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Also Known As: William Mills Irwin, William Irwin Died:
Born: April 11, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA Profession: clown, actor, director, choreographer, playwright, teacher

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Rubber-bodied actor/clown who works in film and TV but is primarily renowned for his vaudeville inspired performance art in which he performs silent comedy in old-fashioned baggy attire. Irwin studied classical acting at Oberlin College and clowning at the famed Ringling Brothers' and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He also drew inspiration from great silent comics including Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd.

Rubber-bodied actor/clown who works in film and TV but is primarily renowned for his vaudeville inspired performance art in which he performs silent comedy in old-fashioned baggy attire. Irwin studied classical acting at Oberlin College and clowning at the famed Ringling Brothers' and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He also drew inspiration from great silent comics including Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Confirmation (2016)
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 Interstellar (2014)
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 Interstellar (2014)
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 Higher Ground (2011)
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 Dark Matter (2007)
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Raised in Oklahoma and Southern California
1975:
Co-founded the Pickle Family Circus in San Francisco
1980:
Feature acting debut as Ham Gravy in Robert Altman's "Popeye"
1982:
Off-Broadway debut in "The Regard of Flight" (also co-wrote)
1983:
Appeared at Radio City Music Hall in "5-6-7-8 Dance"
1984:
Made Broadway debut in "Accidental Death of an Anarchist"
1985:
First primetime guest appearance on the ABC sitcom "Who's The Boss?"
1985:
Wrote, directed and acted in the Off-Off-Broadway play "The Court Room"
1986:
Acted in "Katherine Ann Porter: The Eye of Memory" (PBS)
1987:
Headlined revival of "The Regard of Flight"; performance taped and aired on PBS' "Great Performances" series
1988:
Co-created, directed and starred in the stage production "Largely New York"; received four Tony nominations for Best Play, Actor in a Play, Director and Choreographer
1988:
Co-starred in the Mike Nichols directed Off-Broadway revival of "Waiting for Godot"
1988:
Featured in the music video "Don't Worry, Be Happy" with Robin Williams and Bobby McFerrin
1991:
Played recurring character 'The Flying Man' on the CBS series "Northern Exposure"
1993:
Created (with David Sheiner) the Broadway play "Fool Moon"
1995:
Portrayed Trinculo in the New York Shakespeare Festival staging of "The Tempest" in Central Park
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Directed, co-adapted and starred in production of Moliere's "Scapin" at NYC's Roundabout Theatre
1998:
Directed "A Flea in Her Ear" at the Roundabout
1998:
Revived his play "Fool Moon" on Broadway
1998:
Had featured role in "Illuminata"
1999:
Cast as Snout in Michael Hoffman's adapation of "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2000:
Directed and starred in revival of "Texts by Beckett" at NYC's Classic Stage Company
2002:
Succeeded Bill Murray as the star of the Off-Off-Broadway play "The Guys"
2005:
Co-starred with Kathleen Turner in Edward Albee's production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
2006:
Co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady in the Water" with Bryce Dallas Howard and Paul Giamatti
2008:
Appeared as Anne Hathaway's father in "Rachel Getting Married"
2009:
Will co-star in Roundabout Theatre Company¿s upcoming Broadway production of Samuel Beckett¿s "Waiting for Godot"
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
California Institute of the Arts: Valencia , California -
Oberlin College: Oberlin , Ohio - 1973
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College: Venice , Florida - 1974

Notes

Irwin was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship in 1983.

He was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 1984.

He was awarded a five year MacArthur Fellowship in 1984.

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wife:
Kimi Okada. Dancer, choreographer. Married in April 1977; divorced; collaborated together on "Largely New York" (1989).
wife:
Martha Roth. Midwife, masseuse, former actor. Met when Irwin went to her for treatment of a stiff neck.

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father:
Horace G Irwin. Aeronautical engineer.
mother:
Elizabeth Irwin. Teacher.
son:
Santos Patrick Morales Irwin. Born in Guatemala in 1991; adopted by Irwin and wife Martha Roth.

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