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Bill Smitrovich

Andrew 'Drew' Thatcher in Life Goes On, Détective Danny Krychek in Crime Story

Photos Bill Smitrovich Birth name: William Smitrovich
Birth date: 1947/05/16 (75 years old)
Birth place : Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Height: 1.83 m

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Biography for Bill Smitrovich

Connecticut-born actor Bill Smitrovich started his acting career rather late. A Masters degree holder from Smith College and a former acting teacher at the University of Massachusetts, the hefty actor earned his big break in an understudy role in the world premiere of Arthur Miller's "The American Clock" at the Spoleto Festival, then starred in the production when it went to Broadway. Other stage parts have included "Food from Trash," "Requiem for a Heavyweight," "Far East" and "Frankie & Johnny at the Claire de Lune." Bill was a founding member of the No Theatre Company, now in association with the Wooster Group whose members included Willem Dafoe and the late Spalding Gray. Bill made his 1978 New York debut in the company's production of "The Elephant Man." In the early 1980s, he started tackling film and TV roles, often playing cops and assorted villainous types. He made his film debut in a small role in A Little Sex (1982) and went on to play a prime role in the TV-movie pilot of "Miami Vice" (1984). A co-starring detective part on the series "Crime Story" (1986) led to more visibility. He became a household face (if not name) as former construction worker-turned-restauranteur Drew Thatcher, the father of three on the critically-acclaimed dramatic series "Life Goes On" (1989/I). Co-starring with Patti LuPone (of "Evita" fame), they played parents to a son born with Down Syndrome (played by Christopher Burke). The much-admired family-oriented show, which went on to deal with other topical themes such as AIDS, lasted four seasons and since then Bill has involved himself in raising the public consciousness and sensitivity of Down syndrome. He has hosted the annual "Life Goes On Celebrity Golf Classic" for the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles. Following this TV success, Bill co-starred on the "A Nero Wolfe Mystery" (2001) with Timothy Hutton and Maury Chaykin, had a recurring chief prosecutor role on "The Practice" (1997) and played a lieutenant in the Fox hit series "Millennium" (1996). His many film roles include Key Exchange (1985), Renegades (1989), The Trigger Effect (1996), with Dermot Mulroney, Independence Day (1996) with Will Smith, a strong role as a public defender in Rob Reiner's Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), Air Force One (1997), and, more recently, as a general in Kevin Costner's Cuban Missile Crisis drama Thirteen Days (2000). He also played Alexander Haig in the recent TV-movie biopic on Ronald Reagan starring James Brolin and Judy Davis. Bill is married with two children.


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Title Role
Heavens Fall (2005) (post-production) George Chamlee
Mrs. Harris (2005) (post-production)
The Game of Their Lives (2005) Gen. Higgins
While I Was Gone (2004) (TV) Daniel Beckett
The Reagans (2003) (TV) Alexander Haig
The Henry Lee Project (2003) TV Series Pasternak
The Practice (1997) TV Series Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Walsh (2001-2003)
Far East (2001) (TV) Captain James Anderson
A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001) TV Series Inspector Cramer
Thirteen Days (2000) Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
Fail Safe (2000) (TV) (as William Smitrovich) Gen. Stark
The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2000) (TV) Inspector Cramer
Batman Beyond: The Movie (1999) (TV) (voice) Frank Watt
Kiss Toledo Goodbye (1999) T. Bud
Around the Fire (1999) Matt
The '60s (1999) (TV) Bill Herlihy
Futuresport (1998) (TV) Coach Douglas
Mr. Murder (1998) (TV) Lt. Lowbock
Air Force One (1997) General Northwood
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) Jim Kitchens
The Trigger Effect (1996) Steph
Independence Day (1996) Captain Watson
The Phantom (1996) Uncle Dave Palmer
Nick of Time (1995) Officer Trust
Bodily Harm (1995) Lt. Darryl Stewart
Texas Justice (1995) (TV) Mitch Conlon
Long Island Fever (1995) (TV) Edward Potter
Children of the Dark (1994) (TV) Milos Janecek
Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story (1993) (TV) Dan Schweitzer
Gregory K (1993) (TV) George Russ
Crazy People (1990) Bruce
Life Goes On (1989/I) TV Series Andrew 'Drew' Thatcher
Renegades (1989) Finch
Her Alibi (1989) Farrell
Crime Story (1986) TV Series Det. Danny Krychek
Crime Story (1986) (TV) (as William Smitrovich) Det. Danny Krychek
Manhunter (1986) Lloyd Bowman
Band of the Hand (1986) Chavez
A Killing Affair (1986) Pink Gresham
Silver Bullet (1985) Andy Fairton
Key Exchange (1985) Lenny
The Beniker Gang (1985) Laundry Truck Driver
Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1985) (TV) (uncredited)
Maria's Lovers (1984) Bartender
Miami Vice (1984) (TV) Lieutenant Scottie Wheeler
Splash (1984) Ralph Bauer
Without a Trace (1983) Police officer
Born Beautiful (1982) (TV) Jake O'Neill
A Little Sex (1982) Technician
Muggable Mary, Street Cop (1982) (TV) Charlie Hock


In 1993 he received the Michael Landon Humanitarian Award for his work with the Down Syndrome Congress, then in 1996 he served on the executive board of the International Special Olympics committee in his home state of Connecticut.

Before he played the Down syndrome parent on "Life Goes On," Bill actually taught Down's syndrome children in high school.


He and wife Shaw Purnell have two children, A.J. and Maya.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by donovan
  • Last update: 01/05/2007 by abdest

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