Linda Hunt

Actor, Voice actor, Director
Despite her diminutive 4-foot, 9-inch frame, actress Linda Hunt emerged as a prominent, Oscar-winning performer in only her second film, playing doomed Chinese-Australian photojournalist Billy Kwan in Peter Weir's "The ... Read more »
Born: 04/01/1945 in Morristown, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (71)

NCIS: Los Angeles 2009 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Scorpion 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Nip/Tuck 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Unit 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Singing Revolution 2007 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Stranger Than Fiction 2006 (Movie)

Dr Mittag-Leffler (Actor)

A Lot Like Love 2005 (Movie)

Airline Attendant (Actor)

Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Narrator

Yours, Mine & Ours 2005 (Movie)

Mrs. Munion (Actor)

Before We Ruled the Earth 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

Dragonfly 2002 (Movie)

Sister Madeline (Actor)

Monkey Trial 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Practice 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Woodrow Wilson 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tasmania: Land of the Devils 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Kamchatka: Siberia's Forbidden Wilderness 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Duel 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Island of the Sharks 1999 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Tigers of Kanha 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Eat Your Heart Out 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Influenza 1918 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Out of the Past 1998 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End 1998 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Secrets of the Ocean Realm 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

A Meerkat Family Saga 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Amazon 1997 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Namib, Africa's Burning Shore 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World 1997 (Movie)

of Grandmother Willow (Voice)

The Relic 1997 (Movie)

Dr Ann Cuthbert (Actor)

He Dances For His Cormorants 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mariette in Ecstasy 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The New Chimpanzees 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

of Grandmother Willow (Voice)

Ishi: The Last Yahi Indian 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Regina Krumm--Editor of (Actor)

Younger and Younger 1994 (Movie)

Frances (Actor)

Bikini: Forbidden Paradise 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Cambodians in America 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ecological Design: Inventing the Future 1993 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Nova 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Rain Without Thunder 1993 (Movie)

Atwood Society Director (Actor)

Twenty Bucks 1993 (Movie)

Angeline (Actor)

Survive Siberia 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

If Looks Could Kill 1991 (Movie)

Ilsa Grunt (Actor)

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Third Stone From the Sun 1991 (Movie)

of Varua (Voice)

Distant Lives 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Kindergarten Cop 1990 (Movie)

Miss Schlowski (Actor)

She-Devil 1989 (Movie)

Hooper (Actor)

Waiting For the Moon 1987 (Movie)

Alice B Toklas (Actor)

Eleni 1985 (Movie)

Katina (Actor)

Silverado 1985 (Movie)

Stella (Actor)

Dune 1984 (Movie)

Shadout Mapes (Actor)

The Bostonians 1984 (Movie)

Dr Prance (Actor)

The Year of Living Dangerously 1982 (Movie)

Billy Kwan (Actor)

Popeye 1980 (Movie)

Mrs Oxheart--Oxblood's Mom (Actor)

Fame 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Ah, Wilderness! 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper (TV Show)

Narrator

Space Rangers (TV Show)

Actor

Spirits of the Rainforest (TV Show)

Narrator

The Room (TV Show)

Actor

The Room Upstairs (TV Show)

Actor

Titanic: Untold Stories (TV Show)

Narrator

Who Owns the Past? (TV Show)

Narrator

Biography

Despite her diminutive 4-foot, 9-inch frame, actress Linda Hunt emerged as a prominent, Oscar-winning performer in only her second film, playing doomed Chinese-Australian photojournalist Billy Kwan in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously" (1982), which marked the first time in Academy Award history that an actor won for playing a character of the opposite sex. Her triumphant win led to a Tony-nominated performance in Arthur Kopit's "End of the World" (1983) and a supporting role as a saloon keep in the revisionist Western, "Silverado" (1985), though opportunities later became few and far between. While she logged numerous film and television roles over the years, including a long-running recurring role as a judge on "The Practice" (ABC, 1996-2004), Hunt developed a second career as a busy voiceover artist. She lent her surprising baritone as a narrator on environmental specials, while voicing characters in both video games - most notably on the "God of War" series - and various animated projects like Disney's "Pocahontas" (1995). By the time she was seen with regularity on such hit procedurals as "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002-09) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2009- ), Hunt was a familiar presence in several different mediums; a testament to both her talent and her ability to overcome the odds.

