Bill Brochtrup is a television, film, and stage actor, best known for playing “John Irvin,” the cheerful administrative aide, on ABC’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. In 2019 he reprised his role in ABC's rebooted NYPD Blue pilot.
In addition to series regular roles on two other Steven Bochco dramas (Public Morals and Total Security) he has had recurring roles on Jon Avnet’s web-series Kendra and Showtime’s Shameless, as well as a five season run as savvy police psychologist “Dr. Joe” on TNT’s Major Crimes. He is currently appearing in the Emmy Award-winning digital drama After Forever on Amazon.
His film work includes Hypnotized, Life As We Know It, He’s Just Not That Into You, Duck, Ravenous, Space Marines.
Onstage he has appeared in New York, Los Angeles, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He is the Artistic Director of the Antaeus Theatre Company, Los Angeles’ acclaimed classical theater ensemble, where he also produced the Ambie-nominated fiction podcast series The Zip Code Plays.
He 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.