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BILL IRWIN starred on Broadway and London's West End in the revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf” for which he won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Most recently, his 2007 theater piece "The Happiness Lecture” was commissioned by and staged for the Philadelphia Theater Company. He is an original member of Kraken, and of San Francisco's Pickle Family Circus. Original works include the Broadway productions "Fool Moon” (with David Shiner), "Largely New York” (5 Tony Award nominations, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards) and "The Regard of Flight” (many of these first developed at Dance Theatre Workshop).

Irwin has starred in many other Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional productions, including: "The Goat or Who is Sylvia” opposite Sally Field; "Accidental Death of An Anarchist”; "5-6-7-8 Dance!”; "Waiting For Godot”; "Scapin”; "The Tempest”; "Garden of Earthly Delights”; "Texts for Nothing”; "A Flea In Her Ear” (directed for Roundabout Theatre) and many others.

Previous to Rachel Getting Married, Irwin appeared with KRS-1in Demme's 1997 SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground which aired on HBO. Irwin has also appeared in many film and television productions, including the PBS Great Performances telecasts "Bill Irwin Clown Prince" and "The Regard of Flight”; "The Laramie Project”; and numerous series. In his film work, prior to Rachel Getting Married, Irwin appeared in such films as: Popeye, Eight Men Out, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Igby Goes Down, Lady in the Water, Dark Matter, Raving, Across The Universe and others.

Irwin has won many awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship, and Guggenheim, Fulbright and MacArthur Fellowships.


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