- Birth name:
- Date of Birth:
- 25 October 1950 Stockton, California, USA
- 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Born and raised in Stockton, California, Bill Humphreys has worked from coast to coast as an actor, producer and director in radio, television, film and live theatre for the past 40 years.A look at the producing side of his career shows a range of projects from documentary: To Kill In California; On The Wing; In Focus: The Hollywood lens of Murray Garrett - to music; Loggins and Messina Live; RockBack - The Iron Butterfly; BackStage/FrontRow. From dramatic; A Scrapbook of Late Beginnings; Pale In Your Shadow; The Terrible Meek - to cultural; The Works of Robert Frost; In Conversation - Bill Moyers; The Civil War Filmmaker-Ken Burns. On The Wing, a 90 minute documentary about the 780th Bomb group of WWII was recently completed and is in distribution - In Focus:... Murray Garrett - a look at the life and work of Bob Hope's personal photographer, is entering final post-production. His latest feature film Just Say Love will be released to theatres by Regent Entertainment in April 2010. Bill was the originating Executive Producer for the PBS series Ciao Italia and has been responsible for the development, writing, directing and producing of special projects for PBS, including arts & cultural programs and documentary series. He was co-producer for President Bill Clinton's original "Town Hall" broadcast.As a director, Bill has worked with the likes of Carol Channing, Billy Barty, Anthony Quinn, Bob Hope, Ed McMahann, John Byner, Phyllis Diller, Dick Martin, Terry Moore, John Barbour, Marjorie Main, Jack LaLanne and many others. He has directed live and taped broadcasts of presidential and gubernatorial debates, national commercials spots for such clients as Sears, Columbia Record House, Betty Crocker and Rolex Watches. He has also pointed the cameras for The Hollywood Lane Parade of Stars, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, NBA Basketball and NASL Soccer games in addition to a wide variety of children's educational and entertainment programs ranging from Romper Room and City Kids to See Here, Kids Court and Hobo Kelly. Bill has directed more than 25,000 hours of television and film and more than 40 live theatre productions during his career. Films include: Pale In Your Shadow, The Terrible Meek, Just Say Love and many others.From the acting side of his career, national audiences have seen Bill in such roles as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Fagan in Oliver, Harold Ryan in Happy Birthday Wanda June, Littlechap in Stop the World, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Bill also produced and starred in a tour of the one-man show Clarence Darrow. In total, Bill has more than 120 live theatre credits to his name including such titles as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Cat on the Hot Tin Roof, The Mousetrap, Boys in the Band, Happy End, My Fair Lady, All the Way Home and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In 1994, Bill created the role of Cy Gorman in the world premiere of Murdering Mother, written and directed by Ernest Thompson, Academy Award winning author of On Golden Pond. His motion picture credits include such films as: The Terrible Meek; Pale In Your Shadow, The Moonshine War with Alan Alda; R.P.M. with Anthony Quinn, Strawberry Statement with Bruce Dern; Hamburger Hill, The Vals, Against The Tide, Under Arrest and most recently Flying With Icarus and Willow's Way. On the small screen Bill's work goes as far back as The Name of the Game, and comes forward as recently as The Winds of War, The Works of Ambrose Bierce, The Works of Robert Frost, two recent projects for Lone Wolf, which have aired on the History Channel; Witch Hunt and Conquest of America: The Northeast. Bill is regularly seen as the Down East Farmer for Oakhurst Dairy.Bill has extensive experience in management having served as both Executive Producer and Director of Production for New Hampshire PBS being fully responsible for the production department, supervision of staff directors, and production crews.As manager and producer, Bill was directly responsible for department and production budgets in excess of $1.5 million and the supervision of a 35 member staff of producers, reporters, videographers, editors and interns. In addition, Bill created a hands-on, television-production- training-program for volunteers, employees and UNH work-study students who supported the network. He has served as President and Artistic Chair on the Board of Trustees to The Rep - a professional Equity theatre in Portsmouth, NH. and worked as Artistic Director for the The Rep during the 2003-2005 seasons.Bill has been recognized by the International Film and Television Festivals of NY, The American Film Institute, Telly Awards, American Women in Radio and Television, The Ohio State Awards, The Associated Press, The National Association of Broadcasters and the Aurora Awards among others. He's been nominated 10 times for the Emmy Award and has taken three Emmy's home - the first for The Works of Robert Frost which he produced for PBS and the second for directing A Scrapbook of Late Beginnings. Both projects are distributed through APT to PBS nationwide. The Third Emmy came for the RKO Pictures production To Kill In California. Bill is a member of the Screen Actors Guild nominating committee for Primetime Television performances. Bill attended Columbia College of Television and Motion Picture Arts in Hollywood, California majoring in Acting, Film and Television Production. He and his wife Betsy currently reside in Durham, NC where she is a Ph.D. Fellow at UNC - their son Trevor recently graduated from Castleton State College in Vermont with his degree in Technical Theatre.