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Bill Pullman

First noticed while playing roles in Ruthless People (1986) and Spaceballs (1987), Bill Pullman later gaind more recognition while acting in films including 1992's A League of Their Own, 1993's Sommersby and Sleepless in Seattle, 1995's Casper, While You Were Sleeping and The Last Seduction, 1996's Mr. Wrong, as well as 2000's The Virginian with Diane Lane, Lucky Numbers and Titan A.E. (voice). More recently, Pullman played lead roles in the films Rick, The Grudge, Dear Wendy, Miller/Savin's recent film Bottle Shock and the miniseries Revelations. The actor, who starred in the 2002 Broadway production of The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia? will soon appear in the upcoming movie Your Name Here.

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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Bill Pullman Facts

BirthdayDecember 17, 1953 (70)
BirthplaceHornell, New York, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Bill Pullman compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Independence Day: Resurgence
American Ultra
Too Big To Fail
The Equalizer
A League Of Their Own
Sleepless In Seattle
Independence Day
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