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Bill Bixby

Biography

TV professional who played assignments on THE BEST Martian as well as the Magician but is most beneficial referred to as Dr. David Banner in the Amazing Hulk. He participated in senior high school talk competitions and afterwards dropped away from college just 4 credits lacking graduating. Then joined up with the Marines. He also proved helpful as a movie director. He wedded first wife, Brenda Benet in 1971, his to begin three relationships. In 1970, he produced a visitor appearance on Fishing rod Serling’s Television series Evening Gallery.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bill Bixby
Date Of Birth January 22, 1934
Died November 21, 1993, Century City, California, United States
Place Of Birth San Francisco, CA
Height 1.75 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Lowell High School, City College of San Francisco, University of California, Berkeley
Nationality American
Spouse Judith Kliban, Laura Jane Michael, Brenda Benet
Children Christopher Bixby
Parents Wilfred Bailey Everett Bixby Jr., Jane Bixby
Awards TV Land "Character You Really Don't Want to Make Angry" Award
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In Children's Programming
Movies The Death of the Incredible Hulk, The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Clambake, Ride Beyond Vengeance, Irma la Douce, Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!, Another Pair of Aces, Steambath, The Great Houdini, Agatha Christie Classic Mystery Collection: Murder Is Easy, The Woman Who Loved Elvis, Speedway, Baby of the Bride, The Invasion of Johnson County, Three on a Date, Black Market Baby, Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love, Diagnosis Murder, Congratulations, It's a Boy!, The Incredible Hulk, The Couple Takes a Wife, Shirts/Skins, W*A*L*T*E*R, The Best of Times, Short Stories of Love, Fantasy Island, The Barbary Coast, Sin of Innocence, The Return of the Incredible Hulk, The Magician, Spencer's Pilots
TV Shows The Joey Bishop Show, My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Magician, Rich Man, Poor Man, Spencer's Pilots, The Incredible Hulk, Against the Odds, Goodnight, Beantown, Once Upon a Classic, W*A*L*T*E*R, The Book Of Lists
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1Served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 - 56.
2Acting ran in his family.
3When The Incredible Hulk (1978) was on the air, Bixby was very careful never to be photographed with his co-star, Lou Ferrigno in his Hulk makeup because he felt for photos to get out of the two of them together would destroy the illusion to children and fans of the show that they were not the same person. The tabloids of that era were always trying to get a picture of David Banner and the Hulk creature together but were unable to do so.
4Frequently had drinks with James Garner.
5His ex-The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969) co-star Brandon Cruz said in an interview that he came from a broken home and Bixby took him in.
6Was in a relationship with Yvonne Craig.
7Met Laura Jane Michaels while working on The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989), in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, after he took over the directorial duties from Korea.
8While starring in The Incredible Hulk (1978), Bixby was allergic to the makeup used for the scenes in which his character transformed into the Hulk. Location shoots and extensive special effects scenes meant that Bixby spent a lot of time on the set.
9Was forced to wear contact lenses for his role on The Incredible Hulk (1978) for the 'White Eyes' sequences. He found them uncomfortable.
10Susan Sullivan was the primary guest star on the very first episode of The Incredible Hulk (1978). Through much of the 1980s, Bill Bixby and Susan Sullivan were considered the king or queen, respectively, of quality television movies, series and mini-series of that period.
11Attended Mayim Bialik's high school graduation party.
12Used to play golf with James Garner.
13Before he was a successful actor and director, he worked as a model and did commercial work for General Motors and Chrysler, in Detroit, Michigan.
14When asked if he would want his son, Christopher, to become an actor, that he would support his son in anything he wanted to pursue. Sadly his son, Christopher, died of a rare throat infection in early 1981.
15An average student at Lowell High School, he primarily excelled in both Speech and Drama, and was a member of the Lowell Forensic Society. He also competed in high school speech tournaments regionally.
