Bill Pullman

Actor, Director, Teacher
Critically acclaimed stage actor and prolific film player Bill Pullman enjoyed a hard-earned reputation as a versatile actor equally at home in heavy drama and light comedy. While in theater circles he was best known ... Read more »
Born: 12/16/1953 in Hornell, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

American Ultra 2015 (Movie)

Agent Krueger (Actor)

Kingdom Come 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

May in the Summer 2014 (Movie)

Edward Brennan (Actor)

Peacock 2014 (Movie)

Edmund French (Actor)

The Equalizer 2014 (Movie)

Brian Plummer (Actor)

The Orphan King 2014 (Movie)

Jack Bennett (Actor)

1600 Penn 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Sky 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Fruit Hunters 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Bringing Up Bobby 2012 (Movie)

Kent (Actor)

Lola Versus 2012 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

Scott Turow's Innocent 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Torchwood 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Killer Inside Me 2010 (Movie)

Billy Boy Walker (Actor)

Phoebe in Wonderland 2009 (Movie)

Peter Lichten (Actor)

Rio Sex Comedy 2009 (Movie)

William (Actor)

Surveillance 2009 (Movie)

Sam Hallaway (Actor)

Bottle Shock 2008 (Movie)

Jim Barrett (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nobel Son 2008 (Movie)

Max Mariner (Actor)

Moving Image Salutes Will Smith 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

You Kill Me 2007 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Alien Autopsy 2006 (Movie)

Morgan Banner (Actor)

Scary Movie 4 2006 (Movie)

Henry Hale (Actor)

Your Name Here 2006 (Movie)

William J. Frick (Actor)

Dear Wendy 2005 (Movie)

Krugsby (Actor)

Revelations 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Ignition 2004 (Movie)

Conor Gallagher (Actor)

Rick 2004 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

The Grudge 2004 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

29 Palms 2003 (Movie)

cameo role (Actor)

Igby Goes Down 2002 (Movie)

Jason Slocumb (Actor)

A Man is Mostly Water 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Night Visions 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucky Numbers 2000 (Movie)

Lakewood (Actor)

Opening the Tombs of the Golden Mummies Live 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Games 2000 (Movie)

Harry Hove (Actor)

The Guilty 2000 (Movie)

Callum Crane (Actor)

The Virginian 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Titan A.E. 2000 (Movie)

of Korso (Voice)

Brokedown Palace 1999 (Movie)

Hank Greene (Actor)

Lake Placid 1999 (Movie)

Jack Wells (Actor)

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Merry Christmas, George Bailey 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Zero Effect 1998 (Movie)

Daryl Zero (Actor)

Lost Highway 1997 (Movie)

Fred Madison (Actor)

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

President Thomas J Whitmore (Actor)

Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Wrong 1996 (Movie)

Whitman (Actor)

Casper 1995 (Movie)

Dr James Harvey (Actor)

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

While You Were Sleeping 1995 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

The Favor 1994 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

The Last Seduction 1994 (Movie)

Clay Gregory (Actor)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

Ed Masterson (Actor)

Malice 1993 (Movie)

Andy Safian (Actor)

Nervous Ticks 1993 (Movie)

York Daley (Actor)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Sommersby 1993 (Movie)

Orin (Actor)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

Bob Hinson (Actor)

Newsies 1992 (Movie)

Bryan Denton (Actor)

Singles 1992 (Movie)

Dr Jamison (Actor)

Bright Angel 1991 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Going Under 1991 (Movie)

Captain Biff Banner (Actor)

Liebestraum 1991 (Movie)

Paul Kessler (Actor)

Phone 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brain Dead 1990 (Movie)

Rex Martin (Actor)

Sibling Rivalry 1990 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Cold Feet 1989 (Movie)

Buck Latham (Actor)

Rocket Gibraltar 1988 (Movie)

Crow Black (Actor)

The Accidental Tourist 1988 (Movie)

Julian Hedge (Actor)

The Serpent and the Rainbow 1988 (Movie)

Dennis Alan (Actor)

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

Captain Lone Starr (Actor)

