December 17, 1953
Hornell, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||State University of New York at Delhi (BA)|
University of Massachusetts Amherst (MFA)
|Children||3; including Lewis Pullman|
William Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American actor. After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in theater, he was an adjunct professor at Montana State University before deciding to pursue acting. He made his film debut in Ruthless People (1986), and starred in Spaceballs (1987), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), While You Were Sleeping (1995), Casper (1995), Independence Day (1996), Lost Highway (1997), and Lake Placid (1999). He has appeared frequently on television, usually in TV films. Starting in the 2000s he has also acted in miniseries and regular series, including starring roles in 1600 Penn (2012–13) and The Sinner (2017–2021). In 2021, he had a recurring role in the miniseries Halston and Torchwood.
After graduating from Hornell High School in 1971, he attended the State University of New York at Delhi (SUNY Delhi) and the State University of New York at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta) in the 1970s. He eventually received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He taught theater at SUNY Delhi and was an adjunct professor at Montana State University's School of Film and Photography in Bozeman, Montana, where his students persuaded him to pursue film roles.
During the 1980s, Pullman worked primarily with theater companies around New York and Los Angeles. His first prominent film role was in Ruthless People, starring Danny DeVito and Bette Midler. Other notable films included the lead in Spaceballs (1987), The Serpent and the Rainbow (with Zakes Mokae), and While You Were Sleeping (1995). In 1996, he played the President of the United States in the sci-fi film Independence Day. A year later he had a major role in Lost Highway (1997), and voiced Korso in the animated post-apocalyptic film Titan A.E. His more recent films have included The Grudge and Scary Movie 4. He also starred alongside Christian Bale in the musical Newsies.
From February 2002 until September 2002, Pullman starred with Mercedes Ruehl in Edward Albee's play The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? on Broadway. It won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, the 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play, and the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Pullman was nominated for the 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play.
He starred as Dr. Richard Massey in the miniseries Revelations, and in Albee's play Peter and Jerry, at off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre in New York, for which he received a second Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play in 2008.
Pullman is also a creative writer. His first play, Expedition 6, is about the International Space Station mission Expedition 6, in orbit at the time the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed on reentry, grounding the U.S. space shuttle program and requiring the ISS crew to remain in orbit an additional two months. The play opened at San Francisco's Magic Theater in September 2007.
He also appeared in the Broadway production of David Mamet's Oleanna, co-starring Julia Stiles. It opened at the John Golden Theatre October 11, 2009, and closed on December 6, 2009 after 65 performances.
He is a jury member for the digital studio Filmaka, a platform for undiscovered filmmakers to show their work to industry professionals.
Pullman played Oswald Danes, a pedophile and child killer, in Torchwood: Miracle Day, the fourth series of the BBC/Starz Entertainment television show Torchwood (a spinoff to the BBC series Doctor Who), the former of which began airing in July 2011. For his performance as Danes, he received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor on Television.
From 2012 to 2013, Pullman portrayed the president of the United States in the television comedy series 1600 Penn. He played detective Harry Ambrose in the USA Network mystery series The Sinner, which premiered in 2017 and has aired for four seasons.
At the age of 21, Pullman suffered a head injury when he fell while rehearsing a play, and lost his sense of smell and the feeling in his left elbow. He is an avid Buffalo Bills fan. He co-owns a cattle ranch with his brother in Montana, near the town of Whitehall, where he lives part-time. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Alfred University and was awarded an honorary doctorate there on May 14, 2011. In 2018, he received an honorary doctorate from Montana State University, where he was formerly employed.
|1986||Ruthless People||Earl Mott|
|1988||The Serpent and the Rainbow||Dr. Dennis Alan|
|Rocket Gibraltar||Crow Black|
|The Accidental Tourist||Julian Edge|
|1989||Cold Feet||Buck Latham|
|1990||Brain Dead||Dr. Rex Martin|
|Sibling Rivalry||Nicholas Meany|
|Going Under||Biff Banner|
|1992||Nervous Ticks||York Daley|
|A League of Their Own||Bob Hinson|
|Sleepless in Seattle||Walter Jackson|
|Mr. Jones||Construction Site Foreman||Uncredited|
|1994||The Favor||Peter Whiting|
|Wyatt Earp||Ed Masterson|
|The Last Seduction||Clay Gregory|
|1995||While You Were Sleeping||Jack Callaghan|
|Casper||Dr. James Harvey|
|1996||Mr. Wrong||Whitman Crawford|
|Independence Day||President Thomas J. Whitmore|
|1997||Lost Highway||Fred Madison|
|The End of Violence||Mike Max|
|1998||Zero Effect||Daryl Zero|
|1999||Lake Placid||Jack Wells|
|Brokedown Palace||Hank "Yankee Hank" Green|
