Bill Smitrovich Biography

Birthday: 1947-05-16
Place of Birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut USA
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: Connecticut-born actor Bill Smitrovich (on May 16, 1947) started his acting career rather late. A Masters degree holder from Smith College and a former acting teacher at the University of Massachusetts, the hefty actor earned his big break in an understudy role in the world premiere of Arthur Miller's "The American Clock" at the Spoleto Festival, a production that went to Broadway. Other stage parts have included "Food from Trash," "Requiem for a Heavyweight," "Far East" and "Frankie & Johnny at the Claire de Lune." Bill was a founding member of the No Theatre Company, now in association with the Wooster Group, whose members included Willem Dafoe and the late Spalding Gray. Bill made his 1978 New York debut in the company's production of "The Elephant Man." In the early 1980s he started tackling film and TV roles, often playing cops and assorted villainous types. He made his film debut in a small role in A Little Sex (1982) and went on to play a prime part in the TV-movie pilot of "Miami Vice" (1984). A co-starring detective part on the series "Crime Story" (1986) led to more visibility. He finally became a household face (if not quite a name) as former construction worker-turned-restaurateur Drew Thatcher, the father of three on the critically acclaimed dramatic series "Life Goes On" (1989). Co-starring with Patti LuPone (of "Evita" fame), they played parents to a son born with Down Syndrome (portrayed by Chris Burke). The much-admired family-oriented show, which went on to deal with other topical themes such as AIDS, lasted four seasons. Since then Bill has involved himself in raising public consciousness and sensitivity of Down Syndrome. He has hosted the annual "Life Goes On Celebrity Golf Classic" for the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles. Following this TV success, Bill co-starred on the "A Nero Wolfe Mystery" (2001) with Timothy Hutton and Maury Chaykin, had a recurring chief prosecutor role on "The Practice" (1997) and played a lieutenant in the Fox hit series "Millennium" (1996/I). His many film roles include Key Exchange (1985), Renegades (1989), The Trigger Effect (1996) with Dermot Mulroney, Independence Day (1996) with Will Smith, a strong role as a public defender in Rob Reiner's Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), Air Force One (1997) and, more recently, as a general in Kevin Costner's Cuban Missile Crisis drama Thirteen Days (2000). He also played Alexander Haig in the TV-movie biopic on Ronald Reagan starring James Brolin and Judy Davis. Bill is married with two children.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Crime Story Sgt. Danny Krychek / ... 1987 - 1988 Crime
Renegades 1989 Action
Life Goes On Andrew 'Drew' Thacher 1989 - 1993 Drama
Iron Man General Gabriel 2010 Action
The Event Vice President Raymond Jarvis 2010 Crime
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Silver Bullet Andy Fairton 1985 Reality Tv, 0
A Killing Affair Pink Gresham 1986 Crime, Drama
Her Alibi 1989 Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Life Goes On Andrew 'Drew' Thacher 1989 Drama
Crazy People 1990 Comedy
Bodily Harm Lt. Darryl Stewart 1995 Thriller
Nick of Time 1995 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Trigger Effect 1996 Drama, Thriller
Futuresport 1998 0, Sport
Around the Fire Matt Harris 1998 Drama
The Contract 1999
Kiss Toledo Goodbye T. Bud 2000 Comedy, Thriller
The Event Vice President Raymond Jarvis 2003
While I Was Gone 2004 Drama
Heavens Fall 2005
The Game of Their Lives 2005 Drama, History, Sport
Mrs. Harris Joel Arnou 2006 Drama, Thriller
Seven Pounds George Ristuccia 2008
Iron Man General Gabriel 2008 0
The Last Lullaby Martin 2008 Drama, Mystery
Eagle Eye Admiral Thompson 2008 Action, Mystery, Thriller
The Rum Diary 2011 0, 0
Ted Frank 2012 Comedy, Fantasy
November Man Hanley 2014 Thriller
Renegades 2017 Game Show, 0