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Bill Irwin

 
Birth Place:
Santa Monica, CA, USA
Bio:
Bill Irwin is an actor, director, writer, and clown. His original works include The Regard of Flight, Largely New York, Fool Moon, Old Hats, and others. His theatre credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Waiting for Godot; Endgame; and On Beckett. Television ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: April 11, 1950 (72)

Birth Place: Santa Monica, CA, USA

Bio:
Bill Irwin is an actor, director, writer, and clown. His original works include The Regard of Flight, Largely New York, Fool Moon, Old Hats, and others. His theatre credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Waiting for Godot; Endgame; and On Beckett. Television ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere, 2018
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2018
Ed Mosher
  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater and National Theatre One-Night Reading, 2017
Senator Charles E. Grassley
Senator Bob Corker
  [New York]
MasterVoices One Night Production, 2017
Master Toymaker
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Off-Broadway Revival Production, 2016
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Original Off-Broadway Production, 2013
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater Production, 2011
Fool
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2009
Harry MacAfee
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2009
Vladimir
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2005
George
  [Off-Broadway]
2004
G.L. Fox/Humpty Clown
  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Harlequin
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2002
Martin [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Performer
  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1998
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1997
Scapin
  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1995
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Trinculo
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1993
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1992
Performer
  [Broadway]
1989
The Post-Modern Hoofer
  [Off-Broadway]
1988
Lucky
  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Performer
  [Broadway]
1987
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1984
The Sergeant

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2019]
Movement Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1989]
Choreographer
Director

Writing

Playwright
Playwright
Adaptation
Creator
Creator
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Co-Creator

Photos

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Bill Irwin

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Date:
04/11/2022
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Bill Irwin

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Date:
04/11/2022
Bill Irwin and Martha Roth  Photo

Bill Irwin and Martha Roth

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Date:
02/25/2020

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere, 2018
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2018
Ed Mosher

  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater and National Theatre One-Night Reading, 2017
Senator Charles E. Grassley

Senator Bob Corker

  [New York]
MasterVoices One Night Production, 2017
Master Toymaker

  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Off-Broadway Revival Production, 2016
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Original Off-Broadway Production, 2013
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater Production, 2011
Fool

  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2009
Harry MacAfee

  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2009
Vladimir

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2005
George

  [Off-Broadway]
2004
G.L. Fox/Humpty Clown

  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Harlequin

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2002
Martin [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Performer

  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1998
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1997
Scapin

  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1995
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Trinculo

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1993
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1992
Performer

  [Broadway]
1989
The Post-Modern Hoofer

  [Off-Broadway]
1988
Lucky

  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Performer

  [Broadway]
1987
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1984
The Sergeant

Productions

[Broadway, 2019]
Movement Director

[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Director

[Broadway, 1989]
Choreographer

Director

Writing
Playwright
Playwright
Adaptation
Creator
Creator
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Co-Creator

Bill Irwin Biography

Bill Irwin is an actor, director, writer, and clown. His original works include The Regard of Flight, Largely New York, Fool Moon, Old Hats, and others. His theatre credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Waiting for Godot; Endgame; and On Beckett. Television credits include FX's "Legion," HBO's "Confirmation," "This Is Us," and Mr. Noodle in "Elmo's World." His film credits include Rachel Getting Married, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Eight Men Out, and Interstellar. His work has been honored with Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Barrymore, and Helen Hayes Awards. Irwin is a recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, MacArthur, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.

Bill Irwin Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bill Irwin, On Beckett
 
Drama League Awards - 2013 - Distinguished Performance Award
Bill Irwin, Old Hats
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Bill Irwin, King Lear
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bill Irwin, Waiting for Godot
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bill Irwin, Waiting for Godot
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Gold Star
Bill Irwin, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Solo Performance
Bill Irwin, Texts for Nothing
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production
Bill IrwinFool Moon
 
Obie Awards - 1993 - Performance Gold Star
Bill Irwin, Texts for Nothing
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production
Bill IrwinLaregly/New York (The Further Adventures of a Post-Modern Hoofer)
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Special Awards Gold Star
Bill Irwin, Largely New York
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Special Awards Gold Star
Bill IrwinLargely New York
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1989 - Unique Theatrical Experience
Bill Irwin, Largely New York
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1989 - Special Citation Gold Star
Bill Irwin, Largely New York
 
Tony Awards - 1989 - Best Choreography
Bill Irwin, Largely New York
 
Tony Awards - 1989 - Best Direction of a Play
Bill Irwin, Largely New York
 
Tony Awards - 1989 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Bill Irwin, Largely New York
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Play
Bill Irwin, Waiting for Godot
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1986 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Touring Production or Prior to New York
Bill IrwinThe Regard of Flight
 
Obie Awards - 1981 - Special Citations for his inspired clowning Gold Star
Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin News

MUSIC AT THE ODYSSEY to Celebrate Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim & Nina Simone Photo MUSIC AT THE ODYSSEY to Celebrate Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim & Nina Simone
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2022

Bass player John Snow will return to curate, music direct and emcee Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s live Music at the Odyssey series this summer with celebrations honoring Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim and Nina Simone.

