Bill grew up in the small farming community of Genoa, Ohio. From grades one through seven he travelled to the Toledo Museum of Art for Saturday morning lessons, where he quickly discovered a passion for painting. Copying a National Geographic photo with a dime store set of watercolors, he won first prize in the Brunner Elementary Art Show in 1964, and his fate as an aspiring professional artist was sealed. His career history is unique in that he has achieved notable success in two highly competitive fields – live performance (he's a veteran of eleven Broadway musicals) and the visual arts (with outstanding achievements in watercolor and textile design).
He continued to paint throughout his teens and made plans to study art in college. But following high school graduation and art school, he took his first voice lesson on a whim and decided suddenly to switch gears.
He transferred to the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and changed his major to music, with a focus on opera and musical theatre. Encouraged by his teacher, the famed Italian basso Italo Tajo, he developed a new passion - creating characters on the stage.
After graduation in 1976, Bill headed off to pursue a performing career in New York. In the first months as a struggling actor he resumed his studies of watercolor in Greenwich Village and on the advice of his teacher, he began studying textile design and soon found himself apprenticing as a designer in the fashion district.
In 1979, the offer of a full time design job with a major textile company precipitated a difficult decision -- to step away from show business. During Bill's second year as a professional designer he won the prestigious TOMMY AWARD, given by the American Council of Prints, for one of his floral patterns. While designing from nine to five during the day, Bill continued taking voice and acting lessons at night. Those three years of pulling double-duty served as his graduate study in both fields.
In 1981, having made his splash in the design world, Bill accepted a summer stock job. One job followed another, and by 1985 he'd made his Broadway debut in CATS. Since then he's appeared in eleven Broadway musicals, countless regional productions and has lent his vocal talents to numerous recordings, including the 1994 concept album JEKYLL & HYDE - The Complete Work on which he plays Simon Stride.
In 2003, Bill starred in THE PRODUCERS, putting his unique spin on the pigeon-keeping playwright Franz Liebkind, a role he performed on Broadway, across the country, and in Japan.
As a follow-up in 2008, Bill's appearances on the Seabourn SPIRIT Cruise Line's voyage to India allowed him to share his two solo shows, ALL OF ME and ON BROADWAY, with audiences on the high seas.
More recently, Bill has come into his own as a leading character man, scoring successes at theaters around the country in roles like Tony in THE MOST HAPPY FELLA, Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and Don Quixote in MAN OF LA MANCHA.
Bill's life has been a non-stop, ever-evolving act of creativity, zig-zagging between two distinct and sometimes divergent paths. Through passion and perseverance he remains a working Broadway actor after 38 years in New York City. At the same time he continues to explore his artistic gifts by painting watercolors. While performing at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Bill made his debut
at the WATERCOLORS GALLERY with a solo exhibition, and continues to show and sell his paintings across the country. He also enjoys traveling, gardening, teaching voice and working with his favorite charity, BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS.