Bill Pullman


Bill Pullman

Infobox actor



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caption = Pullman at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 2007
birthdate = birth date and age|1953|12|17
birthplace = Hornell, New York, United States
spouse = Tamara Hurwitz (1987-present) 3 children

William James Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American film, television, and stage actor.

Biography

Early life

Pullman was born in Hornell, New York, the son of Johanna (née Blaas), a nurse, and James Pullman, a physician. His father's family descends from England and his maternal grandparents were immigrants from Holland. [ [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/celeb/pullman.htm 1 ] ] After graduating from Hornell High School in 1971, he attended the State University of New York at Delhi and the State University of New York at Oneonta in the 1970s. He eventually received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Pullman taught theater at SUNY Delhi and Montana State University (where he was convinced by his students to attempt film). When he was 28, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.

Career

During the 1980s, he primarily worked with theatre companies around New York and Los Angeles, California. His first prominent movie role was in the film "Ruthless People" (which starred Danny DeVito and Bette Midler). Other notable films included the lead in "Spaceballs" (1987), " The Serpent and the Rainbow" (opposite Zakes Mokae)," While You Were Sleeping " (1995), "Independence Day" (1996), and "Lost Highway" (1997). Pullman continues to act in both theatre and in movies, independent and big budget. His more recent films have been "The Grudge" and "Scary Movie 4" (the latter ironically heavily spoofing "The Grudge" though Pullman's part spoofed "The Village".)

From February 2001 until February 2002, Pullman starred with Mercedes Ruehl, in Edward Albee's play "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?" on Broadway. The play won several awards: 2002 Tony Award [ [http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/index.html The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards - Official Website by IBM ] ] for Best Play; 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play; 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Pullman was nominated, but did not win, the 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play. He will co-star with Val Kilmer in the new Lewis and Clark movie. Currently, Pullman can be seen in "Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry", at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre in New York. Pullman received a second Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Peter and Jerry in 2008.

In addition to acting, Pullman is a creative writer. His first play, "Expedition 6", is about the International Space Station mission Expedition 6 that was in orbit at the time that the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed on reentry, grounding the U.S. space shuttle program, which was to provide the vehicle for the crew's return to earth. The play opened at San Francisco's Magic Theater in September 2007. [ [http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-092007a.html "Bill Pullman's theatrical space odyssey"] , www.collectspace.com, September 20, 2007]

Most recently, Pullman joined the cast of "Peacock" starring opposite Susan Sarandon, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page and Josh Lucas. Filming will take place in Des Moines, Iowa.

Pullman is also a Jury Member for the ongoing Filmaka amateur short film contest.

Personal life

Pullman is married to Tamara Hurwitz, and has three children, daughter Maesa (born 1988), and sons Jack (born 1989), and Louis (born 1993). During his time at SUNY Oneonta, Pullman was involved with Rebecca Mietzelfeld, then Rebecca DeMulder, a visual artist from Unadilla, NY. He lost his sense of smell in college after an injury left him in a coma for two days. Pullman co-owns a cattle ranch with his brother in Montana. [ [http://www.billpullman.org/billpullman_biography03.html billpullman.orgiographyiography03 ] ]

American cultural critic Greil Marcus used Pullman as a major piece of his argument in the book "The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice". In the chapter entitled "American Berserk: Bill Pullman's Face", Marcus argued that many different aspects of American culture could be clearly seen in Pullman's facial expressions in various films.

On May 24, 2008, Pullman was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he received his graduate degree.

Filmography

* "Ruthless People" (1986) - Earl Mott
* "Spaceballs" (1987) - Lone Starr
* "The Serpent and the Rainbow" (1988) - Dennis Alan
* "Rocket Gibraltar" (1988) - Crow Black
* "The Accidental Tourist" (1988) - Julian
* "Home Fires Burning" (1989) (TV) - Lieutenant Henry Tibbetts
* "Cold Feet" (1989) - Buck Latham
* "Brain Dead" (1990) - Dr. Rex Martin
* "Sibling Rivalry" (1990) - Nicholas Meany
* "Going Under" (1990) - Capt. Biff Banner
* "Bright Angel" (1991) - Bob
* "Liebestraum" (1991) - Paul Kessler
* "Newsies" (1992) - Bryan Denton
* "A League of Their Own" (1992) - Bob Hinson
* "Crazy in Love" (1992) (TV) - Nick Symonds
* "Singles" (1992) - Doctor Jamison
* "Nervous Ticks" (1992) - York Daley
* "Sommersby" (1993) - Orin Meecham
* "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) - Walter
* "Malice" (1993) - Andy Safian
* "Mr. Jones" (1993) (uncredited) - Construction Site Foreman
* "The Favor" (1994) - Peter
* "Wyatt Earp" (1994) - Ed Masterson
* "The Last Seduction" (1994) - Clay Gregory
* "While You Were Sleeping" (1995) - Jack Callaghan
* "Casper" (1995) - Dr. James Harvey
* "Mr. Wrong" (1996) - Whitman Crawford
* "Independence Day" (1996) - President Thomas J. Whitmore
* "Mistrial" (1996) (TV) - Steve Donohue
* "Lost Highway" (1997) - Fred Madison
* "The End of Violence" (1997) - Mike Max
* "Merry Christmas, George Bailey" (1997) (TV) - George Bailey
* "Zero Effect" (1998) - Daryl Zero
* "Lake Placid" (1999) - Jack Wells
* "Brokedown Palace" (1999) - 'Yankee' Hank Green
* "History Is Made at Night" (1999) - Harry Howe/Ernie Halliday
* "The Virginian" (2000) (TV) - The Virginian
* "The Guilty" (2000) - Callum Crane
* "Titan A.E." (2000) (voice) - Capt. Joseph Korso
* "Lucky Numbers" (2000) - Det. Pat Lakewood
* "Opening the Tombs of the Golden Mummies: Live" (2000) (TV) - Co-Host
* "A Man Is Mostly Water" (2001) - Parking Fascist
* "Ignition" (2001) - Conor Gallagher
* "Igby Goes Down" (2002) - Jason Slocumb
* "29 Palms" (2002) - The Ticket Clerk
* "Rick" (2003) - Rick
* "Tiger Cruise" (2004) (TV) - Cmdr. Dolan
* "The Grudge" (2004) - Peter Kirk
* "Dear Wendy" (2005) - Officer Krugsby
* "Revelations" (2005) television Series - Richard Massey
* "Scary Movie 4" (2006) - Henry Hale
* "Alien Autopsy" (2006) - Morgan Banner
* "Nobel Son" (2007) - Max Mariner
* "You Kill Me" (2007) - Dave
* "Surveillance" (2008) - Sam Hallaway
* "Bottle Shock" (2008) - Jim Barrett
* "Phoebe in Wonderland" (2008) - Peter Lichten
* "Your Name Here" (2008) - William J. Frick
* "Peacock" (2009) - TBA

References

External links

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* [http://www.billpullman.org Bill Pullman's Fan Page]

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