Wilfred Bailey Everett "Bill" Bixby III (January 22, 1934 − November 21, 1993) was an American actor, director, producer, and frequent game-show panelist. His career spanned more than three decades, including appearances on stage, in films, and on television series. He is known for his roles as Tim O'Hara in the CBS sitcom My Favorite Martian, Tom Corbett in the ABC sitcom The Courtship of Eddie's Father, and stage illusionist Anthony Blake in the NBC crime drama series The Magician, but is perhaps best known for his role as scientist Dr. David Banner in the CBS science-fiction drama series The Incredible Hulk.
Bixby as The Magician, 1973
Wilfred Bailey Everett Bixby III
January 22, 1934
|Died||November 21, 1993 (aged 59)|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, game-show panelist|
|Television||My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Incredible Hulk|
An only child, Bixby was born Wilfred Bailey Everett Bixby III, a fourth-generation Californian of English descent, on January 22, 1934, in San Francisco, California. 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. In 1942, when Bixby was eight years old, his father enlisted in the Navy during World War II and traveled to the South Pacific. While in the seventh grade, Bixby attended Grace Cathedral and sang in the church's choir. In one notable incident, he shot the bishop using a slingshot during a service and was kicked out of the choir. In 1946, his mother encouraged him to take ballroom dance lessons and from there he started dancing all around the city. While dancing, he attended Lowell High School, where he perfected his oratory and dramatic skills as a member of the Lowell Forensic Society. Though he received average grades, he also competed in high-school speech tournaments regionally. After graduation from high school in 1952, against his parents' wishes, he majored in drama at City College of San Francisco.
During the Korean War, Bixby was drafted shortly after his eighteenth birthday. Rather than report to the United States Army, Bixby joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He served primarily in personnel management with Marine Attack Squadron 141 (VMA-141) at Naval Air Station Oakland, and attained the rank of private first class before his 1956 discharge. Later, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, his parents' alma mater, and left just a few credits short of earning a degree. He then moved to Hollywood, California, where he had a string of odd jobs that included bellhop and lifeguard. He organized shows at a resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and in 1959 was hired to work as a model and to do commercial work for General Motors and Chrysler.
In 1961, Bixby was in the musical The Boy Friend at the Detroit Civic Theater, returning to Hollywood 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 television series, including Ben Casey, The Twilight Zone, The Andy Griffith Show, Dr. Kildare, Straightaway, and Hennesey. He also joined the cast of The Joey Bishop Show in 1962. 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. During the 1970s, he made guest appearances on television series such as Ironside, Insight, Barbary Coast, The Love Boat, Medical Center, four episodes of Love, American Style, Fantasy Island, and two episodes each of The Streets of San Francisco and Rod Serling's Night Gallery.
Bixby took the role of young reporter Tim O'Hara in the 1963 CBS sitcom, My Favorite Martian, in which he co-starred with Ray Walston. By 1966, though, high production costs forced the series to come to an end after 107 episodes. After the cancellation of Martian, Bixby starred in five movies: Ride Beyond Vengeance, Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!, and two of Elvis Presley's movies, Clambake and Speedway. He turned down the role as Marlo Thomas's boyfriend in the successful That Girl, though he later guest-starred in the show, and starred in two failed pilots.
In 1969, Bixby starred in his second high-profile television role, as Tom Corbett in The Courtship of Eddie's Father, a comedy-drama on ABC. The series concerned a widowed father raising a young son, managing a major syndicated magazine, and at the same time trying to reenter the dating scene. This series was in the vein of other 1960s and 1970s sitcoms that dealt with widowerhood, such as The Andy Griffith Show and My Three Sons. Eddie was played by novice actor Brandon Cruz. The pair developed a close rapport that translated to an off-camera friendship as well. The core cast was rounded out by Academy Award-winning actress Miyoshi Umeki, who played the role of Tom's housekeeper, Mrs. Livingston; James Komack (one of the series' producers) as Norman Tinker, Tom's pseudo-hippie, quirky photographer, and actress Kristina Holland as Tom's secretary, Tina. One episode of the series co-starred Bixby's future wife, Brenda Benet, as one of Tom's girlfriends.
Bixby was nominated for the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1971. The following year, he won the Parents Without Partners Exemplary Service Award for 1972.
