William Joseph McGuire, Jr.
October 25, 1926
|Alma mater||University of Massachusetts|
|Occupation||Film and television actor|
McGuire attended Hamden High School and the University of Massachusetts, where he studied agricultural engineering. He left the university to join the U.S. Army. Stationed in England, he studied at Shrivenham University; while there he painted sets for, and acted in, a local theater's production. That experience led to a role in a play in London.
In a career that has spanned 50 years, McGuire has collected a number of theatrical credits. He debuted on Broadway in Bright Boy (1944). He was acclaimed for his role as Woody in the 1960 revival of the musical Finian's Rainbow and played King Arthur in one of the first national tours of Camelot.
On October 9, 1955, McGuire starred in the episode "Number Seven, Hangman's Row" of the CBS anthology series, Appointment with Adventure. He also starred in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes "The Gentleman From America" (1956), "The Hidden Thing" (1956), "Crackpot" (1957), and "Don't Interrupt" (1958). He appeared in such television series as The Secret Storm and All My Children.
McGuire is married to the English actress Jeannie Carson, who had starred in the CBS situation comedy Hey, Jeannie! (1956–57). Carson co-starred with McGuire in Finian's Rainbow. The couple has two children, two grandchildren, and K brothers and a sister.
- 1997 Actor (Featured Role--Play) for The Young Man From Atlanta
- 2002 Actor (Featured Role--Play) for Morning's at Seven
- You're in the Navy Now (1951) as Sailor Messenger (uncredited)
- The Phenix City Story (1955) as Fred Gage
- Station Six-Sahara (1963) as Jimmy
- The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) as Sandy
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968) as Mr. Kelly
- Paradise Lost (1971) as Phil Foley
- The Werewolf of Washington (1973) as President
- Serpico (1973) as Captain McClain
- John O'Hara's Gibbsville (a.k.a. The Turning Point of Jim Malloy) (TV movie, 1975) as Dr. Michael Malloy
- Midway (1976) as Captain Miles Browning
- Gibbsville (TV series, 6 episodes, 1976) as Dr. Michael Malloy
- Hawaii Five-O (episode: "See How She Runs") as Babe Mandell
- Child of Glass (1978) as Joe Armsworth
- The Paper Chase (1979) as Smathers
- The Last Word (1979) as Governor Davis
- American Seagull (2013) as Bruce Sorensen
- Finian's Rainbow (1960 revival) – Broadway (Woody)
- Camelot (1963) – national tour (King Arthur)
- The Day Emily Married (2005) – Off-Broadway
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- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 390. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
- "Hyde Park Festival Theatre has celebrity-studded send-off". The Evening News. October 5, 1980. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- "Biff McGuire – Full biography". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
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- The Paper Chase, Season 1, Episode 22: "Scavenger Hunt" (YouTube)
- Biff McGuire on IMDb
- Biff McGuire at the Internet Broadway Database
- Biff McGuire at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Biff McGuire at the Internet Off-Broadway Database (as William Biff McGuire)
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