Edward Albee
Bette Midler
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Steve Martin
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Robin Williams
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David Shiner (clown)
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Kathleen Turner
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Bill Irwin

Knowledge Identifier: +Bill_Irwin


Bill Irwin

American actor and clown noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1950.

Countries: United States (80%), California (8%), (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Edward Albee, Waiting for Godot, Bette Midler

Linked to: Oberlin College, Roundabout Theatre Company, National Endowment for the Arts, PBS




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Bill Irwin was born in 1950 add something


"'William Mills"' "'Bill"'" "'Irwin"' is an American actor and clown noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s add something


In 1975, he helped found the Pickle Family Circus in San Francisco, California add something


He left the company in 1979, and decided to pursue stage work add something


Irwin's first featured film role was in 1980, appearing as Ham Gravy in Robert Altman's "Popeye" starring Robin Williams add something


Irwin was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship in 1981 and 1983 add something


In 1984, he was named a Guggenheim Fellow and was the first performance artist to be awarded a 5-year MacArthur Fellowship add something


For "Largely New York", he won a New York Drama Critics Circle Special Citation in 1988, and an Outer Critics Circle award and Drama Desk award in 1989 add something


Irwin appeared in 1988 on stage with Steve Martin and Robin Williams for a production of "Waiting for Godot" in the role of Lucky add something


Irwin's principal film roles included "My Blue Heaven", a 1990 comedy with Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, and "Eight Men Out", which tells the true story of the "Black Sox" gambling scandal of 1919 add something


Irwin tap-danced in a leading role in 1991's "Stepping Out" with Liza Minnelli and appeared as a mime in the Paul Mazursky film "Scenes from a Mall" alongside Woody Allen and Bette Midler add something


In 1992, he won an OBIE award for his performance in "Texts for Nothing" add something


In 1993, this show already had won a Drama Desk award for "Unique Theatrical Experience" and an Outer Critics Circle "Special Achievement" award add something


His authentic vaudevillian skills landed him a role in the Sam Shepard film "Silent Tongue" in 1994, and he appeared in film adaptations of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas", "The Laramie Project" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" add something


In 1996, Irwin performed with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps at the 1996 Summer Olympics, in a "band on the run" sequence where he played Dr. Hubert Peterson of the fictitious Federation of United Marching Associations of America add something


He directed the 1998 Roundabout Theatre Company production of "A Flea in Her Ear" add something


Together with David Shiner he won a special Tony award for Live Theatrical Presentation in 1999 for their show "Fool Moon" add something


He appeared in 2002 with Sally Field in the replacement cast of "The Goat or Who is Sylvia-" add something


In 2005, he starred alongside Kathleen Turner as George in a revival of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf-" add something


In 2005, he won the Tony award for Best Actor in a Play for his appearance as George in the revival of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf-" add something


Kathleen Turner - Dormand, and Bette_Midler) for the role of Martha in a 2005 Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Albee later explained to the New York Times that when Turner read for the part with her eventual co-star Bill Irwin, he heard "an echo of the "revelation" that he had felt years ago when the parts were read by


In 2006, Irwin played the solitary Mr. Leeds in M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water" and had a small role in 2007's "Across the Universe" add something


He received critical acclaim for his role as Paul, father to Anne Hathaway's character Kym, in the 2008 drama "Rachel Getting Married" add something


In 2009, he played Vladimir in a Broadway revival of "Waiting for Godot," and Mr. McAfee in the Broadway revival of "Bye Bye Birdie" add something


Waiting for Godot - A 2009 Broadway revival of the play starring Nathan Lane, John Goodman, John Glover and Bill Irwin was nominated for three Tony *awards: Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play , and Best Costume Design of a Play


In 2010, The New Victory Theater presented Bill Irwin with the first ever New Victory Arts award add something


In 2011, Irwin guest starred in the pilot episode of "A Gifted Man" add something


He is starring in the 2013 medical drama television series, "Monday Mornings", as Buck Tierney add something


David Shiner (clown) - In 2013, Shiner co-wrote and starred in the Off-Broadway revue show "Old Hats" with his "Fool Moon" co-star Bill Irwin


In 2014, he played the shipboat captain in Showboat, with the San Francisco Opera add something


"Old Hats" was revived in New York City in 2016 with Shiner and Irwin returning and a new third performer, musician Shaina Taub, in between sketches Taub performed original songs with a band add something


In 2017 he appeared in the &FX (FX_(TV_channel)) superhero TV series "Legion" add something