William James "Bill" Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American actor. He made his film debut in the 1986 film Ruthless People, and has since gone on to star in other films, such as Spaceballs (1987), The Accidental Tourist (1988), While You Were Sleeping (1995), Casper (1995), Independence Day (1996), Lake Placid (1999) and Lost Highway (1997). He has also appeared regularly on television, usually in films and miniseries, though he also had a starring role in the one-season show 1600 Penn. As of late summer 2017, he is in the main cast of USA Network's new eight-episode, murder-mystery limited series The Sinner.
Pullman filming The Fruit Hunters in 2011
|Born||William James Pullman
December 17, 1953
Hornell, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Tamara Hurwitz (m. 1987)|
After graduating from Hornell High School in 1971, he attended the State University of New York at Delhi (SUNY Delhi) and the State University of New York at Oneonta in the 1970s. He eventually received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Pullman taught theater at SUNY Delhi and Montana State University's School of Film and Photography, where he was persuaded by his students to attempt film.
During the 1980s, he primarily worked with theater companies around New York and Los Angeles. His first prominent film role was in Ruthless People (which starred Danny DeVito and Bette Midler). Other notable films included the lead in Spaceballs (1987), The Serpent and the Rainbow (with Zakes Mokae), and While You Were Sleeping (1995). In 1996, he played the president of the United States in the sci-fi disaster film Independence Day. A year later he had a major role in Lost Highway (1997) and voiced Korso in the animated post-apocalyptic film Titan A.E.. His more recent films have included The Grudge and Scary Movie 4.
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 for Best Play; 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play; 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Pullman was nominated for the 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play. He starred as Dr. Richard Massey in the miniseries Revelations. Pullman starred in Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry, at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre in New York. For his performance, Pullman received a second Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play 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.
He also appeared in the Broadway production of David Mamet's Oleanna, co-starring Julia Stiles. The production opened at the John Golden Theatre October 11, 2009, and closed on December 6, 2009, playing 65 performances.
He is also a Jury Member for the digital studio Filmaka, a platform for undiscovered filmmakers to show their work to industry professionals.
Pullman played Oswald Danes, a pedophile and child killer, in Torchwood: Miracle Day, the fourth series of the BBC/Starz Entertainment television show Torchwood (which was originally a spinoff to BBC's runaway hit series Doctor Who), the former of which began airing in July 2011. For his performance as Danes, Pullman has received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor In Television.
From 2012-13, Pullman portrayed the President of the United States in the television comedy series 1600 Penn.
Beginning August 2, 2017, the USA Network began airing its new eight-episode, limited-series-format murder mystery The Sinner. Pullman plays Detective Harry Ambrose, who is trying to figure why the already-confessed murderer, Cora Tannetti (series star and execute producer Jessica Biel), would suddenly stand up and murder an apparent complete stranger, on a beach full of witnesses to the heinous event.
Pullman is married to Tamara Hurwitz, a modern dancer, and they have three children. Hurwitz is of part Norwegian descent. At the age of 21, Pullman suffered a head injury and lost his sense of smell. He co-owns a cattle ranch with his brother in Montana, near the town of Whitehall, where he lives part-time. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Alfred University and was awarded an honorary doctorate on May 14, 2011.
