Blythe Danner


Actor

About

Also Known As
Blythe Katharine Danner
Birth Place
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Born
February 03, 1943

Biography

Genteel actress Blythe Danner earned her reputation as one of the more accomplished performers in film and on stage and television over the course of an exceptional career. Early in her career, Danner became a Broadway sensation with her Tony Award-winning performance in "Butterflies Are Free" (1969). Screen work in smaller films like the off-beat comedy "Hearts of the West" (1975) soon ...

Family & Companions

Bruce Paltrow
Husband
Producer, writer. Married on December 14, 1969; died October 2, 2002 in Rome, Italy.

Biography

Genteel actress Blythe Danner earned her reputation as one of the more accomplished performers in film and on stage and television over the course of an exceptional career. Early in her career, Danner became a Broadway sensation with her Tony Award-winning performance in "Butterflies Are Free" (1969). Screen work in smaller films like the off-beat comedy "Hearts of the West" (1975) soon led to the actress earning widespread critical acclaim for performances in such television projects as "Too Far to Go" (NBC, 1979). Although consistently cast in the roles of wives and mothers, Danner deftly made each character her own in films as diverse as the adaptation of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (1986) and the Barbara Streisand-helmed drama, "The Prince of Tides" (1991). Some three decades into her career, Danner - now known to young fans as the mother of Oscar-winning daughter Gwyneth Paltrow - scored her biggest movie hit with "Meet the Parents" (2000) and its popular sequels, in which she played Robert De Niro's understanding wife. In 2002, her own life was dealt a devastating blow with the sudden death of producer-director Bruce Paltrow, her husband of more than 30 years. A pillar of strength, Danner carried on, exhibiting impressive comedic skill with her recurring roles on the series "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006) and "Huff" (Showtime, 2004-06). While never having the marquee name recognition enjoyed by some of her contemporaries, the elegant Danner nonetheless remained one of the most respected working actresses of her generation.

Born on Feb. 3, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA, Blythe Katherine Danner was the daughter of Katharine Kile and Harry Earl Danner, a bank executive. Raised in an artistically inclined family, her brothers Harry and William grew up to become an opera singer and violinist, respectively, while Danner's sister, Dorothy, went on to excel as an opera director and choreographer. After a childhood spent in the historic and affluent suburban region known as Main Line, Danner spent part of 1961 as a foreign exchange student in Germany and was present during the historic and infamous construction of the Berlin Wall. Upon returning to the U.S., she attended Bard College and spent a summer singing with a jazz group in Vermont. Following her graduation in 1965, Danner landed a job with the Theatre Company of Boston, where she made her professional debut as Laura in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie." In New York, her off-Broadway debut came with the troupe's revue "The Infantry," staged in 1966, followed by more prominent work in the Lincoln Center production of "Summertree" (1968). The talented young actress was soon seen making her Broadway debut in a production of "Cyrano de Bergerac" before going on to an impressive turn in a revival of Molière's, "The Miser" in 1969.

The following year, Danner won widespread acclaim and a Best Actress Tony for her performance as Jill Tanner, the free-spirited divorcée who beguiles a blind neighbor in the comedy "Butterflies Are Free." During the play's sensational run, Danner married producer Bruce Paltrow, with whom she would have two children - future director Jake Paltrow and Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Although she had picked up several television roles by the time Hollywood adapted "Butterflies are Free" (1972) to the screen, Danner - not yet enjoying mainstream name recognition - was passed over in favor of Goldie Hawn for the role of Jill. Nonetheless, she began snatching up significant roles in other projects, such as the bizarre Alan Alda thriller, "To Kill a Clown" (1972). That same year, Danner showed off her impressive vocal skills opposite Ken Howard as Martha and Thomas Jefferson in the feature film adaptation of the hit musical, "1776" (1972). So dynamic was her onscreen collaboration with Howard that the actors were immediately paired again on the short-lived sitcom, "Adam's Rib" (ABC, 1973), a reworking of the Katharine Hepburn/Spencer Tracy classic romantic-comedy.

