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William Hootkins

1948-07-05 Dallas, Texas, USA

Image of William Hootkins


William Michael Hootkins was born on July 5, 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 where he 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 films and TV shows alike in the mid '70s. His 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", Major Eaton, sent by the US government 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 23, 2005. IMDb Mini Biography


The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades Sergei Diaghilev 2007-12-18
Colour Me Kubrick Frank Rich 2005-10-06
Dear Wendy Marshall Walker 2005-02-04
Blessed Detective Lauderdale 2004-05-16
Mars: Pioneering the Planet 2003-08-10
Hamilton Mattress Senor Balustrade (voice) 2002-01-01
The Magnificent Ambersons Uncle George 2002-01-12
The Breed Fusco 2001-07-19
Town & Country Barney 2001-04-27
The Omega Code Sir Percival Lloyd 1999-10-15
Something to Believe In Car Dealer 1998-05-08
Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest The Man 1997-01-19
The Island of Dr. Moreau Kiril 1996-08-23
Funny Bones Al 1995-09-20
Gospa judge Marulic 1995-10-12
Death Machine John Carpenter 1994-12-23
The NeverEnding Story III Bark Troll / Falkor (voice) 1994-10-26
La vida láctea Julian Reilly 1993-02-23
Age of Treason Senator Garrus 1993-06-20
The Cement Garden Commander Hunt (voice) 1993-02-20
A River Runs Through It Murphy 1992-10-09
Dust Devil Capt. Cornelius Beyman 1992-07-11
The Pope Must Die Cardinal Verucci 1991-06-21
Hear My Song Mr. X 1991-12-27
Hardware Lincoln Wineberg Jr. 1990-09-14
Batman Eckhardt 1989-06-23
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Harry Howler 1987-07-23
American Gothic Teddy 1987-08-17
Biggles Chuck 1986-05-30
Haunted Honeymoon Reporter 1986-07-25
A State of Emergency 1986-11-01
White Nights Chuck Malarek 1985-11-22
Water Ben 1985-01-01
Zina Walter Adams 1985-11-01
Dreamchild 1st Radio Actor 1985-10-04
Curse of the Pink Panther Taxi Driver 1983-08-12
Trail of the Pink Panther Taxi Driver 1982-12-03
The Tempest Caliban 1982-09-24
Raiders of the Lost Ark Major Eaton 1981-06-12
Sphinx Don 1981-02-11
The Life and Times of David Lloyd George Winston Churchill 1981-03-04
Before Water Lilies Mel 1981-03-24
Flash Gordon Munson 1980-09-01
Bad Timing Col. Taylor 1980-03-02
Hussy 1st. Punter 1980-05-01
Hanover Street Beef 1979-05-18
Charlie Muffin U.S. Embassy Photographer 1979-12-11
The Lady Vanishes Party Guest 1979-04-30
The Lost Boys Charles Frohman 1978-10-11
The Billion Dollar Bubble Lloyd Edens 1978-06-08
Star Wars Red Six (Porkins) 1977-05-25
Valentino Fatty 1977-09-07
Twilight's Last Gleaming Sgt. Fitzpatrick 1977-02-09
Come Back, Little Sheba Postman 1977-12-31
The Paradise Run Party Guest 1976-04-05
Big Zapper Kono's Henchman 1973-07-05