My Name Is Bill W.

My Name Is Bill W.
My Name Is Bill W. video cover
Written byWilliam G. Borchert
Directed byDaniel Petrie
StarringJames Woods
James Garner
JoBeth Williams
Theme music composerLaurence Rosenthal
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Peter K. Duchow
James Garner
Producer(s)Daniel Petrie
Paul Rubell (associate producer)
Production location(s)Richmond, Virginia
CinematographyNeil Roach
Editor(s)Paul Rubell
John Wright
Running time100 minutes
Production company(s)Warner Bros. Television
Garner-Duchow Productions
Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseApril 30, 1989

My Name Is Bill W. is a 1989 CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame made-for-television drama film directed by Daniel Petrie, starring James Woods, JoBeth Williams and James Garner. William G. Borchert, who wrote the film for television, based it on the true story of William Griffith Wilson and Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith, M.D. (the men respectively called "Bill W." and "Dr. Bob"), the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. James Woods won an Emmy for his portrayal of Wilson.


The true story of stockbroker William Griffith Wilson, a World War I veteran whose small drinking problem becomes a serious addiction after he loses his fortune in the stock market collapse of 1929. Wilson's career and his domestic life are in tatters when he meets Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith, also struggling with a drinking problem. The duo found a support group that becomes the nucleus for the organization Alcoholics Anonymous.

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