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Also Known As: Gerard Anthony Bill Died:
Born: August 23, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: producer, director, actor, screenwriter

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American producer-director of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s began his career as an actor in the 60s, first appearing on screen as Frank Sinatra's ingenuous younger brother in "Come Blow Your Horn" (1963). Bill specialized in likeable but none-too-bright juveniles and young leads. His acting credits include "None But the Brave" (1965), "You're A Big Boy Now" (1966), "Ice Station Zebra" (1968), "Shampoo" (1975, an especially enjoyable performance), and "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" (1985). Bill continued to act in TV-movies, miniseries, and guest spots though with decreasing frequency since the mid-80s. Bill moved into production in the early 70s, co-founding Bill/Phillips Productions with Julia and Michael Phillips in 1971. The company's first released production was the Jane Fonda/Donald Sutherland vehicle, "Steelyard Blues" (1973) and that same year, they scored a huge success with the Oscar-winning "The Sting", starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. He subsequently formed his own company, Tony Bill Productions, but, with the Phillipses was involved in translating what would become Paul Schrader's first produced screenplay into one of the classic American films of the 70s, Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver"...

American producer-director of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s began his career as an actor in the 60s, first appearing on screen as Frank Sinatra's ingenuous younger brother in "Come Blow Your Horn" (1963). Bill specialized in likeable but none-too-bright juveniles and young leads. His acting credits include "None But the Brave" (1965), "You're A Big Boy Now" (1966), "Ice Station Zebra" (1968), "Shampoo" (1975, an especially enjoyable performance), and "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" (1985). Bill continued to act in TV-movies, miniseries, and guest spots though with decreasing frequency since the mid-80s.

Bill moved into production in the early 70s, co-founding Bill/Phillips Productions with Julia and Michael Phillips in 1971. The company's first released production was the Jane Fonda/Donald Sutherland vehicle, "Steelyard Blues" (1973) and that same year, they scored a huge success with the Oscar-winning "The Sting", starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. He subsequently formed his own company, Tony Bill Productions, but, with the Phillipses was involved in translating what would become Paul Schrader's first produced screenplay into one of the classic American films of the 70s, Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" (1976).

Bill's output as a producer-director has been varied and uneven, ranging from his engaging debut, the sensitive teen comedy-drama, "My Bodyguard" (1980), to the flawed but finely acted "Five Corners" (1987), to Dudley Moore vehicles like "Six Weeks" (1982) and "Crazy People" (1990). He has also directed TV-movies, pilots, an episode of Shelley Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theater" and commercials. In the 90s, Bill's features continued to demonstrate his interest in mainstream character-driven narratives. "Untamed Heart" (1993), an impressively sincere post-teen romance with surprisingly dark undertones, starred Christian Slater, Marisa Tomei and Rosie Perez. That same year, Bill helmed "A Home of Our Own", a defiantly hokey but touching slice of Americana about a plucky single Mom (Kathy Bates) and her "tribe" of six kids struggling to make ends meet in 1950s Idaho.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Harlan County War (2000) Director
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  Chance of Snow, A (1998) Director
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  Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families (1998) Director ("We Are Circus")
7.
  Oliver Twist (1997) Director
8.
  Beyond the Call (1996) Director
9.
  Next Door (1994) Director
10.
  One Christmas (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Casting By (2013)
2.
 Inside Deep Throat (2005) Cast
3.
 Must Love Dogs (2005)
4.
 Fixer, The (1998) Million Dollar Lawyer
5.
 Naked City: Justice With a Bullet (1998) Mickey Calvin
6.
 Barb Wire (1996) Foster
7.
 Killing Mind, The (1991) Thomas Quinn
8.
 Less Than Zero (1987) Bradford Easton
9.
 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985) Terry Hawthorne
10.
 Running Out (1983) Paul Corsini
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Milestones close milestones

1963:
Film acting debut in "Come Blow Your Horn"
1965:
TV acting debut in episode of "Ben Casey"
1966:
British TV acting debut in title role of "Lee Oswald--Assassin" (BBC)
1971:
Co-founded and operated Bill/Phillips Productions with Julia and Michael Phillips
1972:
Produced first feature, "Deadhead Miles", written by Terence Malick; shelved and unreleased until 1982
1973:
First released film as producer (with Julia and Michael Phillips), "Steelyard Blues"
1973:
Joined Tomorrow Entertainment as a producer and consultant
1973:
Founded Tony Bill Productions
1975:
First film as solo producer, "Hearts of the West"
1980:
Film directing debut, "My Bodyguard"
:
Formed Market Street Productions, a complete post-production facility
1982:
Directed Dudley Moore in "Six Weeks"
1987:
Played Andrew McCarthy's father in the teen drama, "Less Than Zero"
1987:
Directed Jody Foster and Tim Robbins in "Five Corners"
1990:
Once again directed Dudley Moore in "Crazy People"
1993:
Helmed "Untamed Heart," with Christian Slater and Marisa Tomei
1993:
Helmed "A Home of Our Own", a film about a single Mom (Kathy Bates) and her 'tribe' of six kids struggling to make ends meet in 1950s Idaho
1996:
Returned to acting in "Barb Wire," opposite Pamela Anderson
1998:
Produced the Showtime drama, "The Fixer" starring Jon Voight
2000:
Helmed the Emmy-nominated made for television feature "Harlan County War" (Showtime)
2006:
Directed the World War I adventure "Flyboys," a historical war film documenting the cloud-cutting adventures of America's very first fighter pilots
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Education

University of Notre Dame: Notre Dame , Indiana - 1962
University of Notre Dame: Notre Dame , Indiana - 1962

Notes

Tony Bill has taught screenwriting at USC, UCLA, Notre Dame and Sherwood Oaks Experimental College.

Bill has been on the Board of Governors of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on its Board of Trustees. He has also been the chairman of the Producer's Branch of the Academy.

Since 1984, Bill has been owner of the 72 Market Street restaurant in Venice, Caifornia

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wife:
Toni Gray. Married in December 1962; have son and daughter together; divorced.
wife:
Helen Bartlett. Producer. In partnership with Bill; born c. 1960; married on June 12, 1993 in Antigua.

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father:
Gerard Bill. Real estate businessman.
son:
Peter Bill. Born in May 1964; mother, Toni Gray.
daughter:
Francesca M Bill. Mother, Toni Gray.
daughter:
Madeline Willa Bill. Born on February 14, 1998; mother, Helen Bartlett.
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