Bill Bigelow
Bill Bigelow
Actor Bill Bigelow, shown here in an episode of the CBS-TV series "Magnum, P.I.", co-wrote the episode "Last Dance Before an Execution" in Season 3 with series creator Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt.
Personal Information
Birthname: William Bigelow
Gender: Male
Born: (1938-08-18) August 18, 1938 (age 80)
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Died May 18, 2008(2008-05-18) (aged 69)
Career information
Television Screenwriter, Actor
Years active: 1969-1991
Appears on/involved with: Quantum Leap (TV series)
Job on series Co-Writer, "Last Dance Before An Execution" (Season 3) with Donald P. Bellisario & Deborah Pratt

Character actor Bill Bigelow (born August 18, 1938-died May 18, 2008)[1] co-wrote the Season 3 episode "Last Dance Before An Execution" with series creator Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt.

Life and careerEdit

At age 16, Bigelow gained valuable experience working in his first job in radio, at WTJN in his hometown Jamestown, NY, on a high school news program. [2]

Bill served in the U.S. Navy, ulti-mately landing in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a Naval Lieutenant Public Affairs Officer for COMSERVPAC, (Commander and Service Forces Pacific Ocean). His Navy career took him to London, before he re-turned to the states in 1966 to teach broadcasting and journalism at Fort Benjamin Harrison for the Defense International School in Indianapolis, IN. His students included future broadcasters and Vietnam veterans such as Pat Sajak, KHON anchor Joe Moore, and tennis legend Arthur Ashe. [3]

After returning to Hawaii in 1968, he got a job at KCCN Radio, where he handled the morning news broadcasts, and then another with KHON-TV as a weekend anchor and political reporter. During this time, Bill in-terviewed celebrities such as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Steve Allen, Zsa Zsa Gabor, as well as two U.S. presidents, President Nixon and President Johnson.[3]

After KHON-TV, Bill spent more than a decade as an advertising and public re-lations executive for Shera-ton Hotels of the Pacific, eventually opening his own company, Bigelow Advertis-ing and Public Relations. In 1983, his clients included major hotels, airlines, golf courses, and schools.[3]

He became an actor, ap-pearing more than two dozen times in popular TV series which were Charlie’s Angels, Hawaii 5-0, Jake and the Fatman, and Magnum P.I.. [3]


Bigelow died in 2008 after a battle with liver cancer. He was age 69. He was survived by his wife Nancy and two sisters.[2]


  1. IMDb logo Bill Bigelow at the Internet Movie Database
  2. 2.0 2.1 Burligame, Burt. "Broadcast expertise lasted a lifetime", The (Honolulu, HI) Star Bulletin, May 20, 2008. Retrieved on August 21, 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 William F. ‘‘Bill’’ Bigelow - Obituary. Post-Journal (Jamestown, NY) Staff (June 15, 2008). Retrieved on August 21, 2016.

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