Bill Bixby

Actor, Director, Model
As one of the most recognizable faces on television for more than two decades, actor-director Bill Bixby became associated with an admirable strength of character, not only in his roles, but in his personal life as ... Read more »
Born: 01/22/1934 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Goodnight, Beantown 1967 - 1977, 1981 - 1985, 1988 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Courtship of Eddie's Father 1967 - 1985, 1988 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Elvis Conspiracy 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Story 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Elvis Files 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Exploring Psychic Powers... Live 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

J.J. Starbuck 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

True Confessions 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chemical People 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Whatever Became Of...? 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Agatha Christie's "Murder Is Easy" 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Book of Lists 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Yabba Dabba Doo 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

I've Had It Up to Here 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Remembered: Nashville to Hollywood 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

That Thing on ABC 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Hulk 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Hulk 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kentucky Fried Movie 1977 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Natural Look 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Spencer's Pilots 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Masquerade Party 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apple Dumpling Gang 1975 (Movie)

Russell Donavan (Actor)

The Barbary Coast 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magician 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Gallery 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Of Men of Women 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magician 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Speedway 1968 (Movie)

Kenny Donford (Actor)

Clambake 1967 (Movie)

James Jamison III (Actor)

Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding 1966 (Movie)

Dick Bender (Actor)

My Favorite Martian 1963 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Ride Beyond Vengeance 1965 (Movie)

Johnsy Boy Hood (Actor)

Irma la Douce 1963 (Movie)

Tattoed Sailor (Actor)

Lonely Are the Brave 1962 (Movie)

(Actor)

Under the Yum Yum Tree 1962 (Movie)

Boy, Track Team (Actor)

Black Market Baby (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis of Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Actor

International Airport (TV Show)

Actor

Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Show)

Actor

Shirts/Skins (TV Show)

Actor

Sin of Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

Steambath (TV Show)

Actor

The Couple Takes a Wife (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Houdinis (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Hulk Returns (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of King Arthur (TV Show)

Actor

The Marilyn Files (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor
Director (22)

Bert D'Angelo, Superstar 1967 - 1985, 1988 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Blossom 1970 - 1974, 1976 - 1977, 1982 - 1985, 1989 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Charlie's Angels 1967 - 1985, 1988 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Herbie, the Love Bug 1967 - 1977, 1981 - 1985, 1988 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

I Had Three Wives 1967 - 1977, 1981 - 1985, 1988 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Mannix 1967 - 1977, 1981 - 1985, 1988 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Mr. Merlin 1968 - 1977, 1981 - 1985, 1989 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Murphy's Law 1968 - 1977, 1981 - 1985, 1988 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

The Oregon Trail 1967 - 1985, 1988 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Detective in the House 1976 - 1977, 1982 - 1985, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Dreams 1976 - 1977, 1982 - 1985, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Ferris Bueller 1970 - 1974, 1976 - 1977, 1982 - 1985, 1989 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Wizards and Warriors 1976 - 1977, 1982 - 1985, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II 1976 - 1977, 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

Rockhopper 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

W*A*L*T*E*R 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

The Best of Times 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

The Many Loves of Arthur 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Director

Baby of the Bride (TV Show)

Director

The Woman Who Loved Elvis (TV Show)

Director

Three on a Date (TV Show)

Director

Biography

As one of the most recognizable faces on television for more than two decades, actor-director Bill Bixby became associated with an admirable strength of character, not only in his roles, but in his personal life as well. As an actor new to Hollywood, he quickly picked up a number of small guest parts on series before landing his first starring role on the fantasy sitcom "My Favorite Martian" (CBS, 1963-66) opposite Ray Walston as the titular alien. He also appeared in several films in the mid-1960s, including the Elvis Presley musical-comedy "Speedway" (1968), before starring on the endearing family series "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (ABC, 1969-1972). From there Bixby went on to the short-lived, yet fondly remembered adventure series "The Magician" (NBC, 1973-74). By this time he was also working regularly as a director on such projects as the miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II" (ABC, 1976-77). His most recognizable role, however, was as Dr. David Banner on "The Incredible Hulk" (CBS, 1978-1982). Later in his career, Bixby's outwardly charmed life suffered a series of devastating blows after Brenda Benet, his wife of nearly 10 years, divorced him, his only child died unexpectedly, and Benet later committed suicide, all within a three-year period. When he publicly announced his battle against prostate cancer in the early 1990s, it came as no surprise to anyone that Bixby chose to live his final years just has he had his entire life - with optimism, courage and dignity.

Relationships

Brenda Benet Actor

Wife

Christopher Bixby

Son
born on September 25, 1974 mother, Brenda Benet died from a rare throat infection on March 1, 1981

Yvonne Craig Actor

Companion
dated in the 1960s

Judith Kliban

Wife
Married Oct. 3, 1993 until his death Nov. 21, 1993

Laura Michael

Wife

EDUCATION

San Francisco City College

San Francisco , California

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California

Milestones

1993

Directed last TV-movie, "The Woman Who Loved Elvis"

1991

Underwent surgury for prostate cancer

1986

Hosted the syndicated romance anthology program, "True Confessions", based on the magazine publication

1982

Hosted the short-lived CBS magazine show, "The Book of Lists"

1977

Starred as Dr. David Bruce Banner in the TV-movie, "The Incredible Hulk", which led to the series

1977

Last feature film appearance, playing himself in the episodic spoof "The Kentucky Fried Movie"

1975

Earliest TV-movies directed includes "The Barbary Coast", the pilot for the TV series

1975

Returned to feature films after a seven-year absence to play a leading role in "The Apple Dumpling Gang"

1968

Last feature film for seven years, "Speedway", starring Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra

1963

Played Tim O'Hara on the popular CBS sitcom, "My Favorite Martian"

1962

Made feature film debut in a bit part in "Lonely Are the Brave"

After completing military service, began career as a male model and a performer in TV commercials

Cancer reappeared five months later; spread to hip bone

Played Anthony Blake on the NBC adventure series, "The Magician"

Acted on Broadway in "The Paisley Convertible"

Worked in industrial films for Chrysler and General Motors

Was one of the celebrity panelists on the syndicated revamp of the 1950s game show, "Masquerade Party"

Reprised his role as Banner for the popular CBS adventure series, "The Incredible Hulk"

Performed in the national company of "The Fantasticks"

Formed his own production company, B&B Productions

Executive produced three "Hulk" films in which he reprised the role of Dr. David Banner: "The Incredible Hulk Returns" (1988), "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk" (1989) and "The Death of the Incredible Hulk" (1990); also directed the latter two

Hosted the PBS children's series, "Once Upon a Classic"

Received critical acclaim for his role in the musical "Maxx" at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles; led to a role in a 13-month run of the farce "Under the Yum Yum Tree" in Los Angeles

Executive produced and directed episodes of the CBS sitcom, "Goodnight, Beantown"; also starred as Matt Cassidy

Directed episodes of the popular detective drama, "Mannix"

Made stage debut in a Detroit Civic Theater production of "The Boy Friend"

Spotted in an acting workshop; appeared in the early 1960s on the sitcoms "Dobie Gillis" and "The Joey Bishop Show"

Played Tom Corbett on the popular ABC comedy-drama, "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"; also made his debut as a TV director on a number of episodes

Was the regular episode-to-episode director of the popular NBC teen sitcom, "Blossom"

Bonus Trivia

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Bixby received Emmy nominations for his leading role in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" for the 1970/71 season, for a guest spot as a psychotic on the crime drama series "The Streets of San Francisco" in 1975/76 and for his role as Willie Abbott on the miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" in 1975/76.

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