Relationships

Raymond Hunt

Father
Worked for thirty years as vice president of Harper Fuel Oil on Long Island died in 1985

Elsie Hunt

Mother
Taught at the Westport School of Music accompanied the Saugatuck Congregational Church choir died in 1994

Marcia Hunt

Sister
Born c. 1940

EDUCATION

1969
Studied acting with Robert Lewis in Westport

Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen , Michigan 1964
Boarding school for students interested in the performing arts

First studied acting at age 12 with Beth McEvers

The Goodman School of Drama

Chicago , Illinois 1966

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Action Adventure

2009

Cast as Hetty Lange on CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles"

2006

Co-starred, opposite Will Ferrell, in the Marc Forster comedy, "Stranger Than Fiction"

2005

Co-starred with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo in the remake of "Yours, Mine and Ours"

2005

Portrayed Sister Aloysius in the Pasadena Playhouse production of John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt"

2003

Lent her voice to the mysterious Management in the HBO original series, "Carnivàle"

1997

Played recurring role of Judge Zoey Hiller on the ABC legal drama, "The Practice"

1997

Narrated the Oscar-nominated documentary short, "Amazon"

1996

Narrated the Oscar-nominated documentary, "Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End"

1995

Provided the voice of Grandmother Willow in Disney's animated, "Pocahontas"

1994

Began second career as sought after voice actor, narrating the documentary, "Ecological Design: Inventing the Future"

1993

First role as a series regular in CBS' "Space Rangers"

1989

Had a supporting role, opposite Roseanne, in "She Devil"

1987

Portrayed Alice B. Toklas in Jill Godmilow's "Waiting for the Moon"

1985

Had supporting role as a saloon owner in Lawrence Kasdan's revisionist Western, "Silverado"

1983

Had breakthrough screen role playing a man in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"; earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress

1983

Starred as agent Audrey Wood in Arthur Kopit's play, "End of World"; received a Tony nomination as Best Actress in a Play

1980

Made film debut as fighter Oxblood Oxheart's mother in Robert Altman's "Popeye"

1978

Starred in "The Tennis Game" at the Music-Theatre Group of Stockbridge, MA; written specifically for her by the author George Trow

1978

First major TV appearance in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of Arthur Miller's "Fame"; role was written for her by the playwright

1973

First major role as Norah, the maid, in Arvin Brown's Long Wharf production of "Ah, Wilderness!"; production later moved to NYC's Circle-in-the Square on Broadway; also aired on PBS' "Theater in America" (1976)

1970

Off-Broadway debut as the Player Queen in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Hamlet" in Central Park

1969

Began association with the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT; starred in one-woman show of about Joan of Arc

1968

Returned to Westport and studied acting with Robert Lewis at Bambi Lynn's studio

1966

Moved to New York; worked as a director at the St. Bartholomew Community Club Playhouse

First began acting at age 12, in the summer program at the Silver Nutmeg Theatre in Westport, CT

Bonus Trivia

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On her aura of authority Hunt has said: "That's what I developed to survive. To survive what I was - how I was different from everyone else. I had this perception in the air around me that there was something wrong with me, and I knew that what was wrong with me wasn't wrong with anyone else. And I saw that if you talk in a loud voice people will think you have something to say, so I cultivated a loud voice. And I learned to say all my vowels and consonants. I developed grandeur at a very early age. Say, four. I saw my parents as safe and secure, and I realized that if I could only get to be a grown-up I would be safe and secure, too. But I knew that for me it wasn't going to be enough to be a grown-up. I was going to have to be a duchess." - Hunt quoted in The New Yorker, July 30, 1990

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"There's something about Linda that's profoundly unashamed, and I have a theory that people who have that quality have known shame. During that time when she was unable to get work, and was scorned, she formed an opinion of good behavior and bad behavior. She brings that black-or-white quality onto the stage with her, and it's vivid and hot. Yes, she's cast in those judgmental roles, but she also brings out the moral aspect of those parts in her work." - Austin Pendleton quoted in The New Yorker, July 30, 1990

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Diagnosed with hypopituitary dwarfism (a condition in which the pituitary gland does not release enough growth hormone) in her teens.

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