Tony Bill

Lowest Rated: 28% Barb Wire (1996)
Birthday: Aug 23, 1940
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA
A former English and Art major at Notre Dame University, Tony Bill was fortunate enough to work with Frank Sinatra in his first film, Come Blow Your Horn. "Old Blue Eyes" took a liking to Bill, securing him parts in the subsequent Sinatra vehicles None but the Brave (1965) and Marriage on the Rocks (1968), and helping to open several professional doors for the young actor. After this promising start, Bill settled into a string of colorless juvenile roles. Feeling that his acting career wasn't going anyplace in particular, he formed a production company with Michael and Julia Phillips, turning out two "trendy" feature films, Deadhead Miles (1972) and Steelyard Blues (1973). Scoring a significant success with the Oscar-winning The Sting (1973), Bill parted company with the Phillipses, soloing as producer of Hearts of the West (1975), Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), and Boulevard Nights (1979). In 1980, he decided to give directing a try, and the result was the engaging teen-angst drama My Bodyguard (1980). Additional directorial credits include the theatrical features Five Corners (1988), Crazy People (1990), and A Home of Our Own (1993), and the made-for-TV movies Love Thy Neighbor (1984), One Christmas (1988), and Next Door (1994). Despite his executive responsibilities, Tony Bill has kept a hand in acting, most amusingly in the semi-autobiographical role of Warner Bros. executive Terry Hawthorne in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985). Increasingly active behind the camera as the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, Bill would stick almost exclusively to television following Next Door as he alternated between series work (Chicago Hope and Felicity) and made for television features (Beyond the Call, Iliver Twist, and A Chance of Snow). Of course once an actor always an actor, and when given the opportunity to appear before the camera in such efforts as Barb Wire, The Fixer, and Lying in Wait, Bill was always keen to perform. Subsequent directorial work on such television series' as UC: Undercover, Monk, and Keen Eddy found Bill's career receiving something of a second wind as the new millennium blew in, and in the wake of his success with the Emmy-nominated made for television feature Harlan County War the longtime filmmaker would take to the skies to call the shots for some of the hottest young stars of the day in the 2006 World War I adventure Flyboys. A historical war film documenting the cloud-cutting adventures of America's very first fighter pilots, Flyboys featured hot young actors James Franco, Martin Henderson, and David Ellison performing alongside such experienced screen veterans as Jean Reno and Tchéky Karyo.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
48% Going in Style Executive Producer $45.1M 2017
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
No Score Yet Pictures of Hollis Woods Director 2007
33% Flyboys Director Screenwriter $13.1M 2006
No Score Yet One Six Right: The Romance of Flying Actor 2006
36% Must Love Dogs Walter $43.9M 2005
83% Inside Deep Throat Actor $0.5M 2005
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls Actor 2003
No Score Yet In the Time of the Butterflies Executive Producer 2003
No Score Yet Last Call Executive Producer 2002
No Score Yet Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story Director 2002
No Score Yet Harlan County War Director 2000
No Score Yet Naked City Justice With A Bullet Mickey Calvin 1999
No Score Yet A Chance of Snow Director 1998
No Score Yet The Fixer Producer 1998
No Score Yet Rescuers: Stories of Courage---Two Families Director 1998
No Score Yet Oliver Twist Director 1997
No Score Yet Beyond the Call Director Producer 1996
28% Barb Wire Foster 1996
No Score Yet One Christmas Director 1994
No Score Yet Vecinos Director 1994
54% Untamed Heart Director Actor Producer 1993
50% A Home of Our Own Director 1993
37% Crazy People Director 1990
No Score Yet The Killing Mind Thomas Quinn 1990
52% Less Than Zero Bradford Easton 1987
78% Five Corners Producer Director 1987
87% Pee-wee's Big Adventure Terry Hawthorne 1985
No Score Yet Love Thy Neighbor Director 1984
No Score Yet Six Weeks Director 1982
No Score Yet Goin' All the Way! Producer 1982
No Score Yet Washington Mistress Alan 1981
86% My Bodyguard Director 1980
No Score Yet The Little Dragons Niles Producer Executive Producer 1980
No Score Yet Heart Beat Dick 1980
No Score Yet Portrait of an Escort Actor 1980
No Score Yet Boulevard Nights Executive Producer Producer 1979
82% Going in Style Producer 1979
No Score Yet Are You in the House Alone? Neil Osborne 1978
No Score Yet The Initiation of Sarah Actor 1978
57% Harry and Walter Go to New York Producer Executive Producer 1976
83% Hearts Of The West (Hollywood Cowboy) Executive Producer Producer 1975
No Score Yet Las Vegas Lady Bob 1975
61% Shampoo Johnny Pope 1975
93% The Sting Producer 1973
60% Steelyard Blues Producer 1973
No Score Yet Slay Ride Actor 1972
No Score Yet Haunts of the Very Rich Lyle 1972
No Score Yet Deadhead Miles Producer 1972
No Score Yet Flap Eleven Snowflake 1970
38% Castle Keep Lt. Adam Amberjack 1969
43% Ice Station Zebra Lt. Russell Walker 1968
No Score Yet Never a Dull Moment Florian 1968
82% You're a Big Boy Now Raef 1966
No Score Yet Marriage on the Rocks Jim Blake 1965
No Score Yet None But the Brave Air Crewman Keller 1965
No Score Yet Soldier in the Rain Pfc. Jerry Meltzer 1963
86% Come Blow Your Horn Buddy Baker 1963

TV

CREDIT
94% Pitch
2016
Executive Producer
  • 2016
92% Leverage
2008-2012
Director
  • 2009
90% Monk
2002-2009
Director
  • 2004
No Score Yet UC: Undercover
2001-2002
Director
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Felicity
1998-2002
Director
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
Director
  • 2000
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Scott "Mad Dog" Hundley
  • 1987
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Mark Reynolds
  • 1986
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Brian Whitehill
  • 1982
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Steven
  • 1968
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Charlie Two
  • 1966

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