Bill Weeden

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Born (1940-08-08) August 8, 1940 (age 83)
Melbourne, Florida, U.S
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materYale University
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Dolores McDougal (m. 1995)

Bill Weeden (born August 8, 1940) is an American film[1] and stage actor,[2] comedy writer, and songwriter.[3]

Early life

Weeden was born on August 8, 1940 in Melbourne, Florida. He graduated from Yale University in 1962.[4]

Film and television career

Weeden is known for his work in genre film, starring in a number of Troma productions and other indie films, including playing the lead villain, Reginald Stuart, in Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990),[5]. He was called the "Troma Olivier" by the New York Post for the performance.

Weeden starred in Rachel Mason's rock-opera The Lives of Hamilton Fish (2013) as the serial killer Hamilton Fish, whose life is contrasted with the lawmaker with the same name.[6]

Weeden is the only actor in the "slow cinema" film Byron Jones.[7]

In 2020, Weeden starred as the protagonist, Dr. ZOOmis, alongside Kansas Bowling in the parody film Psycho Ape!.[8][9]

In 2021, Weeden received a Best Actor award[10] for his leading performance as a conflicted war veteran in the suspense-drama short film RedSin.[11][12]

Stage career

Weeden is the composer of the Broadway theatre show Hurry, Harry (opened 1972)[13] and composed additional material for the Broadway show I'm Solomon (opened 1968).[14]

Weeden played Hucklebee in the final cast of The Fantasticks,[15] which closed in 2002.[16][17] He was also featured in Try to Remember: The Fantasticks, a documentary examining the history of the show.[18]

He created two original musical revues with performing and writing partners David Finkle and Sally Fay (as Weeden, Finkle & Fay) for the New York production company Playwrights Horizons[19][20] and a children's musical, Babar's Birthday, for Theatreworks/USA.[21] The trio also toured as major market performers for a show organized by Fortune Magazine specifically to entertain and court potential advertisers,[22] even receiving front page coverage for the act in the Wall Street Journal.[23] The trio also wrote the musical Move It and It’s Yours, which has been performed numerous times in regional theater.[24]

The musical revue Into the Weeds: Selections from the Bill Weeden Songbook features Weeden's songs, including his various collaborations.[25][26]

Weeden has also performed in a number of off-Broadway and touring shows, including an East Village outdoor production of As You Like It, George Bataille's Bathrobe,[27] The Magnificent Ambersons,[28] an Atlantic City production of Little Shop of Horrors,[28] The Rocky Horror Show,[29] The Wizard of Oz,[30] and Damn Yankees.[31]

Weeden (with Finkle and Fay) contributed several songs to The No-Frills Revue,[32] the 1987 off-Broadway musical conceived by Martin Charnin.[citation needed]


Weeden has written comedy material, often with writing partner David Finkle, for Carol Channing,[33][34] Stiller & Meara,[35], Dick Shawn,[36][37] Madeline Kahn,[38] and others.

Weeden, Finkle & Fay's "Part of the Problem (The Inflation Song)" was released on 7" on MCA Records in 1980.[39][40]

Weeden has often collaborated with Upright Citizens Brigade,[41][42] including the comedy video "Author Wrote a F***ing Book," a parody of James Patterson's commercials, written by Achilles Stamatelaky and directed by Ryan Hunter.[43]

Weeden played the father of correspondent/comedian Jordan Klepper on a 2015 episode of "The Daily Show."[44]

Other work

He has narrated a number of audio books, often paired with his wife, Dolores McDougal.[45]

The song "One Big Team" was written and performed by Weeden for the 1988 New York Yankees' Old Timer's Day,[25] and in 2006 by Tony-winning Broadway star James Naughton on the YES Network's Yankees Magazine.[46]

Weeden joins other horror filmmakers and performers, such as Larry Fessenden and Amy Seimetz, voicing the horror "radio" series Tales from Beyond the Pale.[47]

Select filmography

  • Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990) - Reginald Stuart
  • Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000) - Abortion Doctor
  • Never Again (2001 film)|Never Again (2001) - Mr. Speedy
  • The Lives of Hamilton Fish (2013) - Hamilton 'Albert' Fish
  • Applesauce (film)|Applesauce (2015) - Kate's Father
  • The Ungovernable Force (2015) - Kevin
  • Are We Not Cats (2016) - Diner Dad
  • Shakespeare's Sh*tstorm (2020) - Singing Executive
  • Psycho Ape (2020) - Dr. ZOOmis
  • Ramekins: Ramekin II (2021) - Jared
  • RedSin (2021) - Gregg Schulls/Jack Polaski


