Helen Hunt

Actor, Director
Despite decades of potential career minefields, actress Helen Hunt emerged as an Oscar and Emmy winner en route to becoming one of the most popular actresses of the 1990s. Early in her career, Hunt made the risky ... Read more »
Born: 06/15/1963 in Culver City, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (97)

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Ride 2015 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Decoding Annie Parker 2014 (Movie)

Mary-Claire King (Actor)

The Sessions 2012 (Movie)

Cheryl (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Every Day 2011 (Movie)

Jeannie (Actor)

Jock of the Bushveld 2011 (Movie)

(Voice)

Soul Surfer 2011 (Movie)

Cheri Hamilton (Actor)

Ellen 1975 - 1976, 1997 - 1998, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1975 - 1976, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Mad About You 1975 - 1976, 1996 - 1999, 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Then She Found Me 2008 (Movie)

April Epner (Actor)

A Good Woman 2006 (Movie)

Mrs. Erlynne (Actor)

Bobby 2006 (Movie)

Samantha Stevens (Actor)

Empire Falls 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 2001 (Movie)

Betty Ann 'Fitz' Fitzgerald (Actor)

Cast Away 2000 (Movie)

Kelly Frears (Actor)

Dr. T And The Women 2000 (Movie)

Bree Davis (Actor)

Pay It Forward 2000 (Movie)

Arlene McKinney (Actor)

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

Darcy Maguire (Actor)

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

Carol Connelly (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Twister 1996 (Movie)

Jo (Actor)

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

All Together Now 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss of Death 1995 (Movie)

Bev (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Sexual Healing 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual Soap Opera Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

Reporter Rose Pondell (Actor)

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Only You 1992 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

The Waterdance 1992 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

My Life and Times 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Queens Logic 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trancers III: Deth Lives 1991 (Movie)

Lena (Actor)

Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth 1990 (Movie)

Lena Deth (Actor)

Next of Kin 1989 (Movie)

Jessie Gates (Actor)

Shooter 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Miles From Home 1988 (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Stealing Home 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Land of Little Rain 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Project X 1987 (Movie)

Teri (Actor)

Goltar and the Golden Lance 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

Beth Bodell (Actor)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun 1985 (Movie)

Lynne Stone (Actor)

Sweet Revenge 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Trancers 1985 (Movie)

Leena (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars XIII 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

It Takes Two 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Weekend 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

I Think I'm Having a Baby 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fitzpatricks 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Ark II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Rollercoaster 1977 (Movie)

Tracy Calder (Actor)

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Swiss Family Robinson 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

Amy Prentiss 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Angel Dusted (TV Show)

Actor

Bill on His Own (TV Show)

Actor

Child Bride of Short Creek (TV Show)

Actor

Choices of the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Code of Honor (Movie)

Debbie Markham (Actor)

Death Scream (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Family (TV Show)

Actor

Having Babies (TV Show)

Actor

In the Company of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Incident at Dark River (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Badlands (TV Show)

Actor

Pioneer Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Quarterback Princess (TV Show)

Actor

The Miracle of Kathy Miller (TV Show)

Actor

The Spell (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild West (TV Show)

Voice

Transplant (TV Show)

Actor

Wagon Wheels (Movie)

Mrs. Jed (Actor)
Director (3)

Revenge 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Ride 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Then She Found Me 2008 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Ride 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Then She Found Me 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Ride 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Then She Found Me 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Despite decades of potential career minefields, actress Helen Hunt emerged as an Oscar and Emmy winner en route to becoming one of the most popular actresses of the 1990s. Early in her career, Hunt made the risky transition from precocious TV kid and mainstay in melodramatic movies-of-the-week to land a seven-year run on one of the era's most awarded sitcoms, "Mad About You" (NBC, 1992-99). During that time, she diversified her talents by directing several episodes, a skill she would use elsewhere later in her career. Meanwhile, Hunt went from sitcom star to feature film leading lady with performances in the blockbuster "Twister" (1996) and the award-winning romantic comedy "As Good as It Gets" (1997), which earned her the Best Actress Academy Award. From there, she was the star of the moment with leading roles in "Pay it Forward" (2000), "What Women Want" (2000) and "Cast Away" (2000), only to step back from the limelight following her divorce from famous husband, Hank Azaria. Hunt later reemerged with "Empire Falls" (HBO, 2005), directed her first feature, "Then She Found Me" (2008), and earned buzz for her indie turn in "The Sessions" (2012). Always grounded and intelligent, Hunt brought strength, sensitivity and relatable complexity to her characters, all of which earned her a loyal fan base among modern independent women.

