Bill Bixby was one of the mainstay lead actors on American TV for decades.
He first appeared in The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis
and became a noted character actor in the 1960s. He soon got a lead role in My Favorite Martian
, which lasted for over 100 episodes before it was cancelled for budgetary reasons.
After a few years and more character appearances while turning down the male lead in That Girl
, Bixby eventually got the lead in The Courtship Of Eddies Father
, which got him an Emmy nomination. After that, he starred in the short-lived The Magician
in 1973 before he got the role that would prove to be his greatest.
That, of course, was as Dr. David Banner in The Incredible Hulk
. He was initially reluctant to take a "comic book role", but soon came around after reading the script. That role made him a late 1970s/early 1980s pop culture icon who helped define the tragedy and soul of the superhero ever since.
After that series ended, he later acted in the short-lived sitcom Goodnight Beantown
and directed episodes of Wizards And Warriors
before returning to the Hulk in three TV movies.
Bixby died of cancer in 1993 at age 59.