Bixby made his directorial debut on the sitcom in 1970, directing eight episodes. ABC canceled the sitcom in 1972 at the end of season three.
After the show was canceled, Bixby and Cruz remained in contact, with Cruz making a guest appearance on Bixby's later series The Incredible Hulk. The death of Bixby's only child, in 1981, drew Bixby and Cruz closer still. The two remained in touch until Bixby's death in 1993. In 1995, Cruz named his own son Lincoln Bixby Cruz.
Brandon Cruz said of the show which developed a professional father-son relationship, compared to that of The Andy Griffith Show, "We dealt with issues that were talked about but were never brought up on television. Bill wasn't the first actor to portray a single widowed father, but he became one of the popular ones, because of his easy-going way of this crazy little kid." Prior to Bixby's promotion to director, Brandon said, "He was looking for the best dolly grip, along with the boom operator that if something was called specifically and failed, Bill could be easily angry." On the kind of relationship Bill had wanted with his co-star, Brandon also said, "Bill would never speak down to me. Bill treated me as an equal. He made sure that we had a lot of time together, just so he could kinda crawl inside my head and see what actually made a kid tick." Upon Bill's real-life father's death in 1971, Cruz stated: "He had that type of mentality that the show must go on, thinking it was just a great T.V. show, after he broke down weeping."
In a 2011 interview with Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith about how Bill Bixby's fame was supposed to posthumously honor him for a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Cruz said, "When I found out they were putting this out, I thought, ‘It’s about time.’ Bill Bixby had an amazing body of work, not only Courtship of Eddie’s Father, but My Favorite Martian, The Magician, The Incredible Hulk and so many other things, as an actor, as a director — and he never got an Emmy. He’s never been recognized posthumously by the Academy. And he doesn’t have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That is criminal.... There are people who have stars that, not to be blunt, but I wouldn’t bother spitting on their stars. Bill’s talent would take a couple of blocks of stars compared to them. It really demeans the whole thing that Bill is not included."
In 1973, Bixby starred in The Magician. The series was well liked but lasted only 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. During the show's popular, although short-lived, production, Bixby invited a few old friends along to co-star such as Pamela Britton (in her final role), Kristina Holland and Ralph O'Hara.
Bixby 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. He had also appeared with Dawson on Cop-Out. In 1974-1975, he directed four episodes of the eighth season of Mannix, guest-starring as Mannix's friend-turned-villain in one of the episodes.
Returning to television, Bixby worked with Susan Blakely on Rich Man, Poor Man, a highly successful television miniseries in 1976. He played a daredevil stunt pilot in an episode of the short-lived 1976 CBS adventure series Spencer's Pilots, starring Gene Evans. In 1977, he co-starred in the pilot for the television series Fantasy Island; starred in "No Way Out", the final episode of the NBC anthology series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale); and appeared with Donna Mills, Richard Jaeckel, and William Shatner in the last episode, "The Scarlet Ribbon", of NBC's Western series The Oregon Trail, starring Rod Taylor and Andrew Stevens. Bixby directed two episodes of The Oregon Trail.
In 1976, he was honored with 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.
Bixby starred in the role of Dr. David Banner in the pilot movie, The Incredible Hulk, based on the Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Marvel characters. Kenneth Johnson, the creator, director and writer, said that Bixby was his only choice to play the part. Although, reportedly, when Bixby was offered the role, he declined it – until he read the script and discussed it with Johnson. The success of the pilot (coupled with some theatrical releases of the film in Europe) convinced CBS to turn it into a weekly series, which began airing in the spring of 1978. The pilot also starred Susan Sullivan as Dr. Elaina Marks, who tries to help the conflicted and widowed Dr. Banner overcome his "problem", and falls in love with him in the process. In a retrospective on The Incredible Hulk, Glenn Greenberg declared Bixby's performance to be the series's "foremost" strength, elaborating that he "masterfully conveyed the profound loneliness and tragedy of Dr. Banner while also bringing to the role an abundance of warmth, intelligence, humor, nobility, likability, and above all else, humanity."
