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Bill Bixby
Original name: Wilfred Bailey Bixby
Birth: Jan. 22, 1934
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Death: Nov. 21, 1993
Century City
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor, Director. He is remembered for his roles as 'Tim O'Hara' on the CBS television sitcom "My Favorite Martian" that ran from September 1963 to May 1966, 'Tom Corbett' on the ABC comedy drama "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," from September 1969 until March 1972, 'Anthony Blake' on the NBC crime drama "The Magician," from October 1973 until April 1974, and probably best remembered for his role as 'Dr. David Banner' on the CBS sci-fi drama series "The Incredible Hulk," from March 1978 until June 1982. Born Wilfred Bailey Everett Bixby III, his father worked as a store clerk and his mother was a senior manager at I. Magnin & Company, a San Francisco, California-based high fashion and specialty goods luxury department store. His father enlisted in the US Navy after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor w=which preceded the US entrance into World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific. In 1952 he graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco and attended San Francisco City College where he majored in drama. He then attended the University of California at Berkeley, California. Only four credits short of earning a degree, he dropped out of college and joined the US Marine Corps after being drafted into the US Army during the Korean War. After his discharge from the Marine Corps, he moved to Wyoming where he worked various odd jobs. In 1959 he was hired to work as a model and to do commercial work for General Motors and Chrysler in Detroit, Michigan. In 1961 he appeared in the musical "The Boy Friend" at the Detroit Civic Theater, and returned to California to make his television debut on an episode of "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis." He became a highly regarded character actor and guest-starred in many 1960s and 1970s television shows including "Ben Casey," "The Twilight Zone," "The Andy Griffith Show, "Dr. Kildare," "Straightaway," "Hennesey," "Ironside," "The Love Boat", "Love, American Style," "The Streets of San Francisco," "Fantasy Island," and "Night Gallery." In 1963 he played a sailor with a Napoleon tattoo in the movie "Irma La Douce," a romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, directed by Billy Wilder based on the 1956 French musical. The same year, he took the role of young reporter 'Tim O'Hara' in "My Favorite Martian." The series was canceled in 1966 and he starred in the movies "Ride Beyond Vengeance" (1966, with Chuck Connors), "Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!" (1967, with Sandra Dee), and two of Elvis Presley's movies, "Clambake" (1967, with Shelley Fabares), and "Speedway" (1968, with Nancy Sinatra). In 1969 he starred in his second high-profile television role in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," which centered around a widowed father raising a young son, managing a major syndicated magazine while at the same time trying to re-establish himself on the dating scene. In 1973 he starred in his third television series, "The Magician." While it was well liked, it only lasted for one season. An accomplished amateur magician himself, he hosted several TV specials in the mid-1970s which featured other amateur magicians, and was a respected member of the Hollywood magic community, belonging to The Magic Castle, an exclusive club for magicians. In the 1970s he became a popular game show panelist, appearing mostly on "Password" and "The Hollywood Squares." He was also a panelist on the 1974 revival of "Masquerade Party" hosted by Richard Dawson. In 1975 he starred in the Disney movie "The Apple Dumpling Gang," with Tim Conway and Don Knotts. In 1976 he returned to television, he worked with Susan Blakely on "Rich Man, Poor Man," a highly successful television miniseries. The same year, he played a daredevil stunt pilot in an episode of the short-lived 1976 CBS adventure series "Spencer's Pilots." The following year he appeared with Donna Mills, Richard Jaeckel, and William Shatner in the last episode of NBC western series "The Oregon Trail," entitled "The Scarlet Ribbon," that starred Rod Taylor and Andrew Stevens. He also directed two of "The Oregon Trail" episodes. In 1976 he received two Emmy Award nominations, one for Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in Drama or Comedy for "The Streets of San Francisco" and the other for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series for "Rich Man, Poor Man." In 1977 he was persuaded to accept the part of 'Dr. David Banner' in the CBS television pilot movie "The Incredible Hulk" and its success convinced CBS to turn it into a weekly series, which began airing in the Spring of 1978. It became an international hit, seen in over 70 countries, and made him a pop icon of the late 1970s and 1980s. After the show was canceled in 1982, he reprised his role and was executive producer in the television movies "The Incredible Hulk Returns" (1988), "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk" (1989), and "The Death of the Incredible Hulk" (1990), and directed the latter two. He was the executive producer and co-star of the short-lived CBS television sitcom "Goodnight, Beantown," that aired for two brief seasons in 1983 and 1984, and also directed three episodes of the series. During the same time, he directed several episodes of another short-lived television series, "Wizards and Warriors," which aired in 1983. From 1983 to 1984 he hosted a documentary series for Nickelodeon entitled "Against the Odds," which consisted of short biographies of famous people throughout history, and was canceled after two seasons. In 1987 he directed eight episodes of the ABC television satirical police sitcom "Sledge Hammer!", including the episode, "Hammer Hits the Rock" in season two, where he made an uncredited appearance as "Zeke." In early 1991 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent treatment. He made his last acting appearance in 1992, guest starring on an episode of the CBS television crime drama "Diagnosis: Murder." He finished his career by directing 30 episodes (in seasons two and three) of the NBC television sitcom "Blossom." In early 1993, after rumors began circulating about his health, he went public with his cancer condition, making several guest appearances on shows such as "The Today Show" and "Good Morning America." Later in 1993 his cancer returned which was diagnosed as terminal and he died of complications at the age of 59, just six days after his final directing assignment on "Blossom." He was married three times, the first to actress Brenda Benet (from 1971 to 1980), Laura Michaels (from 1990 to 1991), and Judith Kliban, widow of cartoonist B. (Bernard) Kliban (from 1991 until his death). (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Brenda Benet (1945 - 1982)
 
 Children:
  Christopher Sean Bixby (1974 - 1981)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Prostate Cancer
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered at his Hana, Hawaii estate
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 95
Bill Bixby
Added by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
 
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