Many people may not recognise his face, but sci-fi fans have seen quite a bit of Bill Blair over the years. In 2011, the actor was honoured at the Guinness World Records Museum in Hollywood for “Most Special Effects Characters Played in a Career”. In January 1993, Bill had his first experience as an alien on the TV movies of “Alien Nation”, and since then, he has become one of those few elite actors that specializes in playing aliens from other worlds.
Born and raised in Kent Ohio, Bill originally graduated Kent State University in 1977 with a degree in Telecommunications. But during college, Bill realized that he wanted something else. He embarked on a music career, and in the early 1980’s he toured, as the leader of a band called Expression. In 1982, after recovering from a serious injury, he moved to Chicago and shifted to a career in entertainment.
His first bit-part in a movie came in 1982 in an American Playhouse film titled “The Killing Floor”, which led to landing featured bit-parts and stand-in work on several films. He didn’t get his first speaking role until 1984, in the TV movie “The Impostor”. Over the next five years, he kept busy with print ads and industrial shows, and played his first alien character. He portrayed Mr. Spock in an industrial film at the Dallas Convention Center for the Oracle Software Company.
After returning to Los Angeles in 1993, Bill he met makeup designer Richard Snell while filming Demolition Man. This led Bill to his first work on the TV movies of “Alien Nation”. It was from there that he found himself working on the hit series Babylon 5 and shortly thereafter on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Bill worked all five seasons of Babylon 5 plus two TV movies for TNT, and multiple seasons on DS9.
Bill’s body of work includes the 1998 season premiere episode of Sliders, three “Sliders” episodes in 1999, Star Trek: Voyager, Enterprise, The X-Files, The Invisible Man, Drew Carey, Family Law, The District, Crossing Jordan, Providence, King of Queens, Will and Grace, Yes, Dear!, Friends, Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds, and as a regular on “The Division” and the HBO Series Carnivale. More recently, Bill has appeared in Blades of Glory, Saving Grace, Justified, Raising Hope, iCarly, The Defenders, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, and Mad Men.
All which have led him to a record-breaking 202 other worldly roles that have required him to wear special effects make up or prosthetics. You can see all his roles on his website AlienActor.com.