During the series' run, Bixby invited two of his longtime friends, Ray Walston and Brandon Cruz, to guest-star with him in different episodes of the series. He also worked on the series with his friend, movie actress Mariette Hartley, who later starred with Bixby in his final series, Goodnight, Beantown in 1983. Hartley appears in the well-regarded double-length episode "Married", and subsequently won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance. Future star Loni Anderson also guest starred with Bixby during the first season. Bixby directed one episode of the series, "Bring Me the Head of the Hulk" in 1980 (original airdate: January 9, 1981). The series was canceled after the following season, but leftover episodes aired as late as the next June. Bixby later executive-produced and reprised the role in three television movies – The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and The Death of the Incredible Hulk – the last two of which he also directed, and the first of which he has been said to have unofficially co-directed.
Bixby was executive producer and co-star of the short-lived sitcom Goodnight, Beantown (1983–84). He also directed three episodes of the series. During the same time, Bixby 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. The series, which was canceled after only two seasons, consists of short biographies of famous people throughout history. From 1986 to 1987, he hosted the syndicated weekday anthology series True Confessions. In 1987, he directed eight episodes of the satirical police sitcom Sledge Hammer!, including the episode "Hammer Hits the Rock" in season two, where he made an uncredited appearance as Zeke.
Bixby made his last acting appearance in 1992, guest-starring in an episode of Diagnosis: Murder.
Bixby's first marriage was to actress Brenda Benet. They were married in 1971, and she gave birth to their son Christopher in September 1974. The couple divorced in 1980. A few months later, in March 1981, six-year-old Christopher died while on a skiing vacation at Mammoth Lakes with Benet, where he went into cardiac arrest after doctors inserted a breathing tube when he suffered acute epiglottitis. Benet committed suicide the following year. Bixby met Laura Michaels in 1989, who had worked on the set of one of his Hulk movies. The couple married a year later in Hawaii. In early 1991, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent treatment. He was divorced in the same year. In late 1992, friends introduced him to the artist Judith Kliban, widow of B. Kliban, a cartoonist who had died of a pulmonary embolism. Bixby married Judith in late 1993, just six weeks before he collapsed on the set of Blossom.
In early 1993, after rumors began circulating about his health, Bixby went public with his illness, and made several appearances on shows such as Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, among others.
|1962||Lonely Are the Brave||Airman in Helicopter||Uncredited|
|1963||Irma la Douce||Tattooed Sailor|
|1963||Under the Yum Yum Tree||Track Team Coach||Uncredited|
|1966||Ride Beyond Vengeance||Johnsy Boy Hood|
|1967||Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!||Dick Bender|
|1967||Clambake||James J. Jamison III|
|1975||The Apple Dumpling Gang||Russel Donovan|
|1977||The Kentucky Fried Movie||Himself||(segment "Headache Clinic")|
|1961||Hennesy||Intern||Episode: "Welcome Home, Dr. Blair"|
|1961||Straightaway||unknown role||Episode: "The Tin Caesar"|
|1961||The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis||Roger||Episode: "The Gigolo"|
|1961||Ben Casey||Intern at Party||Episode: "A Few Brief Lines for Dave"|
|1961||Bachelor Father||Paul||Episode: "The Law and Kelly Gregg"|
|1961||Checkmate||Pete Canaday||Episode: "To the Best of My Recollection"|
|1961||Make Room for Daddy||Joey||Episode: "Danny Weaves a Web"|
|1961||Make Room for Daddy||Mack||Episode: "Danny and Durante"|