Danner was formidable as a woman torn between two friends (Anthony Perkins and Beau Bridges) in director Sidney Lumet's romantic drama, "Lovin' Molly" (1974), an underappreciated adaptation of Larry McMurtry's novel Leaving Cheyenne. On the small screen, the actress was perfectly cast as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in the loosely biographical drama "F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles'" (ABC, 1974), starring Richard Chamberlain as the revered American novelist. Also that year, Danner began a long-running association with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, starring as Nina in "The Seagull," a production that was filmed and later aired on public television. As a script girl who falls for an unlikely cowboy hero (Jeff Bridges), Danner enlivened the proceedings of the off-beat comedy "Hearts of the West" (1975). And while her work in the B-movie sci-fi sequel "Futureworld" (1976) was less appreciated, Danner was undeniably charming as her former co-star Alan Alda's brief love interest in a 1976 episode of "M.A.S.H." (CBS, 1972-1983).

Danner was convincing as a pair of wives of historical figures; first, as Mrs. Custer in "The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer" (NBC, 1977), followed by a turn as the loving spouse of the doomed baseball hero (Edward Herrmann) in "A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" (NBC, 1978). Taking on more frequent television work, she played Michael Moriarty's WASPish wife in the superior marriage drama "Too Far to Go" (NBC, 1979), adapted from John Updike's heralded short stories. That same year, she also garnered kudos for her endearing portrayal of Robert Duvall's long-suffering wife in "The Great Santini" (1979), this time helping bring the work of novelist Pat Conroy to the screen. With her children now in school, Danner returned to the theater in the 1980s and went on to earn a Tony nod for her performance as an adulterous wife in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" before headlining a revival of "The Philadelphia Story."

Maintaining her strong presence on television, she also delivered excellent performances as Annie Sullivan in "Helen Keller - The Miracle Continues" (syndicated, 1984) and as the wife of a lawyer (Anthony Hopkins) targeted for murder in the legal thriller, "Guilty Conscience" (CBS, 1985). The following year, she essayed the strong Jewish matriarch of the Jerome clan in the adaptation of Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (1986), alongside actress Judith Ivey as her widowed sister. She and Ivey reteamed as the two spouses of Richard Chamberlain's writer character in a lauded Broadway revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" in 1987. Danner later picked up another Tony nomination for her embodiment of Blanche Du Bois opposite Aidan Quinn's Stanley in the Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and was equally compelling as Beatrice to Kevin Kline's Benedick in a Central Park staging of "Much Ado About Nothing," both of which she performed in 1988.

The 1990s saw Danner work frequently with her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, including on stage at Williamstown in a 1991 mounting of "Picnic," which was followed by a turn as Paltrow's onscreen mother in the miniseries "Cruel Doubts" (NBC, 1992). The veteran actress continued to deliver performances that skillfully managed to elicit empathy for potentially unlikable characters, such as her turn as Nick Nolte's estranged wife in another adaptation of a Pat Conroy novel, "The Prince of Tides" (1991). Danner played Juliette Lewis' mother in Woody Allen's marital drama "Husbands and Wives" (1992), then transitioned to high camp for the drag queen comedy "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995). After appearing alongside Roy Scheider in writer-director Bart Freundlich's affecting family drama "The Myth of the Fingerprints" (1997) and a host of other supporting roles, Danner employed her impressive comic timing for a turn as Robert De Niro's wife in the box office hit, "Meet the Parents" (2000).

Following her role as the mother of Cameron Diaz and Jordana Brewster in the morose family drama "The Invisible Circus" (2001), Danner tackled her first Broadway musical as Phyllis in a revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's "Follies" that same year. In what should have been a standout year, the actress received an Emmy nomination for her work as Corinne Mulvaney in the harrowing family drama, "We Were The Mulvaneys" (Lifetime, 2002), based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Tragedy struck later that year, however, when husband Bruce Paltrow died of complications from pneumonia and a recurrence of throat cancer while vacationing in Rome with daughter Gwyneth to celebrate her 30th birthday. After Bruce's death, Danner donated her time and celebrity to raising awareness of the disease and the need for early detection through her work with the Bruce Paltrow Cancer Oral Cancer Fund. Perhaps finding solace in the act of performing together, Danner and her daughter appeared as mother and child in the biopic "Sylvia" (2003), with Paltrow portraying noted American poet Sylvia Plath.

