Tony Bill


Director, Producer
Tony Bill

About

Also Known As
Gerard Anthony Bill
Birth Place
San Diego, California, USA
Born
August 23, 1940

Biography

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), ...

Family & Companions

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

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.

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Pictures of Hollis Woods (2007)
Director
Flyboys (2006)
Director
Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
Director
Harlan County War (2000)
Director
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families (1998)
Director ("We Are Circus")
A Chance of Snow (1998)
Director
Oliver Twist (1997)
Director
Beyond the Call (1996)
Director
Next Door (1994)
Director
One Christmas (1994)
Director
A Home of Our Own (1993)
Director
Untamed Heart (1993)
Director
Crazy People (1990)
Director
Five Corners (1988)
Director
Love Thy Neighbor (1984)
Director
Six Weeks (1982)
Director
My Bodyguard (1980)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Casting By (2013)
Inside Deep Throat (2005)
Himself
Must Love Dogs (2005)
Naked City: Justice With a Bullet (1998)
Mickey Calvin
The Fixer (1998)
Barb Wire (1996)
The Killing Mind (1991)
Less Than Zero (1987)
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Running Out (1983)
Paul Corsini
Washington Mistress (1982)
Freedom (1981)
The Portrait of An Escort (1980)
Heart Beat (1980)
The Little Dragons (1980)
Niles
Are You in the House Alone? (1978)
Neil Osborne
With This Ring (1978)
Peter
The Initiation of Sarah (1978)
Having Babies II (1977)
Shampoo (1975)
Johnny Pope
Haunts of the Very Rich (1972)
Flap (1970)
Eleven Snowflake
Castle Keep (1969)
Lieutenant Amberjack
Never a Dull Moment (1968)
Florian
Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Lieut. Russell Walker
How to Steal the World (1968)
You're a Big Boy Now (1966)
Raef
Marriage on the Rocks (1965)
Jim Blake
None but the Brave (1965)
Air Crewman Keller
Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
Buddy Baker
Soldier in the Rain (1963)
Pfc. Jerry Meltzner

Producer (Feature Film)

Going in Style (2017)
Executive Producer
Last Call (2002)
Executive Producer
In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)
Executive Producer
The Fixer (1998)
Producer
Beyond the Call (1996)
Producer
Untamed Heart (1993)
Producer
Five Corners (1988)
Producer
Deadhead Miles (1982)
Producer
The Little Dragons (1980)
Executive Producer
Going in Style (1979)
Producer
Boulevard Nights (1979)
Executive Producer
Harry And Walter Go To New York (1976)
Executive Producer
Hearts of the West (1975)
Executive Producer
Steelyard Blues (1973)
Producer
The Sting (1973)
Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Inside Deep Throat (2005)
Other

Director (Special)

2 1/2 Dads (1986)
Director
Full House (1983)
Director

Cast (Special)

Christian Slater: The E! True Hollywood Story (1998)
Interviewee
Microcops (1989)

Producer (Special)

2 1/2 Dads (1986)
Producer

Cast (Short)

The Lion Roars Again (1975)
Himself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)

Life Events

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"

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

Photo Collections

None but the Brave - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for None but the Brave (1965), starring Frank Sinatra. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