|1962||The Andy Griffith Show||Ronald Bailey||Episode: "Bailey's Bad Boy"|
|1962||Death Valley Days||Kinney||Episode: "Justice at Jackson Creek"|
|1962||Follow the Sun||Jason Wylie||Episode: "Chalk One Up for Johnny"|
|1962||The Joey Bishop Show||Charles Raymond||recurring role (6 episodes)|
|1962||Alcoa Premiere||Bruce||2 episodes|
– "Once a Bachelor"
– "The Voice of Charlie Pont"
|1962||Dr. Kildare||Dr. John Grant||Episode: "The Soul Killer"|
|1963||The Twilight Zone||OOD||Episode: "The Thirty-Fathom Grave"|
|1963||The Eleventh Hour||Art||Episode: "Try to Keep Alive Until Next Tuesday"|
|1963||Dr. Kildare||Dr. Ben Mollenhour||Episode: "The Balance and the Crucible"|
|1963||Make Room for Daddy||Tom Bradley, the Rival||Episode: "Jose's Rival"|
|1963||The Lieutenant||Private Stu Sallaway||Episode: "A Million Miles from Clary"|
|1963–1966||My Favorite Martian||Tim O'Hara||series regular (107 episodes)|
|1964–1965||Valentine's Day||Carl Pierce||recurring role (9 episodes)|
|1966||Combat!||Kline||Episode: "The Losers"|
|1966–1974||Hollywood Squares||Himself (Center Square/Panelist)||series regular (114 episodes)|
|1967||Iron Horse||Dan Gilmore||Episode: "Appointment with Epitaph"|
|1967||That Girl||Harry Banner||Episode: "The Apartment"|
|1967||Dream Girl of '67||Himself (Bachelor Judge)||recurring role (10 episodes)|
|1968||The Danny Thomas Hour||David||Episode: "Two for Penny"|
|1968||It Takes a Thief||George Palmer||Episode: "To Steal a Battleship"|
|1968||The Ghost & Mrs. Muir||Paul Wilkie||Episode: "The Ghost Hunter"|
|1968||Ironside||Edward Neufane||Episode: "Sergeant Mike"|
|1968||Hollywood Squares||Himself (Panelist)||recurring role (3 episodes)|
– "The Poker Game" (1969)
– "The War of the Eggs" (1971)
|1969||Love, American Style||Darian Patrick||Episode: "Love and the Legal Agreement"|
|1969||Win with the Stars||Himself (Celebrity Contestant)||Episode: "Rosemary Clooney/Bill Bixby"|
|1969||Stump the Stars||Himself (Panelist)||Episode: "09.29.1969"|
|1969-1972||The Courtship of Eddie's Father||Tom Corbett||series regular (73 episodes)|
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1971)
|1970||Love, American Style||Alan||Episode: "Love and the Eskimo"|
|1970||Ironside||Tom Dayton||Episode: "Tom Dayton Is Loose Among Us"|
|1970||It Takes Two||Himself||Episode: "05.04.1970"|
|1970||The Dating Game||Himself (Panelist)||Episode: "09.07.1970"|
|1971||Big Fish, Little Fish||Ronnie Johnson||Television Movie|
|1971||Congratulations, It's a Boy!||Johnny Gaines||Television Movie|
|1971–1972||Love, American Style||Kenny Frasier||2 episodes|
– "Love and the Rug"
– "Love and the Overnight Guests"
|1971–1974||Password All-Stars||Himself (Celebrity Contestant)||recurring role (7 episodes)|
|1972||Night Gallery||Noel / Bruce Tarrady||2 episodes|
– "Last Rites for a Dead Druid"
– "The Return of the Sorcerer"
|1972||Search||Mark Elliott||Episode: "The Adonis File"|
|1972||The Couple Takes a Wife||Jeff Hamilton||Television Movie|
|1972||Medical Center||Dr. Hurst||Episode: "Pressure Point"|
|1973||Barnaby Jones||Alex Chandler||Episode: "To Denise, with Love and Murder"|
|1973||Shirts/Skins||Teddy Bush||Television Movie|
|1973–1974||The Magician||Anthony Blake / Anthony Dorian||series regular (22 episodes)|
|1974||Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love||William||Television Movie|
|1974||Ironside||Dr. Gallin||Episode: "Raise the Devil"|
|1974||The Streets of San Francisco||Jerry Schilling||Episode: "Target: Red"|
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|1975||Mannix||Tony Elliott||Episode: "The Empty Tower"|
|1975||Barbary Coast||Philippe Despard||Episode: "The Barbary Coast"|
|1976||The Streets of San Francisco||Eric Doyle||Episode: "Police Buff"|
|1976||Rich Man, Poor Man||Willie Abbott||Television Miniseries (4 episodes)|
– "Part II: Chapters 3 and 4"
– "Part III: Chapter 5"
– "Part IV: Chapter 6"
