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Bill Pullman

Highest Rated:   100% The Fruit Hunters (2013)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Coldest Game (2020)
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Birthplace:   Hornell, New York, USA
With his All-American nice guy looks, Bill Pullman was for many years cast as a decent but ineffectual man who almost inevitably got dumped on by his significant other. This trend lasted until 1995, when Pullman starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the crowd-pleasing While You Were Sleeping: although he played another nice guy, he actually won the hand of his leading lady. With the success of that film, he was soon starring in a variety of roles that allowed him to do something besides serve as a grinning doormat.Born in rural Hornell, New York, on December 17, 1953, Pullman was the sixth of seventh children. He grew up with an interest in construction work and after graduating from high school, he enrolled in a technical college to pursue this interest. A random visit to a local drama club and subsequent meeting with a drama teacher convinced Pullman that he wanted to perform on the stage rather than build it, and he went on to earn a BA in theatre from the State University of New York at Oneonta. After attaining a Masters in directing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Pullman joined a theatre company and performed throughout South Dakota and Montana. While in Montana, he did a professorial stint at Montana State University, where one of his students was aspiring director John Dahl. Dahl would later give Pullman one of his best -- and least typical -- roles, in The Last Seduction.Following his stay in Montana, Pullman decided to move to New York to further his stage career. He became very active in regional theatre and won acclaim for his work at such places as New York's Lincoln Center and Washington, D.C.'s Folger Theatre. In 1985, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue more theatre work, and the following year he made his film debut with a small role in Ruthless People. More substantial work came the next year, when Pullman was given a lead role and subsequent dose of cult stardom in Spaceballs, Mel Brooks's Star Wars spoof. Although the film was reasonably popular, Pullman toiled along in second-rate films (excepting The Accidental Tourist) until 1992, when he was cast as Geena Davis' husband in A League of Their Own and as the doctor who tries to convince Bridget Fonda not to have breast enlargement in Singles. Although his roles were relatively small, they gave way to more substantial work in Sommersby and Sleepless in Seattle. Both films were released in 1993 and made him appear as a sort of serial cuckold, thanks to his respective roles as Jodie Foster's spurned husband and Meg Ryan's rejected lover.Fortunately for Pullman, he was able to prove his versatility with his deliciously nasty role as Linda Fiorentino's sleazy husband in Dahl's critically acclaimed The Last Seduction the following year. With his ability to play bottom-dwellers thus established, Pullman went back to playing nice guys in 1995, when he starred as Bullock's love interest in While You Were Sleeping and Christina Ricci's father in the hit family film Casper. The success of these films allowed Pullman to continue to display his versatility in a number of high-profile projects: he journeyed into darker climes as a disturbed husband in David Lynch's Lost Highway (1996) and played the President of the United States in the monstrously profitable Independence Day that same year. In 1998, Pullman starred as a private detective in Jake Kasdan's directorial debut, the comedy thriller Zero Effect. In addition to his work in front of the camera, Pullman began to work behind the scenes in 1995, when he founded Big Town, his own production company.Ringing in the 2000s with voice work in the Joss Whedon-scripted Titan A.E., Pullman took the lead in the dark corporate comedy Rick and fell victim to The Grudge before getting some big laughs in David Zucker's Scary Movie 4. Later, in 2011, a recurring role as murderous schoolteacher Oswald Danes on the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood earned Pullman a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor on Telev