16Was a respected member of the Hollywood magic community, belonging to The Magic Castle, an exclusive club for magicians. During the show's popular, although short-lived production, Bixby as always, invited a few old friends along to co-star such as Pamela Britton, Kristina Holland and Ralph O'Hara.
17Knew Chuck Norris very well.
18He was widely known to be a very private person.
19Began directing at age 36.
20Had guest-starred in episodes of both series that hailed his hometown of San Francisco: Ironside (1967) and The Streets of San Francisco (1972).
21Was James Komack's first choice for the lead role of Tom Corbett in The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969).
22Bill Bixby passed away on November 21, 1993. Almost 2 years before his death, he made his final guest appearance on the debut pilot episode of Diagnosis Murder (1993) with Dick Van Dyke.
23Longtime friend of Danny Thomas.
24When Bixby was age 8, his father was enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and traveled to the South Pacific.
25Had turned down the role of Marlo Thomas's boyfriend in That Girl (1966), though he later guest starred on the show.
26Had worked with first wife Brenda Benet in episodes of four series: The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969), The Magician (1973), The Love Boat (1977) and The Incredible Hulk (1978).
27Had worked with ex-classmate Lee Meriwether on an episode of Barnaby Jones (1973).
28Missed only 1 episode of The Incredible Hulk (1978), because Bixby was going through a divorce with Brenda Benet. They used clips to feature his character.
29His father, Wilfred Bailey Bixby II, was a store clerk, and his mother, Jane MacFarland Bixby, was the manager of the department store.
30Bob Newhart and Mike Connors attended his funeral.
31With the encouragement of his aunt Helen Schubert, Bixby entered into acting.
32Was first choice for the lead role of Dr. David Banner of The Incredible Hulk (1978). At first, he was uneasy about the role, but after reading some comic books, he auditioned and won the role.
33Acting mentor was Ray Walston.
34Acting mentor and friend of Brandon Cruz and Lou Ferrigno.
35Was diagnosed with cancer at the same time as actor Michael Landon. Coincidentally, both Landon and Bixby were at the same hospital [5 April 1991].
36As of 2012, 30 years after the cancellation of The Incredible Hulk (1978), and more than 20 years after The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990), he is still the only actor to have played Dr. Banner in more than one film. Eric Bana (Hulk (2003)), Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk (2008), and Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers (2012) have each played the role one time each. Even if Ruffalo plays the role a second time, Bixby has several years on the television series, and four television movies to his credit.
37His parents were opposed to his decision to take acting classes at San Francisco City College.
3815 years after his death, his mother, Jane, died on November 23, 2008. She lived to be 97.
39Was a die-hard fan of the music of Elvis Presley, who co-starred in two of his movies, Clambake (1967) and Speedway (1968). Long after Presley's death, he hosted two of the specials in Las Vegas called "Is Elvis Alive?".
40Was a heavy smoker.
41His former co-star on The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969), Brandon Cruz, was reunited with Bixby on an episode of Bixby's The Incredible Hulk (1978). Cruz played a teenage boy who happened to know a lot about planes before Dr. Banner landed the plane.
42His The Incredible Hulk (1978) co-star, Lou Ferrigno, stated on his own website that Bixby was one of his acting teachers.
43Was a self-described libertarian.
44Actors, weather forecasters, and game show announcers Nicolas Cage, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Carey, Pat Finn, Rich Fields and Randy West, all said Bixby was one of their childhood television heroes.
45Was raised in the same city as Barbara Eden.
46Was a spokesperson for the Leukemia Society of America in the late 1970s.
47Best remembered by the public for his role as Tim O'Hara on My Favorite Martian (1963) and for his starring role as Dr. David Banner on The Incredible Hulk (1978).
48Was very disappointed when The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969) was canceled at the end of the third season, allegedly because of his feuding with producer James Komack.
49Remained friends with Lou Ferrigno during and after The Incredible Hulk (1978).
50According to Dick Martin, Bixby hadn't been seeing Martin's proctologist for five years after Martin had been badgering him to visit their doctor. He agreed, but, at the very last minute, Bixby discovered he had a back problem. His prostate cancer had spread around his liver. He successfully underwent surgery twice, before it eventually came back.
