Linda Hunt

  • Birth Place: Morristown, New Jersey, United States
  • Profession: Actor

Fast Facts

  • Made her acting debut at 12 in a Westport, CT, production of Flibbertigibbet.
  • Originally planned to be a stage director because she thought her small stature would limit acting opportunities.
  • First TV appearance was in a 1978 Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Arthur Miller's Fame, in a role the playwright created with Hunt in mind.
  • Big-screen debut came with Robert Altman's live-action Popeye (1980).
  • Was the first actor to win an Oscar for playing someone of the opposite sex, for her role as Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).
  • Won Obie awards for her performances in the plays Top Girls and A Metamorphosis in Miniature.
  • Frequent voice-over work has included narrating the popular God of War video game series, as well as providing the voice of Management on HBO's Carnivale.


  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1984, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 1983, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1983, Australian Film Institute Awards — Jury Prize: Winner


  • Elsie Hunt — Mother
  • Raymond Davy Hunt — Father
  • Karen Kline — Significant Other
  • Marcia — Sister


  • DePaul University, The Theatre School, Chicago, Illinois, United States (BFA in Acting, 1966)