Bill Bixby

Bill Bixby
         Bill Bixby
  Bill Bixby was born Wilfred Bailey Bixby on January 22, 1934 in San Francisco, California. He had a long and distinguished acting and directing career before and after The Courtship of Eddie's Father. His first tv role was on the 1961 tv series, The Joey Bishop Show. Later, he starred in My Favorite Martian from 1963-1966 with Ray Walston. He appeared in several Elvis movies including Clambake and Speedway. Other movies that he appeared included Under the Yum Yum Tree, Ride Beyond Vengeance; and Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding. Also had guest appearances on many tv shows in the 60's and 70's including: The Streets of San Francisco, The Andy Griffith Show, and Night Gallery.

Following The Courtship of Eddie's Father, he continued acting in and directing numerous projects. His next role was on the tv series, The Magician. In 1976, he was nominated (Emmy Awards) for 'Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series' for an episode of The Streets of San Francisco. He was also nominated for 'Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series' for his acting in Rich Man, Poor Man (a 1976 mini-tv series). In 1977, he played the role of Dr. David Banner on the very popular The Incredible Hulk tv series. He also appeared in and directed the Incredible Hulk tv movies. In 1983-1984 he starred in the sitcom Goodnight Beantown with Mariette Hartley. He hosted 2 'Is Elvis Alive?' specials in August 1991 and January 1992. His final acting role was in Diagnosis of Murder, a 1992 tv movie. He was directing the tv series 'Blossom' when he became ill.

Sadly, he passed away due to prostate cancer at age 59 on November 21, 1993 in Century City, California. He was married three times: first to Brenda Benet whom he divorced in 1980 after his son Christopher died. His son Christopher died at age six due after his mother took him to Mammoth (in California) to go skiing. He had a major asthma attack and she rushed him to the local hospital in Mammoth (which, according to Bill, had a terrible reputation!). They wouldn't take him right away and Christopher died in the waiting room waiting for the doctor who was seeing another patient and removing a splinter from the man's finger (Bill was called at home by a doctor with the news). Other web site visitors have said that Christopher succumbed to an acute, fulmination infection of the epiglottis, epiglottitis - this was mentioned in a one-to-one interview with John Tesh in 1992 and in a Canadian TV Guide 1990 interview. Brenda Benet committed suicide in April 1982 shortly after the death of their son. In December 1990, he married Laura Michaels - they divorced shortly after Bill was diagnosed with his illness. In January of 1993, he met Judith Kliban and they were married in October 1993.   Mr. Bixby has been sorely missed.

Please visit my site: The Courtship of Eddie's Father Online - for more information on the 1969-1972 series he appeared in along with many pictures and additional information. Also many links to Bill Bixby related sites are provided.

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