Relationships

Hank Azaria Actor

Husband
Began dating 1994 Married July 17, 1999 in a traditional Jewish ceremony Hunt filed for divorce December 2000 Divorced Dec. 18, 2000

Matthew Broderick Actor

Companion
Met during the filming of "Project X" (1987) No longer together

Makena Carnahan

Daughter
Born May 13, 2004; father, Matthew Carnahan

Matthew Carnahan Writer

Companion
Dating since 2001

Dorothy Fries

Grandmother
Maternal grandmother

Gordon Hunt Director

Father
Born April 26, 1929; divorced Helen's mother 1981; directed daughter on episodes of NBC's "Mad About You"

Jane Hunt

Mother
Divorced Helen's father 1981

Peter H. Hunt Director

Uncle
Born Dec. 19, 1938

EDUCATION

Studied with actress Lurene Tuttle

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
Attended briefly

Milestones

2012

Played a sex surrogate opposite John Hawkes and William H. Macy in Ben Lewin's drama "The Sessions"

2011

Co-starred in "Soul Surfer," playing the mother of Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a shark attack when she was 13 years old

2007

Made directorial debut (also starred) with "Then She Found Me," a drama co-adapted by Hunt from Elinor Lipman's novel of the same name; premiered at the Toronto Film Festival; released theatrically in 2008

2006

Joined cast of Emilio Estevez's directorial debut "Bobby"

2005

Co-starred with Ed Harris and Philip Seymour Hoffman in HBO miniseries "Empire Falls"

2001

Cast in lead role in Woody Allen's "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion"

2000

Cast opposite Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osment in "Pay It Forward"

2000

Starred opposite Mel Gibson in Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy "What Women Want"

2000

Co-starred in Robert Altman's ensemble feature "Dr. T and the Women"

2000

Played Tom Hanks' love interest in the Robert Zemeckis directed "Castaway"

1998

Made TV directorial debut with episodes of "Mad About You" (NBC)

1997

Won an Academy Award as Best Actress for her leading role in the comedy-drama "As Good As It Gets"

1996

Co-starred with Bill Paxton as storm chasers in Jan De Bont's blockbuster "Twister"

1992

Co-starred opposite Billy Crystal in "Mr. Saturday Night"

1992

Co-starred with Paul Reiser on hit NBC sitcom "Mad About You"; made a producer during the 1996-97 season; received Golden Globe (1993, 1996, 1998) and Emmy (1993, 1994, 1995) nominations for Best Actress

1989

Made Broadway debut in a revival of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town"; replaced Penelope Ann Miller as Emily Webb

1988

Cast in small role playing Mark Harmon's sister in "Stealing Home"

1985

Co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in dance feature "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"

1984

Played recurring role of Dr. Jack Morrison's (David Morse) girlfriend on NBC medical series "St. Elsewhere"

1983

Played a teenage girl who fights to play on her high school football team in the CBS TV-movie "Quarterback Princess"

1977

Made feature debut in "Rollercoaster"

1977

Cast as the next door neighbor on "The Fitzpatricks" (CBS)

1975

Landed role on adventure series "Swiss Family Robinson" (ABC)

1974

TV debut as a series regular, playing the title character's daughter on NBC's "Amy Prentiss"

1973

Made TV debut in the ABC movie "Pioneer Woman"

1966

Lived in with family in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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Hunt's father Gordon directed episodes of "Mad About You" (NBC), including one featuring Carl Reiner.

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Hunt to Venice magazine (April 2008) on starring in her directorial debut: "Someone very smart said to me, 'If you are in it, there will be an actor in each scene who sees the movie the way you do.'"

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