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Bill Bixby (January 22, 1934November 21, 1993) was an American actor, director and frequent game show panelist who starred in three popular American television series that spanned nearly two decades. In the course of a career that spanned over thirty years, he was best known for his roles such as Tim O'Hara in My Favorite Martian (19631966), as Tom Corbett, the title role in The Courtship of Eddie's Father (19691972); and as Dr. David Banner in The Incredible Hulk (19781982) with Lou Ferrigno. He also starred in The Magician (1973) and in a short-lived comedy, Goodnight Beantown with Mariette Hartley in 1984. January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... A game show involves members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... My Favorite Martian was an American television sitcom aired on CBS from 1963 to 1966. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... The Courtship of Eddies Father is a 1963 comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Lou Ferrigno in the 1978 episode Married The Incredible Hulk was an American television series loosely based on the comic book character of the same name. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lou Ferrigno in the Married episode of TVs The Incredible Hulk (1978) Louis Jude Ferrigno (born November 9, 1951, Brooklyn, New York) is an American bodybuilder and actor. ... The Magician was a U.S. television series that ran during the 1973-1974 season. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Goodnight, Beantown was a critically acclaimed but short-lived American situation comedy that aired on CBS for two brief seasons in 1983 and 1984. ... Marietta Hartley Marietta Hartley (born June 21, 1940 in Weston, Connecticut) is an American actress, best known for her work in television. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Early life

An only child, he was born as Wilfred Bailey Bixby, a fourth-generation Californian, in San Francisco, California. His father, Wilfred Everett Bixby, was a store clerk and his mother, Jane Bixby, was a department store owner. When Bixby was 8, 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 one service and was kicked off 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 San Francisco City College, where he was a classmate to another future young actress and a winning Miss America contestant who was Miss California 1954, Lee Meriwether, who's just 1 year Bixby's junior. Later, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, his parents' alma mater. Just four credits short of earning a degree, Bixby dropped out of college and was drafted into the Marines. Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) Area    - City 600. ... The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) The British Grand Fleet, the supreme naval force of World War I A rare occurrence of a 5-country multinational fleet, during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Oman Sea. ... This article is becoming very long. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Oceania. ... Grace Cathedral is located on Nob Hill in San Francisco, California. ... A choir or chorus is a musical ensemble of singers. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Gaskell Ball Ballroom dance, refers collectively to a set of partner dances, which originated in the Western world and are now enjoyed both socially and competitively around the globe. ... Lowell High School (San Francisco) Lowell High School is a public magnet school in San Francisco. ... Lowell Forensics Society -- since 1892. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... A large community, or junior college in San Francisco, CA. Provides a wide array of certificates (Associates Degree|AA]]) and tranfer majors to four year universities in the UC and CSU systems. ... Miss America contestants visit Andrews Air Force Base in 2003 For the two Golden Age patriotically-themed comic book superheroines, see Miss America (comics). ... The Miss California USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state California in the Miss USA pageant. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lee Meriwether (born Lee Ann Meriwether on May 27, 1935) in Los Angeles, California, is an actress and was Miss America 1955 (competing as Miss Califonia). ... The University of California, Berkeley (also known as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal, and by other names, see below) is the oldest and flagship campus of the ten-campus University of California system. ... It has been suggested that Professional degree be merged into this article or section. ... This article is becoming very long. ...


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. ... Jackson Hole is a valley in the U.S. state of Wyoming. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is an American automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab and Vauxhall. ... The Chrysler Corporation was a United States-based automobile manufacturer that existed independently from 1925–1998. ...


