Fast Facts

  • Is one of seven children.
  • Was interested in pursuing a career in construction before becoming an actor.
  • Slipped into a three-day coma after a fall from a ladder in college, leaving him with a dulled sense of smell.
  • Performed in various theater groups in Los Angeles and New York.
  • Made feature debut in 1986's Ruthless People.
  • Formed production company, Big Town, in the mid-1990s.
  • Worked as a theater instructor at Montana State University; one of his students was aspiring director John Dahl, who later cast Pullman in his films The Last Seduction (1994) and You Kill Me (2007).
  • Is on the Board of Trustees at New York's Alfred University, where he received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 2011, when he was the keynote graduation speaker.
  • Fond of joking about the fact that he is sometimes mistaken for another actor, Bill Paxton.
  • Received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Television for his work on Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011).


  • Louis Pullman — Son
  • Jack Pullman — Son
  • Maesa Pullman — Daughter
  • Tamara Hurwitz — Wife


  • State University of New York at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY (BA in Theater Arts, 1975); University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA (MFA in Theater, 1980)

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  • Birth Place: Hornell, NY
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer

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