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Bill Durham was born in Texarkana, Texas, and raised in DeWitt, Iowa, and Muleshoe, Texas. His family instilled in him a love for the fine art of story-telling. Bill’s maternal grandfather, Art Wilson, was a cowboy, horse trainer, Hollywood stuntman, and a riding instructor who taught Clark Gable, among others, the basics of sitting a horse correctly and how to not fall off of it. His reminiscences of his time in Hollywood planted a love of acting and horses in Bill that has endured to this day.

About Bill Durham

Bill’s father, Wheeler Durham, grew up in the Piney Woods of East Texas, and was steeped in the traditions of back-country story-telling. His tales of moonshiners, World War II service as an MP at Pearl Harbor, and colorful East Texas neighbors, both good and bad, made Bill eager for more. In junior high school, Bill discovered the greatest story-teller of them all—William Shakespeare. The New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of "Much Ado About Nothing" sparked a life-long love affair with theater. Bill has appeared in many acting roles, both classical and contemporary. Since 2007 he has performed with the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, California.

 

He has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Texas Tech University and an M.A. in English from New York University.

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