Bill Irwin

Tony Award–winning actor Bill Irwin makes his San Francisco Opera debut this summer as Cap’n Andy Hawks. Well known to San Francisco audiences, he is an original member of the Pickle Family Circus, working with Geoff Hoyle and Larry Pisoni; has appeared as a guest artist with the ODC Dance Company; and regularly performs with American Conservatory Theatre, where his credits include Fool Moon, Scapin, Texts for Nothing, and Endgame. Broadway credits include Fool Moon; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; 5-6-7-8…Dance!; The Regard of Flight; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which earned him a 2005 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play; as well as his original work Largely New York, which received five Tony nominations as well as Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and New York Dance and Performance awards. On television, Irwin has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, The Cosby Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Life on Mars, Law & Order: SVU, Northern Exposure, and PBS’s Great Performances of Bill Irwin Clown Prince and The Regard of Flight, as well as on Sesame Street as Mr. Noodle. Film credits include Rachel Getting Married, Popeye, Eight Men Out, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Igby Goes Down, Lady in the Water, Dark Matter, Raving, Across the Universe, among others. The first performer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Irwin has also been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship as well as Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships.