Bill Irwin

Actor, Clown, Choreographer
Rubber-bodied actor/clown who works in film and TV but is primarily renowned for his vaudeville inspired performance art in which he performs silent comedy in old-fashioned baggy attire. Irwin studied classical acting ... Read more »
Born: 04/10/1950 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

South Of Hell 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Bloods 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elementary 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Interstellar 2014 (Movie)

TARS (Voice)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Showing Up 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Monday Mornings 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gifted Man 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Higher Ground 2011 (Movie)

Pastor Bud (Actor)

Lights Out 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dark Matter 2008 (Movie)

Hal Silver (Actor)

Law & Order 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life on Mars 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rachel Getting Married 2008 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

The 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Across the Universe 2007 (Movie)

Uncle Teddy (Actor)

Lady in the Water 2006 (Movie)

Mr Leeds (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 (Movie)

Scoutmaster (Actor)

Egg: The Arts Show 1999 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Igby Goes Down 2002 (Movie)

Lieutenant Smith (Actor)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

Lou Lou Who (Actor)

Broadway '99: Launching the Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Illuminata 1999 (Movie)

Marco (Actor)

Just the Ticket 1999 (Movie)

Ray Charles (Actor)

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream 1999 (Movie)

Tom Snout (Actor)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dave's World 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Tongue 1994 (Movie)

Comic (Actor)

Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot Shots! 1991 (Movie)

Buzz Harley (Actor)

Scenes From A Mall 1991 (Movie)

Mime (Actor)

Stepping Out 1991 (Movie)

Geoffrey (Actor)

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

Kirby (Actor)

The Circus 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

New Vaudevillians III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A New Life 1988 (Movie)

Eric (Actor)

Bette Midler's Mondo Beyondo 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Eight Men Out 1988 (Movie)

Eddie Collins (Actor)

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Popeye 1980 (Movie)

Ham Gravy--the Old Boyfriend (Actor)

The Laramie Project (TV Show)

Actor

Vaudeville (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Rubber-bodied actor/clown who works in film and TV but is primarily renowned for his vaudeville inspired performance art in which he performs silent comedy in old-fashioned baggy attire. Irwin studied classical acting at Oberlin College and clowning at the famed Ringling Brothers' and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He also drew inspiration from great silent comics including Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd.

Relationships

Santos Patrick Morales Irwin

Son
Born in Guatemala in 1991 adopted by Irwin and Martha Roth

Horace Irwin

Father

Elizabeth Irwin

Mother

Kimi Okata Choreographer

Wife
Collaborated together in "Largely New York" (1989)

Martha Roth

Wife
Met when Irwin went to her for treatment of a stiff neck Married

EDUCATION

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California
Studied under Herbert Blau

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College

Venice , Florida 1974

Oberlin College

Oberlin , Ohio 1973

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2009

Will co-star in Roundabout Theatre Company’s upcoming Broadway production of Samuel Beckett’s "Waiting for Godot"

2008

Appeared as Anne Hathaway's father in "Rachel Getting Married"

2006

Co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water" with Bryce Dallas Howard and Paul Giamatti

2005

Co-starred with Kathleen Turner in Edward Albee's production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

2002

Succeeded Bill Murray as the star of the Off-Off-Broadway play "The Guys"

2000

Directed and starred in revival of "Texts by Beckett" at NYC's Classic Stage Company

1999

Cast as Snout in Michael Hoffman's adapation of "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"

1998

Had featured role in "Illuminata"

1998

Directed "A Flea in Her Ear" at the Roundabout

1998

Revived his play "Fool Moon" on Broadway

1995

Portrayed Trinculo in the New York Shakespeare Festival staging of "The Tempest" in Central Park

1993

Created (with David Sheiner) the Broadway play "Fool Moon"

1991

Played recurring character 'The Flying Man' on the CBS series "Northern Exposure"

1988

Featured in the music video "Don't Worry, Be Happy" with Robin Williams and Bobby McFerrin

1988

Co-starred in the Mike Nichols directed Off-Broadway revival of "Waiting for Godot"

1988

Co-created, directed and starred in the stage production "Largely New York"; received four Tony nominations for Best Play, Actor in a Play, Director and Choreographer

1987

Headlined revival of "The Regard of Flight"; performance taped and aired on PBS' "Great Performances" series

1986

Acted in "Katherine Ann Porter: The Eye of Memory" (PBS)

1985

First primetime guest appearance on the ABC sitcom "Who's The Boss?"

1985

Wrote, directed and acted in the Off-Off-Broadway play "The Court Room"

1984

Made Broadway debut in "Accidental Death of an Anarchist"

1983

Appeared at Radio City Music Hall in "5-6-7-8 Dance"

1982

Off-Broadway debut in "The Regard of Flight" (also co-wrote)

1980

Feature acting debut as Ham Gravy in Robert Altman's "Popeye"

1975

Co-founded the Pickle Family Circus in San Francisco

Directed, co-adapted and starred in production of Moliere's "Scapin" at NYC's Roundabout Theatre

Raised in Oklahoma and Southern California

Bonus Trivia

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Irwin was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship in 1983.

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He was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 1984.

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He was awarded a five year MacArthur Fellowship in 1984.

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