|Spy Games||Harry Howe / Ernie Halliday|
|2000||The Guilty||Callum Crane|
|Titan A.E.||Captain Joseph Korso||Voice Only|
|Lucky Numbers||Detective Pat Lakewood|
|A Man Is Mostly Water||Parking Fascist|
|2002||29 Palms||The Ticket Clerk|
|Igby Goes Down||Jason Slocumb|
|2004||The Grudge||Peter Kirk|
|2005||Dear Wendy||Officer Krugsby|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||Henry Hale|
|Alien Autopsy||Morgan Banner|
|2007||Nobel Son||Max Mariner|
|You Kill Me||Dave|
|Bottle Shock||Jim Barrett|
|Phoebe in Wonderland||Peter Lichten|
|Your Name Here||William J. Frick|
|The Killer Inside Me||Billy Bob Walker|
|Rio Sex Comedy||William|
|2011||Bringing Up Bobby||Kent|
|2014||Red Sky||Captain John Webster|
|The Equalizer||Brian Plummer|
|2015||American Ultra||Raymond Krueger|
|2016||Independence Day: Resurgence||Former President Thomas J. Whitmore|
|LBJ||Senator Ralph Yarborough|
|Brother Nature||Jerry Turley|
|The Ballad of Lefty Brown||"Lefty" Brown|
|Battle of the Sexes||Jack Kramer|
|2018||The Equalizer 2||Brian Plummer|
|2019||The Coldest Game||Joshua Mansky|
|Dark Waters||Harry Dietzler|
|2020||The High Note||Max|
|1986||Cagney & Lacey||Dr. Giordano||Episode: "A Safe Place"|
|1989||Home Fires Burning||Henry Tibbets||Movie|
|1990||The Tracey Ullman Show||Sheldon Moss||Episode: "The Word"|
|1992||Crazy in Love||Nick Symonds||Movie|
|1995||Fallen Angels||Rich Thurber||Episode: "Tomorrow I Die"|
|1997||Merry Christmas, George Bailey||George Bailey||Movie|
|2000||The Virginian||The Virginian||Movie|
|2001||Night Visions||Major Ben Darnell||Episode: "A View Through the Window"|
|2004||Tiger Cruise||Commander Dolan||Movie|
|2005||Revelations||Richard Massey||6 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Kurt Moss||Episode: "Closet"|
|2010||Nathan vs. Nature||Arthur||Movie|
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Jamie Dimon||Movie|
|2011||Torchwood: Miracle Day||Oswald Danes||8 episodes|
|2012–2013||1600 Penn||President Dale Gilchrist||13 episodes|
|2017–2021||The Sinner||Detective Harry Ambrose||Main cast; 32 episodes|
|2021||Halston||David J. Mahoney||3 episodes|
|2002||The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?||Martin||John Golden Theatre|
|2009||Oleanna||John||John Golden Theatre|
|2012||The Other Place||Ian||Samuel J. Friedman Theatre|
|2015||The Jacksonian||Fred Weber||Theatre Three at Theatre Row|
|2019||All My Sons||Joe Keller||Old Vic Theatre|
|2022||Mad House||Daniel||Ambassadors Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|1997||Online Film & Television Association||Independence Day||Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Actor||Nominated|
|2001||Western Heritage Awards||The Virginian||Television Feature Film||Won|
|2008||CineVegas International Film Festival||Your Name Here||Special Jury Prize||Won|
|Denver International Film Festival||Himself||John Cassavetes Award||Won|
|RiverRun International Film Festival||Himself||Master of Cinema||Won|
|2012||Saturn Awards||Torchwood: Miracle Day||Best Supporting Actor on Television||Nominated|
|2016||CinemaCon Award||Independence Day: Resurgence||Ensemble of the Universe||Won|
|Locarno International Film Festival||Himself||Excellence Award||Won|
|2017||Woodstock Film Festival||Himself||Excellence in Acting Award||Won|
|2018||Critics' Choice Television Awards||The Sinner||Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries||Nominated|
|2019||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actor on Television||Nominated|
- WTF with Marc Maron episode 1283
- "SUNY Delhi History: 1977 Bill Pullman Makes Directorial Debut". State University of New York, Delhi. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
- Cantrell, Anne (May 1, 2018). "Actor Bill Pullman to receive MSU honorary doctorate". Montana State University. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
- 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 Archived July 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Playbill.com, June 30, 2009
- "Oleanna | Playbill Vault" Archived 2012-03-18 at the Wayback Machine, PlaybillVault.com
- "Profile Jury". Filmaka. Archived from the original on August 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-08.
- Ausiello, Michael (December 15, 2010). "Bill Pullman Joins 'Torchwood' as Regular". Deadline. Archived from the original on 16 December 2010. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
- Goldberg, Matt (29 February 2012). "Saturn Award Nominations Announced; HUGO and HARRY POTTER Lead with 10 Nominations Each". Collider. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
- "Bill Pullman to address Alfred University graduates" (press release). Alfred University. April 28, 2011. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
- Biography Archived 2020-03-21 at the Wayback Machine. BillPullman.org.
- "Bill Pullman Talks His Actor Son".
- "Lewis Pullman". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
- "Maesa Pullman". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
- "Fikk utsatt "Independence Day 2" for å spille Othello i Bergen". 25 August 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
- Nå har jeg ryddet plass til Bergen. November 18, 2014.
- "A Minute With: Bill Pullman about 'Torchwood'". Reuters. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
- Associated Press (October 20, 2002). Entertainment: "Yeltsin visits Armenian brandy distillery". Via Amarillo Globe-News.
- "Board Members". Alfred University. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
- Mitchell, Robert (August 17, 2018). "Sally Field, Bill Pullman Set London Stage Debuts in 'All My Sons'".