– Part VI: Chapter 8"
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
|1976||Spencer's Pilots||Philo McGraw||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1976||The Invasion of Johnson County||Sam Lowell||Television Movie|
|1976||The Great Houdini||Reverend Ford||Television Movie|
|1976||Once Upon a Classic||Himself (Host)||series regular (4 episodes)|
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Children's Program (1981)
|1977||Fantasy Island||Arnold Greenwood||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1977||Tales of the Unexpected||Lieutenant Commander John Kelty||Episode: "No Way Out"|
|1977||Black Market Baby||Herbert Freemont||Television Movie|
|1977||The Love Boat||John Ballard||Episode: "Message for Maureen/Gotcha/Acapulco Connection"|
|1977||The Oregon Trail||Fred F. Mason||Episode: "The Scarlet Ribbon"|
|1977–1982||The Incredible Hulk||Dr. David Banner||series regular (82 episodes)|
TV Land Award for Character You REALLY Don't Want to Make Angry (2008)
|1978||Once Upon a Classic||Himself (Host)||Episode: "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"|
|1982||Murder Is Easy||Professor Luke Williams||Television Movie|
|1982||The Book of Lists||Himself (Host)||unknown episodes|
|1982||I've Had It Up to Here||unknown role||Television Movie|
|1983–1984||Goodnight, Beantown||Matt Cassidy||series regular (18 episodes)|
|1985||International Airport||Harvey Johnson||Television Movie|
|1986||Sin of Innocence||David McGary||Television Movie|
|1986||True Confessions||Himself (Host)||series regular (7 episodes)|
|1987||J.J. Starbuck||Donald Iskin||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1987||Sledge Hammer!||Zeke||Episode: "Hammer Hits the Rock"|
|1988||The Incredible Hulk Returns||David Banner||Television Movie|
|1989||The Trial of the Incredible Hulk||David Banner||Television Movie|
|1990||The Death of the Incredible Hulk||David Banner||Television Movie|
|1990||An American Story||unknown role||Television Movie|
|1992||Diagnosis Murder: Diagnosis of Murder||Nick Osborne||Television Movie|
|1993||Blossom||Cop||Episode: "Blossom's Dilemma"|
|1970–1972||The Courtship of Eddie's Father||Director||Director (8 episodes)|
– "Gifts Are for Giving" (1970)
– "Two's Company" (1971)
– "Happy Birthday to You" (1971)
– "A Brave at Natchanoomi" (1971)
– "The Karate Story" (1972)
– "The Investors" (1972)
– "In the Eye of the Beholder" (1972)
– "Time for a Change" (1972)
|1972–1973||Room 222||Director||Director (2 episodes)|
– "Elizabeth Brown Is Failing" (1972)
– "The Noon Goon" (1973)
|1974||The Magician||Director||Episode: "The Illusion of the Evil Spikes"|
|1975||Mannix||Director||Director (4 episodes)|
– "A World Called Courage"
– "A Ransom for Yesterday"
– "The Empty Tower"
|1975||Barbary Coast||Director||Director (2 episodes)|
– "The Barbary Coast"
– "Jesse Who?"
|1975||Kate McShane||Director||Episode: "God at $15,732 a Year"|
|1976||Ber D'Angelo/Superstar||Director||Episode: "A Noise in the Streets"|
|1976||Spencer's Pilots||Director||Director (2 episodes)|
– "The Drone"
– "The Hunted"
|1976–1977||Rick Man, Poor Man — Book II||Director||Director (2 episodes)|
– "Chapter III (1976)
– "Chapter XVIII" (1977)
Nominated – Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series (1977)
|1977||Charlie's Angels||Director||Episode: "Dirty Business"|
|1977||The Oregon Trail||Director||Episode: "The Scarlet Ribbon"|
|1978||Three on a Date||Director||Television Movie|
|1978||The Many Loves of Arthur||Director||Television Movie|
|1981||The Incredible Hulk||Director||Episode: "Bring Me the Head of the Hulk"|
|1981–1982||Mr. Merlin||Director||Director (5 episodes)|
– "The Cloning of the Green" (1981)
– "The Two Faces of Zac" (1981)
– "Take My Tonsils...Please!" (1981)
– "Change of Venue" (1982)
– "I Was a Teenage Loser" (1982)
|1982||Herbie, the Love Bug||Director||Director (2 episodes)|
– "My House Is Your House"