Handsome stage and versatile character actor

In 1961, Bixby was in the musical The Boyfriend at the Detroit Civic Theater, returning to Hollywood to make his screen acting debut on an episode of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. As his name became known Bixby became a highly regarded character actors of the 1960s and guest-starred in many TV series such as Ben Casey, The Twilight Zone, The Andy Griffith Show, Dr. Kildare and Hennessey, amongst many others. He also joined the cast of The Joey Bishop Show in 1962. During the 1970s, he made many more guest-appearances on TV series such as Ironside, Insight, Barbary Coast, The Love Boat, Medical Center, four episodes of Love, American Style, Fantasy Island and two episodes of The Streets of San Francisco, on which he was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1976 for Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in Drama or Comedy. 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The Boyfriend (or The Boy Friend) is a musical by Sandy Wilson, first performed in the West End in 1954. ... The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis was a situation comedy which ran on CBS from 1959 to 1963. ... A character actor is an actor who predominantly performs supporting parts, often in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Dr. Maggie Graham (Bettye Ackerman) and Vince Edwards as the title character Ben Casey was a medical drama series which ran on ABC from 1961 to 1966. ... The Twilight Zones original opening The Twilight Zone was a television anthology series created (and often written) by its narrator and host Rod Serling. ... Griffith as Andy Taylor and Howard as Opie Knotts as Barney Fife and Griffith as Andy Taylor The Andy Griffith Show was an American television series that aired from 1960 to 1968. ... Dr. James Kildare was the primary character in a series of American theatrical films in the late 1930s and early 1940s, an early 1950s radio series, and a 1960s television series of the same name. ... Joey Bishop (born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb on February 3, 1918 in The Bronx, New York, USA) is a Jewish American actor. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Ironside (broadcast under the name A Man Called Ironside in the United Kingdom) was the name of a television series which ran on NBC from 1967 to 1975. ... Insight is: Look up insight in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Barbary Coast, or Barbary, was the term used by Europeans till the 19th century to refer to the coastal regions of what is now Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. ... The Love Boat was a TV series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from 1977 until 1986. ... Medical Center was a dramatic television series which aired on CBS from 1969 to 1976. ... Opening theme of Love American Style Love, American Style was an hour-long television anthology which originally aired between September 1969 and January 1974. ... Fantasy Island refers to two separate but related American fantasy television series, both originally airing on the ABC television network. ... The Streets of San Francisco was a 1970s television police drama filmed on location in San Francisco, California, and produced by Quinn Martin Productions. ... An Emmy Award. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


My Favorite Martian

Bixby started in the CBS sitcom in 1963 co-starring role as young news reporter Tim O'Hara who befriended an extraterrestrial played by Ray Walston. The show was a ratings winner in its first year and it was ranked #10 for primetime programming. But by 1966, bad scripts and high production costs forced the series to come to an end after 107 episodes. My Favorite Martian was an American television sitcom aired on CBS from 1963 to 1966. ... It has been suggested that CBS evening news anchors be merged into this article or section. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Ray Walston Ray Walston (December 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001), was a stage, television, and film character actor who played the title character on the situation comedy My Favorite Martian and Judge Henry Bone on the drama series Picket Fences. ...


Film work

After the cancellation of Martian, Bixby starred in four box-office movies: Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966), in which he played the evil, Johnsy Boy Hood, You've Got to Be Kidding (1967), and two of Elvis Presley's movies, Clambake (1967), and Speedway (1968). He also turned down the role as Marlo Thomas's boyfriend in That Girl and starred in two failed pilots. // Events Top grossing films North America Thunderball Dr. Zhivago Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? That Darn Cat! The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming Academy Awards Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons - Highland, Columbia Best Actor: Paul Scofield - A Man for All Seasons Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor... // Events December 26 - The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour airs on British television. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer and actor. ... Clambake is a 1967 musical film starring Elvis Presley. ... // Events December 26 - The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour airs on British television. ... Speedway is a 1968 action film starring Elvis Presley as a racecar driver. ... // Events October 30 - The film The Lion in Winter, starring Katharine Hepburn, debuts. ... Marlo Thomas was born Margaret Julia Thomas on November 21, 1937 (although most sources indicate 1938) and is an American actress, first appearing on the TV series That Girl in the 1960s. ... Marlo Thomas As Ann Marie in That Girl That Girl was a television sitcom which ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971. ...


