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Linda Hunt Biography

Birth Place:
Morristown, New Jersey, United States

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


  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1983Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1983Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1983National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1983New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1983Australian Film Institute Awards-Jury Prize: winner


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