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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 April 1950Santa Monica, California, USA
Birth NameWilliam Mills Irwin
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bill Irwin was born on April 11, 1950, in Santa Monica, California, to Elizabeth (Mills), a teacher, and Horace G. Irwin, an aerospace engineer. He is the oldest of three children, and is of English, Irish, and German descent. Irwin spent a year in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as an exchange student. He is a graduate in theatre arts from Oberlin College, OH, a graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Clown College, FL, and received a MacArthur Genius Grant in 1984.

Irwin began his film career in 1980 and earned film credits in more than twenty movies. His best-known film role was "Lou Lou Who" in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). He is also a producer, director, writer, and choreographer. In 2001, Irwin collaborated with the renown Russian mime Vyacheslav Polunin, who organized the New Carnival within the framework of the World Theatre Olympics, in the Hermitage Gardens in Moscow. There, Bill Irwin performed in the duo with David Shiner, among some of the best acting comedians of the 20th century, such as Vyacheslav Polunin, Django Edwards, Jérôme Deschamps, Franz-Joseph Bogner, Leo Bassi, Gennadiy Khazanov, Leonid Yarmolnik and Bolek Polívka and over a hundred of other comedians and mimes from all over the world. He appeared on Broadway in "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" and at La Jolla Playhouse in "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov, among his other stage works. Bill Irwin won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, for his performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?". He was also nominated for four Tony Awards as an actor, author, director, and choreographer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Elizabeth Lear <eliz@indra.com> and Steve Shelokhonov

Spouse (2)

Martha Roth (1990 - present) (1 child)
Kimi Okada (19 April 1977 - 1982) (divorced)

Trivia (12)

Selected for the International Clown Hall Of Fame, and was inducted August 7, 1999.
In 1989, was nominated for four Tony Awards for "Largely New York": as author of a Best Play nominee, Best Actor (Play), Best Director (Play) and, with collaborator Kimi Okada, Best Choreographer. In 1999, his show "Fool Moon" won a Special Tony Award for Live Theatrical Presentation.
Won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, for his performance as George in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'.
Lives in Nyack, NY, a suburb of New York City, which is home to many fellow artists and entertainers.
Just finished his reoccurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) as Nate Haskell: Serial Killer. [May 2011]
Knocking them dead on Broadway, playing a crackerjack "George" to Kathleen Turner's "Martha" in the revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?". [April 2005]
Son Santos Patrick Morales Irwin born in 1990.
He was awarded the 1994 Drama-Logue Award for Performance for "Fool Moon" in presented by the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the James A. Doolittle (University of California) Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
David Shiner and his play, "Fool Moon" in presented by the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the James A. Doolittle (University of California) Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded 1994 Los Angeles Alliance Ovation Theatre Award for Play (Large Theatre) .
He and David Shiner of "Fool Moon" in presented by the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson at the James A. Doolittle (University of California) Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded 1994 Los Angeles Alliance Ovation Theatre Award for Director.
M.C. O'Connor, Doug Skinner and he were awarded the 1983 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Creation and Performance for their play, "The Regards of Flight," in a Mark Taper Forum production at the Mark Taper Forum Too Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
M.C. O'Connor, Doug Skinner and he were awarded the 1983 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Creation and Performance for "The Regard of Flight" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Personal Quotes (6)

This play is truly a great invention, and we're having a great time doing it eight times a week.
We constantly run lines together before every show too, and then there's a long, traditionally long, story to tell the audience every show. Today, we're doing it twice.
Being nominated is a great thrill, and we like to say that all four of us were nominated, which means that our director, Anthony Page was nominated four times.
It's an exhilarating play, and you come off tired, but thrilled.
People keep telling us, that they didn't know when they were booking tickets for it, but afterwards they say that they've had no sense that they were watching an old fashioned play.
The fact is that we like each other very much, and we of course see each other on stage all the time, but this means more time to spend together, and that's great. We couldn't be happier.

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