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Wilfred Bailey Everett "Bill" Bixby III (January 22, 1934 Ė November 21, 1993) was an American actor who was a mainstay on TV for decades.

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Wilfred Bailey Everett "Bill" Bixby III (January 22, 1934 Ė November 21, 1993) was an American actor who was a mainstay on TV for decades.


After a few years and more character appearances while turning down the male lead in ''Series/ThatGirl'', Bixby eventually got the lead in ''Series/TheCourtshipOfEddiesFather'', which got him an Emmy nomination. After that, he starred in the short-lived ''Series/TheMagician'' in 1973 before he got the role that would prove to be his greatest.

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After a few years and more character appearances while turning down the male lead in ''Series/ThatGirl'', Bixby eventually got the lead in ''Series/TheCourtshipOfEddiesFather'', which got earned him an Emmy UsefulNotes/EmmyAward nomination. After that, he starred in the short-lived ''Series/TheMagician'' in 1973 before he got the role that would prove to be his greatest.


That, of course, was as Dr. David Banner in ''[[Series/TheIncredibleHulk1977 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.

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That, of course, was as Dr. David Banner in ''[[Series/TheIncredibleHulk1977 The Incredible Hulk]]''. He was Though initially reluctant to take a "comic book role," but role", Bixby soon came around after reading the script. That role His performance made him a late 1970s/early 1980s '70s/early '80s pop culture icon who helped to define the tragedy and soul of the superhero character ever since.


Wilfred Bailey "Bill" Bixby (January 22, 1934 − November 21, 1993) was one of the mainstay lead actors on American TV for decades.

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Wilfred Bailey Everett "Bill" Bixby III (January 22, 1934 Ė November 21, 1993) was one of the an American actor who was a mainstay lead actors on American TV for decades.


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->''"I learn about acting by watching real people. If Iím trying to interpret a new character Iíll find someone who suits that character and Iíll watch him."

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->''"I learn about acting by watching real people. If Iím trying to interpret a new character Iíll find someone who suits that character and Iíll watch him."
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->''"I learn about acting by watching real people. If Iím trying to interpret a new character Iíll find someone who suits that character and Iíll watch him."


That, of course, was as Dr. David Banner in ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''. 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.

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That, of course, was as Dr. David Banner in ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''.''[[Series/TheIncredibleHulk1977 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.


Bixby died of cancer in 1993 at age 59.

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Bixby died of cancer in 1993 at age 59. He was director of ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' at the time and worked, often lying on a couch or bed on the set, up until a few days before his death.


That, of course, was as Dr. David Banner in ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''. 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,'' hosted the [[Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} Nickelodeon]] biography series ''Against the Odds,'' and directed episodes of ''Series/WizardsAndWarriors'' and ''Series/SledgeHammer'' before returning to the Hulk in three TV movies.

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That, of course, was as Dr. David Banner in ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''. He was initially reluctant to take a "comic book role", 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,'' hosted the [[Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} Nickelodeon]] biography series ''Against the Odds,'' and directed episodes of ''Series/WizardsAndWarriors'' and ''Series/SledgeHammer'' before returning to the Hulk in three TV movies.
movies. There was to be a fourth TV movie but, sadly, it wasn't in the cards...


Wilfred Bailey Everett "Bill" Bixby III (January 22, 1934 − November 21, 1993) was one of the mainstay lead actors on American TV for decades.

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Wilfred Bailey Everett "Bill" Bixby III (January 22, 1934 − November 21, 1993) was one of the mainstay lead actors on American TV for decades.


After that series ended, he later acted in the short-lived sitcom ''Goodnight Beantown'' and directed episodes of ''Series/WizardsAndWarriors'' and ''Series/SledgeHammer'' before returning to the Hulk in three TV movies.

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After that series ended, he later acted in the short-lived sitcom ''Goodnight Beantown'' Beantown,'' hosted the [[Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} Nickelodeon]] biography series ''Against the Odds,'' and directed episodes of ''Series/WizardsAndWarriors'' and ''Series/SledgeHammer'' before returning to the Hulk in three TV movies.


After a few years and more character appearances while turning down the male lead in ''Series/ThatGirl'', Bixby eventually got the lead in ''Series/TheCourtshipofEddie'sFather'', which got him an Emmy nomination. After that, he starred in the short-lived ''Series/TheMagician'' in 1973 before he got the role that would prove to be his greatest.

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After a few years and more character appearances while turning down the male lead in ''Series/ThatGirl'', Bixby eventually got the lead in ''Series/TheCourtshipofEddie'sFather'', ''Series/TheCourtshipOfEddiesFather'', which got him an Emmy nomination. After that, he starred in the short-lived ''Series/TheMagician'' in 1973 before he got the role that would prove to be his greatest.


After a few years and more character appearances while turning down the male lead in ''Series/ThatGirl'', Bixby eventually got the lead in ''Series/TheCourtshipOfEddiesFather'', which got him an Emmy nomination. After that, he starred in the short-lived ''Series/TheMagician'' in 1973 before he got the role that would prove to be his greatest.

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After a few years and more character appearances while turning down the male lead in ''Series/ThatGirl'', Bixby eventually got the lead in ''Series/TheCourtshipOfEddiesFather'', ''Series/TheCourtshipofEddie'sFather'', which got him an Emmy nomination. After that, he starred in the short-lived ''Series/TheMagician'' in 1973 before he got the role that would prove to be his greatest.


After a few years and more character appearances while turning down the male lead in ''Series/ThatGirl'', Bixby eventually got the lead in ''Series/TheCourtshipOfEddiesFather'', 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.

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After a few years and more character appearances while turning down the male lead in ''Series/ThatGirl'', Bixby eventually got the lead in ''Series/TheCourtshipOfEddiesFather'', which got him an Emmy nomination. After that, he starred in the short-lived ''The Magician'' ''Series/TheMagician'' in 1973 before he got the role that would prove to be his greatest.

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