|1986||Ruthless People||Earl Mott|
|1988||The Serpent and the Rainbow||Dennis Alan|
|1988||Rocket Gibraltar||Crow Black|
|1988||The Accidental Tourist||Julian|
|1989||Cold Feet||Buck Latham|
|1990||Brain Dead||Dr. Rex Martin|
|1990||Sibling Rivalry||Nicholas Meany|
|1990||Going Under||Biff Banner|
|1992||Nervous Ticks||York Daley|
|1992||A League of Their Own||Bob Hinson|
|1993||Sleepless in Seattle||Walter|
|1993||Mr. Jones||Construction Site Foreman||Uncredited|
|1994||The Favor||Peter Whiting|
|1994||Wyatt Earp||Ed Masterson|
|1994||The Last Seduction||Clay Gregory|
|1995||While You Were Sleeping||Jack Callaghan|
|1995||Casper||Dr. James Harvey|
|1996||Mr. Wrong||Whitman Crawford|
|1996||Independence Day||President Thomas J. Whitmore|
|1997||Lost Highway||Fred Madison|
|1997||The End of Violence||Mike Max|
|1998||Zero Effect||Daryl Zero|
|1999||Lake Placid||Jack Wells|
|1999||Brokedown Palace||'Yankee' Hank Green|
|1999||Spy Games||Harry Howe/Ernie Halliday|
|2000||The Guilty||Callum Crane|
|2000||Titan A.E.||Captain Joseph Korso||Voice|
|2000||Lucky Numbers||Det. Pat Lakewood|
|2002||Igby Goes Down||Jason Slocumb|
|2004||The Grudge||Peter Kirk|
|2005||Dear Wendy||Officer Krugsby|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||Henry Hale|
|2006||Alien Autopsy||Morgan Banner|
|2007||Nobel Son||Max Mariner|
|2007||You Kill Me||Dave|
|2008||Bottle Shock||Jim Barrett|
|2008||Phoebe in Wonderland||Peter Lichten|
|2008||Your Name Here||William J. Frick|
|2010||The Killer Inside Me||Billy Bob Walker|
|2010||Rio Sex Comedy||William|
|2011||Bringing Up Bobby||Kent|
|2014||Red Sky||Captain John Webster|
|2014||The Equalizer||Brian Plummer|
|2015||American Ultra||Raymond Krueger|
|2016||Independence Day: Resurgence||Former President Thomas J. Whitmore|
|2016||Brother Nature||Jerry Turley|
|2016||LBJ||Senator Ralph Yarborough|
|2017||The Ballad of Lefty Brown||Lefty Brown|
|2017||Battle of the Sexes||Jack Kramer|
|2018||The Equalizer 2||Brian Plummer||In post-production|
|1986||Cagney & Lacey||Doctor Giordano||Episode: "A Safe Place"|
|1989||Home Fires Burning||Henry Tibbets||Movie|
|1990||The Tracey Ullman Show||Sheldon Moss||Episode: "The Word"|
|1992||Crazy in Love||Nick Symonds||Movie|
|1995||Fallen Angels||Rich Thurber||Episode: "Tomorrow I Die"|
|1997||Merry Christmas, George Bailey||George Bailey||Movie|
|2000||The Virginian||The Virginian||Movie|
|2001||Night Visions||Major Ben Darnell||Episode: "A View Through the Window"|
|2004||Tiger Cruise||Cmdr. Dolan||Movie|
|2005||Revelations||Richard Massey||6 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Kurt Moss||Episode: "Closet"|
|2010||Nathan vs. Nature||Arthur||Movie|
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Jamie Dimon||Movie|
|2011||Torchwood: Miracle Day||Oswald Danes||8 episodes
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
|2012–13||1600 Penn||President Dale Gilchrist||13 episodes|
|2017||The Sinner||Detective Harry Ambrose||Main cast - 8 episodes; limited series|
- "SUNY Delhi History: 1977 Bill Pullman Makes Directorial Debut". State University of New York, Delhi. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
- Bill Pullman's theatrical space odyssey, www.collectspace.com, September 20, 2007
- Pullman and Stiles Will Star in Mamet's Oleanna on Broadway, Opening Oct. 11 Archived July 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., Playbill.com, June 30, 2009
- "Oleanna | Playbill Vault" Archived 2012-03-18 at the Wayback Machine., PlaybillVault.com
- "Profile Jury". Filmaka. Archived from the original on August 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-08.
- Ausiello, Michael (December 15, 2010). "Bill Pullman Joins 'Torchwood' as Regular". Deadline. Archived from the original on 16 December 2010. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
- Goldberg, Matt (29 February 2012). "Saturn Award Nominations Announced; HUGO and HARRY POTTER Lead with 10 Nominations Each". Collider.com. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
- "Bill Pullman to address Alfred University graduates" (press release). Alfred University. April 28, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
- Biography. BillPullman.org.
- "Fikk utsatt «Independence Day 2» for å spille Othello i Bergen". Retrieved 7 June 2016.
- Nå har jeg ryddet plass til Bergen. November 18, 2014.
- "A Minute With: Bill Pullman about 'Torchwood'". 6 July 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2017 – via Reuters.
- Associated Press (October 20, 2002). Entertainment: "Yeltsin visits Armenian brandy distillery". Via Amarillo Globe-News.
- "Board Members". Alfred University. Archived from the original on 1 May 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2011.