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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 30 July 1947Orange, Connecticut, USA
Birth NameWilliam Atherton Knight
Nickname Bill
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (2)

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: A. Nonymous

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). His many made-for-TV movies include leading roles in TNT's production of Joan Didion's Broken Trust (1995) and his portrayal of Darryl F. Zanuck in HBO's Golden Globe winner Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999). 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Bobbi Goldin (8 December 1980 - present)

Trade Mark (3)

Rich smooth voice
Often plays manipulative yet well-dressed scoundrels
Known around the world for what have become his signature film characters: the television reporter, Dick Thornburg in Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990); the EPA official, Walter Peck in Ghostbusters (1984); Professor Jerry Hathaway in Real Genius (1985) and the mad scientist, Dr. Noah Faulkner in Bio-Dome (1996).

Trivia (5)

Has won numerous awards and praise for his on and off-Broadway stage work.
Has sung Irving Berlin's, "What'll I Do?" for the opening title sequence in "The Great Gatsby". It was also featured in Robert Evans' documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002).
Studied acting at the Drama School at Carnegie Institute of Technology.
Attended and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1969.
Has starred as Honore in the 2011 Los Angeles production of "Gigi" and performed the show's enormously popular song, "Yes, I Remember It Well", with his co-star, Millicent Martin at the McCallum Theatre's annual charity event in Palm Springs.

Personal Quotes (2)

I'm a farm boy from Connecticut, and I adopted urban life.
If you have to be the antagonist, you often have a lot more creative powers. You have a lot more color to you.

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