Pullman was born on December 17, 1954. The youngest child of seven, he once worked for local dairy farmers and was on the football, wrestling and track teams. He also played the trombone in the high school band. Pullman originally intended to study his hobby, construction, but after joining auditions for The Bald Soprano, he later chose to study Theater Arts at the State University of New York, where he earned a BA. He later earned his MFA in Directing at the University of Massachusetts.
Pullman taught theater for two years at Montana State University (director John Dahl was once his student) and became the chairman of the theater department. He also did summer theater with a group called Shakespeare in the Parks. At the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC, Pullman made his professional stage debut in the play The Rover (1981) and then starred in Sam Shepard's off-Broadway production of Curse of the Starving Class (1985). He eventually landed on the wide screen opposite Danny DeVito and Bette Midler in Jim Abrahams and the Zucker brothers' crime comedy Ruthless People (1986), playing the small part of Earl Mott, the stupidest person on earth.
Pullman formed the production company Big Town with a development deal at Castle Rock and made his directional debut with the TNT remake of Owen Wister's novel The Virginian. He lives in California with his wife and their three children, Louis, Jack and Maesa.
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|Birthday||December 17, 1953 (65)|
|Birthplace||Hornell, New York, USA|
|Height||6' 1" (1m85) How tall is Bill Pullman compared to you?|
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