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      Bill Irwin

      Bill Irwin

      Highest Rated: 92% The Laramie Project (2002)

      Lowest Rated: 23% Just the Ticket (1999)

      Birthday: Apr 11, 1950

      Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

      Bill Irwin studied classical acting at Oberlin College and clowning at the famed Ringling Brothers' and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He also drew inspiration from great silent comics including Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd. Irwin made his feature debut as Ham Gravy, an old beau of Olive Oyl, in Robert Altman's "Popeye" (1980). In the early 1980s, he received numerous grants including the prestigious MacArthur fellowship, which supported him for five years as he expanded his various talents. This included co-writing, directing and starring in the Broadway show "The Regard of Flight" (1987), a comic showcase; writing, directing and starring in the off-off-Broadway drama "The Court Room"; and appearing alongside Robin Williams, Steve Martin and F. Murray Abraham in the Mike Nichols-directed 1988 revival of Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" as the almost silent Lucky. His feature roles included Eddie Collins, a member of the Chicago "Black" Sox, in John Sayles' "Eight Men Out" (1988), Rick Moranis' FBI partner in "My Blue Heaven" (1990), a mime who taunts Woody Allen in "Scenes From a Mall" and Charlie Sheen's ill-fated father in "Hot Shots!" (both 1991). He received his widest exposure on the series "Northern Exposure" as the mostly silent Flying Man, a circus performer and would-be boyfriend of Marilyn Whirlwind. Irwin returned to the Broadway stage with fellow clown David Shiner in the uproarious silent comedy "Fool Moon" (1993 and 1995 and 1998), for which he won a Tony Award in 1999. Irwin next had a small role in Sam Shepard's mannered western, "Silent Tongue" (1993), then put in appearances in episodes of "Dave's World" (CBS, 1993-1997) and "3rd Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1995-2001). He spent the remainder of the 1990s doing a variety of theater, including the Public Theater's production of Samuel Beckett's "Texts for Nothing." He also played Trinculo in "The Tempest" starring Patrick Stewart, Galy Gay in Bertolt Brecht's "A Man's a Man" and Medvedenko in Chekhov's "The Seagull." He returned to features with a small role in the period comedy "Illuminata" (1999), then was Tom Snout in a modern take on The Bard's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1999). After a small part in the indie romantic comedy "Just the Ticket" (1999), Irwin was the father of darling Cindy Lou Who in Ron Howard's ADD-inducing "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000). Irwin appeared in HBO's "The Laramie Project" (2002), a docudrama focusing on the trial and reaction of the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard. After appearing in "The Guys" with Sigourney Weaver and "The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia" with Sally Field-both in 2002-Irwin appeared as a barking drill instructor who tries to shape up an angry, rebellious seventeen-year-old (Kieran Culkin) in "Igby Goes Down" (2002). In 2003, he wrote and performed "Harlequin Studies" for the Signature Theater Company in New York, a commedia dell'arte featuring Irwin reinventing himself into different clowns by repeatedly re-emerging from an oversized trunk, once again earning the talent artist rave reviews. A small role as a scoutmaster in Jonathan Demme's remake of the classic psychological thriller, "The Manchurian Candidate" (2004) was followed by a Tony Award-winning performance as George-chief foil and favorite punching bag of the drunken, slovenly Martha (Kathleen Turner)-in a Broadway production of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Irwin then costarred in M. Night Shyamalan's much-maligned "Lady in the Water" (2006), playing a bookish shut-in who barely speaks to his fellow apartment tenants as they try to help their superintendent (Paul Giamatti) get a mysterious water nymph (Bryce Dallas Howard) back to her world before she's killed by evil creatures out to get her.

      Highest rated movies

      The Laramie Project
      Eight Men Out Spoiler Alert Rustin Confirmation
      Rachel Getting Married
      Higher Ground
      My Blue Heaven


