Biography Bill Pullman started acting professionally in the New York theater in 1983 with productions of Life and Limb (understudy/Playwright's Horizons) and Curse of the Starving Class (w/Kathy Bates, Intar Theater). Favorite Los Angeles theater includes Control Freaks by Beth Henley (w/Holly Hunter, Bud Cort and Carol Kane, the Met Theater), Demon Wine by Thomas Babe (dir. David Swietzer, LATC) and Barabas (dir. Stein Winge, LATC). On Broadway, he performed in Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (nom./Drama Desk). At the Kennedy Center, he was in Frank Gilroy's The Subject Was Roses (nom./Helen Hayes award).
He directed and produced the TNT movie The Virginian (Best Picture/Wrangler Award, 2000). He wrote and directed Expedition 6 that premiered in September at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco.
As an actor Bill has been working in film and theater for over twenty years. His movie work includes mainstream comedies (Ruthless People, Spaceballs, Casper), dramas (The Serpent and the Rainbow, The Accidental Tourist, Igby Goes Down), romantic comedies (Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping), action, (Independence Day), thrillers (Malice), westerns (The Virginian, Wyatt Earp), film noir (The Last Seduction, Lost Highway, The Zero Effect), horror (The Grudge). Recent films completed and to be released: The Nobel Son (with Alan Rickman), Phoebe In Wonderland (with Felicity Hoffman and Elle Fanning), Surveillance (directed by Jennifer Lynch), and Bottle Shock (with Chris Pine and Dennis Farina).
Film credits span fifty features with directors including David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Jake Kasdan, Mel Brooks, Roland Emerich, and Nora Efron. Four films to come out later this year: Surveillance (dir./ Jennifer Lynch, w/Julia Ormand), Phoebe in Wonderland (w/ Elle Fanning and Felicity Huffman), Bottle Shock (w/Alan Rickman) and Mathew Wilder's Your Name Here (a fantasia on the last days of sci-fi author Philip K. Dick).
Bill has an MFA in theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is an "ambassador" for the MS Society and a board member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles.
In May Bill will begin shooting writer/director Michael Lander's Peacock with Ellen Page and Cillian Murphy in Iowa, and in June Upstate by writer/director Jessica Goldberg.