– "Calling Doctor Herbie"
|1983||Wizards and Warriors||Director||Director (3 episodes)|
– "The Unicorn of Death"
– "Night of Terror"
– "Skies of Death"
|1983–1984||Goodnight, Beantown||Director/Executive Producer||Director (3 episodes)|
– "Hooking for Mr. Goodbar" (1983)
– "A Felon Needs a Girl" (1983); also Executive Producer
– "Peace on Earth"
Executive Producer (2 episodes)
– "An Old Flame Flickers" (1984)
|1983||The Best of Times||Director||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1984||Dreams||Director/Producer||Director (5 episodes)|
– "Kiss Me Red"; also Producer
– "Boys Are the Best"; also Producer
– "Working Life"; also Producer
– "Stuttering"; also Producer
– "Suspicion"; also Producer
Executive Producer (12 episodes)
– "Fortune and Fame"
– "Head Over Heels"
– "Rusted Dreams"
– "Tears in the Night"
– "The Birthday Party"
|1985||I Had Three Wives||Director||Director (3 episodes)|
– "You and I Know"
– " 'Til Death Do Us Part"
– "Bedtime Stories"
– "Butterfly Murder"
– "Runaround Sue"
|1986||Better Days||Director||Director (3 episodes)|
– "Cheaters Never Win"
– "Ground Rules"
– "Never Blow Up the World"
|1987–1988||Sledge Hammer!||Director||Director (8 episodes)|
– "Play It Again Sledge" (1987)
– "Death a Few Salesmen" (1987)
– "Hammer Hits the Rock" (1987)
– "The Last of the Red Hot Vampires" (1987)
– "Icebreaker" (1987)
– "Sledge, Rattle 'n' Roll" (1988)
– "It Happened What Night?" (1988)
– "Here's to You, Mrs. Hammer" (1988)
|1988||The Incredible Hulk Returns||Director/Executive Producer||Television Movie|
|1988||Some Kinda Woman||Director||Television Movie|
|1988||Murphy's Law||Director||Director (2 episodes)|
– "Where Are My Socks and Other Mysteries of Love"
– "Do Someone a Favor and It Becomes Your Job"
|1989||The Trial of the Incredible Hulk||Director/Executive Producer||Television Movie|
|1989||The Nutt House||Director||Episode: "The Accidental Groom"|
|1990||The Death of the Incredible Hulk||Director/Executive Producer||Television Movie|
|1990||Ferris Bueller||Director||Director (2 episodes)|
– "Behind Every Dirtbag"
– "Baby You Can't Drive My Car"
|1991||Sons and Daughters||Director||Episode: "Melanie"|
|1991||Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind||Director||Television Movie|
|1991||Man of the People||Director||Episode: "Sleeping with the Enemy"|
|1991||Baby of the Bride||Director||Television Movie|
|1992–1994||Blossom||Director||Director (30 episodes)|
– "Runaway" (1992)
– "Dear Mom" (1992)
– "What Price Love?" (1992)
– "The Joey Chronicles" (1992)
– "Kids" (1992)
– "Only When I Laugh" (1992)
– "I Killed Chico Barranca" (1992)
– "All Hallows Eve" (1992)
– "The Making of the President" (1992)
– "My Girl" (1992)
– "The Frat Party" (1992)
– "Losing Your...Religion" (1992)
– "Ruby" (1992)
– "Time" (1993)
– "Mystery Train" (1993)
– "The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men" (1993)
– "All Dressed Up" (1993)
– "You Did What?" (1993)
– "Sitcom" (1993)
– "Hunger" (1993)
– "Paris" (1993)
– "Transitions" (1993)
– "Kiss and Tell" (1993)
– "Six and Sonny" (1993)
– "Blossom's Dilemma" (1993)
– "The Fifty-Minute Hour" (1993)
– "True Romance" (1993)
– "Let's Talk About Sex" (1993)
– "Getting Lucky" (1994)
– "Meat" (1994)
|1993||The Woman Who Loved Elvis||Director||Television Movie|
Baby of the Bride is a 1991 American made-for-television drama film directed by Bill Bixby. It premiered on CBS on December 22, 1991 and was released on DVD in 2003. It was preceded by Children of the Bride (1990) and followed by Mother of the Bride (1993).Brandon Cruz
Brandon Edwin Cruz (born May 28, 1962) is an American actor best known for his role as Eddie Corbett, son of widower Tom Corbett (played by Bill Bixby) on the television comedy-drama series The Courtship of Eddie's Father. Cruz is also a punk rock musician, having sung for such bands as Dr. Know, Dead Kennedys, and Flipper.Congratulations, It's a Boy!