      Bill Irwin Bill Irwin at arrivals for CONFIRMATION Special Screening, Signature Theatre, New York, NY April 7, 2016. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection STEPPING OUT, Liza Minnelli (front), from left: Carol Woods, Jane krakowski (rear), Sheila McCarthy, Ellen Greene, Bill Irwin (rear), Robyn Stevan, Andrea Martin (rear), Julie Walters, 1991, © Paramount DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, Jeremy Howard, Molly Shannon, T.J. Thyne, Taylor Momsen, Bill Irwin, 2000, (c)Universal HIGHER GROUND, Bill Irwin, 2011. ph: Molly Hawkey/©Sony Pictures Classics RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, front, from left: Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, 2008. ©Sony Pictures Classics RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, from left: Anisa George, Bill Irwin, 2008. ©Sony Pictures Classics RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, Bill Irwin, 2008. ©Sony Pictures Classics STEPPING OUT, Jane Krakowski, Bill Irwin, Liza Minnelli, Sheila McCarthy, 1991 Sleepy Hollow, Bill Irwin, 09/16/2013, ©FOX Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Bill Irwin, 'Season 15', 09/25/2013, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Bill Irwin, 'Imprisoned Lives', Season 15, Ep. #2, 09/25/2013, ©NBC DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, Bill Irwin, Taylor Momsen, 2000, (c)Universal A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Bill Irwin, Kevin Kline, 1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Dann Florek (L), Bill Irwin (R), 'Imprisoned Lives', Season 15, Ep. #2, 09/25/2013, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Bill Irwin (L), Mariska Hargitay (C), Pablo Schreiber (R), 'Psycho/Therapist', Season 15, Ep. #10, 01/08/2014, ©NBC DANCING WITH SHIVA, (aka RACHEL GETTING MARRIED), Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Debra Winger, 2008. ©Sony Pictures Classics Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Bill Irwin, 'Imprisoned Lives', Season 15, Ep. #2, 09/25/2013, ©NBC A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Sam Rockwell, Bill Irwin, Kevin Kline, 1999 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Gregory Jbarra, Bill Irwin,Sam Rockwell, Roger Reese, Kevin Kline, 1999



      85% 72% Rustin A.J. Muste (Character) - 2023
      86% 97% Spoiler Alert Bob (Character) $1.3M 2022
      No Score Yet 86% Lust Life Love Richard (Character) - 2021
      84% 73% Confirmation John Danforth (Character) - 2016
      73% 86% Interstellar TARS (Voice) $188.0M 2014
      82% 62% Higher Ground Pastor Bud (Character) $841.2K 2011
      84% 62% Rachel Getting Married Paul (Character) $12.8M 2008
      41% 40% Dark Matter Hal Silver (Character) $30.0K 2007
      53% 82% Across the Universe Uncle Teddy (Character) $24.3M 2007
      25% 49% Lady in the Water Mr. Leeds (Character) $42.3M 2006
      92% 80% The Laramie Project Harry Woods (Character) - 2002
      49% 58% How the Grinch Stole Christmas Lou Lou Who (Character) $260.4M 2000
      67% 60% William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Tom Snout (Character) - 1999
      23% 38% Just the Ticket Ray Charles (Character) $427.9K 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guardian Writer - 1999
      44% 66% Illuminata Marco (Character) $836.6K 1998
      No Score Yet 61% Subway Stories Self - 1997
      38% 46% Silent Tongue Comic (Character) - 1994
      32% 26% Scenes From a Mall Mime (Character) $9.2M 1991
      No Score Yet 71% Stepping Out Geoffrey (Character) $232.3K 1991
      71% 59% My Blue Heaven Kirby (Character) $22.8M 1990
      87% 79% Eight Men Out Eddie Collins (Character) $4.3M 1988
      58% 39% Popeye Ham Gravy (Character) - 1980


      78% 85% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Peter Lindstrom (Guest Star) 2013-2016 2020-2022
      94% 80% This Is Us Dr. Spencer (Guest Star) 2018 2022
      90% 82% The Dropout Channing Robertson (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 52% New Amsterdam Calvin Bennett (Guest Star) 2021
      91% 85% Legion Cary (Character) 2017-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Julie's Greenroom Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      74% 74% Sleepy Hollow Unknown (Guest Star) 2015-2016
      0% 50% South of Hell Enos Abascal (Character) 2015
      No Score Yet 82% Blue Bloods Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      95% 88% Elementary Richard Balsille (Guest Star) 2014
      52% No Score Yet Monday Mornings Dr. Buck Tierney (Character) 2013
      66% 75% A Gifted Man Ron Vinetz (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 81% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2008-2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Life on Mars Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 82% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 73% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Nate Royce (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1998 2000
      No Score Yet 75% 3rd Rock From the Sun Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dave's World Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet 65% The Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1987