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Bill Pullman Biography

Birth Place:
Hornell, New York, United States
Actor, director, producer

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)


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