The Courtship of Eddie's Father

In 1969 Bixby starred in his second high profile television role, as Tom Corbett in the successful dramedy show, The Courtship of Eddie's Father for ABC. The series concerned a widowed father who wants to spend more time with his young son while dating women and was based on the popular 1963 movie, starring 1950s screen icon, Glenn Ford and Ron Howard. Bixby's co-star on the show was an unknown child actor Brandon Cruz and the pair had such a close chemistry that they developed a close friendship off the set. The cast was rounded out by Academy Award winning actress Miyoshi Umeki who played the role of Tom's maid, Mrs. Livingston, and James Komack (one of the series' producers) as Norman Tinker, the head of another family. 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Dramedy, a portmanteau of drama and comedy, is a genre of movies and television in which the lines between these very different genres were blurred. ... The Courtship of Eddies Father is a 1963 comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Glenn Ford in 1979 Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Glenn Ford (May 1, 1916 – August 30, 2006) was an acclaimed Canadian-American actor from Hollywoods Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades. ... Ron Howard on the set of Ransom. ... The term child actor is generally applied to a child acting in motion pictures or television, but also to an adult who began his or her acting career as a child; to avoid confusion the latter is also called a former child actor. ... Brandon Edwin Cruz (born May 28, 1962 in Bakersfield, California) was a child actor and is a musician. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Miyoshi Umeki (born on April 3, 1929 in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan) is an actress. ...


One episode of the show co-starred Bixby's future wife Brenda Benet as one of Tom's girlfriends. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1971, but did not win. The following year, he won the Parents Without Partners Exemplary Service Award for 1972. He also made his directorial debut on the show in 1970. Brenda Benet (August 14, 1945 - April 7, 1982) was an American actress most well-known for portaying Lee DuMonde in Days Of Our Lives. ... An Emmy Award. ...


By its final season, Courtships ratings had slumped, the scripts focused more on Komack's character and this led to friction between star and producer. ABC pulled the plug on the sitcom in 1972 after 73 episodes. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


Bixby's relationship with Cruz remained strong after the series ended and Cruz was one of the first people to learn that Benet had given birth to the couple's son, Christopher, two years after the series cancellation. By 1981, after Bixby's real-life son had died, and after Cruz had received some devastating news about this, the two continued staying connected together for 12 years until Bixby's own death.


After Courtship

In 1973, Bixby starred in The Magician, playing Anthony Blake, but the series only lasted one season. He 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 (of Hogan's Heroes and Family Feud fame). He worked with Susan Blakely on Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), a beautiful miniseries starring Peter Strauss and Nick Nolte. He had also appeared with Dawson on "Cop-Out". He co-starred with Tim Conway and Don Knotts in The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975). Unlike the previous movies that Bixby starred in, this one received mediocre ratings. An accomplished amateur magician, Bixby also hosted several TV specials in the mid-1970s which featured other amateur magicians. 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The Magician was an American television series that ran during the 1973–1974 season. ... A password is a form of secret authentication data that is used to control access to a resource. ... Hollywood Squares is a American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. ... A masquerade ball (or masque) is an event which the participants attend in costume, usually including a mask. ... Richard Dawson a panelist on Match Game, seen here in 1977, during the infamous School Riot episode. ... Hogans Heroes was an American television situation comedy that ran from 1965 to 1971 on the CBS network. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Susan Blakely (born September 7, 1952) is an American movie actress who has mainly played supporting roles. ... Rich Man, Poor Man is a 1969 novel written by Irwin Shaw. ... Peter Strauss (born February 20, 1947) is an American television and movie actor, best known for his roles in several television miniseries in the 1970s. ... Nick Nolte at Cannes, 2000 Nicholas King Nolte (born February 8, 1941) is an Oscar-nominated American model, actor, and producer. ... Tim Conway (born December 15, 1933, Willoughby, Ohio) is an American comedic actor. ... Knotts as Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (a role which earned him five Emmy Awards), and as... The Apple Dumpling Gang is a 1975 Disney movie about slick gambler Bill Bixby who is duped to taking care of a group of orphan children who eventually strike gold during the California Gold Rush. ...