51When he was 12, he mother taught him some manners. She talked him into taking ballroom dance lessons. In the middle of the lobby at one of the hotels where he used to dance in San Francisco, he once burst into an imitation of Jerry Lewis.
52Before he graduated, his parents were so concerned about his only hope for his chance at becoming an actor, that they wanted him to become either a lawyer, dentist or even a doctor, because his parents didn't have the appropriate tools to cope with this.
53Was very disappointed when The Incredible Hulk (1978) was canceled, after the fifth season, because of high rising costs.
54Collapsed on the Blossom (1990) set before he died.
55The entire cast of Blossom (1990) attended his funeral, with the exception of Mayim Bialik, who was on vacation with her family.
56Attended Grace Cathedral in the seventh grade. In one notable incident while singing in the choir, he shot the bishop using the slingshot during one service and was kicked out of the choir.
57In The Incredible Hulk (2008), Bixby can be seen in an episode of The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969) as Dr. Banner (Edward Norton) flips through television channels. Bixby was also, of course, the original Dr. Banner.
58Was very good friends with: Shirley Jones, Miyoshi Umeki, Kristina Holland, Jack Colvin, Michael Landon, Chuck Norris, Michele Lee, Lee Meriwether, Larry Manetti, Don Knotts, Bob Newhart, Kenneth Johnson, Quinn Martin, Suzanne Pleshette, Danny Thomas, Karl Malden, Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, James Garner, Mariette Hartley, Abby Dalton, Yvonne Craig, Connie Stevens, Ruta Lee, Ray Walston, Pamela Britton, Richard Dawson, William Shatner, Dale Robertson, Denny Miller, Dennis Weaver, Raymond Burr, David White, Robert Alda, Frank Price, Charles Napier, Mike Connors, Dick Martin, Mayim Bialik, Don Reo, Elvis Presley, Alan Hale Jr. and Paul Williams.
59Of English descent.
60Appeared as a character named Banner twice: Harry Banner on That Girl (1966) and Dr. David Bruce Banner on The Incredible Hulk (1978).
61Remained good friends with Brandon Cruz during and after The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969). The friendship became that much stronger after the death of Bixby's son Christopher in 1981.
62His father, Wilfred Bailey Everett Jr., died on June 4, 1971, just 4 weeks before Bill and Brenda Benet were married.
63Graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco, California, in 1952.
64At least two actresses name him as their favorite actor: Mariette Hartley and Loni Anderson, both of whom worked with him on The Incredible Hulk (1978).
65Met Brenda Benet at a beauty pageant. At the time he was 29 and she was only 18.
661972: Won the Parents Without Partners: Exemplary Service Award for his role on The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969).
67Before he was a successful actor and director, he organized shows at a resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
68Starred in a pilot with Barbara Feldon that has never been aired.
69He appeared in three popular television shows that ran for at least three years: My Favorite Martian (1963), The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969), and The Incredible Hulk (1978).
70Appeared with fellow comedian Richard Dawson on several game shows: the pilot of a trashy 1970s game show, Cop Out! (1972), Password All-Stars (1961), and Masquerade Party (1974), which Dawson hosted.
71As a teenager, he was a member of the quartet Uncalled Four.
72Five days after his 18th birthday, he signed up for the Marine Corps Reserve; he was a senior in high school. He was honorably discharged on April 8, 1957.
73He had 12 hobbies: painting, magic, sailing, hiking, fishing, swimming, farming, jogging, golfing, photography, cooking and carpentry.
74His grandfather, Wilfred Everett, was a physician and surgeon, and was a University of California-Davis graduate in 1907.
75Loni Anderson, a close friend of his, wrote a tribute in her book about his final days, prior to working on the set of Blossom (1990). Before he died, she saw him regularly only when he was visiting Nurses (1991).
76Tom Corbett, Bixby's character on The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969), was ranked #15 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
77Appeared frequently as a panelist on The Hollywood Squares (1965).
