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Bill Irwin
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    (April 11, 1950- )
    Born in Santa Monica, California
    Actor and clown
    Performed with the Pickle Family Circus (1975-79)
    Recurring roles as Mr. Noodles in the ‘Elmo’s World’ segments of Sesame Street, serial killer Nate Haskell in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Dr. Peter Lindstrom in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
    Appeared in the films ‘Popeye’ (1980), ‘Eight Men Out’ (1988), ‘My Blue Heaven’ (1990), ‘Hot Shots!’ (1991), ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (1999), ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ (2000), ‘Lady in the Water’ (2006), ‘Across the Universe’ (2007) and ‘Rachel Getting Married’ (2008)
    Appeared on Broadway in ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ (1984), ‘Largely New York’ (1989), ‘Fool Moon’ (1993), ‘The Goat: Or Who Is Sylvia?’ (2002), ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ (2005), ‘Waiting for Godot’ (2009), ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ (2011), and ‘The Iceman Cometh’ (2018)
    Inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame (1999)
    Not just a clown, he is also a mime.
    In the video for Bobby McFerrin’s ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy,’ he and Robin Williams compete to see who can most shamelessly mug for the camera.
    He noted, ‘I have a letter that I keep on my wall at home that says, ‘Dear Mr. Irwin: I enjoyed you in CSI. My children watch you on Sesame Street. This kind of creeps me out.’’
    A reviewer wrote, ‘He doesn't so much master physical comedy as he seems to defy the laws of physics.’
    He won the Tony for Best Actor in a Play for ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’
    He was nominated for four Tonys (as an actor, author, director and choreographer) for ‘Largely New York.’
    He was the first performance artist to receive a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant.’ (1984)
    The off-Broadway New Victory Theater honored him for ‘bringing the arts to kids and kids to the arts.’ (2010)

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