William Atherton Biography

Birthday: 1947-07-30
Place of Birth: Orange, Connecticut USA
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: William Atherton Knight was born on July 30, 1947 in Orange, Connecticut, the son of Robert and Roby Atherton Knight. He studied acting at the Drama School at Carnegie Tech and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon in 1969. A veteran of stage, film and television, Atherton began as a leading man in Steven Spielberg's The Sugarland Express (1974), John Schlesinger's The Day of the Locust (1975), and Richard Brooks' Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). He is most known for his iconic roles in Ghostbusters (1984), Real Genius (1985), Die Hard (1988), Die Hard 2 (1990), and Bio-Dome (1996). He began his career on the New York stage, creating roles for many of the country's leading playwrights including David Rabe, John Guare and Arthur Miller. He has received the Drama Desk Award, the Theater World Award and nominations for an Obie and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award. IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous Mini Biography William Atherton's career has spanned motion pictures, Broadway and television. He first achieved international recognition as the lead in Steven Spielberg's debut feature The Sugarland Express (1974), and next starred in John Schlesinger's The Day of the Locust (1975), Robert Wise's The Hindenburg (1975) and Richard Brooks' Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). He is known worldwide for what have become his signature film characters: the television reporter, Dick Thornburg in the action blockbusters Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990), the EPA official, Walter Peck in Ghostbusters (1984), Professor Jerry Hathaway, the conniving professor in Real Genius (1985) and Dr. Noah Faulkner, the mad scientist in Bio-Dome (1996). Among his more than 30 feature films are co-starring roles in John Landis' Oscar (1991), Bill Duke's Hoodlum (1997), Richard Pearce's No Mercy (1986), Alan J. Pakula's The Pelican Brief (1993), Costa-Gavras' Mad City (1997) and Ed Zwick's The Last Samurai (2003). On television, he has starred in numerous miniseries including the classic western "Centennial" (1978) and headed the all-star cast in Malibu (1983) (TV). His many made-for-TV movies include leading roles in TNT's production of Joan Didion's Broken Trust (1995) (TV) and his portrayal of Darryl F. Zanuck in HBO's Golden Globe winner Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV). Atherton was a recurring series lead opposite Damien Lewis on NBC-TV's "Life" (2007) and portrayed Principal Reynolds in the last season of "Lost" (2004). Consistently honored for his work on the stage, Atherton has created roles on and off Broadway for many of America's leading playwrights. These include the title role in Joseph Papp's original production of David Rabe's "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel", the role of Ronnie in John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves" and Bing Ring Ling in his "Rich and Famous". He also starred in the Broadway premiere of Arthur Miller's "The American Clock" and the Tony-winning revival of Herman Wouk's "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial". Among his more than 20 well-known productions are the acclaimed New York premieres of Franz Kafka's "The Castle" and Kressman Taylor's "Address Unknown". For his work on the stage, he has received the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Circle Critics Award, the Theatre World Award and nominations for an Obie and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award. He has several upcoming films in production.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Centennial Jim Lloyd 1978 - 1979 Action
Ghostbusters Walter Peck 1986 - 1988
Chicken Soup for the Soul 1999 - 2000 Drama
Who's Your Daddy? Duncan Mack 2004 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Sugarland Express 1974 Comedy
The Day of the Locust Tod Hackett 1975 Drama, Thriller
The Hindenburg 1975 Adventure, Drama, History
Looking for Mr. Goodbar 1978 Drama
Real Genius Prof. Jerry Hathaway 1985 Comedy, Romance, Sci Fi
No Mercy 1986 0, Comedy, Game Show
Die Hard Richard Thornburg 1988 0
Die Hard 2 Richard Thornburg 1990 Game Show
Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror Arthur 1990 Horror
The Pelican Brief 1993 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Saints and Sinners Terence McCone 1995 Action, Crime, Drama
Bio-Dome Dr. Noah Faulkner 1996
Hoodlum Thomas Dewey 1997 Crime, Drama
Mad City 1997 Drama, Thriller
Michael Kael contre la World News Company James Denit 1998 Comedy
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Darryl Zanuck 1999 Drama, Music
The Crow: Salvation 2000 Game Show, 0, 0
Burning Down the House Arthur Kranston 2001 Comedy
Race to Space 2002 Drama, Family
The Last Samurai Winchester Rep 2003 Action, Adventure, Drama
Headspace Dr. Ira Gold 2005 Horror, Mystery
Kush King 2007 Action, Crime, Thriller
Hacia la oscuridad John 2008 Crime, Drama, Thriller
bgFATLdy Jo Dexton 2008 Comedy, Thriller
The Girl Next Door Adult David Moran 2008 Crime, Drama, Horror
The Kane Files: Life of Trial Daniel Morgan 2010 Action
The Citizen Winston 2012
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Earle Swinter 2012
Jinn Father Westhoff 2018