78Was a professional magician.
79Met his third and final wife, Judith Kliban, in Hawaii, just before his 59th birthday. [1993]
80Before he was a successful actor and director, he worked as a lifeguard and a bellhop.
81Was three credits shy of graduating from college at the University of California-Berkeley.
82Was a contestant on The Dating Game (1965) three times, but never won a date.
83Was an accomplished artist.
84Son of Wilfred Bailey Everett Jr. and Jane Bixby; he was their only child.
85Member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
86When The Incredible Hulk (1978) debuted, he was worried that his son Christopher would be scared to see his father turning into a green creature. Therefore, he wouldn't let the boy watch the show.
87Actor Brandon Cruz's son Lincoln Bixby Cruz was named after him.
88Classmate of Lee Meriwether
89After graduating from Lowell High School, he attended San Francisco College to pursue a major in acting. He was asked to go to the University of California-Berkeley to major in pre-law, but dropped out.
90After he filed for a divorce from his first wife (Brenda Benet), his 6-year-old son died of a rare infection and, a year later, his ex-wife took her own life.
91Cremated and ashes scattered over the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii, USA.
92Born at 11:20 p.m. PST.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Combat!1966TV SeriesKline
My Favorite Martian1963-1966TV SeriesTim O'Hara
Ride Beyond Vengeance1966Johnsy Boy Hood
Valentine's Day1964-1965TV SeriesCarl Pierce
Under the Yum Yum Tree1963Track Team Coach (uncredited)
The Lieutenant1963TV SeriesPvt. Stu Sallaway
Irma la Douce1963Tattooed Sailor
Make Room for Daddy1961-1963TV SeriesTom Bradley, the Rival / Mack / Joey
Dr. Kildare1962-1963TV SeriesDr. Ben Mollenhour / Dr. John Grant
The Eleventh Hour1963TV SeriesArt
The Twilight Zone1963TV SeriesOOD
Alcoa Premiere1962TV SeriesBrune
Lonely Are the Brave1962Airman in Helicopter (uncredited)
Follow the Sun1962TV SeriesJason Wylie
The Joey Bishop Show1962TV SeriesCharles Raymond
The Andy Griffith Show1962TV SeriesRonald Bailey
Checkmate1961TV SeriesPete Canaday
Bachelor Father1961TV SeriesPaul
Ben Casey1961TV SeriesIntern at party
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis1961TV SeriesRoger
Straightaway1961TV Series
Hennesey1961TV SeriesIntern
Blossom1993TV SeriesCop
Diagnosis Murder1992TV MovieNick Osborne
An American Story1990TV Movie
The Death of the Incredible Hulk1990TV MovieDavid Banner
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk1989TV MovieDavid Banner
The Incredible Hulk Returns1988TV MovieDavid Banner
Sledge Hammer!1987TV SeriesZeke
J.J. Starbuck1987TV SeriesDonald Iskin
True Confessions1986TV SeriesHost
Sin of Innocence1986TV MovieDavid McGary
International Airport1985TV MovieHarvey Jameson
Goodnight, Beantown1983-1984TV SeriesMatt Cassidy
Against the Odds1983TV SeriesHost
I've Had It Up to Here1982TV Movie
The Incredible Hulk1977-1982TV SeriesDr. David Banner / Mike Cassidy
The Book of Lists1982TV SeriesHost
Murder Is Easy1982TV MovieProf. Luke Williams
Once Upon a Classic1978TV SeriesHost
The Love Boat1977TV SeriesJohn Ballard
Black Market Baby1977TV MovieHerbert Freemont
Tales of the Unexpected1977TV Mini-SeriesLieutenant Commander John Kelty
Fantasy Island1977TV SeriesArnold Greenwood
The Oregon Trail1977TV SeriesFred F. Mason
The Great Houdini1976TV MovieRev. Arthur Ford
The Invasion of Johnson County1976TV MovieSam Lowell
Spencer's Pilots1976TV SeriesPhilo McGrew
Rich Man, Poor Man1976TV Mini-SeriesWillie Abbott
The Streets of San Francisco1974-1976TV SeriesEric Doyle / Jerry Schilling
The Apple Dumpling Gang1975Russel Donavan
Barbary Coast1975TV SeriesPhilippe Despard
Mannix1975TV SeriesTony Elliott
Ironside1968-1974TV SeriesDr. Gallin / Tom Dayton / Edward Neufane
Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love1974TV MovieWilliam
The Magician1973-1974TV SeriesAnthony Blake Anthony Dorian
Shirts/Skins1973TV MovieTeddy Bush
Steambath1973TV MovieTandy
Barnaby Jones1973TV SeriesAlex Chandler
Medical Center1972TV SeriesDr. Hurst
The Couple Takes a Wife1972TV MovieJeff Hamilton
Search1972TV SeriesMark Elliott
Love, American Style1969-1972TV SeriesKenny Frasier (segment "Love and the Overnight Guests") / (segment "Love and the Rug") / Alan (segment "Love and the Eskimo") / ...
