Tom Patterson and Youmans in the play Ether Dome in 2014
|Other names||Bill Youmans|
|Occupation||Film, stage, television actor, singer|
Life and career
Youmans was born into a performing family; his great-uncle was Broadway composer Vincent Youmans. William made his Broadway debut in 1981, playing Leo Hubbard in The Little Foxes. He performed numerous roles in the original production of Big River and sang the role of Alcindoro in the Baz Luhrmann-directed revival of La Bohème. He also portrayed Sir Richard Bingham in The Pirate Queen and performed in the play The Farnsworth Invention.
In 1997 He originated the role of John Jacob Astor in Titanic, and 2003,originated the role of Doctor Dillamond in Wicked. After a San Francisco tryout, in which the role was played by John Horton, the original Broadway production opened October 30, 2003, starring Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. Youmans left the role of July 24, 2005 and later reprised the role in the Chicago production for a limited engagement from December 12, 2006 through January 14, 2007. He can be heard on the show's original Broadway cast recording.
In 1986 he was in the Off Broadway play THE WIDOW CLAIRE by Horton Foote He played a few different roles in the musical Coraline.
Film and television
Youmans' first television appearance was a made-for-television movie of a Mark Twain story, The Private History of a Campaign That Failed. He has since appeared on episodes of The Equalizer, Spenser: For Hire, NYPD Blue, Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
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