Ice Station Zebra (1968) -- (Movie Clip) I Measure An Officer's Weakness Commander Ferraday (Rock Hudson) has just met tough Marine captain Anders (Jim Brown), brought aboard his sub to command an untested combat team, taking over for junior Lt. Walker (Tony Bill), in writer Alistair MacLean’s Cold War espionage thriller Ice Station Zebra, 1968.
Never A Dull Moment (1968) -- (Movie Clip) Stop That Bleeding Escorted by Tony Bill as henchman Florian, who’s mistaken him for west coast hit man Ace, actor Jack (Dick Van Dyke) has found it safer to play along, as he’s introduced to art-loving mobster Joe (Edward G. Robinson, himself a noted art connoisseur) and his painting instructor Sally (Dorothy Provine), in the Disney comedy Never A Dull Moment, 1968.
Never A Dull Moment (1968) -- (Movie Clip) You're Very High Strung Bit part actor Jack (Dick Van Dyke), whom gangster Joe (Edward G. Robinson) has mistaken for a hit-man named Ace, is forced to improvise when he turns up on TV, as he meets the mob, Joanna Moore as Melanie, with Ned Glass, Richard Bakalyan, Slim Pickens, Philip Coolidge and Henry Silva (as Rimsy, Bobby, Cowboy, Fingers and Frank), in the Walt Disney comedy Never A Dull Moment 1968.
Flap (1970) -- (Movie Clip) Holy Last Resting Place At a loose tribal meeting, Anthony Quinn (title character, “Flapping Eagle”) is charged with stealing a bulldozer, when lawyer Wounded Bear (Victor Jory) steps in, Anthony Caruso the chairman, Don Collier the plaintiff, Victor French the cop, Claude Akins a pal, in Flap, 1970, Carol Reed directing.
Flap (1970) -- (Movie Clip) Us Indians Only Got One Speed Sir Carol Reed directing his follow-up to his Academy Award win for Oliver!, on Central Ave. (also Route 66) in downtown Albuquerque, Anthony Quinn his Native American title character, Claude Akins and Tony Bill his pals in make-up, Victor French the nasty cop, in Flap, 1970.
Shampoo (1975) -- (Movie Clip) Don't Let Me Drink Too Much Escorting his ex-paramour Jackie (Julie Christie), along with current girlfriend Jill (Goldie Hawn), who’s officially with director Johnny (Tony Bill), hairdresser George (producer and co-writer Warren Beatty) at a Beverly Hills Republican election night party, November 1968, Jack Warden as high-roller Lester, Jackie’s sugar-daddy, who thinks George is gay, in Shampoo, 1975.
Steelyard Blues (1973) -- (Movie Clip) You Ain't Even Dangerous Opening in jail, Melvin Stewart the inmate harassing top-billed Donald Sutherland, whom we learn has been a demolition derby driver, among other things, from Steelyard Blues, also starring Jane Fonda, an early effort from the prolific TV director and professor Alan Myerson.
Steelyard Blues (1973) -- (Movie Clip) Where There Ain't No Jails Veldini (Donald Sutherland), just out of jail, with his crew (Jane Fonda as girlfriend Iris, John Savage his younger brother, Peter Boyle his often-institutionalized pal “Eagle”) visiting mechanic-thief Duval (Garry Goodrow), who’s proposing they rehabilitate a “flying boat” plane, in Steelyard Blues, 1973.
Steelyard Blues (1973) -- (Movie Clip) Put Your Thing On The Table Just-paroled Veldini (Donald Sutherland) visits his hooker girlfriend Iris (Jane Fonda) on the job, Roger Bowen her “John,” having a laugh, early in Steelyard Blues, 1973, co-starring Peter Boyle, John Savage and Howard Hesseman.
Hearts Of The West (1975) -- (Movie Clip) This Ain't A Cotillion! Rehearsing with Miss Trout (Blythe Danner) then on camera, newly recruited movie-star Lewis (Jeff Bridges) gets coached by director Kessler (Alan Arkin), who later cuts a deal, in Howard Zieff's Hearts Of The West, 1975.
Hearts Of The West (1975) -- (Movie Clip) No One Quite Like The Kid On the run from correspondence-course con-men, aspiring Western writer Lewis (Jeff Bridges) meets cowboys led by Pike (Andy Griffith), then Miss Trout (Blythe Danner), in director Howard Zieff's Hearts Of The West, 1975.
Hearts Of The West (1975) -- (Movie Clip) You've Got Your Man! Director Kessler (Alan Arkin) pitches a difficult idea to his stunt cowboys and Lewis (Jeff Bridges), not yet hip to the biz, volunteers, later consoled by Pike (Andy Griffith) et al, in Hearts Of The West, 1975.

Trailer

Family

Gerard Bill
Father
Real estate businessman.
Peter Bill
Son
Born in May 1964; mother, Toni Gray.
Francesca M Bill
Daughter
Mother, Toni Gray.
Madeline Willa Bill
Daughter
Born on February 14, 1998; mother, Helen Bartlett.

Companions

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

Bibliography

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