Night Gallery1972TV SeriesNoel / Bruce Tarraday / Bruce the Black (segment "Last Rites for a Dead Druid")
The Courtship of Eddie's Father1969-1972TV SeriesTom Corbett
Congratulations, It's a Boy!1971TV MovieJohnny Gaines
Big Fish, Little Fish1971TV MovieRonnie Johnson
Insight1969-1971TV SeriesJohn / Johnny
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir1968TV SeriesPaul Wilkie
Speedway1968Kenny Donford
It Takes a Thief1968TV SeriesGeorge Palmer
The Danny Thomas Hour1968TV SeriesDavid
Clambake1967James J. Jamison III
That Girl1967TV SeriesHarry Banner
Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!1967Dick Bender
Iron Horse1967TV SeriesDan Gilmore

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blossom1992-1994TV Series 30 episodes
The Woman Who Loved Elvis1993TV Movie
Baby of the Bride1991TV Movie
Man of the People1991TV Series 1 episode
Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind1991TV Movie
Sons and Daughters1991TV Series 1 episode
Ferris Bueller1990TV Series 2 episodes
The Death of the Incredible Hulk1990TV Movie
The Nutt House1989TV Series 1 episode
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk1989TV Movie
Murphy's Law1988TV Series 1 episode
Some Kinda Woman1988TV Movie
The Incredible Hulk Returns1988TV Movie uncredited
Sledge Hammer!1987-1988TV Series 8 episodes
Better Days1986TV Series 3 episodes
Rockhopper1985TV Movie
W*A*L*T*E*R1984TV Short
Dreams1984TV Series 5 episodes
Goodnight, Beantown1983TV Series 3 episodes
Wizards and Warriors1983TV Series 3 episodes
The Best of Times1983TV Series 1 episode
Herbie, the Love Bug1982TV Series 2 episodes
Mr. Merlin1981-1982TV Series 6 episodes
The Incredible Hulk1981TV Series 1 episode
The Many Loves of Arthur1978TV Movie
Three on a Date1978TV Movie
Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II1976-1977TV Series 2 episodes
Charlie's Angels1977TV Series 1 episode
The Oregon Trail1977TV Series 1 episode
Spencer's Pilots1976TV Series 2 episodes
Bert D'Angelo/Superstar1976TV Series 1 episode
Barbary Coast1975TV Series 2 episodes
Mannix1975TV Series 4 episodes
Kate McShane1975TV Series
The Magician1974TV Series 1 episode
Room 2221972-1973TV Series 2 episodes
The Courtship of Eddie's Father1970-1972TV Series 8 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Death of the Incredible Hulk1990TV Movie executive producer
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk1989TV Movie executive producer
The Incredible Hulk Returns1988TV Movie executive producer
Goodnight, Beantown1983-1984TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Dreams1984TV Series producer - 12 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Favorite MartianTV Series 1 episode, 1963 performer - 2 episodes, 1965 - 1966

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unloved2011Video short special thanks
Flying High1978TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
The Kentucky Fried Movie1977special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2000TV SeriesHimself
The Marilyn Files1992TV MovieHimself - Host
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself
The Elvis Conspiracy1992DocumentaryHimself - Host
Exploring Psychic Powers Live1989TV MovieHimself - Host
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself
True Confessions1985TV SeriesHimself - Host
This Is Your Life1983TV SeriesHimself
Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
Against the Odds: Martin Luther King, Jr.1982TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People1981TV SeriesHimself - Host
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood1980TV SeriesHimself
Nashville Remembers Elvis on His Birthday1980TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Hanna-Barbera Hall of Fame: Yabba Dabba Doo II1979TV MovieHimself - Host
The Magic of David Copperfield II1979TV MovieHimself - Special Guest Host
The Television Annual: 1978/19791979TV Movie documentaryHimself
Flying High1978TV SeriesHimself
NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
How to Survive the 70s and Maybe Even Bump Into Happiness1978TV Special