Ruthless People 1986 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Crazy in Love (TV Show)

Actor

Home Fires Burning (TV Show)

Actor

Mistrial (TV Show)

Actor

Tiger Cruise (TV Show)

Actor

Too Big to Fail (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Zero Effect 1998 (Movie)

("Cold and Dark in My Heart") (Song)
Other (1)

Nixon's China Game 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Other

Biography

Critically acclaimed stage actor and prolific film player Bill Pullman enjoyed a hard-earned reputation as a versatile actor equally at home in heavy drama and light comedy. While in theater circles he was best known for award-winning performances in dysfunctional family dramas by the likes of Edward Albee, Pullman's comic timing and his timeless, all-American look was most sought after by filmmakers. He lent an honest, guy-next-door appeal to hit romantic comedies like "While You Were Sleeping" (1995) while showcasing a more offbeat sense of humor in the cult classic "Spaceballs" (1987) and John Dahl's indie "You Kill Me" (2007). Dahl also showcased Pullman in the neo-noir "The Last Seduction" (1994), while the actor fielded mainstream offers to play supporting roles as upstanding doctors, professors, and even the U.S. president in occasional hits like "Independence Day" (1996). While Pullman stayed active onstage in New York and Los Angeles, independent filmmakers like David Lynch, Jennifer Lynch, and Jake Kasdan generally provided Pullman a greater range of interesting characters. Films like "Lost Highway" (1998), John Dahl's "You Kill Me" (2007), and "Surveillance" (2009) upended his wholesome Hollywood persona and allowed Pullman to put the full breadth of his talents on display.

Relationships

Tamara Hurwitz

Wife
Married 1987

James Pullman

Father

Johanna Pullman

Mother

Maesa Pullman

Daughter
Born 1988; mother, Tamara Hurwitz

Jack Pullman

Son
Born 1989; mother, Tamara Hurwitz

Louis Pullman

Son
Born 1993; mother, Tamara Hurwitz

EDUCATION

Hornell High School

Hornell , New York 1971

State University of New York at Oneonta

Oneonta , New York

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Amherst , Massachusetts

State University of New York at Delhi

Delhi , New York

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Greta Gerwig in the comedy "Lola Versus"

2011

Cast as a murderer on the Starz sci-fi series "Torchwood"

2011

Portrayed U.S. businessman Jamie Dimon in HBO's "Too Big to Fail"

2009

Cast in David Mamet's Los Angeles revival of "Oleanna"

2008

Played a struggling California vintner in "Bottle Shock"

2007

Co-starred in the John Dahl mafia comedy thriller "You Kill Me"

2004

Cast alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar in the U.S. remake of the popular Japanese horror "The Grudge"

2002

Played a schizophrenic father in the indie "Igby Goes Down," starring Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon, and Jeff Goldblum

2002

Starred opposite Mercedes Ruehl in the Broadway production of Edward Albee's "The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia?"

2000

Made directorial debut with the TNT remake of "The Virginian"; also co-starred with Diane Lane

2000

Directed and starred on an episode of the anthology series "Visions" (Fox)

1996

Portrayed the President in Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day," starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum

1995

Landed breakthrough role as the romantic lead opposite Sandra Bullock in "While You Were Sleeping"

1995

Formed production company Big Town with a development deal at Castle Rock

1994

Starred opposite Linda Fiorentino in John Dahl's "The Last Seduction"

1993

Played Walter, Meg Ryan's fiancé in the romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle"; directed by Nora Ephron

1993

Cast opposite Jodie Foster and Richard Gere in "Sommersby"

1992

Featured as Geena Davis' husband in "A League of Their Own" directed by Penny Marshall

1989

TV-movie debut, "Home Fires Burning"

1987

First lead in a feature, "Spaceballs"

1986

Feature acting debut, "Ruthless People"

1985

Starred off-Broadway in Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class"

1981

Made stage debut (billed as William Pullman) in "The Rover" at Folger Theatre in Washington, DC

1980

Moved to New York to pursue acting

Taught theater for two years at Montana State University

Bonus Trivia

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

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