Bill Brochtrup
Birth Date:
March 7, 1963
Birth Place:
Tacoma, Washington
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Working on his craft at the at New York University (NYU), Bill Brochtrup began acting professionally around the late 1980s before eventually gained recognition for playing the gay PAA (Public Administrative Assistant) John Irvin (1995-2005), in the ABC Emmy-winning, long-running cop drama produced by Steven Bochco, "NYPD Blue." He would later star in two more Bochco-produced shows, the short-lived CBS sitcom "Public Morals" (1996), in which he reprised his John Irvin role, and the brief-running ABC drama "Total Security" (1997), in which he played another gay character named George LaSalle.

He also appeared in the made-for-television movies "Betrayed: A Story of Three Women" (1995) and "Two Voices" (1997), as well as has been spotted as a guest in various TV series, including "Diagnosis Murder," "Murder, She Wrote," "Dharma & Greg," and "Without a Trace."

Meanwhile, on the big screen, the 6' 1½" openly gay blond actor with boy-next-door good looks could be seen in the films "Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects" (1989), "Rockula" (1990), "The Arrival" (1991), "Man of the Year" (1995), "Not Again!" (1996), "Space Marines" (1996), "Ravenous" (1999), and "Duck" (2005).

A prolific performer, Brochtrup is also active working on stage and has been credited in such productions of David Marshall Grant’s “Snakebit” (Off-Broadway at the Century Center and in Los Angeles at the Coast Playhouse), Richard Kramer’s “Theater District” (Boston and LA), Joe Pintauro’s “Raft of the Medusa,” and most recently, portraying the lead character of Henry in Tom Stoppard's “The Real Thing,” at South Coast Repertory. Next, he will team up with Tony Award winner John Glover, Amy Aquino, Mark L. Taylor, and Edward Tournier in the world premiere of Jonathan Tolins' “Secrets of the Trade” at Los Angeles' Black Dahlia Theatre on March 15, 2008.

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Childhood and Family:

Born in California, on March 7, 1963, William Brochtrup grew up in Bellevue and Tacoma, Washington. The oldest son to William Brochtrup Sr. and Carolyn Brochtrup, Brochtrup has three younger sisters, Jennifer Brochtrup (born in 1970), Laurel Brochtrup (born in 1966), and Wendy Brochtrup (born in 1968).

He studied drama at New York University (NYU), New York, New York, and graduated with a BFA degree in 1985.

Brochtrup is an avid supporter for such charitable organizations as Rock the Vote, AIDS Walks, and the SPCA. He also has toured the Middle East, Far East, Balkans, and Mediterranean during Handshake Tours for the USO.

The Real Thing


While still a student at New York University (NYU), Bill Brochtrup had appeared in two 1984 episodes of the short-lived television series "Hot Pursuit." After graduation, he packed for Los Angeles to further his acting career and landed his earliest jobs in commercials. IN the following year, he was spotted as a guest in a March 1986 episode of TBS fantasy sitcom "Down to Earth."

The newcomer scored his feature film debut with a bit part as a hairdresser in "Kinjite: Forbidden Subject," a 1989 action/drama/thriller movie directed by J. Lee Thompson and stars Charles Bronson. The film, which marks Thompson's last film, was critically blasted upon its release because of its controversial plot and extremely graphic violence.

That same year, TV viewers could catch him guest starring in the CBS Vietnam war/drama series "Tour of Duty," NBC crime/drama "Mancuso, FBI," and CBS popular, long-running mystery series starring Angela Lansbury, "Murder, She Wrote" (he would later reappear as a guest with a different role in 1996). He also appeared in the ABC made-for-television movie based on the true story of the 58-hour rescue process of baby Jessica McClure who was stuck in the pipe about 20 to 30 feet down in her back yard while playing, "Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure."