The Incredible Hulk

In late 1977 Bixby starred in a two-hour pilot movie called The Incredible Hulk, based loosely on the Stan Lee-created Marvel Comic of the same name. Its success (coupled with some theatrical releases of the film in Europe) convinced CBS to turn it into a weekly science-fiction series which began airing in early 1978. The series was a hit and was seen in over 70 countries. For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Lou Ferrigno in the 1978 episode Married The Incredible Hulk was an American television series loosely based on the comic book character of the same name. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...


Bixby's character, Dr. David Banner, was a scientist/physician who, after an overdose of gamma radiation, turned into a green monster (played by bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno) when he became angry. This involved a physical transformation in which Banner split open his shirts and shoes as he changed. Bixby felt that the make-up requirements for his part were onerous. Although it was a courageous move to star in a science-fiction series Bixby decided to take the risk after reading the script. The pilot episode featured Banner's popular catch phrase, "Mr McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." This was shown as part of the credit sequence for each episode. The show made Bixby into a pop icon of the 1980s. Lou Ferrigno in the Married episode of TVs The Incredible Hulk (1978) Louis Jude Ferrigno (born November 9, 1951, Brooklyn, New York) is an American bodybuilder and actor. ... Science in the broadest sense refers to any system of knowledge attained by verifiable means. ... The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Pop icon or pop idol is a celebrity whose popularity (hence, pop) remains constant or even increases as time goes by. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


During the show's run, he also invited two of his long-time friends, Ray Walston and Brandon Cruz to guest star with him in different episodes of the series. He also invited two more of his friends to guest star. In one episode, Loni Anderson (of WKRP in Cincinnati fame) played a model who murdered another model whom Dr. Banner suspected he had killed as the Hulk and Mariette Hartley (who would later star with Bixby in his last show, Goodnight Beantown) played the one-time wife of Dr. Banner who was a psychiatrist who had a problem of her own. In 1981 he directed one episode of the show but not soon after this the series was cancelled. Bixby was disappointed that his character was not cured of his condition in the final episode. Ray Walston Ray Walston (December 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001), was a stage, television, and film character actor who played the title character on the situation comedy My Favorite Martian and Judge Henry Bone on the drama series Picket Fences. ... Brandon Edwin Cruz (born May 28, 1962 in Bakersfield, California) was a child actor and is a musician. ... Loni Anderson as she appeared in made-for-TV movie, late 70s Loni Kaye Anderson (born August 5, 1945) is an American actress, best known for her role as bodacious with an attitude Jennifer Marlowe on the television sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati and as a former wife of Burt Reynolds... The cast in a 1978 publicity photo, which was also used as a bumper slide before the final commercial break. ... Marietta Hartley Marietta Hartley (born June 21, 1940 in Weston, Connecticut) is an American actress, best known for her work in television. ... Goodnight, Beantown was a critically acclaimed but short-lived American situation comedy that aired on CBS for two brief seasons in 1983 and 1984. ...


After Hulk

After finishing Hulk, Bixby turned more towards directing, from his own short-lived comedy, Goodnight, Beantown with Mariette Hartley to the successful satirical police sitcom Sledge Hammer! In addition Bixby directed two of the three Hulk TV revivals in the late '80s and early '90s. He was also lead director on the TV sitcom Blossom. He hosted two 'Is Elvis Alive?' specials in August 1991 and January 1992 [1]. Additionally, in 1992, Bixby became an outspoken advocate for prostate cancer research, a disease which would ultimately take his life. Goodnight, Beantown was a critically acclaimed but short-lived American situation comedy that aired on CBS for two brief seasons in 1983 and 1984. ... Marietta Hartley Marietta Hartley (born June 21, 1940 in Weston, Connecticut) is an American actress, best known for her work in television. ... Sledge Hammer! was a satirical police sitcom that ran for two seasons on ABC from 1986 to 1988. ... Blossom was a half-hour comedy television series broadcast from 1991 to 1995 on NBC, Mondays at 8:30pm. ...


