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Also Known As: William Pullman Died:
Born: December 17, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hornell, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, teacher

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Virginian, The (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 American Ultra (2015)
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 Kingdom Come (2012)
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 Lola Versus (2012)
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 Too Big to Fail (2011)
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 Rio Sex Comedy (2010)
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 Peacock (2010)
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Taught theater for two years at Montana State University
1980:
Moved to New York to pursue acting
1981:
Made stage debut (billed as William Pullman) in "The Rover" at Folger Theatre in Washington, DC
1985:
Starred off-Broadway in Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class"
1986:
Feature acting debut, "Ruthless People"
1987:
First lead in a feature, "Spaceballs"
1989:
TV-movie debut, "Home Fires Burning"
1992:
Featured as Geena Davis' husband in "A League of Their Own" directed by Penny Marshall
1993:
Cast opposite Jodie Foster and Richard Gere in "Sommersby"
1993:
Played Walter, Meg Ryan's fiancé in the romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle"; directed by Nora Ephron
1994:
Starred opposite Linda Fiorentino in John Dahl's "The Last Seduction"
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
1996:
Portrayed the President in Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day," starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum
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)
2002:
Starred opposite Mercedes Ruehl in the Broadway production of Edward Albee's "The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia?"
2002:
Played a schizophrenic father in the indie "Igby Goes Down," starring Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon, and Jeff Goldblum
2004:
Cast alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar in the U.S. remake of the popular Japanese horror "The Grudge"
2007:
Co-starred in the John Dahl mafia comedy thriller "You Kill Me"
2008:
Played a struggling California vintner in "Bottle Shock"
2009:
Cast in David Mamet's Los Angeles revival of "Oleanna"
2011:
Portrayed U.S. businessman Jamie Dimon in HBO's "Too Big to Fail"
2011:
Cast as a murderer on the Starz sci-fi series "Torchwood"
2012:
Co-starred with Greta Gerwig in the comedy "Lola Versus"
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Education

State University of New York at Delhi: Delhi , New York -
State University of New York at Oneonta: Oneonta , New York -
University of Massachusetts at Amherst: Amherst , Massachusetts -
Hornell High School: Hornell , New York - 1971

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wife:
Tamara Hurwitz. Dancer. Mother of three children with Pullman; married in 1987.

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daughter:
Maesa Pullman. Born in 1988; mother, Tamara Hurwitz.
son:
Jack Pullman. Born in 1989; mother, Tamara Hurwitz.
son:
Louis Pullman. Born in January 1993; mother, Tamara Hurwitz.

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