Bill Bixby

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Bill Bixby
Bixby in 1973
Wilfred Bailey Everett "Bill" Bixby III

(1934-01-22)January 22, 1934
San Francisco, California, United States
Died(1993-11-21)November 21, 1993
Century City, California
Cause of deathProstate cancer
Occupation(s)Actor, director, producer
Years active1961 – 1993

Bill Bixby (born January 22, 1934 in San Francisco, California - November 21, 1993), was an American actor, director, and producer. He is known for the role of David Banner in the TV series The Incredible Hulk.

Bixby died from complications of prostate cancer in Los Angeles on November 21, 1993. He was 59 years old.

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Bill Bixby made the most of his career in television. His credits on the big screen include: Irma la Douce (1963), with Jack Lemmon, and directed by Billy Wilder; Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966), western starring Chuck Connors; and two movies starring Elvis Presley, Clambake (1967) and Speedway (1968). His first television series was My Favorite Martian, playing the role of Tim O'Hara, and co-starring Ray Walston. The show aired on CBS from 1963 to 1966. Bixby continued to have success on television as the star of the ABC sitcom The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969–1972), where he played a widower who cares for his young son played by Brandon Cruz. He also played in The Magician (1973–1974), as a famous magician Anthony Blake, who is also a detective. The biggest hit of his career would come in the late 1970s, playing the role of David Banner in CBS TV series The Incredible Hulk with Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk. The show is based on the character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. After the success of the series, there were three movies filmed for television: The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988), directed by Nicholas Corea; The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989); and The Death of the Incredible Hulk, directed by Bixby.

Bill Bixby was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work in The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969), The Streets of San Francisco (1972), and Rich Man, Poor Man (1976).

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Year Títle Role Notes
1962 Lonely Are the Brave Airman in Helicopter Uncredited
1963 Irma la Douce Tattooed sailor
1963 Under the Yum Yum Tree Track team coach
1963–66 My Favorite Martian Tim O'Hara TV series
1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance Johnsy Boy Hood
1967 Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding! Dick Bender
1967 Clambake James J. Jamison III
1968 Speedway Kenny Donford
1969–73 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Tom Corbett TV series
1971 Big Fish, Little Fish Ronnie TV movie
1972 The Couple Takes a Wife Jeff Hamilton TV movie
1973 Steambath Tandy TV movie
1973 Shirts/Skins Teddy Bush TV movie
1973–74 The Magician Anthony Blake TV series
1974 Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love William TV movie
1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang Russel Donavan
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Willie Abbott TV mini-series
1976 The Invasion of Johnson County Sam Lowell TV movie
1976 The Great Houdini Rev. Arthur Ford TV movie
1977 Black Market Baby Herbert Freemont TV movie
1977 The Incredible Hulk Dr. David Banner TV movie
1977 The Incredible Hulk: Death in the Family Dr. Bruce Banner TV movie
1978–82 The Incredible Hulk Dr. Bruce Banner TV series
1982 Murder Is Easy Luke Williams TV movie
1982 I've Had It Up to Here TV movie
1983–84 Goodnight, Beantown Matt Cassidy TV series
1985 International Airport Harvey Jameson TV movie
1986 Sin of Innocence David McGary TV movie
1986 True Confessions TV series
1988 The Incredible Hulk Returns Dr. Bruce Banner TV movie
1989 The Trial of the Incredible Hulk Dr. Bruce Banner TV movie
1990 The Death of the Incredible Hulk Dr. Bruce Banner TV movie

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