Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin


4/11/1950, Santa Monica, California, USA

Birth Name

William Mills Irwin


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Bill Irwin is best known as a clown, yet has appeared on stage and television not only as a clown or physical comedian, but also as a dramatic actor. He works behind the scenes as a writer and producer, including staging Drama Desk winner, Largely New York, off-Broadway.


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    • The Signature Theatre dedicated its 2003-2004 season to the works of Bill Irwin. Productions included, "The Harlequin Studies," "The Regard Evening," and "Mr. Fox: A Rumination."

    • Bill has acted on Broadway in the plays, "Accidental Death of an Anarchist," "The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?" "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Waiting for Godot."

    • Bill's parents are Horace and Elizabeth Irwin. Bill is the eldest of their three children.

    • Bill won a Tony Award in 2005 for his acting performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

      Bill was nominated for four Tony Awards in 1989 for the play Largely New York. The nominations were for his performance as Actor, Choreographer, Director, and, as a writer and creator, for Best Play.

    • Bill appeared in the music video for Bobby Mcferrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy," along with actor/comedian Robin Williams.

    • In 1974 Bill was a founding member of the noted San Francisco performance group, Pickle Family Circus.

    • Bill is married to Martha Roth. Their son is Santos Patrick Morales Irwin. He was born in 1991.

    • Bill is a graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.

    • Irwin was interned into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1999.

    • Irwin graduated from Oberlin College.

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