulk, based loosely on the Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Marvel comic book characters. Its success (coupled with some theatrical releases of the film in Europe) convinced CBS to turn it into a weekly series, which began airing in the spring of 1978. It became an international hit, seen in over 70 countries. The show made Bixby a pop icon of the late 1970s and 1980s. The pilot also starred Susan Sullivan as Dr. Elaina Marks, who tries to help the conflicted and widowed Dr. Banner overcome his "problem", and falls in love with him in the process. In a retrospective on The Incredible Hulk, Glenn Greenberg declared Bixby's performance to be the series's "foremost" strength, elaborating that he "masterfully conveyed the profound loneliness and tragedy of Dr. Banner while also bringing to the role an abundance of warmth, intelligence, humor, nobility, likability, and above all else, humanity."
    In 1976, he was honored with two Emmy Award nominations, one for Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in Drama or Comedy for The Streets of San Francisco and the other for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series for Rich Man, Poor Man.
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    He played a daredevil stunt pilot in an episode of the short-lived 1976 CBS adventure series Spencer's Pilots, starring Gene Evans.
    More Details Hide Details In 1977, he co-starred in the pilot for the television series Fantasy Island; starred in "No Way Out", the final episode of the NBC anthology series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale); and appeared with Donna Mills, Richard Jaeckel, and William Shatner in the last episode, "The Scarlet Ribbon", of NBC's western series The Oregon Trail, starring Rod Taylor and Andrew Stevens. Bixby directed two episodes of The Oregon Trail.
    Returning to television, he worked with Susan Blakely on Rich Man, Poor Man, a highly successful television miniseries in 1976.
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  • 1975
    Age 41
    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.
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  • 1974
    Age 40
    In 1974-1975, he directed four episodes of the eighth season of Mannix, and he guest-starred as Mannix's friend-turned-villain in one of the episodes.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had also appeared with Dawson on Cop-Out.
  • 1973
    Age 39
    Also in 1973, he starred in Steambath, a play by author Bruce Jay Friedman, on PBS with Valerie Perrine and Jose Perez.
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    In 1973, Bixby starred in The Magician.
    More Details Hide Details The series was well liked, but it lasted only one season. An accomplished amateur magician himself, he hosted several TV specials in the mid-1970s which featured other amateur magicians, and was a respected member of the Hollywood magic community, belonging to The Magic Castle, an exclusive club for magicians. During the show's popular, although short-lived production, Bixby as always, invited a few old friends along to co-star such as Pamela Britton (in her final role), Kristina Holland and Ralph O'Hara.
  • 1971
    Age 37
    Bixby's father died of a heart attack in 1971, a month before Bill's first wedding. Bixby was married three times. His first marriage was to actress Brenda Benet. They were married on July 4, 1971. She gave birth to their son Christopher on September 25, 1974.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to their earlier appearance together on Courtship, Benet guest-starred with him on his The Magician series in 1973, did an episode of The Love Boat with him in 1977, and was a guest on The Incredible Hulk program in 1980 just before they divorced.
    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."
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  • 1970
    Age 36
    Bixby made his directorial debut on the show in 1970, directing eight episodes.
    More Details Hide Details ABC canceled the sitcom in 1972 at the end of season three. After the show was canceled, Bixby and Cruz remained in contact, with Cruz making a guest appearance on Bixby's later series The Incredible Hulk. The death of Bixby's only child, in 1981, drew Bixby and Cruz closer still.
  • 1969
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The series concerned a widowed father raising a young son, managing a major syndicated magazine while at the same time trying to re-establish himself on the dating scene. This series was in the vein of other 1960s and 1970s sitcoms that dealt with widowerhood, such as The Andy Griffith Show and My Three Sons. Eddie was played by novice actor Brandon Cruz. The pair developed a close rapport that translated to an off-camera friendship as well. The cast was rounded out by Academy Award-winning actress Miyoshi Umeki, who played the role of Tom's housekeeper, Mrs. Livingston; James Komack (one of the series' producers) as Norman Tinker (Tom's pseudo-hippie, quirky photographer) and actress Kristina Holland as Tom's secretary, Tina. One episode of the show co-starred Bixby's future wife, Brenda Benet, as one of Tom's girlfriends. Bixby was nominated for the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1971. The following year, he won the Parents Without Partners Exemplary Service Award for 1972.
  • 1963
    Age 29
    Bixby took the role of young reporter Tim O'Hara in the 1963 CBS sitcom, My Favorite Martian, in which he co-starred with Ray Walston.
    More Details Hide Details But by 1966, high production costs forced the series to come to an end after 107 episodes. After the cancellation of Martian, Bixby starred in five movies: Ride Beyond Vengeance, Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!, and two of Elvis Presley's movies, Clambake, and Speedway. He turned down the role as Marlo Thomas's boyfriend in the successful That Girl, though he later guest starred on the show, and starred in two failed pilots.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1970s, he made guest-appearances on TV series such as Ironside, Insight, Barbary Coast, The Love Boat, Medical Center, four episodes of Love, American Style, Fantasy Island, and two episodes each of The Streets of San Francisco, and Rod Serling's Night Gallery.
  • 1962
    Age 28
    He also joined the cast of The Joey Bishop Show in 1962.
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  • 1961
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He became a highly regarded character actor and guest-starred in many 1960s TV series including Ben Casey, The Twilight Zone, The Andy Griffith Show, Dr. Kildare, Straightaway, and Hennesey.
  • 1959
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1952
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bixby and Meriwether would later work together on an episode of Barnaby Jones. Later, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, his parents' alma mater. Just four credits short of earning a degree, Bixby dropped out of college and was drafted into the Marines.
  • 1946
    Age 12
    In 1946, his mother encouraged him to take ballroom dance lessons and from there he started dancing all around the city.
    More Details Hide Details While dancing, he attended Lowell High School where he perfected his oratory and dramatic skills as a member of the Lowell Forensic Society. Though he received average grades, he also competed in high school speech tournaments regionally.
  • 1942
    Age 8
    In 1942, When Bixby was eight years old, his father enlisted in the Navy during World War II and traveled to the South Pacific.
    More Details Hide Details While in the seventh grade, Bixby attended Grace Cathedral and sang in the church's choir. In one notable incident, he shot the bishop using a slingshot during one service and was kicked out of the choir.
  • 1934
    Age 0
    Born on January 22, 1934.
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