Biff McGuire (1926–2021)


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William Joseph McGuire Jr. (he was nicknamed 'Biff' when playing football at high school) initially pursued studies in agricultural engineering at the University of Massachusetts. Deciding "that farming wasn't for me", he dropped out and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Stationed in Oxfordshire during the latter stages of World War II, he became ... See full bio »

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(age 94) in USA

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Serpico Captain McClain
(1973)
(1981)
(1958)

Filmography

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 2013 Hollywood Seagull
Bruce Sorensen
 2012 Unfair and Imbalanced (TV Movie)
Frederick Huntsburg
 2009/II In Memoriam (Short)
Franciszek
 2001 Frasier (TV Series)
Mr. Smolenski
- A Day in May (2001) ... Mr. Smolenski (as William Biff McGuire)
 2000 JAG (TV Series)
Adm. Caleb Stanton, Ret.
- Overdue & Presumed Lost (2000) ... Adm. Caleb Stanton, Ret. (as William Biff McGuire)
 2000 ER (TV Series)
Ralph Pooler
- The Fastest Year (2000) ... Ralph Pooler (as William Biff McGuire)
 2000 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Judge Helmstadler
- Culture Clash (2000) ... Judge Helmstadler (as William Biff McGuire)
 1998 Cybill (TV Series)
Jonathan Martin
- Bakersfield (1998) ... Jonathan Martin
 1998 Union Square (TV Series)
Peter Feeney
- Out and In (1998) ... Peter Feeney (as William Biff McGuire)
 1994 Renegade (TV Series)
Sheriff
- Dutch on the Run (1994) ... Sheriff (uncredited)
 1991 Law & Order (TV Series)
Reverend Morley
- God Bless the Child (1991) ... Reverend Morley
 1985 Growing Pains (TV Series)
Simmons
- Carol's Article (1985) ... Simmons
 1985 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Pop MacLaughlin
- Episode #1.185 (1985) ... Pop MacLaughlin
- Episode #1.177 (1985) ... Pop MacLaughlin
- Episode #1.176 (1985) ... Pop MacLaughlin
- Episode #1.172 (1985) ... Pop MacLaughlin
- Episode #1.171 (1985) ... Pop MacLaughlin
 1985 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Raymond Kelly
- Illustrated Steele (1985) ... Raymond Kelly
 1980 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Don McKay
- Episode #1.7454 (1980) ... Don McKay
- Episode #1.7453 (1980) ... Don McKay (credit only)
- Episode #1.7441 (1980) ... Don McKay (credit only)
- Episode #1.7437 (1980) ... Don McKay
- Episode #1.7436 (1980) ... Don McKay
 1979 Nero Wolfe (TV Movie)
Inspector Cramer
 1979 Act of Violence (TV Movie)
Tom Sullivan
 1979 The Last Word
Governor Davis
 1979 Police Story (TV Series)
Judge Richards
- A Cry for Justice (1979) ... Judge Richards
 1979 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
Smathers
- Scavenger Hunt (1979) ... Smathers
 1975-1978 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Mason Barber / Henry Morrison
- A Frame for Murder (1978) ... Mason Barber
- The Orchid Killer (1975) ... Henry Morrison
 1976-1978 Family (TV Series)
Steven Bank / Simon Remsen
- Counterpoint (1978) ... Steven Bank
- Rites of Friendship (1976) ... Simon Remsen
 1978 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Joe Armsworth
- Child of Glass (1978) ... Joe Armsworth
 1978 How the West Was Won (TV Series)
Ed Walters
- Gold (1978) ... Ed Walters
- Deek (1978) ... Ed Walters
- Robber's Roost (1978) ... Ed Walters
 1976-1977 Gibbsville (TV Series)
Dr. Michael Malloy
- The Price of Everything (1977) ... Dr. Michael Malloy
- The Grand Gesture (1977) ... Dr. Michael Malloy
- Manhood (1977) ... Dr. Michael Malloy
- In the Silence (1977) ... Dr. Michael Malloy
- Chautauqua, Chautauqua, Chautauqua (1977) ... Dr. Michael Malloy
 1977 Have I Got a Christmas for You (TV Movie)
Fred Horgan
 1977 Visions (TV Series)
Sara's Father
- All I Could See from Where I Stood (1977) ... Sara's Father
 1977 In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan (TV Movie)
Father Tom
 1977 Roger & Harry: The Mitera Target (TV Movie)
Sylvester March
 1975-1977 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Babe Mandell / Sam Bissell
- See How She Runs (1977) ... Babe Mandell
- Murder: Eyes Only (1975) ... Sam Bissell
 1977 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Officer Sterling
- The Velvet Jungle (1977) ... Officer Sterling
 1976 Kojak (TV Series)
Defense Attorney Kingsley
- Law Dance (1976) ... Defense Attorney Kingsley
 1976 Kingston: Confidential (TV Series)
Pat Martinson
- Kingston (1976) ... Pat Martinson
 1976 Midway
Captain Miles Browning
 1976 Law and Order (TV Movie)
Lt. Lenihan
 1976 The Rookies (TV Series)
Rex Winfield
- Journey to Oblivion (1976) ... Rex Winfield
 1976 The Hemingway Play (TV Movie)
 1975 Insight (TV Series)
Frank Harris
- The Prodigal Father (1975) ... Frank Harris
 1975 Matt Helm (TV Series)
Professor Shannon
- The Game of the Century (1975) ... Professor Shannon
 1975 Kate McShane (TV Series)
 1975 The Turning Point of Jim Malloy (TV Movie)
Doctor Mike Malloy
 1975 Crime Club (TV Movie)
Byron Craine
 1975 Khan! (TV Series)
Kimmel
- A Game of Terror (1975) ... Kimmel
 1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Potter
- The Fourth Victim (1974) ... Potter