A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD Extends Again at Signature Theatre Photo A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD Extends Again at Signature Theatre
by Stephi Wild - May 12, 2022

Signature Theatre has extended the world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s A Case for the Existence of God, directed by David Cromer (Tony Award-winner, The Band’s Visit) to May 29. The production, which opened on May 2, is running on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W 42nd St).

TAP CITY Returns With Special Events, Performances, and Residencies in July Photo TAP CITY Returns With Special Events, Performances, and Residencies in July
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2022

Live, in-person tap dance workshops, performances and special events herald the return of Tap City, the NYC Tap Festival, the American Tap Dance Foundation's week-long tap festival Monday, July 4 through Sunday, July 10 right in in tap's hometown, New York City.

Deneé Benton, Matt Doyle, Norm Lewis & More to Take Part in New 42 FIND YOUR LIGHT G Photo Deneé Benton, Matt Doyle, Norm Lewis & More to Take Part in New 42 FIND YOUR LIGHT Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022

Today, New 42 announced the in-person return of their annual gala, celebrating the power of the performing arts and arts education. The Find Your Light Gala will return to the  Plaza Hotel on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 7pm.

Review Roundup: Zachary Quinto, Calista Flockhart, Graham Phillips & Aimee Carrero in Photo Review Roundup: Zachary Quinto, Calista Flockhart, Graham Phillips & Aimee Carrero in Geffen Playhouse's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
by Review Roundups - May 4, 2022

Geffen Playhouse is presentiing Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by Gordon Greenberg (Guys and Dolls, Irving Berlin's Holiday). Performances for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? began Tuesday, April 19 in the Gil Cates Theater at Geffen Playhouse.

World Premiere of A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD Extended at Signature Theatre Photo World Premiere of A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD Extended at Signature Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 4, 2022

Signature Theatre has extended the world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s A Case for the Existence of God, directed by David Cromer (Tony Award-winner, The Band’s Visit) to May 22. The production, which opened on May 2, is running on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W 42nd St).

Tony Danza, Tom Wopat & More to Star in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: From The Ziegfeld Folli Photo Tony Danza, Tom Wopat & More to Star in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: From The Ziegfeld Follies to Moulin Rouge
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 3, 2022

The Town Hall will present Broadway By The Year: From The Ziegfeld Follies To Moulin Rouge on Monday, May 23 at 8pm. Created, written, directed and hosted by Scott Siegel for The Town Hall, the evening will continue Broadway By The Year’s 21st landmark season at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street).

Dizzy's Club Announces May and June Lineup Photo Dizzy's Club Announces May and June Lineup
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 18, 2022

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced its May and June 2022 programming at Dizzy’s Club, featuring a diverse lineup of club favorites and rising stars alongside the launch of a new concert series, special events, and celebrations of giants of jazz history from Slide Hampton and Ralph Peterson to Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk.

DON'T MISS THIS: A VARIETY SHOW SPECTACULAR is Coming to The Slipper Room Photo DON'T MISS THIS: A VARIETY SHOW SPECTACULAR is Coming to The Slipper Room
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 18, 2022

In 'Don't Miss This: a Variety Show Spectacular,' eleven of New York's most dazzling variety artists will gather at The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard Street, Monday, May 9 for a variety show to celebrate publication of 'Don't Miss This: A Decade of Eccentric Performing Arts, 2010-2020,' a new, 284-page, hardcover photo book by Jim R. Moore.  

Pre-Broadway SOUL TRAIN, THE HEADLANDS & More Announced for American Conservatory The Photo Pre-Broadway SOUL TRAIN, THE HEADLANDS & More Announced for American Conservatory Theater 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 15, 2022

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein announced today the productions that will make up the company’s 2022/23 season.

Bill Irwin Videos

VIDEO: Audra McDonald, Deneé Benton & More in THE GILDED AGE Trailer VideoVIDEO: Audra McDonald, Deneé Benton & More in THE GILDED AGE Trailer
by Michael Major - Dec 13, 2021

The star-studded cast of the new series includes Carrie Coon, Denée Benton, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Baranski, Ben Ahlers, Michael Cerveris, Claybourne Elder, Linda Emond, Katie Finneran, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Debra Monk, Donna Murphy, Kristine Nielsen, Kelli O'Hara, Patrick Page, Taylor Richardson, and Douglas Sills.

VIDEO: André De Shields Appears on Tomorrow's Brand New LAW & ORDER: SVU VideoVIDEO: André De Shields Appears on Tomorrow's Brand New LAW & ORDER: SVU
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 19, 2021

In the episode, Rollins must revisit an old case when a child sent to juvenile detention is released after his 18th birthday. 

