William Hootkins

Texas-born character actor William Hootkins was a globe-trotting, theater-trained polyglot, whose vivid charm and sonorous baritone seemed to make him a perfect fit for the outsized, often outlandish worlds his ... Read more »
Born: 07/05/1948 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

Color Me Kubrick 2007 (Movie)

Frank Rich (Actor)

Methuselah Tree 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The Magnificent Ambersons 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Conquistadors 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Extreme Land Speed -- The Ultimate Race 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

In Search of Maneaters: Tigers of the Sundarbans 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Moby Dick 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

They Call Him Chantek 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Omega Code 1999 (Movie)

Sir Percival Lloyd (Actor)

Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest 1997 (Movie)

The Man (Actor)

Something to Believe In 1997 (Movie)

Al--Car Dealer (Actor)

This World, Then the Fireworks 1997 (Movie)

Jake Krutz--Private Investigator (Actor)

The Island of Dr. Moreau 1996 (Movie)

Kiril (Actor)

Funny Bones 1995 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Gospa 1995 (Movie)

Judge Matulic (Actor)

Water and Ice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Death Machine 1994 (Movie)

John Carpenter (Actor)

The Cement Garden 1994 (Movie)

of Commander Hunt (Voice)

The Neverending Story III 1994 (Movie)

Bark Troll (Actor)

The Princess and the Goblin 1994 (Movie)

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Dust Devil 1993 (Movie)

Cornelius (Actor)

A River Runs Through It 1992 (Movie)

Mr Murchison (Actor)

The Milky Life 1992 (Movie)

Julian Reilly (Actor)

Hear My Song 1991 (Movie)

Mr X (Actor)

The Pope Must Diet 1991 (Movie)

Cardinal Verucci (Actor)

Agatha Christie's Poirot 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hardware 1990 (Movie)

Lincoln (Actor)

Batman 1989 (Movie)

Eckhardt (Actor)

Crusoe 1989 (Movie)

Auctioneer (Actor)

American Gothic 1988 (Movie)

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Biggles 1988 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

The Big Knife 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman IV: the Quest for Peace 1987 (Movie)

Harry Howler (Actor)

Haunted Honeymoon 1986 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Water 1986 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Dreamchild 1985 (Movie)

1st Radio Actor (Actor)

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

Chuck Malarek (Actor)

Zina 1984 (Movie)

Walter Adams (Actor)

Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

Trail of the Pink Panther 1982 (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

Major Eaton (Actor)

Sphinx 1981 (Movie)

Don (Actor)

Flash Gordon 1980 (Movie)

Munson (Actor)

Hussy 1980 (Movie)

Fatman (Actor)

Bad Timing 1979 (Movie)

Colonel Taylor (Actor)

Hanover Street 1979 (Movie)

Beef (Actor)

The Lady Vanishes 1978 (Movie)

Party Guest (Actor)

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

Red Six--Perkins (Actor)

Valentino 1977 (Movie)

Fatty (Actor)

Twilight's Last Gleaming 1976 (Movie)

Sergeant Fitzpatrick (Actor)

Like Father, Like Santa (TV Show)

Actor

Oppenheimer (TV Show)

Actor

Rocket to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

The Breed (TV Show)

Actor

Waco & Rhinehart (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Indonesia (TV Show)

Narrator

Biography

Texas-born character actor William Hootkins was a globe-trotting, theater-trained polyglot, whose vivid charm and sonorous baritone seemed to make him a perfect fit for the outsized, often outlandish worlds his characters inhabited. Remembered by fans of the Jedi universe for his brief but quotable role as X-wing starfighter Jek Porkins in the sci-fi classic "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," Hootkins also memorably tangled with the Joker in Tim Burton's superhero actioner, "Batman," and sent Indiana Jones on the trail of the Ark of the Covenant in the adventure "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Hootkins attended Princeton University, later relocating to London, where he launched his professional career on the stage and in minor film and TV roles. He entered the "Star Wars" pantheon with his character's fiery demise during the film's climactic Death Star attack, then shored up his blockbuster movie credentials with supporting roles in the aforementioned hits. He appeared in his share of box office duds--"Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," "Biggles: Adventures in Time"--but as a mainstay of '70s/'80s fantasy fare Hootkins still inspires cultish devotion among many film buffs. The actor trod more earthly ground in dramas like "White Nights" and the Oscar-winner "A River Runs Through It," and he returned to the stage often, garnering raves for his turn as Alfred Hitchcock in the hit London production of "Hitchcock Blonde." Hootkins stayed busy on both sides of the Atlantic up until his final film role, in the dark comedy "Colour Me Kubrick."

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