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Name: Thomas Edward Hulce                                                             
Born: 6 December 1953 Whitewater, Wisconsin, U.S.                                     
Thomas Edward Hulce (born December 6, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated, Tony       
Award- and Emmy Award-winning American actor and producer.                           
Born in Whitewater, Wisconsin, Hulce was raised in Plymouth, Michigan. He wanted     
to be a singer as a small child, but switched to acting when his voice changed.       
He graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and then obtained his degree from         
North Carolina School of the Arts.                                                   
Hulce's first film role was in the James Dean-influenced film 9/30/55 in 1977.       
His next was in the highly popular National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). In         
1984, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance       
as Mozart in Amadeus, losing to his co-star, F. Murray Abraham. Other films           
include Echo Park (1986), Slam Dance (1987), Shadow Man (1988), Dominick and         
Eugene (1988), Parenthood (1989), The Inner Circle (1991), Fearless (1993), Mary     
Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) (as the voice       
of the protagonist Quasimodo), and Stranger Than Fiction (2006). He also played       
1960s civil rights activist Michael Schwerner in the 1990 TV-movie Murder in         
Hulce produced the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham's A Home at the End of       
the World directed by Michael Mayer, who later directed Hulce's project Spring       
Awakening on Broadway.                                                               
On Broadway, Hulce starred in A Memory of Two Mondays, Equus, and A Few Good Men,     
for which he was Tony Award nominee in 1990. He appeared in the groundbreaking       
early AIDS-era drama The Normal Heart in London's West End and Hamlet at the         
Shakespeare Theater.                                                                 
Hulce is a producer of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Spring Awakening. He       
shepherded two other major projects to fruition: the six-hour, two-evening stage     
adaptation of John Irving's The Cider House Rules, and Talking Heads, a festival     
of Alan Bennett's plays which won six Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, a special     
Outer Critics Circle Award, and a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best       
Play. Hulce also is heading a new musical project by Keith Bunin and Grammy           
Award-nominated singer/songwriter Patty Griffin, scheduled for a Spring 2007         
premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company.                                             
Hulce has been nominated for four Golden Globes, two Helen Hayes Awards and has       
won an Emmy Award for his performance in The Heidi Chronicles, as well as his         
aforementioned Tony award for producing the musical Spring Awakening.