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Bill Irwin



Bill Irwin certainly qualifies as one of the most unique figures in show business; attempts to compare him to other talent invariably conclude with the observation that there is no one else like Irwin, a testament to his overarching individuality. A native of Santa Monica, Irwin spent periods of his youth in Southern California and Oklahoma, then attended Oberlin College (as a theater arts major) and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Clown College in Florida, where lessons learned in slapstick, pantomime, comedic improvisation, and graceful balletic would continue to inform his art and style throughout his life. Following said education, he spent various periods of time in dramatic ensembles (such as the prestigious Kraken ensemble) and circuses (such as the Frisco-based Pickle Family Circus) and racked up a litany of theatrical accomplishments that included Broadway performances in Waiting for Godot (opposite Steve Martin and Robin Williams) and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (opposite Jonathan Pryce), a critically acclaimed turn in Fool Moon (with the Red City Ramblers), and many other highlights. Meanwhile, on television, Irwin built up a substantial audience of young people with his wordless portrayal of Mr. Noodle (opposite the late Michael Jeter) on the "Elmo's World" segments of Sesame Street. Irwin's feature appearances include A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), Igby Goes Down (2002), Lady in the Water (2007), and Rachel Getting Married (2008), and Higher Ground (2011).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
80% Confirmation
  • John Danforth
2016
No Score Yet Elmo's World: Elmo Wonders
  • Actor
2016
64% Ricki And The Flash
  • Single Dad
2015
No Score Yet Elmo's World: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • Actor
2015
71% Interstellar
  • TARS
2014
No Score Yet Growing Hope Against Hunger
  • Mr. Noodle
2013
71% Never Stand Still
  • Actor
2012
81% Higher Ground
  • Pastor Bud
2011
No Score Yet Elmo's World: Penguins and Friends
  • Actor
2011
84% Rachel Getting Married
  • Paul
2008
40% Dark Matter
  • Hal Silver
2008
53% Across the Universe
  • Uncle Teddy
2007
No Score Yet Raving
  • Actor
2007
24% Lady in the Water
  • Mr. Leeds
2006
81% The Manchurian Candidate
  • Scoutmaster
2004
No Score Yet The Truth About Miranda
  • Actor
2004
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Elmo's World - Families, Mail and Bath Time
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Wild, the Weird, the Wacky and the Women
  • Actor
2003
75% Igby Goes Down
  • Lt. Smith
2002
92% The Laramie Project
  • Harry Woods
2002
53% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Lou Lou Who
2000
No Score Yet Stanley's Gig
  • Jules
2000
38% Illuminata
  • Marco
1999
67% William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
  • Tom Snout
1999
18% Just the Ticket
  • Ray Charles
1999
No Score Yet Subway Stories
  • Bill Irwin
1997
38% Silent Tongue
  • Comic
1994
No Score Yet Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Stepping Out
  • Geoffrey
1991
83% Hot Shots!
  • Buzz Harley
1991
32% Scenes from a Mall
  • Mime
1991
71% My Blue Heaven
  • Kirby
1990
85% Eight Men Out
  • Eddie Collins
1988
29% A New Life
  • Eric
1988
59% Popeye
  • Ham Gravy
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet South of Hell
2015
  • Enos Abascal
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Nate Royce
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Ellison Conway
52% Monday Mornings
2013
  • Buck Tierney
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Cardinal Brennan
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Dr. Lindstrom Dr. Peter Lindstrom
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Mr. Noodle
82% Sleepy Hollow
2013
  • Atticus Nevins
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Nathan Haskell Nate Haskell
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Fred Medkiff
90% Lights Out
2011
  • Hal Brennan
95% Elementary
2012
  • Richard Balsille
73% A Gifted Man
2011-2012
  • Ron Vinetz

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