Prior to his feature debut as a writer-director Bill worked steadily as a stand up comedian and actor. After cutting his teeth in the N.Y.C. and Los Angeles club scenes Bill headlined regularly in comedy clubs all across the country.
Bill studied acting in N.Y. with Stella Adler and Jack Garfein. As an actor he appeared in numerous productions on the New York Stage. Most memorable for Bill was when he appeared opposite comedy legend and mentor, Milton Berle, in the shortlived “Goodnight, Grandpa.”
Upon his arrival on the west coast Bill guest starred in a wide spectrum of episodic TV shows which include “Six Feet Under,” “E.R.”, “24”, L.A. Law, Married with Children, thirtysomethng and Matlock to name a few. He also appeared in the feature films, Lethal Weapon , The Rhunestone, Loverboy and in his own movie, The Souler Opposite.
In recent years Bill has devoted much of his time to his latest love, his clarinet. First Point represents his debut Jazz CD.
He is also President and founder of Buffalo Jump Productions.
Bill is a refugee from the San Fernando Valley. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley and attended N.Y.U. Grad Film school.
On the weekends the best place to find him is surfing the waves of Malibu. First Point represents Bill's jazz debut.
Life, like music, can be at its most challenging and fulfilling when it blends
the spirit of improvisation with
the discipline of practical application. When, to put it another way, it has a
healthy share of jazz as it core.
Bill Kalmenson, whose clarinet is at the core of First Point, demonstrates what
such a combination of
open-mindedness, hard work and discipline-spanning artistry can yield. He
has come to his instrument
and his conception relatively late, but his rich and growing experience
illuminate his every note.