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Bill Bixby Biography
Bill Bixby is an American actor, he was born on 22nd January 1934 in San Francisco, California Bill attended Lowell High School, he later graduated and enrolled in Francisco College to pursue a major in acting. He later joined University of California at Berkeley.
His father, Wilfred Everett Bixby II, was a store clerk and his mother, Jane (née McFarland) Bixby, was a senior manager at I. Magnin & Co. Bill was enlisted in the Navy during World War II by his dad, he later traveled to the South Pacific. Still in the seventh grade, he joined the Grace Cathedral church choir.
Bill shot the bishop of his church using a slingshot during a service and was kicked out of the choir. He started dancing all around the city In 1946, his mother had encouraged him to take ballroom dance lessons. He attended Lowell High School, he ventured in his oratory and dramatic skills as a member of the Lowell Forensic Society.He competed in high-school speech tournaments regionally.
He graduated from high school in 1952, after graduation he went against his parents’ wishes, he majored in drama at City College of San Francisco. Bill Bixby was drafted shortly after his eighteenth birthday, during the Korean War.
Bill then joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He served primarily in the personnel management field with Marine Attack Squard 141 (VMA-141) at Naval Air Station Oakland, he then attained the rank of private first class before he was to be discharge in 1956.
He then then enroled at the University of California, Berkeley, his parents’ alma mater, he then left just a few credits short of earning a degree. He then moved to Hollywood, California, where he had different sort of work string of odd jobs including bellhop and lifeguard. He had shows at a resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In 1959 he was hired to work as a model and to do commercial work for General Motors and Chrysler.
Bill Bixby Career
In 1959 He made his first TV debut in an episode of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. He as well played many other roles, most as “Charles Raymond” in The Joey Bishop Show 1961. After the guests and recurring roles, he then became a co-starring role opposite Ray Walston in My Favorite Martian in 1963, in which he portrayed a newspaper reporter playing host to a visitor from another planet.
After the first season, it became a hit and Bixby became a household name to millions of fans who liked the show. The show was going well until its cancellation in 1966, which left Bixby in the dark, for the time being. However, he finally got the chance to go onto the big screen. The first of the four post-“Martian” 60s movies he played in was the Western, Ride Beyond Vengeance in 1966.
The year after he played in Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding! and soon after, he was then approached by Elvis Presley to appear in both Clambake in 1967, and Speedway of 1968. he then began to series television, he played the widowed father, “Tom Corbett”, on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father of 1969, based on the popular 1963 movie. After its first season, it then became a much bigger hit than his first show and Bixby, he latter changed his views on marriage and family, subsequently taking actress Brenda Benet as his bride and fathering a son.
He as well tried his hand directing an episode of the series, called “Gifts Are For Giving”, about Norman’s highly treasured gift. After completing its second season, He received an Emmy nomination for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, but didn’t win. By its third season in 1972, the show had bad scripts and ABC decided to pull the plug.
Bill Bix qouats
- Everyone fantasizes. We all want to be something we’re not.
- I 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.
- 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.
- I’m a loner as a person, but then I always was, even as a child.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In 1993, My prayer was that I would die in my sleep, you’re going to have to take my life from me.
- 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.
- 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.’
- I 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- [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.’
- Looking 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.
- 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?
- ho 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?
- 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.
Bill Bixby Wife
He married ‘Brenda Benet’ on 4th July 1971 and divorced her in September 1979, thy had one child. He then got married to his second wife Laura Jane Michael on 18 December an later divorced in June 25th 11992, he finally married Judith Kliban on 3rd October 1993 till his death on 21st november in 1993.
Bill Bixby Children
He had only one child, a son who is also deceased
Bill Bixby Awards
- in 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- In 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series: Nominee
- In 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor: Nominee