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William James "Bill" Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American actor. Pullman made his film debut in the supporting role of Earl Mott in the 1986 film Ruthless People. He has since gone on to star in other films, including Spaceballs (1987), While You Were Sleeping (1995), Casper (1995), Independence Day (1996) and Lost Highway (1997). He has also appeared regularly on television, usually in TV movies and miniseries, though he also had a starring role in the one-season show 1600 Penn (2012-2013). Pullman began his career teaching theater and appearing in stage plays; he has continued to perform onstage on and off throughout his career. Early life: Pullman was born in Hornell, New York, the son of James Pullman, a physician, and his wife Johanna (née Blaas), a nurse. His father's family descends from England, and his maternal grandparents immigrated from the Netherlands. 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 in the 1970s. He eventually received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Pullman taught theater at SUNY Delhi and Montana State University's School of Film and Photography, where he was convinced by his students to attempt film. Career: During the 1980s, he primarily worked with theater companies around New York and Los Angeles. His first prominent film role was in Ruthless People (which starred 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 disaster 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 been The Grudge and Scary Movie 4 (the latter heavily spoofing The Grudge though Pullman's role spoofed The Village). From February 2001 until February 2002, Pullman starred with Mercedes Ruehl, in Edward Albee's play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? on Broadway. The play won several awards: 2002 Tony Award for Best Play; 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play; 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 End of Days miniseries, Revelations. Pullman starred in Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry, at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre in New York. Pullman received a second Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Peter and Jerry in 2008. In addition to acting, Pullman is a creative writer. His first play, Expedition 6, is about the International Space Station mission Expedition 6 that was in orbit at the time that the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed on reentry, grounding the U.S. space shuttle program, which was to provide the vehicle for the crew's return to earth. 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. The production opened at the John Golden Theatre October 11, 2009, and closed on December 6, 2009, playing 65 performances. He is also a Jury Member for the digital studio Filmaka, a platform for undiscovered filmmakers to show their work to industry professionals. Pullman played murderer and paedophile Oswald Danes in Torchwood: Miracle Day, the fourth series of the BBC/Starz Entertainment television show Torchwood, which began airing in July 2011. For his performance as Danes, Pullman has received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor In Television. In 2012-13, Pullman starred in the role of a U.S. president in the television comedy series 1600 Penn. Personal life: Pullman is married to Tamara Hurwitz and they have three children. Tamara is one half Norwegian. 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 on May 14, 2011. Cultural references: In the American Dad! episode "Francine's Flashback", Pullman is portrayed as a forgettable actor who confuses himself with Bill Paxton. Filmography: Feature films Year Title Role Notes 1986 Ruthless People Earl Mott 1987 Spaceballs Lone Starr 1988 The Serpent and the Rainbow Dennis Alan 1988 Rocket Gibraltar Crow Black 1988 The Accidental Tourist Julian 1990 Brain Dead Dr. Rex Martin 1990 Sibling Rivalry Nicholas Meany 1990 Bright Angel Bob 1991 Liebestraum Paul Kessler 1992 Nervous Ticks York Daley 1992 Newsies Bryan Denton 1992 A League of Their Own Bob Hinson 1992 Singles Doctor Jamison 1993 Sommersby Orin Meecham 1993 Sleepless in Seattle Walter 1993 Malice Andy Safian 1993 Mr. Jones Construction Site Foreman Uncredited 1994 The Favor Peter 1994 Wyatt Earp Ed Masterson 1994 The Last Seduction Clay Gregory 1995 While You Were Sleeping Jack Callaghan 1995 Casper Dr. James Harvey 1996 Mr. Wrong Whitman Crawford 1996 Independence Day President Thomas J. Whitmore 1997 Lost Highway Fred Madison 1997 The End of Violence Mike Max 1998 Zero Effect Daryl Zero 1999 Lake Placid Jack Wells 1999 Brokedown Palace 'Yankee' Hank Green 1999 History Is Made at Night Harry Howe/Ernie Halliday 2000 The Guilty Callum Crane 2000 Titan A.E. Captain Joseph Korso Voice 2000 Lucky Numbers Det. Pat Lakewood 2001 Ignition Conor Gallagher 2002 Igby Goes Down Jason Slocumb 2003 Rick Rick 2004 The Grudge Peter Kirk 2005 Dear Wendy Officer Krugsby 2006 Scary Movie 4 Henry Hale 2006 Alien Autopsy Morgan Banner 2007 Nobel Son Max Mariner 2007 You Kill Me Dave 2008 Surveillance Sam Hallaway 2008 Bottle Shock Jim Barrett 2008 Phoebe in Wonderland Peter Lichten 2008 Your Name Here William J. Frick 2010 Peacock Edmund French 2010 The Killer Inside Me Billy Bob Walker 2010 Rio Sex Comedy William 2011 Bringing Up Bobby Kent 2012 Lola Versus Lenny 2013 The Unbelievers Himself 2014 Red Sky 2014 The Equalizer 2014 Cymbeline Post-Production 2015 American Ultra Raymond Krueger Filming Television shows Year Title Role Notes 1986 Cagney & Lacey Doctor 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" 1996 Mistrial Steve Donohue Movie 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 Cmdr. 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 Innocent Rusty Sabich Movie 2011 Torchwood: Miracle Day Oswald Danes 8 episodes, Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television 2012-2013 1600 Penn President Dale Gilchrist 13 episodes

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