 1974 The Underground Man (TV Movie)
Cassidy
 1973 Serpico
Captain McClain
 1973 The Werewolf of Washington
President
 1972 Young Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Eddie Reed
- The Three of Us (1972) ... Eddie Reed
 1971 Great Performances (TV Series)
Murphy / Foley
- Hogan's Goat (1971) ... Murphy
- Paradise Lost (1971) ... Foley
 1970 All My Children (TV Series)
Harry Flax (1972-1973)
 1968 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Mr. Kelly
 1962-1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Alfred Burns / Morton Benjamin
- The Seal of Confession (1963) ... Alfred Burns
- The Tarnished Cross (1962) ... Morton Benjamin
 1956-1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Kenneth / Alec GRaham / Gil Wayne / ...
- The Old Lady Shows Her Medals (1963) ... Kenneth
- Honor in Love (1962) ... Alec GRaham
- Shame the Devil (1960)
- Wish on the Moon (1959) ... Gil Wayne
- The Bromley Touch (1958) ... John Madeira (as William Biff McGuire)
 1963 Zero One (TV Series)
Nolan
- The Creators (1963) ... Nolan
 1963 Station Six Sahara
Jimmy
 1961 Quillow and the Giant (TV Movie)
 1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Paul Cunningham
- The Typists (1961) ... Paul Cunningham
 1961 The Witness (TV Series)
Joe Jackson
- Shoeless Joe (1961) ... Joe Jackson
 1960 Diagnosis: Unknown (TV Series)
Jim Wallace
- The Parasite (1960) ... Jim Wallace
 1959 Destination Space (TV Movie)
Technician (uncredited)
 1956-1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Larry Templeton / Ray Loomis / Dana Edwards / ...
- Don't Interrupt (1958) ... Larry Templeton
- Crackpot (1957) ... Ray Loomis
- The Hidden Thing (1956) ... Dana Edwards
- The Gentleman from America (1956) ... Howard Latimer
 1956-1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
 1957 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Lieutenant Tom Wallace
- Bilko the Marriage Broker (1957) ... Lieutenant Tom Wallace
 1950-1957 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Bob Gorman / Jim
- Error in Judgement (1957) ... Bob Gorman (as William Biff McGuire)
- Flare-Up (1956) ... Jim (as William Biff McGuire)
- The Long View (1951)
 1952-1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Split Level (1954)
 1952-1956 Studio One (TV Series)
Overland Kid / Cary / Don Henderson / ...
- The Ballad of Yermo Red (1956) ... Overland Kid
- The Laughter of Giants (1956) ... Cary
- The Day Before the Wedding (1955) ... Don Henderson
- Castle in Spain (1954) ... Coley
- Side Street (1954) ... Charles Belden
 1955-1956 Justice (TV Series)
Fred Delwin / Paddy
- The Trapped (1956) ... Fred Delwin
- Flight from Fear (1955) ... Paddy
 1950-1956 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
 1955 The Phenix City Story
Fred Gage
 1955 Star Tonight (TV Series)
- Zone of Quiet (1955)
 1954-1955 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
Chandler
- Arrowsmith (1954)
 1955 You Are There (TV Series)
Samuel
 1954 The Web (TV Series)
- Welcome Home (1954)
- I'll Buy a Dream (1954)
 1954 Mama (TV Series)
 1954 The Secret Storm (TV Series)
Bruce Edwards #1 (1955)
 1951-1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Second Soldier / Will / Officer Miles
- The Hill (1952) ... Second Soldier
- A Family Affair (1951) ... Will
- Not Guilty - Of Much (1951) ... Officer Miles
 1952 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series)
- Necktie Party (1952)
 1952 Hallmark Hall of Fame (TV Series)
Josiah Blow
- The Legend of Josiah Blow (1952) ... Josiah Blow
 1950-1951 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Tweedledee
- Three in a Room (1951)
- Alice in Wonderland (1950) ... Tweedledee
- Another Darling (1950)
 1950-1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
George Gibbs
- Our Town (1950) ... George Gibbs
 1951 You're in the Navy Now
Sailor Messenger (uncredited)
 1950 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
George
- The Way I Feel (1950) ... George
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Martin Donahue") in "The Egghead" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Molly Kazan. Scenic Design by Richard Sylbert [earliest Broadway credit]. Directed by Hume Cronyn. Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 9 Oct 1957-26 Oct 1957 (21 performances). Cast: Karl Malden (as "Hank Parson"), Eduard Franz (as "Gottfried Roth"), Phyllis ... See more »

Alternate Names:

William Biff McGuire

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouse:

Jeannie Carson  (his death)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Don't plan anything. You may end up in another part of the business. But, do it...it's a wonderful business to be in.

Trivia:

In the sailor chorus of the original Broadway version of "South Pacific", he met future singing wife, Jeannie Carson, when both were cast in "Finian's Rainbow" in 1960. They married that same year and toured in 1961 in "Camelot" with Biff as "Arthur" and Jeannie as "Guinevere". The couple performed together for much of their career, including a 15-year stint with the Seattle Repertory Theatre. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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