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Vergiftete Wahrheit
  • Harry Deitzler
2020
0% The Coldest Game
  • Actor
2020
69% The High Note
  • Actor
2020
90% Dark Waters
  • Actor
2019
50% Trouble
  • Ben
2018
52% Equalizer 2
  • Briam Plummer
2018
78% The Ballad of Lefty Brown
  • Lefty Brown
2017
56% LBJ
  • Ralph Yarborough
$2.4M 2017
90% Walking Out
  • Clyde
$0.2M 2017
No Score Yet A Thousand Junkies
  • Actor
2017
57% Brother Nature
  • Jerry Turley
2016
29% Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Thomas J. Whitmore
$103.2M 2016
43% American Ultra
  • Raymond Krueger
2015
31% Cymbeline
  • Sicilius Leonatus
2015
59% The Equalizer
  • Brian Plummer
$85.3M 2014
58% May In The Summer
  • Edward Brennan
2014
No Score Yet Parables Of War
  • Actor
2014
44% The Unbelievers
  • Actor
2013
100% The Fruit Hunters
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Indovina chi viene a Natale?
  • Producer
2013
17% Bringing Up Bobby
  • Kent
$5.5k 2012
36% Lola Versus
  • Lenny
$0.2M 2012
90% Scott Turow's Innocent
  • Actor
2011
74% Too Big to Fail
  • Jamie Dimon
2011
54% The Killer Inside Me
  • Billy Boy Walker
$0.2M 2010
No Score Yet Rio Sex Comedy
  • William Peters
2010
No Score Yet Peacock
  • Edmund French
2010
55% Surveillance
  • Sam Hallaway
2009
60% Phoebe in Wonderland
  • Peter Lichten
2009
25% Nobel Son
  • Max Mariner
$0.4M 2008
48% Bottle Shock
  • Jim Barrett
$4M 2008
No Score Yet Your Name Here
  • Actor
2008
78% You Kill Me
  • Dave
$2.4M 2007
75% Alien Autopsy
  • Morgan Banner
2006
35% Scary Movie 4
  • Henry Hale
$90.7M 2006
36% Dear Wendy
  • Krugsby
2005
No Score Yet The Orphan King
  • Actor
2005
39% The Grudge
  • Peter Kirk
$110.2M 2004
46% Rick
  • Rick
2004
60% Tiger Cruise
  • Commander Gary Dolan
2004
0% 29 Palms
  • Bus Station Clerk
2003
76% Igby Goes Down
  • Jason
$4.7M 2002
No Score Yet Ignition (Kingdom Come)
  • Conor Gallagher
2001
22% Lucky Numbers
  • Lakewood
$9.6M 2000
40% The Guilty
  • Callum Crane
2000
51% Titan A.E.
  • Corso
2000
No Score Yet The Virginian
  • Producer
  • Director
  • The Virginian
2000
No Score Yet Spy Games
  • Harry Hove
1999
31% Brokedown Palace
  • Yankee Hank Green
1999
46% Lake Placid
  • Jack
1999
29% The End of Violence
  • Mike Max
1997
64% Zero Effect
  • Daryl Zero
1997
60% Lost Highway
  • Fred Madison
1997
No Score Yet Mistrial
  • Det. Steve Donohue
1996
65% Independence Day
  • President Thomas J. Whitmore
1996
7% Mr. Wrong
  • Whitman Crawford
1996
47% Casper
  • Dr. Harvey
1995
80% While You Were Sleeping
  • Jack Callahan
1995
44% Wyatt Earp
  • Ed Masterson
1994
94% The Last Seduction
  • Clay Gregory
1994
27% The Favor
  • Peter
1994
46% Mr. Jones
  • Construction Site Foreman
1993
59% Malice
  • Andy
1993
74% Sleepless in Seattle
  • Walter Jackson
1993
No Score Yet Nervous Ticks
  • York Daley
1993
62% Sommersby
  • Orin Meecham
1993
79% Singles
  • Dr. Jamison
1992
No Score Yet Crazy In Love
  • Nick
1992
78% A League of Their Own
  • Bob Hinson
1992
39% Newsies
  • Denton
1992
45% Liebestraum
  • Paul
1991
80% Bright Angel
  • Bob
1991
No Score Yet Going Under
  • Biff
1991
22% Sibling Rivalry
  • Nicholas Meany
1990
17% Brain Dead
  • Dr. Rex Martin
1989
No Score Yet Home Fires Burning
  • Lieutenant Henry Tibbetts
1989
81% The Accidental Tourist
  • Julian
1988
No Score Yet Rocket Gibraltar
  • Crow Black
1988
No Score Yet Quote Alongs: Spaceballs
  • Actor
1987
57% Spaceballs
  • Lone Starr
1987
65% The Serpent and the Rainbow
  • Dennis Allen
1987
94% Ruthless People
  • Earl Mott
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% The Sinner
2017
  • Det. Harry Ambrose Detective Harry Ambrose
  • 2020
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
  • Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007-2019
  • Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2002
41% 1600 Penn
2012-2013
  • Dale Gilchrist
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Torchwood: Miracle Day
2011
  • Oswald Danes
  • 2011
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
  • Guest
  • 2008
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Kurt Foss
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
  • Guest
  • 2008
No Score Yet Revelations
2005
  • Dr. Richard Massey
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Voice of Edward S. Curtis
  • 2001
No Score Yet Night Visions
2001-2002
  • Maj. Ben Darnell
  • Director
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1996
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Actor
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest

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