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Also Known As: Lydia Susanna Hunter Died:
Born: April 2, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Morristown, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, voice actor, director

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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3.
 Yours, Mine & Ours (2005) Cast
4.
 Lot Like Love, A (2005) Cast
5.
 Dragonfly (2002) Sister Madeline
6.
 Island of the Sharks (1999) Narrator
7.
 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998) Voice Of Grandmother Willow
8.
 Out of the Past (1998) Narrator
10.
 Amazon (1997) Narrator
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First began acting at age 12, in the summer program at the Silver Nutmeg Theatre in Westport, CT
1966:
Moved to New York; worked as a director at the St. Bartholomew Community Club Playhouse
1969:
Returned to Westport and studied acting with Robert Lewis at Bambi Lynn's studio
1970:
Began association with the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT; starred in one-woman show of about Joan of Arc
1971:
Off-Broadway debut as the Player Queen in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Hamlet" in Central Park
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)
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
1980:
Made film debut as fighter Oxblood Oxheart's mother in Robert Altman's "Popeye"
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
1985:
Had supporting role as a saloon owner in Lawrence Kasdan's revisionist Western, "Silverado"
1987:
Portrayed Alice B. Toklas in Jill Godmilow's "Waiting for the Moon"
1989:
Had a supporting role, opposite Roseanne, in "She Devil"
1993:
First role as a series regular in CBS' "Space Rangers"
1994:
Began second career as sought after voice actor, narrating the documentary, "Ecological Design: Inventing the Future"
1995:
Provided the voice of Grandmother Willow in Disney's animated, "Pocahontas"
1996:
Narrated the Oscar-nominated documentary, "Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End"
1997:
Played recurring role of Judge Zoey Hiller on the ABC legal drama, "The Practice"
1997:
Narrated the Oscar-nominated documentary short, "Amazon"
2003:
Lent her voice to the mysterious Management in the HBO original series, "Carnivàle"
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"
2006:
Co-starred, opposite Will Ferrell, in the Marc Forster comedy, "Stranger Than Fiction"
2009:
Cast as Hetty Lange on CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Action Adventure
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Education

Interlochen Arts Academy: Interlochen , Michigan - 1964
The Goodman School of Drama: Chicago , Illinois - 1966

Notes

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 was 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 grownup I would be safe and secure, too. But I knew that for me it wasn't going to be enough to be a grownup. I was going to have to be a duchess." --quoted in THE NEW YORKER, July 30, 1990

"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)

Family close complete family listing

father:
Raymond Davy Hunt. Executive. Died in 1985; worked for thirty years as vice president of Harper Fuel Oil in Long Island City.
mother:
Elsie Hunt. Piano teacher. Taught at the Westport School of Music; accompanied the Saugatuck Congregational Church choir; died c. 1994.
sister:
Marcia Hunt. Born c. 1940.

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