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Overview (4)

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Died in USA  (undisclosed)
Birth NameWilliam Joseph McGuire Jr
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 interested in the performing arts while attending the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham. Put to work as a set painter, Biff appeared in a local stage production, at which time he was spotted by a drama critic who talked him into going to London to audition (as it turned out, successfully) for a part in William Saroyan 's play The Best Years of Our Lives. Upon his return to the U.S., he acted on Broadway in the original 1949 production of South Pacific. His many subsequent performances on the 'Great White Way' during the next half century included a leading turn in Fininan's Rainbow in 1960, which also co-starred his wife, the English actress Jeannie Carson. In the course of many years, the 'McGuires' made many successful stage appearances together in off-Broadway plays, including Mary, Mary, Camelot and Cactus Flower. Both were also long-standing members of the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

The tall, lean-framed stage thesp eventually broke into TV acting during the early 50s. In addition, he penned several episodic screenplays as well as managing to sell an original drama entitled "Top of the World" to the BBC. Biff only made sporadic forays into motion pictures, notably as a character actor or second-string lead in The Phenix City Story (1955), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968). On the small screen, he starred in several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and was one of the three principal characters (Dr. Michael Malloy) in the nostalgic newspaper drama series Gibbsville (1976), alongside Gig Young and John Savage. Prior to his retirement from acting in 2013 he also had recurring appearances on the soaps Search for Tomorrow (1951) and Santa Barbara (1984).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Family (1)

Spouse Jeannie Carson (29 November 1960 - 9 March 2021)  (his death)

Trivia (7)

At one time did story lines for TV's Mister Peepers (1952) with Wally Cox, and has written a couple of plays on the sly.
Nickname of "Biff" evolved while playing football in his early years.
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.
Became interested in acting during WWII service while stationed in England. Made his debut in the first production of William Saroyan's "The Time of Your Life", directed by Peter Glenville.
Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play): in 1997 for "The Young Man from Atlanta," and in 2002 for a revival of "Morning's at Seven."
Made guest appearances on two of the longest-running prime time dramas in US television history: Gunsmoke (1955) and Law & Order (1990).
August 2004: Onstage in an off-Broadway production of Horton Foote's "The Day Emily Married".

Personal Quotes (1)

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.

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