Bill Bixby

Birthday: Jan 22, 1934
Birthplace: Not Available
Prior to his first TV appearance on a 1961 episode of Dobie Gillis, Bill Bixby had been a college student (he dropped out of UC Berkeley in his senior year), a lifeguard, a male model, and a regional stock-company actor. Bixby went on to play small roles in films like Lonely Are the Brave and Irma La Douce, and was featured in the Broadway comedy Under the Yum Yum Tree. In 1963, he graduated to TV stardom with the role of Tim O'Hara on the popular sci-fi sitcom My Favorite Martian. Anxious to change his "wholesome" image after Martian ended its three-year run in 1966, Bixby accepted a small but flashy role as a cowardly villain in the big-screen Western Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966). Like it or not, however, Bixby's future lay in sympathetic parts on episodic television. In each of his subsequent starring series -- The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969-1972), The Magician (1973), The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982), True Confessions (1984), and Goodnight Beantown (1983) -- Bixby frequently did double-duty as actor and director. He also directed such made-for-TV movies as Barbary Coast (1974), Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind (1991), and the Roseanne/Tom Arnold vehicle The Woman Who Loved Elvis (1993). Long one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors, Bixby finally took the marital plunge with actress Brenda Benet; the union ended tragically when Benet, distraught over the death of her son, Christopher, committed suicide. Bixby's second wife was Judith Kliban, daughter of magazine cartoonist B. Kliban. At the time of his death from prostate cancer, Bill Bixby was principal director of the TV series Blossom.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Woman Who Loved Elvis Director 1993
No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Actor 1992
No Score Yet Baby of the Bride Director 1991
No Score Yet Marilyn Files Actor 1991
20% The Death of the Incredible Hulk Director 1990
No Score Yet The Trial of the Incredible Hulk Doctor David Banner Director 1989
40% The Incredible Hulk Returns Director Executive Producer Hulk Doctor David Banner 1988
No Score Yet Sin of Innocence (Two Young People) David McGary 1986
No Score Yet W*A*L*T*E*R (Walter) Director 1984
No Score Yet Murder Is Easy Luke Williams 1982
No Score Yet The Return of the Incredible Hulk Actor 1977
57% The Incredible Hulk Dr. David Bruce Banner 1977
80% The Kentucky Fried Movie Himself 1977
No Score Yet Black Market Baby Herbert Freemont 1977
No Score Yet Fantasy Island Arnold Greenwood 1977
No Score Yet The Invasion of Johnson County Sam Lowell 1976
No Score Yet The Great Houdini Rev. Arthur Ford 1976
56% The Apple Dumpling Gang Russel Donovan 1975
No Score Yet Steambath Tandy 1973
No Score Yet Speedway Kenny Donford 1968
No Score Yet Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding! Dick Bender 1967
No Score Yet Clambake James J. Jamison III 1967
No Score Yet Ride Beyond Vengeance Johnsy Boy Hood 1966
No Score Yet Under the Yum Yum Tree Boy 1963
83% Irma La Douce Tattooed Sailor 1963
92% Lonely are the Brave Airman in helicopter 1962

TV

CREDIT
89% The Magicians
2016
  • 2018
No Score Yet Blossom
1991-1995
Director
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
1993-2001
Nick Osborne
  • 1992
13% Ferris Bueller
1990-1991
Director
  • 1990
No Score Yet Sledge Hammer!
1986-1988
Director
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
Dr. David Banner Banner Director
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Director
  • 1977
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Tom Dayton Newfane Gallin
  • 1974
  • 1970
  • 1968
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Bruce Noel Evans
  • 1972
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
George
  • 1968
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
Tim O'Hara
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
O.O.D. Smith
  • 1963
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Guest Ron Bailey
  • 1962

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