That Thing on ABC1978TV MovieHimself
The Kentucky Fried Movie1977Himself (segment "Headache Clinic")
Celebrity Sweepstakes1974-1977TV SeriesHimself
Stumpers!1976TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1976TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Actor / Himselfv- Co-Host
The Rich Little Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys1975TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Masquerade Party1974TV SeriesHimself / panelist
The Hollywood Squares1966-1974TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Center Square / Himself
Married Is Better1974TV SpecialBill
All-Star Baffle1973TV SeriesHimself
Password All-Stars1971-1972TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Laugh-In1972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972TV SeriesHimself
Cop Out!1972TV MovieHimself
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHimself
The Pet Set1971TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dating Game1970TV SeriesHimself
It Takes Two1970TV SeriesHimself
Stump the Stars1969TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHimself - Bachelor Judge
P.D.Q.1967TV SeriesHimself
You Don't Say1966TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Tandy Commercial
Elvis Found Alive2012Himself
The Incredible Hulk2008Tom Corbett (uncredited)
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesDr. David Banner
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1976TV SeriesRussel Donovan

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsCharacter You REALLY Don't Want to Make AngryThe Incredible Hulk (1978)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming - PerformersOnce Upon a Classic (1976)
1977DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series' - NightRich Man, Poor Man - Book II (1976)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy SeriesThe Streets of San Francisco (1972)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama SeriesRich Man, Poor Man (1976)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesThe Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969)
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale New Face8th place.


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#Quote
1[on comparing himself to Michael Landon's battle against cancer, at the same time] The day I was told I had cancer, Michael was in an office next door. When the big 'C' word hits you, it's very difficult to handle. It's terrible to be told. It was hard enough to hear about myself. But when I heard about Michael, I just sat down and cried.
2[Who talked about the many viewers who watched him on television despite their parents who in turn are still raging that their children are ruined]: We're not really very good in this country about being flexible. What difference does it make how kids are introduced to good stories?
3[In 1979]: There is such a condescending thing about TV, as if we should get rid of it. The classics exist because of their universality and appeal overtime. Our approach too often implies that if a story is a classic piece of literature, it must be dull and boring. If TV can add showbusiness to the classics, more children will read them. Why shouldn't the 'Leatherstocking Tales' be stories about cowboys and Indians?
4Looking back. I think I learned more doing the industrial film work than I could have doing bit parts in Hollywood. In addition, while in Detroit, I made my stage debut in a Detroit Civic Theatre production.
5[About Steambath]: I didn't do 'Steambath' to shape up my image as 'Eddie's Father,' but to remind people I'm an actor. It was a mature work responsibly approached and it attracted your not-so-average man on the street and said, 'Congratulations. I'd like to see more 'Steambaths' on television.' That's more than I'm used to. Usually, it's, 'Hey, you, sign this.'
6[In 1978]: I've stayed in this business because I believe the power of entertainment is in television. And that's why directing will be a big part of my future I fell that TV has been so good to me that I can best pay my dues to society this way.