Quotes

Bill on returning to The Hulk: "Work was really a catalyst by maintaining a sense of balance, and coming back. I don't know that you can comeback, you go on, you endure." (Source: E!)


Bill: "I have learned that there is no way to succeed in anything unless you are willing to try--and trying means you run the risk of failure." (Source: IMDB.com)


Bill: "Everyone fantasizes. We all want to be something we're not." (Source: IMDB.com)


Bill on receiving a script for The Hulk:"I didn't even like the title. I wanted to make fun of it because of its name. I told my agent, 'You've got to be kidding!' when he suggested I might be interested in it. He said, 'Read it!' and so I took it home and thanks to his intelligence, I did read it. Right away I knew this could be done in the style of the monster pictures or the creature films of the 1940s. But one advantage we enjoy over the previous monster pictures is that the Hulk is not evil." (Source: IMDB.com)


Bill: "I'm a loner as a person, but then I always was, even as a child." (Source: IMDB.com)


Bill on the cancellation of The Courtship of Eddie's Father: "I cannot tell you how disappointed I was. I wanted that series to go on to the point when it came to the teenage stage and we could deal with these problems in an honest contemporary way. But our time slot was changed so often we weren't given a fighting chance. You can't expect people to find you at home when you change your address so often." (Source: IMDB.com)


Private, later life and final days

Bixby lost his father in 1971 a month before his first wedding. Wilfred Bailey II died of a massive heart attack and Bixby scattered his ashes in the Pacific off the island of Maui. He was married three times: to actress and former Miss USA contestant Brenda Benet in 1971, who gave birth to their son Christopher on September 25, 1974. In addition to their earlier appearance together in Bixby's earlier sitcom, Benet guest-starred with him on The Incredible Hulk in 1980 just before they were divorced. On March 1, 1981, Bixby's six-year-old son Christopher died suddenly of a rare throat infection. His ashes are also scattered in the Pacific off the island of Maui as were his grandfather's. Benet herself committed suicide in April 1982. 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727 square miles (1883 km²). Native Hawaiian tradition gives the origin of the islands name in the legend of Hawaiiloa, the Polynesian navigator attributed with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. ... Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley who competed as Miss North Carolina USA Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey who competed as Miss Missouri USA Miss USA 2003 Susie Castillo who competed as Miss Massachusetts USA The Miss USA pageant (not to be confused with Miss America) is a beauty contest that... Brenda Benet (August 14, 1945 - April 7, 1982) was an American actress most well-known for portaying Lee DuMonde in Days Of Our Lives. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Lou Ferrigno in the 1978 episode Married The Incredible Hulk was an American television series loosely based on the comic book character of the same name. ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727 square miles (1883 km²). Native Hawaiian tradition gives the origin of the islands name in the legend of Hawaiiloa, the Polynesian navigator attributed with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. ...


Nine years later in 1989 he met Laura Michaels, who had worked on the set of one of his Hulk movies. The couple married a year later in Hawaii. In early 1991, Bixby was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent treatment for the disease. He was divorced in the same year. In late 1992, friends introduced him to an artist named Judith Kliban, the widow of B. Kliban, a cartoonist who died of cancer. He married Judith in late 1993, just six weeks before he collapsed on the set of Blossom. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancer develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Bernard Hap Kliban (b. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


In early 1993, after rumours began circulating about his health, Bixby decided to go 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 (where he made two guest appearances), The Today Show, and Good Morning America among many others. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Entertainment Tonight is a daily television entertainment news magazine that is syndicated by CBS Paramount Domestic Television throughout the United States and Canada. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... Good Morning America or GMA is the weekday morning news talk show of the American Broadcasting Company television network (ABC). ...


