Biff McGuire

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Biff McGuire
William Joseph McGuire, Jr.

(1926-10-25) October 25, 1926 (age 92)
Alma materUniversity of Massachusetts
OccupationFilm and television actor
Years active1950–2013
Spouse(s)Jeannie Carson

William "Biff" McGuire (born October 25, 1926, New Haven, Connecticut)[1] is an American actor. In recent years he has used the name William Biff McGuire professionally.

Early years[edit]

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.[2]


In a career that has spanned 50 years, McGuire has collected a number of theatrical credits. He debuted on Broadway in Bright Boy (1944).[3] 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.[citation needed]

McGuire was a regular on Herb Shriner Time (1951-1952) on ABC[4]:451 and portrayed Dr. Michael Malloy in the NBC drama Gibbsville (1976).[4]

Personal life[edit]

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.[5] The couple has two children, two grandchildren, and K brothers and a sister.


He was nominated for two Tony Awards during his career:[6]

  • 1997 Actor (Featured Role--Play) for The Young Man From Atlanta
  • 2002 Actor (Featured Role--Play) for Morning's at Seven[7]




  1. ^ Auer, James (February 21, 1969). "Pert Jeannie Carson, Spouse Biff McGuire Appear Monday Night". The Post-Crescent. Wisconsin, Appleton. p. 7. Retrieved October 4, 2018 – via open access
  2. ^ Barnard, Ken (June 7, 1963). "He Brought His Own Critic with Him". Detroit Free Press. Michigan, Detroit. p. 4 - B. Retrieved October 4, 2018 – via open access
  3. ^ "Biff McGuire". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 5 October 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ "Hyde Park Festival Theatre has celebrity-studded send-off". The Evening News. October 5, 1980. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  6. ^ "Biff McGuire – Full biography". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  7. ^ "("Biff McGuire" search results)". Tony Awards. Tony Awards Productions. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  8. ^ The Paper Chase, Season 1, Episode 22: "Scavenger Hunt" (YouTube)

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