Bill Irwin plays the brilliant geneticist “Cary Loudermilk,” who is Kerry’s counterweight – a scalpel to her hammer. Quiet and reserved, it’d be easy to think him shy, but once you get to know him, Cary is a slyly funny, thoughtful, brave man who’d fall on his sword for those he loves.
Irwin began his career as an actor and vaudeville-style performer, but is also a producer, director, writer and choreographer with an extensive list of credits to his name.
After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in theater arts, Irwin went on to graduate from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Clown College. An original member of Kraken, the theatre company directed by Herbert Blau, Irwin is also an original member of Pickle Family Circus out of San Francisco, CA.
In the theater, Irwin has created and produced multiple original works over the years including Fool Moon, Old Hats, Largely New York, The Harlequin Studies and The Regard of Flight to name a few. His theater acting credits also include such notables as Show Boat; Bye Bye Birdie; Broadway and London's West End revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which he won the 2005 Tony Award® for Best Actor in a Play; King Lear; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; Waiting for Godot at Lincoln Center; and Texts for Nothing.
On television, Irwin has appeared in a wide variety of roles including “Mr. Noodle” in Sesame Street and “Dr. Peter Lindstrom” in Law & Order: SVU. Additional credits include Third Rock from the Sun, Northern Exposure, The Cosby Show, The Laramie Project, Subway Stories, Life on Mars, A Gifted Man, The Good Wife, Elementary, Sleepy Hollow, Blue Bloods and Quarry.
Seen most recently in HBO’s Confirmation, Irwin’s film credits include Interstellar, Rachel Getting Married, Higher Ground, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Igby Goes Down, Lady in the Water, Dark Matter, Eight Men Out, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, My Blue Heaven and others.
Irwin has won many awards during his illustrious career including a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship, and Guggenheim, Fulbright and MacArthur Fellowships.