Bill Irwin

William Mills Irwin (born April 11, 1950) is an American actor, clown, and comedian. He began as a vaudeville-style stage performer and has been noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s. He has also made a number of appearances on film and television, and he won a Tony Award for his role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on Broadway. He is also known as Mr. Noodle on the Sesame Street segment Elmo's World, has appeared in the Sesame Street film short Does Air Move Things?, and regularly appeared as a therapist on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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Interstellar (2014)

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The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Michael Caine

The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Michael Caine

Across the Universe (2007)

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When young dockworker Jude leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in the United States, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy, who joins the growing anti-war movement. As the body count in Vietnam ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julie Taymor
CAST:  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Jim Sturgess  •  Joe Anderson  •  Dana Fuchs

When young dockworker Jude leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in the United States, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy, who joins the growing anti-war movement. As the body count in Vietnam ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julie Taymor
CAST:  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Jim Sturgess  •  Joe Anderson  •  Dana Fuchs

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

A film adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy about lovers whose romantic affections are manipulated by fairy magic. The setting is updated to a Tuscan hill town in the late 19th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hoffman
CAST:  Stanley Tucci  •  Rupert Everett  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Sophie Marceau

A film adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy about lovers whose romantic affections are manipulated by fairy magic. The setting is updated to a Tuscan hill town in the late 19th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hoffman
CAST:  Stanley Tucci  •  Rupert Everett  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Sophie Marceau

Eight Men Out (1988)

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A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Christopher Lloyd  •  Charlie Sheen  •  D.B. Sweeney

A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Christopher Lloyd  •  Charlie Sheen  •  D.B. Sweeney

Hot Shots! (1991)

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Recruited to join a top-secret mission for the Air Force, a renegade pilot finds himself coping with an incompetent admiral and a carefully selected squadron of flyers who are either inept or half-blind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Abrahams
CAST:  Charlie Sheen  •  Cary Elwes  •  Valeria Golino  •  Lloyd Bridges

Recruited to join a top-secret mission for the Air Force, a renegade pilot finds himself coping with an incompetent admiral and a carefully selected squadron of flyers who are either inept or half-blind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Abrahams
CAST:  Charlie Sheen  •  Cary Elwes  •  Valeria Golino  •  Lloyd Bridges

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of Munchkin-like people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Taylor Momsen  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Christine Baranski

Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of Munchkin-like people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Taylor Momsen  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Christine Baranski

Igby Goes Down (2002)

Igby Slocumb, a rebellious and sarcastic 17-year-old boy, is at war with the stifling world of old money privilege he was born into. With a schizophrenic father, a self-absorbed, distant mother, and a shark-like young Republican big brother, Igby figures there must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Burr Steers
CAST:  Kieran Culkin  •  Claire Danes  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Jared Harris

Igby Slocumb, a rebellious and sarcastic 17-year-old boy, is at war with the stifling world of old money privilege he was born into. With a schizophrenic father, a self-absorbed, distant mother, and a shark-like young Republican big brother, Igby figures there must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Burr Steers
CAST:  Kieran Culkin  •  Claire Danes  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Jared Harris

Lady in the Water (2006)

Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  M. Night Shyamalan
CAST:  Paul Giamatti  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Bob Balaban  •  Sarita Choudhury

Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  M. Night Shyamalan
CAST:  Paul Giamatti  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Bob Balaban  •  Sarita Choudhury

My Blue Heaven (1990)

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FBI agent Barney Coopersmith is assigned to protect former Mafia figure turned informant Vincent Antonelli. In the witness protection program one is supposed to keep a low profile, but that is something that Antonelli has trouble doing. Coopersmith certainly has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rick Moranis  •  Joan Cusack  •  Melanie Mayron

FBI agent Barney Coopersmith is assigned to protect former Mafia figure turned informant Vincent Antonelli. In the witness protection program one is supposed to keep a low profile, but that is something that Antonelli has trouble doing. Coopersmith certainly has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rick Moranis  •  Joan Cusack  •  Melanie Mayron

Popeye (1980)

Popeye is a super-strong, spinach-scarfing sailor man who's searching for his father. During a storm that wrecks his ship, Popeye washes ashore and winds up rooming at the Oyl household, where he meets Olive. Before he can win her heart, he must first contend with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Shelley Duvall  •  Ray Walston  •  Paul Dooley

Popeye is a super-strong, spinach-scarfing sailor man who's searching for his father. During a storm that wrecks his ship, Popeye washes ashore and winds up rooming at the Oyl household, where he meets Olive. Before he can win her heart, he must first contend with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Shelley Duvall  •  Ray Walston  •  Paul Dooley

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

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Deloris Van Cartier is again asked to don the nun's habit to help a run-down Catholic school, presided over by Mother Superior. And if trying to reach out to a class full of uninterested students wasn't bad enough, the sisters discover that the school is due to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Duke
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Kathy Najimy  •  James Coburn  •  Barnard Hughes

