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Bill Pullman

Bill Pullman

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. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide


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Bill Pullman Trivia

When was Bill Pullman born?
Bill Pullman date of birth: December 17, 1953

Who did Bill Pullman portray in Revelations?
Bill Pullman was Dr. Richard Massey in Revelations

What role did Bill Pullman play in Rick?
Bill Pullman played Rick O'Lette in Rick

What role did Bill Pullman play in Ignition?
Bill Pullman played Conor Gallagher in Ignition

What role did Bill Pullman portray in The Guilty?
Bill Pullman played Callum Crane in The Guilty

What role did Bill Pullman portray in Spy Games?
Bill Pullman played Harry in Spy Games

What role did Bill Pullman play in Lake Placid?
Bill Pullman played Jack Wells in Lake Placid

Who did Bill Pullman play in Zero Effect?
Bill Pullman was Daryl Zero in Zero Effect

Who did Bill Pullman play in The End of Violence?
Bill Pullman was Mike Max in The End of Violence

Who did Bill Pullman play in Lost Highway?
Bill Pullman was Fred Madison in Lost Highway

Who did Bill Pullman play in The Serpent and the Rainbow?
Bill Pullman was Dennis Alan in The Serpent and the Rainbow

What role did Bill Pullman play in Brain Dead?
Bill Pullman played Rex Martin in Brain Dead

Who did Bill Pullman portray in Dear Wendy?
Bill Pullman was Krugsby in Dear Wendy

What role did Bill Pullman portray in Independence Day?
Bill Pullman played President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day

Who did Bill Pullman portray in Mr. Wrong?
Bill Pullman was Whitman Crawford in Mr. Wrong

Who did Bill Pullman play in Casper?
Bill Pullman was Dr. Harvey in Casper

Who did Bill Pullman play in While You Were Sleeping?
Bill Pullman was Jack Callaghan in While You Were Sleeping

What role did Bill Pullman portray in Sibling Rivalry?
Bill Pullman played Nick in Sibling Rivalry

What role did Bill Pullman portray in Bottle Shock?
Bill Pullman played Jim Barrett in Bottle Shock

Who did Bill Pullman portray in Titan A.E.?
Bill Pullman was Korso in Titan A.E.

What role did Bill Pullman portray in Brokedown Palace?
Bill Pullman played Hank Greene in Brokedown Palace

Who did Bill Pullman play in The Last Seduction?
Bill Pullman was Clay Gregory in The Last Seduction

Who did Bill Pullman portray in The Favor?
Bill Pullman was Peter Whiting in The Favor

Who did Bill Pullman play in Malice?
Bill Pullman was Andy Safian in Malice

Who did Bill Pullman play in Sleepless in Seattle?
Bill Pullman was Walter in Sleepless in Seattle

What role did Bill Pullman portray in Liebestraum?
Bill Pullman played Paul Kessler in Liebestraum

Who did Bill Pullman portray in Spaceballs?
Bill Pullman was Lone Starr, Space Bum in Spaceballs

What role did Bill Pullman play in Sommersby?
Bill Pullman played Orin Meecham in Sommersby

Who did Bill Pullman portray in The Accidental Tourist?
Bill Pullman was Julian in The Accidental Tourist

Who did Bill Pullman play in Nobel Son?
Bill Pullman was Max Mariner in Nobel Son

Who did Bill Pullman portray in You Kill Me?
Bill Pullman was Dave in You Kill Me

What role did Bill Pullman portray in Igby Goes Down?
Bill Pullman played Jason Slocumb in Igby Goes Down

Who did Bill Pullman portray in Ruthless People?
Bill Pullman was Earl Mott in Ruthless People

What role did Bill Pullman portray in The Grudge?
Bill Pullman played Peter in The Grudge

What role did Bill Pullman play in Lucky Numbers?
Bill Pullman played Lakewood in Lucky Numbers

Who did Bill Pullman portray in Singles?
Bill Pullman was Dr. Jamison in Singles

Who did Bill Pullman portray in Rocket Gibraltar?
Bill Pullman was Crow Black in Rocket Gibraltar

What role did Bill Pullman play in Wyatt Earp?
Bill Pullman played Ed Masterson in Wyatt Earp

Who did Bill Pullman portray in Newsies?
Bill Pullman was Bryan Denton in Newsies

Who did Bill Pullman portray in A League of Their Own?
Bill Pullman was Bob Hinson in A League of Their Own

What role did Bill Pullman portray in The Directors: Wes Craven?
Bill Pullman played Interviewee in The Directors: Wes Craven

What role did Bill Pullman portray in Home Fires Burning?
Bill Pullman played Lt. Henry Tibbetts in Home Fires Burning

Who did Bill Pullman play in Mr. Jones?
Bill Pullman was Construction Site Foreman in Mr. Jones


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