William Biff McGuire – “Bruce”
An alumnus of Massachusetts State College, actor/singer William Biff McGuire made his Broadway bow in the 1948 revue Make Mine Manhattan. McGuire went on to a featured role in the 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical South Pacific, and later starred in the long-running sex comedy The Moon is Blue. During the 1960s and 1970s, he starred in touring productions of Finian’s Rainbow and Camelot, returning to Broadway sporadically.
McGuire was twice nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actor: in 1997 for The Young Man from Atlanta; and in 2002 for a revival of Morning’s at Seven.
In films since 1955’s Phoenix City Story, McGuire has played authoritative roles in such seminal productions as The Thomas Crown Affair (1968); Sydney Lumet’s Serpico (1973); and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968) from the novel by Carson McCullers. A frequent visitor to television, Biff headlined two different episodes during the first season of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. His small screen credits span the history of the medium, from 1950’s Pulitzer Prize Playhouse to Barnaby Jones to Frasier; from Gunsmoke to Kojak to Hawaii Five-O; E.R. and Law and Order, among many others.