Hart Bochner

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Hart Bochner
Born Hart Matthew Bochner
(1956-10-03) October 3, 1956 (age 59)
Toronto, Canada
  • Actor
  • director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
Years active 1977–present
Parent(s) Lloyd Bochner (father)

Hart Matthew Bochner (born October 3, 1956) is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter and producer. He has appeared in films such as Breaking Away (1979), Rich and Famous (1981), The Wild Life (1984), Making Mr. Right (1987), Die Hard (1988), Mad at the Moon (1992), Break Up (1998), Liberty Stands Still (2002), Spread (2009), and Carrie (2013). On television, he has starred in War and Remembrance (1988–89), Children of the Dust (1995), Baby for Sale (2004), The Starter Wife (2008), and Scandal (2015).

Personal life[edit]

Bochner was born in Toronto, the son of Ruth (née Roher), a concert pianist, and actor Lloyd Bochner.[1] His family is Jewish.[2] Bochner is a board member of the Environmental Media Awards.


Bochner appeared in such films as Islands in the Stream (1977), Breaking Away (1979), Terror Train (1980), Rich and Famous (1981), Supergirl (1984), Apartment Zero (1988), and perhaps most famously in Die Hard (1988), where he played Ellis, a nervous, drug addicted, salesman for the Nakatomi company. Ellis foolishly believes he can prevent the thieves from harming him and his fellow captives, by convincing John McClane (Bruce Willis) to give up which gets Ellis killed.

Bochner then played antagonist Niles Pender in the 1990 fantasy film Mr. Destiny. In the late 1990s, Bochner had a voice role in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), and starred opposite Susan Sarandon in Anywhere But Here (1999). He also appeared in the films Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000), and Say Nothing (2001). Bochner went on to play Chris Hargensen's father, John Hargensen, in the 2013 horror film Carrie, although his role was uncredited.

On television, Bochner had a key role as Byron Henry in the 1988 ABC miniseries War and Remembrance. More recently, he starred as Zach, the boyfriend of Molly Kagan (Debra Messing), on USA Network's short-lived series The Starter Wife (2008).

Among the films he has directed are PCU (1994) and High School High (1996).



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Islands in the Stream Tom
1979 Breaking Away Rod
1980 Terror Train Doc
1981 Rich and Famous Christopher "Chris" Adams
1984 Supergirl Ethan
1984 The Wild Life David Curtiss
1987 Making Mr. Right Don
1988 Die Hard Harry Ellis
1988 Apartment Zero Jack Carney
1990 Mr. Destiny Niles Pender
1992 Mad at the Moon Miller Brown
1993 The Innocent Russell
1993 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Arthur Reeves Voice only
1998 Bulworth Hugh Waldron, Bulworth's Political Opponent Uncredited
1998 Break Up Frankie Dade
1999 Anywhere But Here Josh Spritzer
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut Professor Solomon
2001 Speaking of Sex Felix
2001 Say Nothing Matt
2002 Liberty Stands Still Hank Wilford
2002 Project Redlight Narrator Short film
2009 Spread Will Uncredited
2009 Company Retreat Lonny
2013 Carrie Mr. Hargensen Uncredited
2015 Untitled Warren Beatty project Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Haywire William "Bill" Hayward TV film
1981 East of Eden Aron Trask Miniseries; 3 episodes
1982 Having It All Jess Enright TV film
1982 Callahan Callahan TV film
1984 The Sun Also Rises Jake Barnes Miniseries
1988–89 War and Remembrance Byron Henry Miniseries; 12 episodes
1990 Teach 109 Dr. Bonner TV short
1991 Screen Two Clifford Byrne Episode: "Fellow Traveller"
1991 And the Sea Will Tell Buck Walker TV film
1993 Complex of Fear Ray Dolan TV film
1993 The Legend of Prince Valiant Roland Episode: "The Shadows of Destiny"
1995 Children of the Dust Shelby Hornbeck TV film
2001 Night Visions Jack Episode: "Now He's Coming Up the Stairs/Used Car"
2001 Silicon Follies Unknown TV film
2003 Crossing Jordan Dr. Ben Hothorne Episode: "Ockham's Razor"
2003 Once Around the Park Nick Wingfield TV film
2004 Baby for Sale Steve Johnson TV film
2005 The Inside Cole Brandt Episode: "Old Wounds"
2008 The Starter Wife Zach McNeill 10 episodes
2012 Scruples Ellis Ikehorn TV film
2012 Leverage Frank Madigan Episode: "The Corkscrew Job"
2013 Grey's Anatomy Julian Crest Episode: "This Is Why We Fight"
2013 Franklin & Bash Patrick Fitzgerald Episode: "Shoot to Thrill"
2014 Feed Me Will Unsold pilot episode
2015 Scandal Mayor Verrano Episode: "I'm Just a Bill"


  1. ^ "On The Air". Drummondville Spokesman. March 24, 1950. p. 4. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Births". Canadian Jewish Review. August 6, 1954. p. 11. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 

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