In the early 1990s, Brochtrup was cast as a roadie in Luca Bercovici's independent vampire movie, "Rockula" (1990), as Ace in David Schmoeller's indie sci-fi thriller, "The Arrival" (1991), and had a starring role in a small film called "Something Else" (1993). He also continued working on television, guest starring in an episode of British sitcom "Birds of a Feather," CBS mystery/medical/crime drama "Diagnosis Murder," and ABC political drama starring Susan Sullivan and William Devane, "The Monroes."

After portraying a homosexual model with AIDS in Joe Pintauro’s play "The Raft of the Medusa" (1993), Brochtrup, an openly gay in real life, snagged his most popular role to date, as the homosexual PAA (Public Administrative Assistant) John Irvin, in ABC's Emmy-winning, long-running cop drama produced by Steven Bochco, "NYPD Blue." Originally picked up as a recurring, Brochtrup eventually became regular during the show's 7th to 12th (1999-2005) season. As a member of the show's cast, he received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2000.

Meanwhile, Brochtrup reprised the role of John Irvin on the short-lived, Bochco-produced CBS sitcom "Public Morals," which was canceled after only one of the 13 episodes produced was aired. In the next year, he was featured in the short-lived ABC drama also produced by Bochco, "Total Security," a buddy/detective show in which he played another gay character named George LaSalle, alongside James Remar, James Belushi, Debrah Farentino, and Tracey Needham.

During this time, Brochtrup added to his resume with roles in the films "Man of the Year" (1995), a mockumentary written, directed by and starring Dirk Shafer, a fictionalized account of Shafer's time as a semi-closeted gay man in the role of a heterosexual sex symbol (he was Playgirl magazine's 1992 "Man of the Year"), and "Not Again!" (1996), Fred Kennamer's independent romantic comedy in which he co-starred as Glen, the ex-boyfriend to Susie Cusack's character. He also portrayed a hacker in John Weidner's independent sci-fi movie starring John Pyper-Ferguson, "Space Marines" (1996).

Besides on "NYPD Blue," Brochtrup could be seen on television in an episode of CBS drama/comedy "Picket Fences" and ABC hit sitcom "Dharma & Greg." He also appeared in the TV movies "Terror in the Shadows" (1995), a drama/thriller based on the book by Michael Allegretto and stars Genie Francis and Leigh McCloskey, and "Two Voices" (1997), a real life-based drama starring Mary McDonnell and Gail O'Grady.

Brochtrup wrapped the decade by appearing as Lindus in Antonia Bird's dark comedy film about cannibalism in 1840s California, "Ravenous" (1999), starring Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle and Jeffrey Jones. He also made his New York City stage debut with a leading role in the Off-Broadway staging of David Marshall Grant’s "Snakebit" and would reprise the role in 2000 Los Angeles production.

2001 saw Brochtrup as a receptionist in writer/director Antony Alda's film "Role of a Lifetime" and provided his voice in an episode of Nickelodeon's animated series "The Wild Thornberrys." Four years later, in 2005, he co-starred with Philip Baker Hall and Amy Hill in writer/director Nicole Bettauer's dramatic film, "Duck," and in episode of the CBS FBI drama "Without a Trace."

Brochtrup subsequently retreated from screen and focused acting on stage. After originating the role of George Bridge in Richard Kramer’s play “Theatre District” in Los Angeles, CA in 2004, he reprised the part at the SpeakEasy Stage Company (at the Boston Center for the Arts) in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2005. In June 2006, he went on to star as Henry, a playwright who develops a relationship with an actress named Annie, in Tom Stoppard's play-within-a-play, "The Real Thing," at Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, California.

Next, he will team up with Tony Award winner John Glover, Amy Aquino, Mark L. Taylor, and Edward Tournier in the world premiere of Jonathan Tolins' “Secrets of the Trade.” The production, which will open officially at Los Angeles' Black Dahlia Theatre on March 15, 2008, will be directed by Matt Shakman.

In addition to his acting career, Brochtrup, a frequent guest host of the PBS three time Emmy-nominated gay and lesbian television newsmagazine “In The Life,” has written for Out Magazine and the best-selling book of essays, "I Love You, Mom!"


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