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Bill Erwin

Highest Rated:   70% The Land Before Time (1988)
Lowest Rated:   0% Desert Heat (1999)
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One of show-businesses busiest grandfatherly figures, actor Bill Erwin has been appearing in film and television since the early '40s, and as of 2003, he's shown no signs of slowing. His consistently reliable performances in such high-profile efforts as Somewhere in Time (1980), Home Alone (1990), and Forces of Nature (1999) have found Erwin enduring to become one of the most in-demand supporting players around. A Honey Grove, TX, native who earned his bachelor's in journalism at the University of Texas in Austin in 1935, Erwin went on to California to complete his Masters of Theater Arts at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1941. Though a stint in World War II would momentarily put his acting career on hold, Erwin returned stateside to make his film debut in, appropriately enough, the 1941 Phil Silvers comedy You're in the Army Now. Throughout the years, Erwin has appeared in numerous stage productions on both coasts, and repeat performances on such television classics as Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone, Growing Pains, and Seinfeld have ensured Erwin's popularity with many generations of television viewers. His role in Seinfeld earned him an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1993. From high-profile releases like Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) to edgy, low-budget sci-fi movies like Menno's Mind (1996), Erwin has done it all, and equally well. Outside of his film work, Erwin spends his time writing and illustrating cartoons in his North Hollywood home.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet A Crack in the Floor
  • Harold
2001
0% Desert Heat
  • Eli
1999
45% Forces of Nature
  • Murray
1999
No Score Yet Passing Glory
  • The Archbishop
1999
No Score Yet Art House
  • Monty
1998
No Score Yet Menno's Mind
  • Actor
1997
13% Chairman of the Board
  • Landers
1997
No Score Yet Just Your Luck
  • Pops
1996
33% Things to Do in Denver...When You're Dead
  • 70-Year-Old Man
1995
55% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
  • Conductor
1994
23% Dennis the Menace
  • Edward Little
1993
No Score Yet The Entertainers
  • Sam
1991
No Score Yet Night of the Warrior
  • Coco
1991
55% Home Alone
  • Man in Airport
1990
No Score Yet The Willies
  • Old Guy
1990
70% The Land Before Time
  • Grandfather
1988
No Score Yet Silent Assassins
  • Dr. London
1988
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Grandfather
1988
No Score Yet Invitation to Hell
  • Walt Henderson
1984
No Score Yet Hard Knox
  • Actor
1984
59% Somewhere in Time
  • Arthur
1980
No Score Yet Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo
  • Mr. Schneider
1977
No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Christine Jorgensen Story
  • Pastor
1970
No Score Yet Under the Yum Yum Tree
  • Teacher
1963
No Score Yet Cry Baby Killer
  • Mr. Wallace
1958
60% Jet Pilot
  • GAC Sergeant
1957
No Score Yet Double Dynamite (It's Only Money)
  • Man
1951

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Hiram Holling
  • 2003
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Ronald Kruickshank
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Sid
  • 1993
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
  • Mr. Ferguson
  • 1991
No Score Yet Growing Pains
1985-1992
  • Edgar Janitor Chester/Lester Lloyd Buzz Tailor Bub
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1986
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Dr. Quaice
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Peter Kramer Man Wilcox
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959

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