Bill Irwin (b. April 11, 1950) is a celebrated stage clown who has played Mr. Noodle on "Elmo's World" since 1998. He was briefly replaced by Michael Jeter as Mr. Noodle's brother Mr. Noodle before returning to the show, at which point the pair either alternated or appeared jointly, until Jeter's death in 2003.
He made his film debut in the 1980 movie Popeye opposite Robin Williams, and his stage and clown work have been spotlighted on several PBS specials, including the Great Performances installment Bill Irwin, Clown Prince. He received the 2005 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Bill Irwin (Mr. Noodle) was the playwright-in-residence at The Signature Theatre in New York for 2003-2004. He was last seen starring opposite Sally Field in the 2002 Tony Award winning play The Goat or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee. He has developed original theatre works, and has been an associate artist with the Roundabout Theatre. His Broadway résumé includes Fool Moon, Largely New York, The Regard of Flight, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and 5-6-7-8 Dance! His film credits include Igby Goes Down, The Laramie Project, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Illuminata, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Stepping Out, My Blue Heaven, Scenes from a Mall, Hot Shots, A New Life, Silent Tongue, Eight Men Out and I. As the original Mr. Noodle, Irwin continues to delight children in "Elmo's World."
Other Sesame Street Appearances
- "A New Way to Walk" (1993) - Irwin and fellow clown David Shiner engage with Savion in the celebrity version of the song.
- "Does Air Move Things?" Insert in which Irwin plays a pedestrian struggling to walk down a street against the wind. (First: Episode 2876)
- "Professor Television" segments
- "Cooperation" (included in Episode 4037) - Biff and Roxy Marie narrate Irwin's stage antics.
- In a 1987 episode of Alive from Off Center, Irwin crosses paths with Bert and Ernie.
- In 1988, he was interviewed by Kermit in Muppet Magazine issue 21.