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William James Pullman was born in Hornell, New York, one of seven children of Johanna (Blaas), a nurse, and James Pullman, a doctor. He is of Dutch (mother) and English, Northern Irish, and Scottish (father) descent. After high school, Bill went into a building construction program at SUNY Delhi in New York. He transferred to State University of ... See full bio »

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Independence Day
Independence Day President Thomas J. Whitmore
Independence Day: Resurgence
Independence Day: Resurgence President Whitmore
Spaceballs Lone Starr
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Lake Placid Jack Wells


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 2018 The Coldest Game (filming)
Joshua Mansky
 2018 Backseat (post-production)
Nelson Rockefeller
 2018 The Equalizer 2 (post-production)
Brian Plummer
 2017 The Sinner (TV Series)
Harry Ambrose
- Part VIII (2017) ... Harry Ambrose
- Part VII (2017) ... Harry Ambrose (credit only)
- Part VI (2017) ... Harry Ambrose
- Part V (2017) ... Harry Ambrose
- Part IV (2017) ... Harry Ambrose
 2017 Battle of the Sexes
Jack Kramer
 2017/I Trouble
 2017 A Thousand Junkies
Bill Pullman
 2017 The Ballad of Lefty Brown
Lefty Brown
 2017 Walking Out
 2016 Brother Nature
Jerry Turley
 2016 LBJ
Senator Ralph Yarborough
 2016 Independence Day: Resurgence
President Whitmore
 2015 American Ultra
 2014 The Equalizer
Brian Plummer
 2014 Cymbeline
Sicilius Leonatus
 2014/I Red Sky
John Webster
 2014 Ten X Ten (TV Mini-Series)
Man 60s
 2012-2013 1600 Penn (TV Series)
President Dale Gilchrist
- Marry Me, Baby (2013) ... President Dale Gilchrist
- Bursting the Bubble (2013) ... President Dale Gilchrist
- Dinner, Bath, Puzzle (2013) ... President Dale Gilchrist
- The Short Happy Life of Reba Cadbury (2013) ... President Dale Gilchrist
- Game Theory (2013) ... President Dale Gilchrist
 2013 May in the Summer
 2012 Lola Versus
 2011 Innocent (TV Movie)
Rusty Sabich
 2011 Torchwood (TV Series)
Oswald Danes
- Miracle Day: The Blood Line (2011) ... Oswald Danes
- Miracle Day: The Gathering (2011) ... Oswald Danes
- Miracle Day: End of the Road (2011) ... Oswald Danes
- Miracle Day: The Categories of Life (2011) ... Oswald Danes
- Miracle Day: Escape to LA (2011) ... Oswald Danes
 2011 Bringing Up Bobby
 2011 Too Big to Fail (TV Movie)
Jamie Dimon
 2010 Nathan vs. Nurture (TV Movie)
 2010 Rio Sex Comedy
 2010 Peacock
Edmund French
 2010 The Killer Inside Me
Billy Boy Walker
 2008/I Your Name Here
William J. Frick
 2008/I Surveillance
Sam Hallaway
 2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Kurt Moss
- Closet (2008) ... Kurt Moss
 2008 Phoebe in Wonderland
Peter Lichten
 2008 Bottle Shock
Jim Barrett
 2007 Nobel Son
Max Mariner
 2007 You Kill Me
 2006 Scary Movie 4
Henry Hale
 2006 Alien Autopsy
Morgan Banner
 2005 Revelations (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. Richard Massey
- Hour Six (2005) ... Dr. Richard Massey
- Hour Five (2005) ... Dr. Richard Massey
- Hour Four (2005) ... Dr. Richard Massey
- Hour Three (2005) ... Dr. Richard Massey
- Hour Two (2005) ... Dr. Richard Massey
 2005 Dear Wendy
 2004 The Grudge
 2004 Tiger Cruise (TV Movie)
Cmdr. Gary Dolan
 2003 Rick
Rick O'Lette
 2002 29 Palms
The Ticket Clerk
 2002 Igby Goes Down
 2001 Ignition
Deputy Marshal Conor Gallagher
 2001 Night Visions (TV Series)
Major Ben Darnell (segment "A View Through the Window")
- A View Through the Window/Quiet Please (2001) ... Major Ben Darnell (segment "A View Through the Window")
 2000 Lucky Numbers
Det. Pat Lakewood
 2000 A Man Is Mostly Water
Parking Fascist
 2000 Titan A.E.
Capt. Joseph Korso (voice)
 2000 The Guilty
Callum Crane
 2000 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Edward Curtis
 2000 The Virginian (TV Movie)
The Virginian
 1999 History Is Made at Night
Harry Howe / Ernie Halliday
 1999 Brokedown Palace
Hank Greene
 1999 Lake Placid
Jack Wells
 1998 Zero Effect
Daryl Zero
 1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey (TV Movie)
George Bailey
 1997 The End of Violence
Mike Max
 1997 Independence Day (Video Game)
President Thomas J. Whitmore
 1997 Lost Highway
Fred Madison
 1996 Mistrial (TV Movie)
Steve Donohue
 1996 Independence Day
President Thomas J. Whitmore
 1996 Mr. Wrong
Whitman Crawford
 1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series)
Rich Thurber
- Tomorrow I Die (1995) ... Rich Thurber
 1995 Casper
Dr. Harvey
 1994 Wyatt Earp
Ed Masterson
 1994 The Favor
Peter Whiting
 1994 The Last Seduction
Clay Gregory
 1993 Phone (Short)
 1993 Mr. Jones
Construction Site Foreman (uncredited)
 1993 Malice
 1993 Sleepless in Seattle
 1993 Sommersby
 1992 Singles
Dr. Jeffrey Jamison
 1992 Crazy in Love (TV Movie)
Nick Symonds
 1992 A League of Their Own
Bob Hinson
 1992 Newsies
Bryan Denton
 1992 Nervous Ticks
York Daley
 1991 Liebestraum
Paul Kessler
 1991 Blood Drips Heavily on Newsies Square (Video short)
 1990 Going Under
Biff Banner
 1990 Bright Angel
 1990 Sibling Rivalry
Nicholas Meany
 1990 The Tracey Ullman Show (TV Series)
Sheldon Moss
- The Word (1990) ... Sheldon Moss
 1990 Brain Dead
Rex Martin
 1989 Cold Feet
Buck Latham
 1989 Home Fires Burning (TV Movie)
Lt. Henry Tibbetts
 1988 The Accidental Tourist
 1988 Rocket Gibraltar
Crow Black
 1988 The Serpent and the Rainbow
Dennis Alan
 1987 Spaceballs
Lone Starr
 1986 Ruthless People
 1986 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Doctor Giordano
- A Safe Place (1986) ... Doctor Giordano
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Appeared in "Ah, Wilderness!" by Eugene O'Neill - GeVa Theatre, Rochester, NY (1983). See more »

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It's very curious when you're an actor and suddenly you're in the right role, with the right match. Truthfully, I almost avoided While You Were Sleeping (1995), because I find those romantic comedies kind of precious, and they're full of lines that leave you feeling a little bewildered when you say them. It's all about first looks and little giggles, and part of me is always thinking, 'Isn't ... See more »


Lost his sense of smell after a head injury and two-day coma. See more »


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