On television, Danner struck a lighter note - and earned more Emmy noms - with a recurring role on the hit sitcom "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006), playing Marilyn Truman, Will's blueblood mother whose life goes into a hilarious tailspin when her husband (Sydney Pollack) leaves her for his mistress. At the same time, Danner reprised her role as Dina Byrnes in the sequel, "Meet the Fockers" (2004), a broad comedy less glowingly reviewed, but just as commercially successful as its predecessor. After being nominated once again for her lead role in the TV movie "Back When We Were Grownups" (CBS, 2004), Danner at last took home a Supporting Actress Emmy for her delightful turn as Izzy Huffstodt, the off-kilter mother of psychiatrist Craig 'Huff' Huffstodt (Hank Azaria) on the acclaimed cable series "Huff" (Showtime, 2004-06). As short-lived as "Huff" was, it did provide Danner with one more Emmy Award during its second season. Working as steadily as ever in feature films, she lent support as a concerned parent alongside Tom Wilkinson in the romantic drama "The Last Kiss" (2006) then played Blake Lively's estranged grandmother in the sequel "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" (2008).

As the first decade of the new millennium drew to a close, Danner starred opposite Richard Dreyfuss in the little-seen romantic comedy "The Lightkeepers" (2009) prior to reappearing alongside De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand for the second sequel in the hit franchise, "Little Fockers" (2010). The actress joined an all-star cast for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's sci-fi comedy "Paul" (2011), starring as a woman whose life was irrevocably altered after coming into contact with the eponymous alien (voice by Seth Rogan) in her childhood. In a more grounded project, Danner later played Taylor Schilling's wise grandmother in the romantic drama, "The Lucky One" (2012), starring Zac Efron and based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.

By Bryce Coleman

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Tomorrow Man (2019)
Hearts Beat Loud (2018)
What They Had (2018)
I'll See You In My Dreams (2015)
Tumbledown (2015)
Strange but True (2014)
Hello I Must Be Going (2012)
Detachment (2011)
What's Your Number? (2011)
Paul (2011)
Waiting for Forever (2010)
Little Fockers (2010)
The Lightkeepers (2009)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)
The Last Kiss (2006)
Stolen (2006)
Meet the Fockers (2004)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Voice
Back When We Were Grownups (2004)
Sylvia (2003)
Aurelia Plath
We Were the Mulvaneys (2002)
The Invisible Circus (2001)
Gail
Mark Twain (2001)
Voice
Meet the Parents (2000)
The Love Letter (1999)
Forces of Nature (1999)
No Looking Back (1998)
Anne Tyler's "Saint Maybe" (1998)
The X-Files (1998)
Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery (1998)
Voice Of Mrs Murphy
The Proposition (1998)
Syril Danning
The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)
Lena
Mad City (1997)
Napoleon (1997)
Voice
To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
Homage (1995)
Leave of Absence (1994)
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Getting Up and Going Home (1992)
Lily Montgomery
The Prince of Tides (1991)
Sallie Wingo
Never Forget (1991)
Judgment (1990)
Emmeline Guitry
Mr. And Mrs. Bridge (1990)
Money, Power, Murder (1989)
Another Woman (1988)
One Art (1987)
Narrator
Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)
Guilty Conscience (1985)
Louise Jamison
Man, Woman and Child (1983)
In Defense of Kids (1983)
Great Santini (1979)
Lillian Meechum
The Gift of Fury (1979)
You Can't Take It With You (1979)
Too Far to Go (1979)
Joan Barlow Maple
Are You in the House Alone? (1978)
Anne Osborne
A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story (1978)
The Court-Martial of General George Armstrong Custer (1977)
Futureworld (1976)
Hearts of the West (1975)
Miss Trout
Sidekicks (1974)
F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Last of the Belles (1974)
Lovin' Molly (1974)
Molly
Dr. Cook's Garden (1970)
Jane Rausch

