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San Francisco, California, USA
Claim to Fame
The Incredible Hulk, The Courtship of Eddie`s Father
Place of Death
Century City, California, USA
Cause of Death
Actor/Actress, Director, Producer
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Bill Bixby, born Wilfred Bailey Bixby, (January 22, 1934 – November 21, 1993) was an American film and television actor, director and frequent game show panelist. His career spanned over three decades, appearing on stage, in motion pictures and starring in five TV series, such as My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie`s Father and The Incredible Hulk. Bixby, a fourth-generation Californian of English descent, was born in San Francisco, California. His father, Wilfred Everett Bixby, was a store clerk and his mother, Jane Bixby, was a senior manager at I. Magnin & Co. When Bixby was 8, his father enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and traveled to the South Pacific. 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 San Francisco City College, where he was a classmate of future actress Lee Meriwether. Later, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, his parents` alma mater, and joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity there. Just four credits short of earning a degree, Bixby dropped out of college and joined the United States Marine Corps after being drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. Bixby served stateside duty in the Marines and was honorably discharged. He then moved to Hollywood, where he had a string of odd jobs that included bellhop and lifeguard. He organized shows at a resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In 1959, he was hired to work as a model and to do commercial work for General Motors and Chrysler.
Bixby lost his father to a heart attack in 1971, a month before his first wedding. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific off the coast of Malibu. Bixby was married three times. In early 1993, after rumors began circulating about his health, Bixby went public with his illness, discussing his disease and the energy needed to keep him alive. As a result, he made several guest appearances on shows such as Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, among many others. Bixby`s cancer recurred and was diagnosed as inoperable. On November 21, 1993, six days after his final assignment on Blossom, Bixby died of complications from cancer in Century City, California, aged 59. His wife and another longtime friend of Bixby`s, Dick Martin, were by his side. Bixby`s ashes are currently at Kliban`s Maui estate. A week after Bixby`s death, Judith and Bill`s family were joined by many mourners at a private memorial.
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Full Name at Birth
Wilfred Bailey Everett Bixby III
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Wilfred Everett Bixby
Chris (son) (Died at age 6 in 1981) (Son With Brenda Benet)
Wilfred Bailey Everett "Bill" Bixby III (January 22, 1934 − November 21, 1993) was an American film and television actor, director, 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 on the CBS sitcom My Favorite Martian, Tom Corbett on the ABC comedy-drama series The Courtship of Eddie's Father, 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 on the CBS sci-fi drama series The Incredible Hulk.
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