Brandon Cruz Angry Over Hollywood Forgetting Bill Bixby

Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz

 Brandon Cruz is angry over what he views as Hollywood’s slight of his former TV dad, the late Bill Bixby.  The former child star, who walked away from acting at age 18, is now out promoting the four-disc DVD release of his vintage “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” Season 1, from Warner Archive.

 “When I found out they were putting this out, I thought, ‘It’s about time.’   Bill Bixby had an amazing body of work, not only ‘Courtship of Eddie’s  Father,’ but ‘My Favorite Martian,’ ‘The Magician,’ ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and so many other things, as an actor, as a director — and he never got an Emmy.  He’s never been recognized posthumously by the Academy.  And he doesn’t have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  That is criminal,” blasts Cruz.  “There are people who have stars that, not to be blunt, but I wouldn’t bother spitting on their stars.  Bill’s talent would take a couple of blocks of stars compared to them.  It really demeans the whole thing that Bill is not included. 

“Pretty much my whole intention in being part of this publicity is ringing this to people’s attention,” he adds. 

Cruz has carved an awfully interesting life for himself as an adult.   He’s been a punk rocker — even fronted The Dead Kennedys for a while.   He’s a surfer who’s been to numerous exotic lands.  He’s a family man, and, with 15 years of sobriety, he’s a highly-regarded drug and alcohol counselor for the Walking Miracles Foundation.

But he still has fond memories of the three and a half years he spent playing Bixby’s son:  “Bill was such a big part of those formative years for me.” 

The two stayed friends until Bixby’s death, of cancer, in 1993.  Bixby had been given six months to live, and “about a year later, he called me and said, ‘Still here, Kid.’  Then awhile later he called.  ‘Guess what?  I’m still here,'” recalls Cruz with a laugh.  “One day I saw him for lunch and we had a great talk.  I told him I’d met this amazing woman — my wife — and he said, ‘I hope I get to meet her.’  But he died, just before Thanksgiving, just after I’d met with him. 

“On the set of ‘Blossom,’ he taught a lot of people how to live while he was dying.  He kept working, directing, right up to the end….There are guys around Hollywoodwho are so well-liked, you couldn’t pay people to say bad things about them.  Bill was one of those guys.”

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24 thoughts on “Brandon Cruz Angry Over Hollywood Forgetting Bill Bixby

  1. Mary Roser

    I am so thrilled that you have taken the task of recognizing Bill Bixby. So many times the memories of your show “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” has brought smiles to my face and I have wondered why they don’t show reruns of that. Personally I preferred the 2 of you to the movie, though I was a huge Glenn Ford fan. But Bill Bixby deserves a star a lot more than many who did get it. Hope it happens………..God bless……….

  2. Liz Crasten

    Hi Brandon! It’s about time “Courtship of Eddie’s Father” was released on DVD and I’m so glad you’re doing everything you can to get the late Bill Bixby the recognition that’s long overdue him.
    I already have the show on DVD, thanks to purchasing it on Ebay almost 2 years ago, but ithe episodes were edited and recorded from Vision TV. I’ll definitely buy the Warner Archives version of it.
    I also recently listened to you plugging the DVD release online. I’m glad you were chosen for the role of Eddie Corbett and you’ve acomplished a lot since then.
    If Bill Bixby were still alive, he’d be thrilled to know you named your son after him.

    All the best from one of your biggest fans for the past 42 years,
    Liz Crasten

  3. Cindy Parker

    I, to this very day, still think of Bill Bixby and remember him fondly. I am still upset that he died of something so highly curable, if only he’d gone to a physician sooner!

  4. Jen Morgan

    I haven’t forgotten Bill Bixby. He was part of my childhood. When I was five years old our next door neighbor was a young woman who’s husband was in Vietnam. She had a color TV – we only had black and white. On Friday nights she would babysit me while my parents and older brother went to the movies. Every Friday night we watched Flipper (in color) and My Favorite Martian together. I remember that she gave me a My Favorite Martian paint by numbers kit. I didn’t get many presents in my childhood for no reason. That was a big deal for me.
    Of course I went on to watch The Courtship of Eddies Father and could sing the theme song for you if you asked :). Good memories. My mom died young and my dad raised me. I wish he was one tenth as cool as Eddies dad was. Now my father is dying of cancer. In his entire lifetime he’s not been as real a father as Eddie had in those three and a half years. It makes me sad.

  5. Jim Gordon

    A littlel late…but I just found this site. A star for Bill Bixby has my vote.
    He was always ‘in the moment’ as an actor. Lack of recognition for the gentleman is inexcusable.

  6. Marcia

    Bill Bixby was a wonderful actor. I would like to have had the opportunity to know Bill personally. He was a blessed person.
    God bless. Marcia from Brasil.

