Raised in Queens, NY; father, a newsstand owner; mother, a homemaker; married Ellie (an interior decorator); children: Christopher (an actor and screenwriter), Matthew. Education: Ithaca College, degree in television and film, 1969; William Paterson University, M.A., communication arts, 1972.
Addresses: Agent— United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.
Career: Director, producer, and writer. Worked for an advertising agency in New York City; formed his own commercial production company. Military service: Served two years in the U.S. Army.
Awards, Honors: Emmy Award nominations, outstanding drama series (with others), 1996, 1997, 1998, for Chicago Hope; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding directing for a comedy series, 2000, and Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement, 2001, for Ally McBeal; Addy, Clio, and Telly awards, for directing commercials.
Television Director; Episodic:
Northern Exposure, CBS, 1991, 1993–1994.
Doogie Howser, M.D., ABC, 1991–1992.
"Forgiveness," Law & Order, NBC, 1992.
"Baby Makes Five," Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1992.
Picket Fences, CBS, 1992–1994.
"Back in the High Life Again," Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1993.
"So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye," Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1993.
"The Right Stuff," Harts of the West, CBS, 1993.
"Goodnight, Irene," Harts of the West, CBS, 1993.
"Jake's Brother," Harts of the West, CBS, 1993.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois & Clark and The New Adventures of Superman ), ABC, 1993–1995.
Chicago Hope, CBS, 1995–2000.
"Performance Anxiety," Get Real, Fox, 1999.
The West Wing, NBC, 1999—.
Ally McBeal, Fox, 2000–2002.
"Soldier Boy," American Dreams, NBC, 2002.
Queens Supreme, CBS, 2003.
"Hand of God," Miracles, ABC, 2003.
Also directed episodes of Civil Wars, Courthouse, and Reasonable Doubts, NBC.
Television Work; Episodic:
Co–executive producer and executive producer, Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996—.
Executive producer, Ally McBeal, Fox, 1997–1998, 2000—.
Also producer of episodes of Courthouse, CBS.
Television Director; Movies:
Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story, CBS, 1995.
In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy (also known as After Laurette ), Fox, 1995.
Television Director; Pilots:
Time Well Spent, ABC, 1995.
The Tomorrow Man, 1996.
111 Gramercy Park, ABC, 2003.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Chorus line producer, "What I'll Never Do for Love Again," Ally McBeal, 2002.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Calista Flockhart (documentary), Lifetime, 2001.
Producer and director, The Feud, Castle Hill, 1989.
Chicago Hope, CBS, 1994.
(And co–creator) Judging Amy (pilot), CBS, 1999.
The Feud, Castle Hill, 1989.
"D'Elia, Bill." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. . Encyclopedia.com. (January 19, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/education/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/delia-bill
"D'Elia, Bill." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. . Retrieved January 19, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/education/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/delia-bill
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.