Bill Pullman

William Pullman

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 Bill Pullman's Early life

Pullman was born in Hornell, New York , the son of Johanna ( née Blaas), a nurse, and James Pullman, a physician . 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 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).

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 Bill Pullman's Career

During the 1980s, he primarily worked with theatre companies around New York and Los Angeles, California . His first prominent movie role was in the filmRuthless People(which starred Danny DeVito and Bette Midler ). Other notable films included the lead inSpaceballs(1987),The Serpent and the Rainbow(opposite Zakes Mokae ),While You Were Sleeping(1995). In 1996 he starred in his biggest commercial successful movie of his career, playing the President of the United States inIndependence Day. A year later he had a major role inLost Highway(1997). Pullman continues to act in both theatre and in movies, independent and big budget. His more recent films have beenThe GrudgeandScary Movie 4(the latter heavily spoofingThe Grudgethough Pullman's part spoofedThe Village).

From February 2001 until February 2002, Pullman starred with Mercedes Ruehl , in Edward Albee 's playThe 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, but did not win, the 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play. He starred as Dr. Richard Massey in the End of Days miniseries, Revelations . He may co-star with Val Kilmer in the new Lewis and Clark movie, if it ever materializes. Pullman starred inEdward 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.

Most recently, Pullman joined the cast ofPeacockstarring opposite Susan Sarandon , Cillian Murphy , Ellen Page and Josh Lucas . Filming will take place in Des Moines, Iowa . He will appear on Broadway in a production of David Mamet'sOleanna, co-starring Julia Stiles .

Pullman is also a Jury Member for the digital studio Filmaka, a platform for undiscovered filmmakers to show their work to industry professionals.

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