VIDEO: Christopher Fitzgerald and Bill Irwin Star in 10 Minute Play IN-ZOOM VideoVIDEO: Christopher Fitzgerald and Bill Irwin Star in 10 Minute Play IN-ZOOM
by Stage Tube - Jun 9, 2020

The Old Globe recently presented the world premiere of a 10-minute play created by Bill Irwin: In-Zoom, featuring Irwin and Broadway veteran Christopher Fitzgerald.

Broadway Rewind: HAIR Lets the Sun Shine In Again in 2009! VideoBroadway Rewind: HAIR Lets the Sun Shine In Again in 2009!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 17, 2020

In 2009, four decades after it originally rocked the world, Hair returned under the direction of Diane Paulus. The production, which started at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park the previous summer, opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on March 31, 2009. The cast included some of Broadway's best, including Cassie Levy, Will Swenson, Sasha Allen, Allison Case, Kacie Sheik, Bryce Ryness, Jay Armstrong Johnson and future Tony winner, Gavin Creel.

VIDEO: Nathan Lane Performs Dramatic Reading of a Playbill VideoVIDEO: Nathan Lane Performs Dramatic Reading of a Playbill
by Stage Tube - Jun 5, 2019

On last night's episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Nathan Lane stopped by to do a dramatic reading of  the more mundane parts of the Playbill for his show 'Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus.'

BWW TV: George C. Wolfe Leads The Tony-Nominated Designers Of GARY In A Roundtable Di VideoBWW TV: George C. Wolfe Leads The Tony-Nominated Designers Of GARY In A Roundtable Discussion
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 4, 2019

GARY director George C. Wolfe leads veteran Broadway artists (and Tony nominees!) Ann Roth, Santo Loquasto, Peggy Eisenhauer and Jules Fisher in an in-depth roundtable chat

VIDEO: Nathan Lane Describes GARY as GAME OF THRONES Meets TIDYING UP WITH MARIE COND VideoVIDEO: Nathan Lane Describes GARY as GAME OF THRONES Meets TIDYING UP WITH MARIE CONDO
by Stage Tube - Apr 23, 2019

Nathan Lane stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about his new Broadway play, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus. Lane describes the play to Fallon, telling him, 'What Taylor Mac has done is taken three minor characters from 'Titus' and put them in their own show.'

BWW TV: Go Inside Opening Night of GARY on Broadway VideoBWW TV: Go Inside Opening Night of GARY on Broadway
by TV - Opening Night Special - Apr 22, 2019

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus officially opened on Broadway just last night, April 21, 2019. Starring three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane, Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen, and Tony Award winner Julie White, Gary is directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe. Featuring original music by Danny Elfman, and movement by Bill Irwin, Gary is set just after the blood-soaked conclusion of William Shakespeare's first tragedy, Titus Andronicus.

VIDEO: Nathan Lane Reveals the Worst Review He's Ever Gotten VideoVIDEO: Nathan Lane Reveals the Worst Review He's Ever Gotten
by Stage Tube - Apr 2, 2019

Nathan Lane was a guest on Monday night's episode of 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.' During the interview, the 'Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus' star shares some horror stories of the most critical reviews ever given on Broadway. He tells Colbert about the worst review he got for his Broadway debut, and the worst review playwright Terrence McNally received for his debut.

BWW TV: Hangin' Backstage with the Winners of the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards! VideoBWW TV: Hangin' Backstage with the Winners of the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 4, 2018

Winners for the 63rd Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced just last night at The Town Hall. In keeping with Drama Desk's mission, nominators considered shows that opened on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway during the 2017-2018 New York Theater season in the same competitive categories.


Bill Irwin Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Bill Irwin been in?
Bill Irwin has appeared on Broadway in 11 shows.

How many West End shows has Bill Irwin been in?
Bill Irwin has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Bill Irwin been nominated for?
Outstanding Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for On Beckett , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Old Hats , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for King Lear , Outstanding Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Waiting for Godot , Outstanding Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Waiting for Godot , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , Outstanding Solo Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Texts for Nothing , Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Fool Moon , Performance (Obie Awards) for Texts for Nothing , Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Laregly/New York (The Further Adventures of a Post-Modern Hoofer) , Special Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Largely New York , Special Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Largely New York , Unique Theatrical Experience (Drama Desk Awards) for Largely New York , Special Citation (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Largely New York , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Largely New York , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Largely New York , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Largely New York , Outstanding Featured Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Waiting for Godot Outstanding Lead Actor, Touring Production or Prior to New York (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Regard of Flight and Special Citations for his inspired clowning (Obie Awards) .

What awards has Bill Irwin won?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Performance (Obie Awards) for Texts for Nothing, Special Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Largely New York , Special Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Largely New York Special Citation (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Largely New Yorkand Special Citations for his inspired clowning (Obie Awards).

How many shows has Bill Irwin written?
Bill Irwin has written 7 shows including The Regard of Flight (Playwright), The Regard of Flight and The Clown Bagatelles (Creator), Largely New York (Playwright), Scapin (Adaptation), The Harlequin Studies (Playwright), Mr. Fox: A Rumination (Playwright), Old Hats (Co-Creator).