Unfortunately Bixby's cancer recurred and was diagnosed as inoperable. Six days after his final assignment, directing an episode of Blossom, Bill Bixby died from complications arising from prostate cancer in Century City, California on November 21, 1993. His wife and another longtime friend of Bixby's, Dick Martin, were both by his side. After his death, Bixby's ashes were scattered in the Pacific off the island of Maui, just as his father and son's were. A week after Bixby's death Judith's and Bill's family were joined by many mourners at a private memorial, including Martin, Bob Newhart, Mike Connors, Lou Ferrigno, Kenneth Johnson, Paul Williams, Mariette Hartley, Harry Nilsson (who sang the theme song from The Courtship of Eddie's Father), Ray Walston, Richard Crenna, Brandon Cruz, and Miyoshi Umeki. The entire cast of Blossom attended with the exception of Mayim Bialik. Century City is a 176-acre commercial and residential district in western Los Angeles, California. ... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Dick Martin (born January 30, 1922 in Battle Creek, Michigan) is an American comedian. ... For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727 square miles (1883 km²). Native Hawaiian tradition gives the origin of the islands name in the legend of Hawaiiloa, the Polynesian navigator attributed with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. ... Bob Newhart (born September 5, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Mike Connors (born Krikor Ohanian in 1925), is an American actor of Armenian descent. ... Lou Ferrigno in the Married episode of TVs The Incredible Hulk (1978) Louis Jude Ferrigno (born November 9, 1951, Brooklyn, New York) is an American bodybuilder and actor. ... Kenneth Johnson (born 26 October 1942 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA) is an American screenwriter, producer and director. ... Paul Williams is the name of three popular music musicians: Paul Williams, songwriter for Carpenters and many others, as well as actor in movies and TV. Paul Williams, rhythm and blues saxophonist Paul Williams, one of the lead singers of the popular Motown act The Temptations Other Paul Williams: Paul... Marietta Hartley Marietta Hartley (born June 21, 1940 in Weston, Connecticut) is an American actress, best known for her work in television. ... Harry Nilsson Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994) was an American songwriter, singer, pianist and guitarist, most popular during the 1960s and 1970s. ... The Courtship of Eddies Father is a 1963 comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli. ... Ray Walston Ray Walston (December 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001), was a stage, television, and film character actor who played the title character on the situation comedy My Favorite Martian and Judge Henry Bone on the drama series Picket Fences. ... Richard Donald Crenna (November 30, 1926 - January 17, 2003) was an American actor. ... Brandon Edwin Cruz (born May 28, 1962 in Bakersfield, California) was a child actor and is a musician. ... Miyoshi Umeki (born on April 3, 1929 in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan) is an actress. ... Blossom was a half-hour comedy television series broadcast from 1991 to 1995 on NBC, Mondays at 8:30pm. ... Mayim Hoya Bialik (born December 12, 1975 in San Diego, California, USA) is an American actor, best known for her lead role of Blossom Russo in the early-1990s NBC television sitcom Blossom. ...


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Bixby auditioned in 1963 for a new sitcom, My Favorite Martian on CBS, where he received a co-starring role as young news reporter, Tim O’Hara, who befriended an alien from another planet played by Ray Walston.
Bixby was disappointed that his character was not cured of his condition in the final episode.
In early 1991, Bixby was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent treatment for the disease.
Bill Bixby - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography (1328 words)
In 1946, when young Bixby was 12, his mother had encouraged him to take some ballroom dance lessons to have him start his education all over again, and from there, he started dancing all around the city.
Bixby had been married 3 times, he married actress and the former MISS USA Pageant Brenda Benet in 1971, and the couple gave birth to Christopher, a few years later.
In early 1991, Bixby was diagnosed with liver cancer and underwent treatment for the disease; his serious battle against the cancer led to divorce in the same year.
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