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William Atherton's career has spanned motion pictures, Broadway and television. He first achieved international recognition as the leading man 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.... See full bio »

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 2018/II Bad Company
 2017 Clinical
 2016 Planet Coaster (Video Game)
Walter Peck (voice)
 2014 Defiance (TV Series)
Viceroy Berto Mercado
- I Almost Prayed (2014) ... Viceroy Berto Mercado
- Slouching Towards Bethlehem (2014) ... Viceroy Berto Mercado
- If You Could See Her Through My Eyes (2014) ... Viceroy Berto Mercado
- This Woman's Work (2014) ... Viceroy Berto Mercado
- The Opposite of Hallelujah (2014) ... Viceroy Berto Mercado
 2014 Jinn
Father Westhoff
 2013 Childrens Hospital (TV Series)
Levon Bainter
- Wine Tasting (2013) ... Levon Bainter
 2012 The Citizen
 2012 The Unknown (TV Series)
Jim Larson
- Yesterday (2012) ... Jim Larson
 2012 Workaholics (TV Series)
Thor Holmvik
- The Meat Jerking Beef Boys (2012) ... Thor Holmvik
 2012 Jersey Shore Shark Attack (TV Movie)
 2011 Castle (TV Series)
Dr. Ari Weiss
- Head Case (2011) ... Dr. Ari Weiss
 2010 The Kane Files: Life of Trial
Daniel Morgan
 2010 The Glades (TV Series)
Big Jack Hasker
- Booty (2010) ... Big Jack Hasker
 2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Ned Bogden
- Bedtime (2010) ... Ned Bogden
 2010 Lost (TV Series)
Principal Donald Reynolds
- Dr. Linus (2010) ... Principal Donald Reynolds
 2009 Ghostbusters (Video Game)
Walter Peck (voice)
 2008-2009 Life (TV Series)
Mickey Rayborn
- One (2009) ... Mickey Rayborn
- Shelf Life (2009) ... Mickey Rayborn
- I Heart Mom (2009) ... Mickey Rayborn
- Canyon Flowers (2009) ... Mickey Rayborn
- Evil... and His Brother Ziggy (2009) ... Mickey Rayborn
 2008 Strokes (TV Movie)
Richard McBride
 2008 Monk (TV Series)
Commander Nathan Whitaker
- Mr. Monk Is Underwater (2008) ... Commander Nathan Whitaker
 2008 Ghouls (TV Movie)
 2008 Black Crescent Moon
Jo Dexton
 2008 Aces 'N' Eights (TV Movie)
 2007 Kush
 2007 Numb3rs (TV Series)
Warren Pierce
- Tabu (2007) ... Warren Pierce
 2007 The Girl Next Door
Adult David Moran
 2007 Totally Baked
Mr. Lyle Funonion (Segment "FunOnion Boardroom")
 2007 Towards Darkness
 2006 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Dr. Barr
- Remember: Part 2 (2006) ... Dr. Barr
- Remember: Part 1 (2006) ... Dr. Barr
 2006 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series)
Emissary Varta
- Collateral Damage (2006) ... Emissary Varta
 2005 Headspace
Dr. Ira Gold
 2005 Gone But Not Forgotten (TV Movie)
Senator Raymond Colby
 2005 Into the Sun
CIA Agent Block
 2005 Boston Legal (TV Series)
A.D.A. Howard Zale
- It Girls and Beyond (2005) ... A.D.A. Howard Zale
 2002-2004 Law & Order (TV Series)
Dan Jensen / Don Snyder
- Evil Breeds (2004) ... Dan Jensen
- Dazzled (2002) ... Don Snyder
 2003 The Last Samurai
Winchester Rep
 2003 Justice League (TV Series)
Dr. Destiny / John Dee
- Only a Dream: Part II (2003) ... Dr. Destiny / John Dee (voice)
- Only a Dream (2003) ... Dr. Destiny / John Dee (voice)
 2002 Who's Your Daddy? (Video)
Duncan Mack
 2001 Race to Space
Ralph Stanton
 2001 Night Visions (TV Series)
William Price (segment "Hate Puppet")
- Hate Puppet/Darkness (2001) ... William Price (segment "Hate Puppet")
 2001 Burning Down the House
Arthur Kranston
 2000 The Crow: Salvation
Nathan Randall
 1999/II The Stranger
