Calling all Bill Bixby fans

MartianA kind-hearted, TV-loving woman in Watertown, N.Y., is orchestrating an elaborate campaign to get some overdue recognition for one of television’s most active players in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

Bill Bixby (pictured far left) was one of those actors who seemed to be everywhere on TV when I was a kid: “Courtship of Eddie’s Father” reruns, “Love, American Style” reruns, “My Favorite Martian” reruns, countless TV movies and series guest shots, and, of course, “The Incredible Hulk,” a show that was well-placed on CBS’ Friday night sked so that pre-teens could stay up for it. (I’m not too proud to admit that it scared me when I was about 8.)

Bixby died young, at age 59 in November 1993, the victim of a late diagnosis of prostate cancer. He was nominated three times for Emmy glory during his 30 years in television — once for “Courtship” and twice in 1976, for a guest shot on “The Streets of San Francisco,” and for his role in the mammoth hit mini “Rich Man, Poor Man.” But for all of his work as an actor and director (his interest in helming began during his “Martian” chronicles), Bixby never took home the gold. Renee Tufo thinks this is just plain wrong.

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