Bill Timoney '80 recently made his Broadway debut in All the Way, a political thriller that dramatizes President Lyndon B. Johnson's time in the White House and stars Timoney's longtime friend Bryan Cranston, of the AMC series Breaking Bad.
Growing up in New Jersey, Timoney attended Broadway shows with his parents, and his exposure to theater helped him recognize a passion for acting. Later, as a Seton Hall student, he honed his craft by performing in Professor James P. "Doc" McGlone's Theatre-in-the-Round productions and acting in television commercials. He was even put on rotation as a background actor in All My Children.
"Seton Hall gave me amazing opportunities to gain experience. 'Doc' directed amazing plays, and under his guidance, I was able to grow," said Timoney.
"You can't say you're a swimmer if you don't get in the water. Doc's plays allowed me to do that."
The practical experience Timoney gained through Seton Hall proved invaluable.
"Theater allowed me to get my feet wet and see what it’s like to be an actor. [Because of Seton Hall's location] I was able to ease into the transition of working in New York City while concentrating on my studies," he said.
After graduation, Timoney toured with the country's longest-running classical touring company, the National Players, in Much Ado About Nothing, and landed the role of Alfred Vanderpool on All My Children, which he played from 1982-2007. Timoney also performed stand-up comedy in New York City, with Cranston's encouragement.
It was Cranston, in fact, who introduced Timoney to All the Way, which features a cast of 20; in it, Timoney portrays Senator Karl Mundt. "[Bryan] asked me to read a script that had been given to him. It ended up being All the Way, and you just couldn’t say no to this thing. It was amazing," said Timoney. "All the Way is very moving and an incredible journey. To be working on Broadway is beyond thrilling and I am grateful for the opportunity," he said.
Timoney is married to television producer and actress, Georgette Reilly '86. She is also a veteran of Dr. McGlone's Theatre-in-the-Round productions. The couple performed together in The Weir for the Celtic Theatre Company under McGlone's direction. They also appeared with Cranston and his wife, Robin Dearden, in the four-character Neil Simon play Chapter Two at the Shadow Lawn Stage summer stock theatre in Monmouth County, N.J. in 2007.
All the Way is currently scheduled to run through June 2014 in a limited engagement at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. To learn more about the production, or to purchase tickets, click here.
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