 1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV Series)
- A Simple Touch (1999) ... Ron
 1997-1999 The Practice (TV Series)
D.A. Keith Pratt
- Marooned (1999) ... D.A. Keith Pratt
- Sex, Lies and Monkeys (1997) ... D.A. Keith Pratt
- First Degree (1997) ... D.A. Keith Pratt
 1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (TV Movie)
Darryl Zanuck
 1998 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Franklin Murdoch
- To Tell the Truth (1998) ... Franklin Murdoch
 1997 Mad City
 1997 Executive Power (Video)
President John Fields
 1997 Hoodlum
Thomas Dewey
 1996 Nash Bridges (TV Series)
Dr. Linus Mills
- Key Witness (1996) ... Dr. Linus Mills
 1996 Raven Hawk (TV Movie)
Philip Thorne
 1996 Bio-Dome
Dr. Noah Faulkner
 1995 Broken Trust (TV Movie)
 1995 Virus (TV Movie)
Dr. Reginald Holloway
 1994 Frank & Jesse
Allan Pinkerton
 1994 Saints and Sinners
Terence McCone
 1993 The Pelican Brief
Bob Gminski
 1992 Chrome Soldiers (TV Movie)
Sheriff Blackwell
 1992 Diagnosis Murder: Diagnosis of Murder (TV Movie)
Eric Walker
 1985-1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Prosecutor Andy Henley / Greg Dalton / Larry Holleran
- Judge Not (1991) ... Prosecutor Andy Henley
- Murder, She Spoke (1987) ... Greg Dalton
- Murder in the Afternoon (1985) ... Larry Holleran
 1991 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Malcolm Mayflower
- Easel Kill Ya (1991) ... Malcolm Mayflower
 1991 Oscar
 1990 Grim Prairie Tales
 1990 Die Hard 2
 1990 Buried Alive (TV Movie)
Cortland 'Cort' van Owen
 1987-1989 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Martin 'Alpha' Loeber / Gideon
- 17 Zebra (1989) ... Gideon
- Blood & Wine: Part 2 (1987) ... Martin 'Alpha' Loeber
- Blood & Wine: Part 1 (1987) ... Martin 'Alpha' Loeber
 1988 Intrigue (TV Movie)
 1988 Die Hard
 1987 The Law and Harry McGraw (TV Series)
Gene Bellows
- Dead Men Don't Make Phone Calls (1987) ... Gene Bellows
 1985-1987 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Brian Wolfe (segment "The Card") / Mr. Dundee (segment "Night of the Meek")
- The Card/The Junction (1987) ... Brian Wolfe (segment "The Card")
- Night of the Meek/But Can She Type?/The Star (1985) ... Mr. Dundee (segment "Night of the Meek")
 1986 No Mercy
Allan Deveneux
 1986 A Fight for Jenny (TV Movie)
Michael Rosen
 1985 Real Genius
Prof. Jerry Hathaway
 1984 Ghostbusters
Walter Peck
 1983 Malibu (TV Movie)
Stan Harvey
 1982 Tomorrow's Child (TV Movie)
Jim Spence
 1981 A Single Light (TV Movie)
 1981 The House of Mirth (TV Movie)
Lawrence Selden
 1978-1979 Centennial (TV Mini Series)
Jim Lloyd
- The Scream of Eagles (1979) ... Jim Lloyd
- The Winds of Death (1979) ... Jim Lloyd
- The Winds of Fortune (1979) ... Jim Lloyd
- The Crime (1979) ... Jim Lloyd
- The Storm (1979) ... Jim Lloyd
 1976 Independence (Short)
Benjamin Rush
 1975 The Hindenburg
Karl Boerth
 1974 The Sugarland Express
 1973 Class of '44
Fraternity President
 1972 The New Centurions
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If you have to be the antagonist, you often have a lot more creative powers. You have a lot more color to you. See more »


Has sung Irving Berlin's, "What'll I Do?" for the opening title sequence in "The Great Gatsby". This was also featured in Robert Evans' documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002). See more »


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). See more »



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