Congratulations, It's a Boy! is a 1971 American made-for-television comedy film directed by William A. Graham and starring Bill Bixby and Diane Baker. It originally premiered as the ABC Movie of the Week on September 21, 1971.Julian Christopher
Julian Christopher (born November 7, 1944) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in various films and television series from the 1970s to the present, including The Magician, with Bill Bixby. His most notable appearances were in Cool Breeze, X-Men: The Last Stand, Elysium and 88 Minutes.Once Upon a Classic
Once Upon a Classic was an American television program hosted by Bill Bixby. The program aired on PBS from 1976 to 1980 as a production of WQED in Pittsburgh.
The episodes consisted of adaptations of such classic literature as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (which won a Peabody Award), Leatherstocking Tales, and The Prince and the Pauper; some of these adaptations were produced by other broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV in the United Kingdom.Rich Man, Poor Man (miniseries)
Rich Man, Poor Man is a 1976 American television miniseries based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Irwin Shaw that aired on ABC in one- or two-hour episodes mostly on Monday nights over seven weeks, beginning February 1. It was produced by Universal Television and was the second time programming of this nature had been attempted. The first TV miniseries, QB VII, had aired — also on ABC — in 1974. These projects proved to be a critical and ratings success and were the forerunner for similar projects based on literary works, such as Roots and Shōgun. The film stars Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte and Susan Blakely.
It spawned the sequel Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, which aired from September 1976 through March 1977. The network repeated the original series Tuesday nights at 9:00pm from May to June 1977.Ride Beyond Vengeance
Ride Beyond Vengeance is a 1966 western film. It stars Chuck Connors, Michael Rennie, Kathryn Hays and Bill Bixby.
The film was directed by Bernard McEveety and produced by Andrew J. Fenady (written also by him) from the story "The Night of the Tiger" by Al Dewlen. Glenn Yarbrough sang the title song vocals. It was released in January 1966. The budget was an estimated $650,000.The Apple Dumpling Gang (film)
The Apple Dumpling Gang is a 1975 American comedy-western film produced by Walt Disney Productions about a slick gambler named Russell Donovan (Bill Bixby) who is duped into taking care of a group of orphans who eventually strike gold during the California Gold Rush.
The film is based on the novel of the same name by Jack Bickham. Don Tait, who wrote several other hits for Disney such as Herbie Goes Bananas (1980), wrote the screenplay. The so-called "Apple Dumpling Gang" are named after their favorite American dessert treat, the apple dumpling. Paul J. Smith and Buddy Baker composed the music for it and its 1979 sequel, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. The song "The Apple Dumpling Gang", as heard in the opening and closing credits, was composed by Shane Tatum and was sung/performed by Randy Sparks and The Back Porch Majority.The Courtship of Eddie's Father
The Courtship of Eddie's Father is an American sitcom based on the 1963 movie of the same name, which was based on a novel by Mark Toby (edited by Dorothy Wilson).
The series is about a widower, Tom Corbett (played by Bill Bixby), who is a magazine publisher, and his young son, Eddie (played by Brandon Cruz). Eddie believes his father should marry, and manipulates situations surrounding the women his father is interested in. (Eddie's matchmaking efforts were the theme of the movie, but gradually became less central to the storylines in the series.)
The series debuted on September 17, 1969, and was last broadcast on March 1, 1972.
Bixby received an Emmy nomination for the show.The Courtship of Eddie's Father (film)
The Courtship of Eddie's Father is a 1963 American MGM romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli, and stars Glenn Ford as a widowed father and Ron Howard as his caring son. The film was based on a 1961 novel by Mark Toby, as was the ABC-TV series of the same name with Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz, which ran from 1969 to 1972.The Death of the Incredible Hulk
The Death of the Incredible Hulk is a 1990 American made-for-television superhero film, the last of three revival films based on the 1978–1982 television series The Incredible Hulk. Bill Bixby reprises his role as Dr. David Bruce Banner and Lou Ferrigno returns to play the Hulk. It was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to Bill Bixby's death in 1993, there was talk of a movie The Rebirth of the Incredible Hulk television movie which would resurrect the character.The Incredible Hulk (1978 TV series)
The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as Dr. David Bruce Banner, Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk, and Jack Colvin as Jack McGee.
