The lifeguard turned actor

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Bill Bixby, TV Actor, Dies at 59; Starred in 3 Long-Running Series. LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22, 1993 — Bill Bixby, whose long career in television included starring roles in three popular series, died on Sunday at his home in Century City. He was 59. … A native of San Francisco, Mr. Bixby attended San Francisco City College and studied speech and philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. He was working as a lifeguard when an advertising executive offered him a job as a model in car ads. … In March 1981, Mr. Bixby’s 6-year-old son, Christopher, died of a throat infection. Mr. Bixby’s former wife, the actress Brenda Benet, comitted suicide less than a year later. The New York Times.

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