Bill Brochtrup

Actor, Waiter
There had been other gay characters on TV series before public administrative assistant John Irvin on ABC's "NYPD Blue," but perhaps none to whom the audience had so quickly and easily warmed. With his sweet smile and ... Read more »
Born: 03/07/1963 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (28)

Major Crimes 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shameless 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dexter 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life As We Know It 2010 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

Duck 2007 (Movie)

Leopold (Actor)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1994 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1994 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1994 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1994 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 1994 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1994 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue: A Final Tribute 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Victor Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Ravenous 1999 (Movie)

Lindus (Actor)

Total Security 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Public Morals 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Man of the Year 1996 (Movie)

Pledge Cartwright (Actor)

Not Again! 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rockula 1990 (Movie)

Roady (Actor)

Kinjite 1989 (Movie)

Hairdresser (Actor)

Role of a Lifetime (TV Show)

Actor

Space Marines (TV Show)

Actor

Terror in the Shadows (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

Two Voices (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

There had been other gay characters on TV series before public administrative assistant John Irvin on ABC's "NYPD Blue," but perhaps none to whom the audience had so quickly and easily warmed. With his sweet smile and peppy attitude, Bill Brochtrup, the openly gay blond with boy-next-door good looks, won the role in 1994 after playing a homosexual model with AIDS in the L.A. stage production of "The Raft of the Medusa." What followed during two seasons of recurring appearances was a chance to see not just Brochtrup's fine acting, but the character of Det. Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) finding he could relate to a gay male as a human being and not as someone who made him uncomfortable. So popular was Irvin that his character was moved to the short-lived 1996 CBS sitcom "Public Morals," which, like "NYPD Blue," was executive produced by Steven Bochco. As a result, the actor has become one of the producers stock players, landing a role as yet another gay character in the ensemble of "Total Security" (ABC, 1997). When that show succumbed to early cancellation, the actor rejoined "NYPD Blue" in early 1998 and remained with the series through the end of its run in 2005.

Relationships

William Brochtrup

Father

Carolyn Brochtrup

Mother

Jennifer Brochtrup

Sister
born c. 1970

Laurel Brochtrup

Sister
born c. 1966

Wendy Brochtrup

Sister
born c. 1968

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1985
classmates included Gina Gershon, D B Sweeney and John Leguizamo

studied acting with Milton Katselas

Milestones

1999

Made NYC stage debut playing a leading role in the Off-Broadway show "Snakebit"; reprised role in 2000 L.A. production

1998

Reprised role of John Irvin on "NYPD Blue" on a recurring basis; made regular as of February 1999

1997

Featured in the short-lived ABC drama "Total Security", produced by Bochco

1996

Reprised role of John Irvin on the short-lived, Bochco-produced CBS sitcom "Public Morals"

1995

Created role of John Irvin on "NYPD Blue" (ABC), produced by Steven Bochco

1993

Breakthrough stage role as a model with AIDS in "The Raft of the Medusa"

1989

TV-movie debut, "Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure" (ABC), billed as William Brochtrup

1989

First primetime guest appearance, an episode of "Murder, She Wrote"; billed as William Brochtrup

1989

Feature film debut, "Kinjite: Forbidden Subject"

1985

Moved to L.A. after graduating from NYU

Raised in Bellevue and Tacoma, Washington

Had first acting roles on "Divorce Court" and "Superior Court"

Began appearing in commercials

Born in California

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