In the TV series, Dr. David Banner, a widowed physician and scientist, who is presumed dead, travels across America under assumed names, and finds himself in positions where he helps others in need despite his terrible secret: in times of extreme anger or stress, he transforms into a huge, incredibly strong green creature, who has been named "The Hulk". In his travels, Banner earns money by working temporary jobs while searching for a way to either control or cure his condition. All the while, he is obsessively pursued by a tabloid newspaper reporter, Jack McGee, who is convinced that the Hulk is a deadly menace whose exposure would enhance his career.
The series' two-hour pilot movie, which established the Hulk's origins, aired on November 4, 1977. The series' 80 episodes was originally broadcast by CBS over five seasons from 1978 to 1982. It was developed and produced by Kenneth Johnson, who also wrote or directed some episodes. The series ends with David Banner continuing to search for a cure.
In 1988, the filming rights were purchased from CBS by rival NBC. They produced three television films: The Incredible Hulk Returns (directed by Nicholas J. Corea), The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and The Death of the Incredible Hulk (both directed by Bill Bixby). Since its debut, The Incredible Hulk series has garnered a worldwide fan base.The Incredible Hulk Returns
The Incredible Hulk Returns is a 1988 American made-for-television superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character the Hulk which serves as a continuation of the 1978–1982 television series The Incredible Hulk.
In The Incredible Hulk Returns, Dr. David Banner, a scientist who transforms into a green-skinned superhuman monster when enraged, believes that he has found a potential cure for his condition, but he is sabotaged by the inexplicable arrival of the arrogant warrior-god Thor, who has been banished from Valhalla. The two then team-up to battle a rising criminal organisation. Bill Bixby returns as Banner and Lou Ferrigno reprises his role of the Hulk. Eric Kramer makes his first and only appearance as Thor and Steve Levitt stars as Donald Blake. This was also Jack Colvin's last appearance as Jack McGee.The Magician (U.S. TV series)
The Magician is an American television series that ran during the 1973–1974 season. It starred Bill Bixby as stage illusionist Anthony "Tony" Blake, a playboy philanthropist who used his skills to solve difficult crimes as needed. In the series pilot, the character was named Anthony Dorian; the name was changed due to a conflict with the name of a real-life stage magician.The Rampaging Hulk
The Rampaging Hulk is a comic book series published by Marvel Comics. The first volume was a black and white magazine published by Curtis Magazines (an imprint of Marvel) from 1977–1978. With issue #10, it changed its format to color, and title to The Hulk!, and ran another 17 issues before it folded in 1981. It was a rare attempt by Marvel to mix their superhero characters with the "mature readers" black-and-white magazine format.
With the change to color and the title to The Hulk!, the magazine became Marvel's attempt to cash in on the popularity of The Incredible Hulk TV series, starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, both of whom were prominently featured and interviewed over the course of the magazine's run, as was executive producer Kenneth Johnson.The series had a second run of six issues from August 1998 to January 1999.The Trial of the Incredible Hulk
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk is a 1989 American made-for-television superhero film based on the 1978–1982 television series The Incredible Hulk featuring both the Hulk and fellow Marvel Comics character Daredevil, who team up to defeat Wilson Fisk. As was the case with The Incredible Hulk Returns, this television movie also acted as a backdoor television pilot for a series, in this case, for Daredevil (which was not produced). It was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk was directed by and starring Bill Bixby. Also starring are Lou Ferrigno, Rex Smith and John Rhys-Davies. Despite the film's title, writer/executive producer Gerald Di Pego has stated that the idea of having the Hulk actually go on trial was never even discussed.Three on a Date
Three on a Date is a 1978 American television film directed by Bill Bixby.W*A*L*T*E*R
W*A*L*T*E*R is a 1984 television pilot for a spin-off of M*A*S*H that was never picked up. It starred Gary Burghoff, who reprised his M*A*S*H character.
The episode relates the adventures of Corporal Walter "Radar" O'Reilly after he returns home from the Korean War. He is no longer calling himself "Radar" and has moved away from Iowa after he sent his mother to live with his aunt. Settling in St. Louis, Missouri, by the beginning of the series he has become a police officer, though his character is still as in the original series.Wizards and Warriors (TV series)
Wizards and Warriors is a CBS television series from 1983, starring Jeff Conaway, Julia Duffy, Walter Olkewicz, Duncan Regehr, and Clive Revill. Eight one-hour episodes were made. The series was created by Don Reo for Warner Bros. Television and three of the episodes were directed by Bill Bixby.