7[on playing Tom Corbett]: You know, I've never played myself before, I've always portrayed some part. The thought scared hell out of me at first, but after three weeks of looking at the 'daily rushes' [samples of the day's shooting] I decided I like that man.
8[As to how the father should always bond with the son]: One father told me his 8 year old son and he didn't hit it off. Then along came our show. Every Wednesday night they go into the den, lock the door and watch the show together. Afterward they sit and talk about it, communicating like they never did before.
9[on directing]: It's not in the hands of anyone else. When I'm directing I'm the only one who knows what the end result will be and I enjoy taking responsibility.
10I don't understand how people can be so ungracious and so unkind even in the face of death-they don't care. There is no respect for life. And I resent that and I resent the people who do it and make a living off of it and I think they should examine their own character.
11[In 1980]: In show business, you have to realize that everyone, in fact, is a freak-and that's something they don't tell you about when you go to acting school. People treat you differently because you happen to be a 'celebrity.'
12[In 1970]: The amazing thing is that when we're working in a scene together there's never a thought of conscious acting. Our natural affection for one another-the reality of it-is what appeals to the audience.
13[In 1993]: My prayer was that I would die in my sleep, you're going to have to take my life from me.
14[In 1969]: Comedy fathers usually turn out to be dummies, while mothers are portrayed as being great...And why are fathers always older men on television? Many of my friends are young fathers with young children. I want to play the contemporary father.
15[About living his own life]: I'm willing to make mistakes and I'm also willing to face them myself. I prefer that than having to answer for someone else. I've made a lot myself, but hopefully I won't repeat them. If you go through life and you haven't made any, it simply means you haven't taken any chances, and your obligation to life is to live it and to go forward because life in a sense is a series of successes and failures.
16[on gaining popularity before sinking]: First you feel defenseless...totally defenseless...To read descriptions by 'parties close to...' -- that wonderful First Amendment right that gives them the privilege to damage everybody's else's life -- and to make any kind of assumptions they choose to make for the sake of selling their papers. One of the reporters I spoke to once, said, 'What else can I do? They pay us so much money.' Well, whatever happened in this country to our own morality? I wonder now. I wonder as I watch the news. It isn't just the tabloids. The tabloids are a great part of it - it's a personal, terrible, hurtful thing to do to anybody. But I worry about the conscience of our own country as I look around and see it, and how life is becoming more and more meaningless.
17[When he decided to become an actor]: I have to go off by myself to keep a balance. I can't always be, 'Bill the actor'. I must stop and gain perspective so as not to confuse my role and my person.
18[on returning to work after the death of his son Christopher]: Work really was a catalyst by which I was able to maintain a sense of balance, and coming back...I don't know that you come back. You go on, you endure.
19[on the cancellation of The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969)]: I cannot tell you how disappointed I was. I wanted that series to go on to the point when it came to the teenage stage and we could deal with these problems in an honest contemporary way. But our time slot was changed so often we weren't given a fighting chance. You can't expect people to find you at home when you change your address so often.
20I'm a loner as a person, but then I always was, even as a child.
21[on receiving the script for The Incredible Hulk (1978) pilot] I didn't even like the title. I wanted to make fun of it because of its name. I told my agent, "You've got to be kidding!" when he suggested I might be interested in it. He said, "Read it!" and so I took it home and thanks to his intelligence, I did read it. Right away I knew this could be done in the style of the monster pictures or the creature films of the 1940s. But one advantage we enjoy over the previous monster pictures is that the Hulk is not evil.
22I have learned that there is no way to succeed in anything unless you are willing to try--and trying means you run the risk of failure.
23Everyone fantasizes. We all want to be something we're not.

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1The role of Dr. David Banner on _"The Incredible Hulk" (1977)_.
2His glasses.
3Every one of his characters had a likable, mild-manner personality.
4Performed professionally magic tricks.
5Calm, reasonable voice.

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