Cast (Special)

The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards (2003)
Intimate Portrait: Dana Delany (2003)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Robert De Niro (2003)
Presenter
The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001 (2001)
Echoes From the White House (2001)
Voice
Healthcare Crisis: Who's at Risk? (2000)
Narration
Intimate Portrait: Mia Farrow (1999)
Narrator
Population: Six Billion (1999)
Sophisticated Ladies: Charleston and Savannah With Blythe Danner (1998)
Host
Thomas Jefferson (1997)
Voice
A Century of Women (1994)
Voice
Barenboim Conducts Strauss (1993)
Narrator
Tracey Ullman Takes on New York (1993)
Maniac at Large (1992)
Lincoln (1992)
Voice
Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special (1992)
That Was the Year That Was (1976)
Host
Eccentricities of a Nightingale (1976)
Alma Winemiller
The Seagull (1975)
Nina
To Be Young, Gifted and Black (1972)
George M! (1970)
Agnes Nolan

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Farmhouse (1998)
From the Earth to the Moon (1998)
Narrator
A Call to Remember (1997)
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1994)
Bianca Honicut
Cruel Doubt (1992)
Helen Keller -- The Miracle Continues (1984)
Inside the Third Reich (1982)
Margarete Speer

Life Events

1965

Spent one season as a member of the Theatre Company of Boston

1965

Made professional stage debut as Laura in "The Glass Menagerie"

1966

Made NYC debut in the Off-Broadway play "The Infantry"

1967

Was cast in her first Broadway show, the musical "Mata Hari"; show closed during out-of-town tryout

1967

Acted with Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, RI

1968

Garnered attention for her performance in the Lincoln Center productions of "Summertree" (1968) and "The Miser" (1969)

1968

Made TV debut on an episode of "N.Y.P.D." (ABC)

1969

Had breakthrough stage role as the kooky, sexually liberated teenage divorcee Jill Tanner in "Butterflies Are Free"

1970

Had a supporting role in the NBC production of the Broadway musical "George M!"

1971

Played featured role in the ABC TV-movie "Dr. Cook's Garden"

1972

Played a jilted wife opposite Peter Falk and John Cassavetes on an episode of "Columbo" (NBC)

1972

Portrayed Martha Jefferson in the movie version of "1776"

1972

Made feature acting debut in "To Kill a Clown," co-starring Alan Alda

1973

Cast as Amanda on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Adam's Rib"

1974

Played a woman who comes between two friends in "Lovin' Molly"

1974

Portrayed Zelda to Richard Chamberlain's F. Scott Fitzgerald in "F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Last of the Belles'" (ABC)

1974

Began on-going association with the Williamstown Theatre Festival

1975

Teamed with Frank Langella in the Williamstown production of Tennessee Williams' "Eccentricities of a Nightingale"; production filmed and aired on "Theater in America"

1975

Played the leading lady to Jeff Bridges in "Hearts of the West"

1976

Re-teamed with Alan Alda for a memorable episode of "M*A*S*H*" (CBS)

1977

Portrayed Elizabeth Custer in "The Court-Martial of General George Armstrong Custer" (ABC)

1978

Earned critical praise as Eleanor Gehrig in "A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" (NBC)

1979

Delivered a strong turn as the devoted wife of a military officer in "The Great Santini"

1980

Returned to Broadway appearing alongside Raul Julia and Roy Scheider in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal"; earned a Tony nomination

1980

Starred in the Lincoln Center revival of "The Philadelphia Story"

1982

Portrayed the wife of German architect Albert Speer in the ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich"

1984

Made guest appearance on an episode of "St. Elsewhere" (NBC)

1985

Played the wife of a philandering attorney (Anthony Hopkins) who was plotting to kill her in "Guilty Conscience" (CBS)

1986

Played the matriarch of a Jewish family in the film version of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs"

1987

Co-starred with Richard Chamberlain and Judith Ivey in a revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit"

