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Bill Bixby



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Baby of the Bride
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Marilyn Files
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet The Death of the Incredible Hulk
  • Director
  • Dr. David Banner
1990
No Score Yet Home Video: Shoot Like a Pro
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Trial of the Incredible Hulk
  • Doctor David Banner
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk Returns
  • Executive Producer
  • Hulk Doctor David Banner
  • Director
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
86% Irma La Douce
  • Tattooed Sailor
1963
90% Lonely are the Brave
  • Airman in helicopter
1962

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • O.O.D. Smith

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