Bill Pullman is a famous American actor, voice actor, and film director who has appeared in many successful movies and T.V. shows. He is best known for his role as President Thomas J. Whitmore in the sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day (1996). He has also starred in other popular films such as Spaceballs (1987), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), While You Were Sleeping (1995), Casper (1995), Lost Highway (1997), and The Sinner (2017-2021). This article will explore his net worth, wiki, age, height, career, and more.
Early Life and Education
Bill Pullman was born in Hornell, New York, on December 17, 1953. His mother, Johanna Pullman, was a nurse, and his father, James Pullman, was a physician and a town coroner. He has six siblings. He graduated from Hornell High School in 1971. Then, he attended the State University of New York at Delhi (SUNY Delhi) and the State University of New York at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta), where he earned a B.A. in theater. He later received an MFA in directing and theater and an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Before becoming an actor, Pullman worked as an assistant professor at Montana State University, where he taught theater. His students encouraged him to pursue his dream of acting, and he landed his first film role in Ruthless People (1986), starring Danny DeVito and Bette Midler. He then appeared in several comedy films, such as Spaceballs (1987), a parody of Star Wars directed by Mel Brooks, and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), a horror film directed by Wes Craven.
Pullman’s breakthrough role came in 1993 when he co-starred with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in the romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle. He played Walter, Ryan’s fiancé, who is unaware of her feelings for Hanks’ character. The film was a huge hit and earned over $227 million worldwide. Pullman followed this success with another romantic comedy, While You Were Sleeping (1995), opposite Sandra Bullock. He played Jack, Bullock’s love interest, who falls into a coma after saving her from a train accident.
1996, Pullman achieved worldwide fame when he played President Thomas J. Whitmore in the sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day. He delivered one of the most memorable speeches in film history when he rallied the world’s forces to fight against an alien invasion. The film was a massive hit and grossed over $817 million worldwide. It also won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film. Pullman won the Saturn Award for Best Actor for his performance.
Pullman continued to work in various genres of films such as Lost Highway (1997), a neo-noir thriller directed by David Lynch; Lake Placid (1999), a horror comedy about a giant crocodile; Titan A.E. (2000), an animated sci-fi adventure where he voiced the protagonist Cale Tucker, and The Grudge (2004), a remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-on. He also lent his voice to Casper (1995), an adaptation of the comic book character Casper the Friendly Ghost.
Pullman has also had a prolific career on television, appearing in many T.V. films, miniseries, and regular series. Some of his notable T.V. roles include Dr. Richard Massey in Revelations (2005), a miniseries about the end of the world, Oswald Danes in Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011), a spin-off of Doctor Who where he played a pedophile and child killer who becomes immortal, President Dale Gilchrist in 1600 Penn (2012-2013), a sitcom about a dysfunctional First Family, and Detective Harry Ambrose in The Sinner (2017-2021), a crime drama where he investigates mysterious crimes.
Pullman has also been active on stage, appearing on Broadway several times. He made his Broadway debut 1990 in The Moony Shapiro Songbook, a musical comedy about a fictional songwriter. He then starred in Edward Albee’s play The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? in 2002, where he played a married man who falls in love with a goat. The play won the Tony Award for Best Play, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Pullman was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for his performance.
Bill Pullman Personal Life
Pullman married Tamara Hurwitz, a professional modern dancer, in 1987. They have three children: Maesa, a singer-songwriter; Jack, a filmmaker; and Lewis, an actor. Pullman lives with his family on a ranch in Montana, where he grows fruits and vegetables. He is also an environmental activist and supports various causes, such as the National Audubon Society and the Woodstock Film Festival.
Bill Pullman Net Worth
Pullman net worth is estimated at around $20 million as of 2023. He has earned this wealth from his successful acting career over three decades. He has appeared in over 70 films, and T.V. shows that have been critically and commercially successful. He is also a film director and has directed two films: The Virginian (2000), a western based on the novel by Owen Wister, and Surveillance (2008), a thriller starring Julia Ormond and Ryan Simpkins.
Bill Pullman Awards and Achievements
Pullman has won several awards and nominations for his acting skills. Some of his significant awards and achievements are:
- Saturn Award for Best Actor for Independence Day (1996)
- B-Movie Award for Best Actor for Lake Placid (1999)
- Western Heritage Award for Theatrical Motion Picture for The Virginian (2000)
- Excellence in Acting Award at the Woodstock Film Festival (2007)
- Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Edward Albee’s Peter and Jerry (2008)
- Voice Arts Award for Outstanding Narration – Audiobook Biography for The One Man by Andrew Gross (2016)
- Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for The Sinner (2018)