1988

Played the co-owner of a NYC restaurant on the short-lived NBC drama, "Tattinger's"; series was retooled as an NBC sitcom called "Nick & Hillary," which lasted only a handful of episodes

1988

Appeared in Woody Allen's "Another Woman"

1988

Earned a Tony nomination as Blanche Du Bois in a stage revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1990

Co-starred with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge"

1990

Made second film with Woody Allen, "Alice"

1990

Cast as the mother of a child molested by a priest in the HBO drama "Judgment"

1991

Portrayed Nick Nolte's wife in "The Prince of Tides"

1991

Acted alongside daughter Gwyneth Paltrow in the Williamstown production of "Picnic"

1992

Re-teamed with daughter Gwyneth Paltrow in the NBC miniseries "Cruel Doubt"

1992

Played Juliette Lewis' mother in Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives"

1994

Portrayed Arkadina in Williamstown production of "The Seagull" with daughter Gwyneth Paltrow as Nina

1995

Appeared Off-Broadway in A. R. Gurney's "Sylvia"

1997

Voiced Martha Jefferson in Ken Burns' PBS documentary "Thomas Jefferson"

1997

Portrayed the matriarch of a troubled family in "The Myth of Fingerprints"

1998

Hosted "Sophisticated Ladies: Charleston and Savannah With Blythe Danner" (PBS)

1999

Played Kate Capshaw's mother in "The Love Letter"

1999

Co-starred with Edward Herrmann in a staged reading of A. R. Gurney's "Ancestral Voices"

2000

Cast as Robert De Niro's understanding wife in the comedy "Meet the Parents"

2001

Played the mother of Cameron Diaz and Jordana Brewster in "The Invisible Circus"

2001

Cast as Phyllis in the all-star Broadway revival of "Follies"; received a Tony nomination

2001

Regularly appeared on NBC's "Will & Grace" as Will Truman's mother Marilyn; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actress in 2005 and 2006

2002

Cast as Dr. Harriet Lanning on the short-lived CBS medical drama "Presidio Med"

2003

Portrayed Sylvia Plath's mother opposite her real life daughter Gwyneth Paltrow in "Sylvia"

2004

Reprised her role as Dina Byrnes for the comedy sequel, "Meet the Fockers"

2004

Starred in the TV-movie "Back When We Were Grownups" (CBS), received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Actress

2004

Starred as Hank Azaria's mother on the Showtime drama "Huff"

2006

Co-starred in "The Last Kiss"; directed by Tony Goldwyn and scripted by Paul Haggis

2010

Once again reprised the role of Dina Byrnes for the comedy sequel "Little Fockers"

2011

Cast opposite Anna Faris in the romantic comedy "What's Your Number?"

2012

Co-starred with Zac Efron in "The Lucky One," based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks

2012

Cast in romantic comedy "Hello I Must Be Going," starring Melanie Lynskey

2013

Starred in the TV movie "Gilded Lilys"

2014

Co-starred in the dark comedy "Murder of a Cat"

2015

Appeared in romantic comedy "Tumbledown"

2015

Co-starred with Sam Elliott and Martin Starr in Brett Haley's drama about life after love, "I'll See You in My Dreams"

2016

Starred as Ruth Madoff on the TV mini-series "Madoff"

2017

Appeared on the Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup-starring Netflix thriller "Gypsy"

2018

Starred alongside Hilary Swank in the Alzheimer's drama "What They Had"

Photo Collections

Futureworld - Behind-the-Scenes Snapshots
Here are a few amateur snapshots taken behind-the-scenes during production of AIP's Futureworld (1976), which was filmed largely at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Futureworld - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for AIP's Futureworld (1976). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

