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|Born on||02 Dec 1914|
|Last modified||24 Nov 2019|
|Biography||From his official home page:
Bill Erwin was born "William Lindsey Erwin" in Honey Grove, Texas.
He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1935, earning a Bachelors degree in Journalism. He completed a Masters of Theater Arts degree in California at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1941. After serving as a Captain in the Army Air Force in World War II, Bill returned to Hollywood to resume his acting career. His first film role was in "You're in the Army Now (1941)" with Phil Silvers.
A long-time "grape-plucker in the vineyards of Hollywood", Bill Erwin has been active in bi-coastal American theatre for more than half a century - and he intends to keep at it until he gets it right.
His awards include an Emmy nomination in 1993 (Guest Star in a Comedy Series - "Seinfeld (1990)"), a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award (Outstanding Leading Role - "Old Friends" at the Actors Forum), four Drama-Logue awards, and the Gilmor Brown Award for Career Achievement. He has television credits in both Los Angeles and New York.
In mid-August, 1998, Bill was on location in Savannah, Georgia, appearing in "Forces of Nature (1999)" with Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck.
Bill appeared as "Eli Hamilton" in the Jean-Claude Van Damme action-adventure film, "Coyote Moon (1999)". Hats off to Bill - who still has plenty of action and adventure in him at 88!
The year 2000 marked the 20th Anniversary of the release of the romantic classic, "Somewhere in Time (1980)". Bill portrayed Arthur, the Grand Hotel's venerable bellman, co-starring with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve. Bill was among the honored guests as INSITE (The International Network of Somewhere in Time Enthusiasts) celebrated the enduring popularity of the film at events in Chicago, Hollywood, and at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, (where the magic all began). Bill appeared in a one-hour documentary about the making of "Somewhere in Time" which was part of the 20th Anniversary DVD release. Bill returned to Mackinac Island in October 2002 for the annual INSITE gathering, along with first-time attendee, Jane Seymour.
Bill has been busy in 2001 and 2002. He appeared in "Stanley's Gig (2000)" (with Faye Dunaway and William Sanderson). Other films he has appeared in recently includes "Down 'n Dirty (2000)" and "Cahoots (2000)" (with Keith Carradine). "A Crack in the Floor (2000)" (with Gary Busey) was released on DVD and video in April 2001. Bill made television appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "The Michael Richards Show (2000)", "Just Shoot Me! (1997)", "The West Wing (1999)", and "So Little Time (2001)".
In August 2002, Bill attended the first-ever "The Twilight Zone (1959)" convention in North Hollywood. (Bill appeared in three episodes of the classic show).
A writer/actor/and do-gooder, Bill is the father of four children, and grandpa to seven grandchildren. He lives in North Hollywood where he continues to play his trade, acting in movies, television, on the stage and in radio and television commercials. In his "spare time", Bill Erwin pursues his many interests, among which are writing, cartooning, and "surfing" the Internet.
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