“They really live to serve the mission. They know they’re expendable. But they’re also very close to human intelligence and soul.” —Bill Irwin, voice and operator of TARS

Bill Irwin, the voice and operator of TARS

William Mills "Bill" Irwin (born April 11, 1950) is an American actor, clown, and comedian. He began as a vaudeville-style stage performer and has been noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s. He has also made a number of appearances on film and television, and he won a Tony Award for his role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on Broadway. He is also known as Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street's "Elmo's World", and regularly appears as a therapist on Law and Order: SVU.

On Interstellar Edit

Bill Irwin operated the hydraulics of the robot. He controlled the heavy machinery which weighed almost 200 pounds. Though he was digitally removed during post production as he was a few inches taller than TARS.

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