Prince Of Tides, The (1991) -- (Movie Clip) I Enjoy Hating Her! From his narrated family history prologue of his South Carolina coastal childhood, from the original Pat Conroy novel, Nick Nolte as Tom Wingo with his daughters (Lindsay Wray, Maggie Collier, Brandlyn Whitaker) and wife Sallie (Blythe Danner), director and co-star Barbra Streisand shooting on location in Beaufort, in The Prince Of Tides, 1991.
Great Santini, The (1979) -- (Movie Clip) Welcome Home, Colonel Introducing the family of the title character (Robert Duvall as the Marine pilot “Bull” Meechum), Blythe Danner as mom Lillian, Michael O’Keefe as Ben (representing Pat Conroy from his autobiographical novel), with Lisa Jane Persky, Brian Andrews and Jullie Anne Haddock, early in The Great Santini, 1979.
Great Santini, The (1979) -- (Movie Clip) Would You Like To Be Killed In Action? En route to his new post at Beaufort, South Carolina, 1962, Robert Duvall as Marine Col. “Bull” Meechum (title character), Michael O’Keefe his son Ben, the substantially autobiographical character from the Pat Conroy novel, Blythe Danner as wife Lillian, in The Great Santini, 1979.
Hearts Of The West (1975) -- (Movie Clip) This Ain't A Cotillion! Rehearsing with Miss Trout (Blythe Danner) then on camera, newly recruited movie-star Lewis (Jeff Bridges) gets coached by director Kessler (Alan Arkin), who later cuts a deal, in Howard Zieff's Hearts Of The West, 1975.
Hearts Of The West (1975) -- (Movie Clip) No One Quite Like The Kid On the run from correspondence-course con-men, aspiring Western writer Lewis (Jeff Bridges) meets cowboys led by Pike (Andy Griffith), then Miss Trout (Blythe Danner), in director Howard Zieff's Hearts Of The West, 1975.
Hearts Of The West (1975) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Real Rugged Gunfighter Smile Opening with Jeff Bridges as Lewis in a screen test, Alan Arkin the voice of the director, which won’t make sense until later in the movie, then with his brothers and Frank Cady his cranky dad, in director Howard Zieff’s Hearts Of The West, 1975, also starring Andy Griffith and Blythe Danner.
1776 (1972) -- (Movie Clip) Not Everyone Is From Boston Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson is suffering writer's block, visited by impatient Adams (William Daniels) and more philosophical Franklin (Howard Da Silva), but hopes rise when Martha Jefferson (Blythe Danner) arrives from Virginia, in Sherman Edwards' musical 1776, 1972.
1776 (1972) -- (Movie Clip) He Plays The Violin Martha Jefferson (Blythe Danner, her own vocal, not dubbed) leads Franklin (Howard Da Silva) and Adams (William Daniels) in Sherman Edwards' song about her husband Tom, in 1776, 1972.
Great Santini, The (1979) -- (Movie Clip) Squirt A Few Probably the best-known scene, Robert Duvall as the title character, Marine pilot “Bull” Meechum, Michael O’Keefe as his son, based on the author Pat Conroy from his novel, Blythe Danner as mother Lillian, the family watching a one-on-one challenge, South Carolina ca. 1962, in The Great Santini, 1979.
Great Santini, The (1979) -- (Movie Clip) Over Spain, 1962 Opening with the biggest aerial scene in the picture, Robert Duvall as the self-nicknamed title character, Marine pilot Col. “Bull” Meechum, in exercises against Navy pilots in Spain, Lewis John Carlino directing, from his script from the Pat Conroy novel, in The Great Santini, 1979.

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Family

Harry Earl Danner
Father
Bank executive. Born on March 31, 1907; died on June 10, 1981 at the age of 74.
Katherine Danner
Mother
William H Moennig
Half-Brother
Violin maker. Older.
Harry B Danner
Brother
Opera singer.
Gwyneth Paltrow
Daughter
Actor. Born on September 27, 1972; began acting as a teenager alongside mother at Williamstown Theatre Festival; won Oscar for lead in "Shakespeare in Love".
Jake Paltrow
Son
Director. Born on September 26, 1975.
Katherine Moennig
Niece
Actor. Born on December 19, 1976.
Hillary Danner
Niece
Actor.

Companions

Bruce Paltrow
Husband
Producer, writer. Married on December 14, 1969; died October 2, 2002 in Rome, Italy.

Bibliography