  7. Marcia

    I will never forget Bill Bixby. A great man with a nice smile and a great human being too. “My favorite martian” , The courtship of Eddie father” and “The Incredible Hulk”. Unforgettable!
    I miss him. Marcia from Brasil

  8. Marcia

    Bill Bixby will always live on in my heart. Wonderful actor. Forever!
    God bless. Marcia from Rio de Janeiro ( Brasil ).

  9. Marcia

    Bill Bixby was a talented actor. “My Favorite Martian”, “The incredible Hulk”, “The courtship of Eddie’s Father” and “The Magician”. Unforgettable!!
    I’m in love with him. God bless.
    Marcia from Rio de Janeiro.

  10. mary tsagaris

    just googled bill bixby after seeing him
    guest star on the loveboat reruns. have
    been a big fan for years and miss seeing
    his face on tv. thank goodness for
    reruns. i have seen all of his tv shows
    and most movies. glad that he is not
    forgotten.

  11. Marcia

    I will always remember him. I grew up watching him.
    I love Bill Bixby!
    Bill was great!
    Marcia from Rio de Janeiro

  12. Gillian

    Hi I have never forgotten him, he was a great actor, I was just sad to hear he had lost his brave battle with cancer, I watched The Incredible Hulk on Friday nights, I watched him in the loveboat,

    I just remember that this was his wife Brenda Bennett as his co star, it was so sad when I read about his son Christopher’s death, followed by another tragic twist his wife’s death

    I can only admire this brave and talented actor I will always remember what pleasure he gave us fans

  13. Shaz.

    I have always adored Bill Bixby and I so wish he had never smoked…we might still have him today.

  14. marc

    I loved watching all of bill bixbys shows as a child and he will be sorely missed by me and i’m confident hes working up in heaven where hes acting writing directing and producing for all those who did and will continue to love his works. Ps i never missed a day he was on tv may he flourish prosper and relish in all his deseved glory up there in heaven and of course this really goes without saying but it bears repeating just the same

    ; may g-d the almightey and all others thoroughly enjoy him as i did.

  15. colleen

    for 3 years I never missed an episode of the courtship of Eddie’s father. he was a wonderful and down to earth dad who reasoned with his son, enjoyed the conversations and valued his sons outlook and perspective.

    bill Bixby was wonderful actor and has stars in heaven and now deserves one from his peers and on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    God bless you, Bill.

  16. amy b

    As a massive fan of Bill Bixby,i really feel,this wonderful Gentleman,which he definitely was,has been woefully forgotten somewhat by Hollywood,he needs a star on the walk of fame,he brought sooo much happiness,good values and such a range of talent into peoples lives,through his acting.Ifound him a very versatile actor with a great sense of humour.Beautiful human being he was,with such tragedy,but he still pursued his craft,and gave so much to others right up to his death.
    God Bless you Bill,rest well,you are always in our thoughts…x

  17. keith Hooper

    In my eyes Bill Bixby is a legend & is a major part of my childhood.
    Due to his great acting ability he made the Character of Dr. David Banner so believeable. If there is any justice in the World than he definately deserves some sort of Recognition from the Emmy Academy. Sadly missed.

  18. Darleen

    Lving on the east coast and unfamiliar with who has stars on the walk of fame; but Bill Bixby definitely needs to be recognized. Hopefully someone will take notice of his talents. Wish we could see the reruns of Eddie’s Father on Retro TV. Thanks for the work you are putting into getting this changed.

  19. Ann Stewart

    I am so glad to hear you say this. I grew up watching the show with both of you and did not have a dad . I dreamed of having a dad like him and am so glad to hear he was the nice man I thought he was . Thank . 🙂

  20. EG

    There are many people who do not deserve a hollywood star, because there are many who can not act. Hollywood is really screwed up!

    Bill Bixby deserves a star! Way past time. Thank you, Mr. Cruz for keeping Mr. Bixby’s memory alive and for working to get the recognition he deserves.

    I wish I could have had a father figure like Mr. Bixby in my life.
    Bless you and your family, Mr. Cruz.

  21. Martina

    I have only discovered the series The Magician and I am a fan I would love to get a Dvd of it please.

  22. Angelo Martinez Porter

    I’ve been a Bill Bixby fan since I was a kid. At times I even wished I could have grown up to be just like him. Mind you, my rendition would have been rather different since I didn’t grown up Caucasian. I think it stinks that Bill never got a Hollywood star nor an Emmy. He deserved five Emmy Awards and a row of stars. Hollywood’s negligence of Bill Bixby is just as painful as it’s negligence of the more recently late Robin Williams. The Courtship of Eddie’s Father series provided a much needed supplement to my wounded relationship with my dad during my younger life. Our relationship is A-Okay now, in some part owing to the influence of the relationship between Bill and Brandon. Thanks for everything.

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