Saturday, January 1, 2011
RIP Bill Erwin
Character actor got Emmy nomination
Bill Erwin, 96, a veteran character actor remembered for his role as Arthur the bellman in the 1980 fantasy film "Somewhere in Time" and his Emmy-nominated guest appearance on "Seinfeld," died Wednesday at his home in Studio City of age-related causes, his son Mike said Friday.
Erwin had a long-running career in film, television and theater with dozens of roles in episodic TV. He was nominated for an Emmy Award as outstanding guest actor in a comedy series in 1993 playing the cranky Sid Fields in a "Seinfeld" episode titled "Old Man."
He also had roles in the TV series "Growing Pains," "Gunsmoke," "Highway to Heaven," "Perry Mason," "The Golden Girls," "Twilight Zone," " Zane Grey Theater," "Who's the Boss?" and many more.
Erwin became a favorite of the devoted fans of "Somewhere in Time," the romantic time-travel drama starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, and he was featured in a documentary accompanying the film's 20th anniversary DVD.
William Lindsey Erwin was born Dec. 2, 1914, in Honey Grove, Texas, and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in 1935.
He studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse and performed there and at the Laguna Beach Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse beginning in 1940.
Erwin continued acting on local stages over the decades and received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award in 1983 for his performance in "Old Friends" at the Actors Forum.
ERWIN, Bill (William Lindsey Erwin)
Born: 12/2/1914, Honey Grove, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 12/29/2010, Studio City, California, U.S.A.
Bill Erwin's westerns - actor:
Cheyenne (TV) - 1956
Man from Del Rio - 1956 (Roy Higgens)
Sheriff of Cochise (TV) - 1957
Zane Grey Theater (TV) - 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 (Clay Daivs, Sam Townley)
Gun Fever - 1958 (bartender)
Colt .45 (TV) - 1958
Trackdown (TV) - 1958 (Dawson)
Sugarfoot (TV) - 1958
Lawman (TV) - 1958
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) - 1958, 1959, 1960 (citizen)
The Texan (TV) - 1958, 1959, 1960 (Lee Cosby)
The Rifleman (TV) - 1959 (Joe Flecker)
Wagon Train (TV) - 1959 (Clegg, Barnaby West)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) - 1959 (Justin Peevy)
Desilu Playhouse - 1959
Bat Masterson (TV) - 1959 (Teller)
Black Saddle (TV) - 1959 (Kelly)
Tombstone Territory (TV) - 1959
Johnny Ringo (TV) - 1959
Law of the Plainsman (TV) - 1959
Rawhide (TV) - 1961
Outlaws (TV) - 1961
Maverick (TV) - 1961 (hotel clerk)
Terror at Black Falls - 1962 (Hugh ‘Squint’ Edwards)
The Dakotas (TV) - 1963 (doctor)
The Virginian (TV) - 1964
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1964
The Big Valley (TV) - 1965
Laredo (TV) - 1967
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) - 1967
The Wild Wild West (TV) - 1967 (jury foreman)
Here Come the Brides (TV) - 1970
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1957, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974 (Reverend Tucker, Ned Wright, townsman, captain, judge, juror, businessman, bailiff, telegraph agent, Greeves, Mr. Jonas, Snood)
Lone Star (TV) - 1983 (Ezra Holloway)