Bill BixbyActor / TV Director
Born: 22 January 1934
Died: 21 November 1993 (prostate cancer )
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Best known as: Dr. David Banner on TV's The Incredible Hulk
Bill Bixby was a handsome, halfway-to-hip TV leading man of the 1960s and 1970s. His best-known role was probably that of Dr. David Banner in the series The Incredible Hulk
from 1978-82; when angered, Banner would turn into the raging green muscleman The Hulk
(played by bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno
). Bixby's early breakthrough series was the hit My Favorite Martian
(1963-66), in which he played an amiable bachelor secretly hosting a Martian (Ray Walston) in his home. Later he starred as a widower dad in The Courtship of Eddie's Father
(1969-72) and then in the short-lived series The Magician
(1973-74) as a Houdini
-like figure who used prestidigitation to help out people in need. After the run of The Incredible Hulk
, Bixby spent less time acting and more time behind the camera, directing a variety of series episodes and TV movies.
A 2003 feature film, The Hulk, starred Eric Bana as both Dr. Banner and The Hulk.
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