BILL PULLMAN Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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BILL PULLMAN is perhaps best known for his performance as the President of the United States in the international blockbuster Independence Day, but his career is comprised of a wide variety of eclectic roles for some of the most respected directors working in film today, including Wim Wenders, Mike Figgis, Nora Ephron and David Lynch.


Pullman made his feature film debut in 1986 opposite Bette Midler in the hugely popular Ruthless People, before going on to appear in such films as Spaceballs, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Rocket Gibraltar, The Accidental Tourist, Sibling Rivalry, Liebstraum, Singles and A League of Their Own.


Pullman subsequently appeared in several hugely popular films, including Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, Casper and Malice. Other feature credits include Wyatt Earp, The Last Seduction, Sommersby, Mr. Wrong, Lost Highway, The End of Violence, Zero Effect and most recently Brokedown Palace and Lake Placid, both released by Twentieth Century Fox.


Pullman’s Big Town Productions has several feature projects in development. He recently made his directorial debut with an adaptation of Owen Wister’s classic novel “The Virginian” for TNT, in which he also starred. His upcoming feature film releases include Numbers, The Guilty and History Is Made At Night.


Born in Hornell, New York to parents in the medical profession, Pullman was raised with six siblings. While most of his brothers and sisters followed in his parents’ footsteps, he abandoned technical school for drama, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Pullman subsequently produced plays and taught at Montana State University, where he ran the theater department for two years.


He then moved to New York City to continue his acting studies, and began to appear in off-Broadway and regional theater productions, including “Curse of the Starving Class” and “Life and Limb.” Pullman next moved to Los Angeles, where he worked extensively at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, appearing in productions of “All My Sons,” “Demon Wine,” “Barabbas” and “Nanawatai.”