Biography

Bill Brochtrup is best known for playing “John Irvin,” the cheerful administrative aide, on ABC TV’s Emmy Award-winning police drama, NYPD Blue.  Along with the rest of the cast, he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble.

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He has been on television shows as varied as Dexter, Without a Trace, The Wild Thornberrys (playing the voice of a dolphin), and Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown (where he suffered a humiliating defeat), and was a series regular on two other Steven Bochco shows, CBS sit-com Public Morals and ABC drama Total Security.  He is currently appearing in Jon Avnet's web series, Kendra, and recurring on Showtime's Shameless and TNT's Major Crimes.


Onstage he has appeared in New York, Los Angeles, and in repertory theatres throughout the country.  He is the Co-Artistic Director of The Antaeus Company, Los Angeles’ acclaimed classical theatre ensemble.


His film work includes Life As We Know It, He’s Just Not That Into You, Duck, Ravenous, and Space Marines.


He is a frequent guest host of the PBS newsmagazine In the Life, has told his original comic stories at numerous Spoken Word events, and has written for Out magazine and the bestselling collection of essays I Love You, Mom!


He has hosted AIDS Walks across the country, is an SPCA “Friend for Life,” and has spent numerous holidays abroad with the USO and Armed Forces Entertainment, visiting Troops in the Persian Gulf, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Germany, Japan, Bosnia, and Kosovo.