William Hootkins Biography

Birthday: 1948-07-05
Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas
Wiki Biography: William Hootkins was a superbly talented, versatile and exuberant character actor who portrayed a rich and delightful array of colorfully varied characters throughout his lengthy, diverse and impressive career. William Michael Hootkins was born on July 5th, 1948 in Dallas, Texas. He moved to London, England in the early 70s and lived there up until 2002. Hootkins was an actor at Theatre Intime while attending Princeton University and learned how to speak fluent Mandarin Chinese. He also trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and attended St. Marks, where he was in the same theater group as Tommy Lee Jones. The imposingly bulky and heavyset Hootkins first began acting in both films and TV shows alike in the mid 70s. Hootkins' more noteworthy parts include the first of the Rebel fighter pilots to get killed while attacking the Death Star in "Star Wars," scientist Topol's bumbling oaf assistant in "Flash Gordon," a British army major in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," one of Rod Steiger's demented sons in "American Gothic," a corrupt police lieutenant in "Batman," a disgusting sleazy voyeur in "Hardware," a coarse South African police chief in "Dust Devil," the mysterious and duplicitous Mr. X in "Hear My Song," a haughty corporate executive in "Death Machine," Santa Claus in "Like Father, Like Santa," and an opera-singing vampire in "The Breed." Moreover, Hootkins had small parts in two "Pink Panther" pictures: he's a taxi driver in both "The Trail of the Pink Panther" and "Curse of the Pink Panther." Among the TV shows he did guest spots on are "Yanks Go Home," "Agony," "Play for Today," "Tales of the Unexpected," "The Life and Times of David Lloyd George," "Brett Maverick," "Cagney and Lacey," "Taxi," "Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense," "Poirot," "Chancer," "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles," "The Tomorrow People," "The West Wing," and "Absolute Power." Hootkins received many accolades for his outstanding performance as Sir Alfred Hitchcock in Terry Johnson's hit play "Hitchcock Blonde." In addition to his substantial film and TV credits, Hootkins was also a popular and prolific voice artist who recorded dozens of plays for BBC Radio Drama; he supplied the voices for such iconic individuals as Orson Welles, J. Edgar Hoover and Winston Churchill. William Hootkins died of pancreatic cancer on October 23rd, 2005.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Hammer House of Mystery & Suspense Lou Delmart 1984 - 1986
Batman Lt. Eckhardt 1989 Action
Hardware Lincoln Wineberg Jr. 2003 - 2004 Sci Fi
Flash Gordon 2007 - Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Flash Gordon 1980 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi
The Life and Times of David Lloyd George Winston Churchill 1981 Drama
Raiders of the Lost Ark Major Eaton 1981 Action, Adventure
Zina Walter Adams 1986 Drama
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Harry Howler 1987 0
American Gothic Teddy 1988 Horror
Batman Lt. Eckhardt 1989 0
Crusoe Auctioneer 1989 Drama
Hardware Lincoln Wineberg Jr. 1990 Game Show, Reality Tv, Sport
The Pope Must Diet Cardinal Verucci 1991 Comedy
Dust Devil 1992 Game Show
La vida láctea Julian Reilly 1993 Comedy
The Cement Garden Commander Hunt 1994 Drama
The Princess and the Goblin 1994 Animation, Fantasy
Funny Bones 1995 Comedy, Drama
Death Machine 1995 Action, Horror, Sci Fi
Gospa judge Marulic 1995 Drama
Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest The Man 1999
The Omega Code 1999 Adventure, Action, Drama
The Breed Fusco 2001 Action, Adventure, Horror
Dear Wendy 2005 Comedy, Crime, Drama