Deloris Van Cartier is again asked to don the nun's habit to help a run-down Catholic school, presided over by Mother Superior. And if trying to reach out to a class full of uninterested students wasn't bad enough, the sisters discover that the school is due to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Duke
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Kathy Najimy  •  James Coburn  •  Barnard Hughes

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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Years after his squad was ambushed during the Gulf War, Major Ben Marco finds himself having terrible nightmares. He begins to doubt that his fellow squad-mate Sergeant Raymond Shaw, now a vice-presidential candidate, is the hero he remembers him being. As Marco's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Meryl Streep  •  Liev Schreiber  •  Kimberly Elise

Years after his squad was ambushed during the Gulf War, Major Ben Marco finds himself having terrible nightmares. He begins to doubt that his fellow squad-mate Sergeant Raymond Shaw, now a vice-presidential candidate, is the hero he remembers him being. As Marco's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Meryl Streep  •  Liev Schreiber  •  Kimberly Elise

Silent Tongue (1993)

Mad with grief after the death of his Kiowa wife, Roe awaits death under a tree with her body beside him. She begins to haunt him because he won't bury her. His father, who bought him the wife, thinks her sister might reason with Roe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Shepard
CAST:  River Phoenix  •  Richard Harris  •  Alan Bates  •  Dermot Mulroney

Mad with grief after the death of his Kiowa wife, Roe awaits death under a tree with her body beside him. She begins to haunt him because he won't bury her. His father, who bought him the wife, thinks her sister might reason with Roe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Shepard
CAST:  River Phoenix  •  Richard Harris  •  Alan Bates  •  Dermot Mulroney

Scenes from a Mall (1991)

A comedy about a married couple -- he's a sports lawyer, she's a psychologist -- which takes place on their 16th wedding anniversary, when they make some startling confessions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Bette Midler  •  Bill Irwin  •  Paul Mazursky

A comedy about a married couple -- he's a sports lawyer, she's a psychologist -- which takes place on their 16th wedding anniversary, when they make some startling confessions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Bette Midler  •  Bill Irwin  •  Paul Mazursky

Higher Ground (2011)

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Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark World, the film tells the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vera Farmiga
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Donna Murphy  •  Dagmara Domińczyk  •  John Hawkes

Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark World, the film tells the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vera Farmiga
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Donna Murphy  •  Dagmara Domińczyk  •  John Hawkes

The Regard of Flight (1983)

A performer/artist with a bag of vaudeville tricks and the help of his trusty piano player must prove to a critic that there is still a way to present New Theatre without relying on devices. Like trampolines.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Halvorson
CAST:  Bill Irwin  •  Doug Skinner

A performer/artist with a bag of vaudeville tricks and the help of his trusty piano player must prove to a critic that there is still a way to present New Theatre without relying on devices. Like trampolines.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Halvorson
CAST:  Bill Irwin  •  Doug Skinner

A New Life (1988)

Steve Giardino, an abrasive workaholic Wall Streeter, and his wife Jackie divorce after twenty-six years of marriage and find themselves thrust back into the dating world in middle age and in search of a new life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Alda
CAST:  Alan Alda  •  Hal Linden  •  Ann-Margret  •  Mary Kay Place

Steve Giardino, an abrasive workaholic Wall Streeter, and his wife Jackie divorce after twenty-six years of marriage and find themselves thrust back into the dating world in middle age and in search of a new life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Alda
CAST:  Alan Alda  •  Hal Linden  •  Ann-Margret  •  Mary Kay Place

Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003)

Brilliant, long in-the-works story of the life and art of the world's greatest comedian and the cinema's first genius, Charlie Chaplin. Produced, written and directed by renowned film critic Richard Schickel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Schickel
CAST:  Sydney Pollack  •  Woody Allen  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Jeanine Basinger

Brilliant, long in-the-works story of the life and art of the world's greatest comedian and the cinema's first genius, Charlie Chaplin. Produced, written and directed by renowned film critic Richard Schickel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Schickel
CAST:  Sydney Pollack  •  Woody Allen  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Jeanine Basinger

Memorial: Letters from American Soldiers (1991)

Memorial: Letters from American Soldiers is a 1991 American short documentary film directed by Bill Couturié. It shows footage from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, overlaid with readings of letters from US troops ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Couturié
CAST:  Leo Downey  •  Robert Hegyes  •  Bill Irwin  •  Val Kilmer

Memorial: Letters from American Soldiers is a 1991 American short documentary film directed by Bill Couturié. It shows footage from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, overlaid with readings of letters from US troops ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Couturié
CAST:  Leo Downey  •  Robert Hegyes  •  Bill Irwin  •  Val Kilmer

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

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A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Anne Hathaway  •  Rosemarie DeWitt  •  Sebastian Stan  •  Roslyn Ruff

A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Anne Hathaway  •  Rosemarie DeWitt  •  Sebastian Stan  •  Roslyn Ruff
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