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  2. "Bill Weeden theatre profile".
  3. "Bill Weeden Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic.
  4. "Yale '62 - Not Home for the Holidays - Bill Weeden".
  5. Holden, Stephen (22 May 1996). "FILM REVIEW;A Superhero Lethal With Chopsticks". The New York Times.
  6. Gorce, Tammy La (17 January 2015). "Both Were Born Hamilton Fish, but Their Paths Differed". The New York Times.
  7. "Tao film selection and other news". 17 September 2017.
  8. Lanier, Hunter (17 October 2020). "Psycho Ape! | Film Threat".
  9. "Watching Movies - Psycho Ape - Without Your Head".
  10. Ortiz, Christopher. "THE WINNERS OF THE OCTOBER (2021) SESSION". Europe Film Festival U.K. Europe Film Festival U.K. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  11. Ortiz, Christopher. "RedSin (2021) Suspense-Drama Short Film". YouTube. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  12. Ortiz, Christopher. "RedSin: Suspense-Drama on Hero-Making". Indie Shorts Mag. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  13. "Bill Weeden". Playbill.
  14. "I'm Solomon Broadway @ Mark Hellinger Theatre - Tickets and Discounts". Playbill.
  15. "thefantasticks – The Fantasticks Official Website".
  16. "Fantastick Voyage to End | TheaterMania".
  17. "The Fantasticks Bids Farewell, Jan. 13, After 42 Years on Sullivan Street". Playbill. January 13, 2002.
  18. "Try to Remember: The Fantasticks". IMDb. 14 May 2003.
  19. Wilson, John S. (15 January 1979). "Song: A Satirical Threesome". The New York Times.
  20. Holden, Stephen (1 May 1983). "REVUE: TRIO IN 'TRUST US' AT WEST BANK". The New York Times.
  21. "Piano Man – Central Jersey Archives". 7 November 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-11-07.
  22. Elliott, Stuart (8 March 2010). "Good Housekeeping Puts on a Show to Celebrate Women". The New York Times.
  23. Kwitny, Jonathan (September 22, 1986). "Satirizing Companies Can Be Rewarding When They Foot Bill". Wall Street Journal.
  24. Cooperman, Deb. "Review: 'Move It and It's Yours'". Community News.
  25. 25.0 25.1 BWW News Desk. "Into the Weeds Spotlights Songs of Bill Weeden in August".
  26. "Felicia Finley and Stephanie D'Abruzzo Will Go Into the Weeds | TheaterMania".
  27. Saltz, Rachel (12 August 2009). "Language, the Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial View". The New York Times.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Varley, Eddie. "BWW INTERVIEWS: GEORGE BATAILLE'S BATHROBE Star Bill Weeden".
  29. "Credits for The Rocky Horror Show (Non-Equity Tour, 1993)". Ovrtur.
  30. "The Wizard of Oz (Non-Equity Tour, 1994)". Ovrtur.
  31. "Bill Weeden". Playwrights Horizons.
  32. Holden, Stephen (18 October 1987). "Stage: For Comedy 'The No-Frills Revue'". The New York Times.
  33. "The Essential Jewishness Of Carol Channing — And Lorelei Lee". The Forward. January 16, 2019.
  34. "Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012) - Soundtrack.Net".
  35. Shepard, Richard F. (15 March 1982). "Going Out Guide". The New York Times.
  36. Dietz, Dan (10 April 2014). The Complete Book of 1960s Broadway Musicals. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-3072-9.
  37. "Theater: 'Musical Fable'; I'm Solomon' Arrives at the Mark Hellinger".
  38. Dietz, Dan (10 March 2010). Off Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception and Performance Data of More Than 1,800 Shows. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-5731-1.
  39. "Weeden, Finkle & Fay – Part Of The Problem (The Inflation Song) (Vinyl)". Discogs.
  40. "Weeden, Finkle And Fay - Part Of The Problem (The Inflation Song)" – via
  41. "100% All-Natural, Organic, Pure, Simple Juice Commercial | by Pocketwatch". YouTube.
  42. "UCB Comedy Round Up ft. Brandon Gulya & Bill Weeden". YouTube.
  43. "Author Wrote a Fucking Book: A COMMERCIAL PARODY by UCB's SCRAPS". YouTube.
  44. "Melissa McCarthy". June 3, 2015 – via IMDb.
  45. "Audiobooks narrated by Bill Weeden |".
  46. "Naughton Recording of Yankees Song Featured on YES".
  47. Tales from Beyond the Pale, Season One, Volume 5.

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