William James "Bill" Pullman
(born December 17,
1953) is an American film, television, and stage actor.
was born in Hornell, New
York, the son of Johanna (née Blaas), a nurse, and James Pullman, a physician.
father's family descends from England and his maternal grandparents
were immigrants from Netherland
graduating from Hornell High School in 1971, he attended the
of New York at Delhi and the State
University of New York at Oneonta in the 1970s.
He eventually received his
Masters of Fine Arts from the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst
. Pullman taught theater at SUNY Delhi and Montana State
University (where he was convinced by his students to attempt
When he was 40, he moved to Hornell to pursue an
1980s, he primarily worked with theatre companies around New York
and Los Angeles,
His first prominent movie role was in the
film Ruthless People
starred Danny DeVito
and Bette Midler
). Other notable films included the
lead in Spaceballs
The Serpent and
), While You Were
(1995), Independence Day
continues to act in both theatre
movies, independent and big budget. His more recent films have been
and Scary Movie 4
(the latter ironically
heavily spoofing The Grudge
though Pullman's part spoofed
February 2001 until February 2002, Pullman starred with Mercedes Ruehl, in Edward Albee's play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
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, but did not win,
the 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play. He starred
as Dr. Richard Massey in the End of Days miniseries, Revelations
.He may co-star with Val Kilmer
in the new Lewis and Clark
movie, if it ever
materializes. Pullman starred in Edward
Albee's Peter and Jerry
, at Off-Broadway
's Second Stage Theatre
in New York.
Pullman received a second Drama Desk Award nomination for
Outstanding Actor in a Play for Peter and Jerry 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
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
Theater in September 2007.
Most recently, Pullman joined the cast of Peacock
opposite Susan Sarandon
, Cillian Murphy
and Josh Lucas
. Filming will take
place in Des Moines,
He will appear on Broadway in a production
of David Mamet's Oleanna
co-starring Julia Stiles
Pullman is also a Jury Member for the digital studio Filmaka, a
platform for undiscovered filmmakers to show their work to industry
Pullman is married to Tamara Hurwitz, and has three children,
daughter Maesa (born 1988), and sons Jack (born 1989), and Lewis
Pullman, a student at Warren
Wilson College near Asheville, was arrested for assault and possessing moonshine on October 27, 2008.
He lost his sense of smell
in college after
an injury left him in a coma for two days.
Pullman is an avid bird watcher and co-owns a resort in Paradise
Valley, AZ with Mike Tyson to house Tyson's 350 pigeons.
co-owns a cattle ranch with his brother in Montana, near the town
of Whitehall, where he lives part-time.
American cultural critic Greil Marcus
used Pullman as a major piece of his argument in the book The
Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice
the chapter entitled "American Berserk: Bill Pullman's Face",
Marcus argued that many different aspects of American culture could
be clearly seen in Pullman's facial expressions in various
On May 24, 2008, Pullman was awarded an honorary doctorate at the
, where he received his graduate
- The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards - Official Website
- 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, www.playbill.com, June 30,
- Biography. - BillPullman.org.
- Associated Press (October 20, 2002). -
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