William Atherton

William Atherton

Ghostbusters ♦ Die Hard 1 & 2 ♦ Real Genius ♦ Defiance ♦ Stargate SG1 ♦ Law and Order ♦ Justice League(voice)

William Atherton has starred in motion pictures, on Broadway and television. He first achieved prominence starring in Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut, “The Sugarland Express”, followed by John Schlesinger’s classic “The Day of the Locust”. Atherton is best known for his roles as an antagonistic news anchorman in the action blockbusters “Die Hard I and II”, as the zealous bureaucrat in the original smash hit comedy “Ghostbusters” and as the conniving professor in Martha Coolidge’s “Real Genius”. Other major films include Richard Brooks’ “Looking for Mr. Goodbar”, Robert Wise’s “The Hindenburg”, John Landis’ “Oscar”. Bill Duke’s Hoodlum”, Richard Pearce’s “No Mercy,”, Alan Pakula’s “The Pelican Brief”, Costa Gravas’ “Mad City”, Andy Fickman’s “Who’s Your Daddy?” and Ed Zwick’s “The Last Samurai”. Recently William co-produced and starred in the award winning psychological thriller/Horror “Head Space”, and had starring roes in three independent features ”bgFATldy”, a comedic murder mystery with Gil Bellows, “The Girl Next Door” based on Jack Ketchum’s cult classic novel and Antonio Negret’s “Towards Darkness” with America Ferrara which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Most recently William finished production on “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” with Will Ferrell.

On Television he has starred in numerous cable movies, including “Frank and Jesse”, Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne’s “Broken Trust” for TNT, the Hallmark mini-series “Gone, but No Forgotten” and he portrayed Darryl Zanuck in HBO’s Golden Globe winner “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”.

Consistently honored for his work on the stage, Atherton has created roles on and off Broadway for many of America’s leading playwrights. He won the “Drama Desk” and “Outer Critics Circle” awards for creating the title role in David Witse’s “Suggs in the City” and an Obie nomination for the title role in David Rabe’s “The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel”. He also earned a Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut in “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” and received Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for his work in “Misalliance”

He starred in the original productions of John Guarre’s “House of Blue Leaves” and “Rich and Famous” and the Broadway productions of Arthur Miller’s “The American Clock” and Herman Wouk’s “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial”. His repertoire also includes Steve Tisch’s “The Pajama Game”, George Abbot’s “Broadway with Gilda Radner”, the Kennedy Center’s highly acclaimed staging of ”The Scarecrow” and the Los Angeles productions of “Child’s Play” and Nicholas Meyer’s “Loco Motives”.

He starred in the regional première of the award-winning ”Art” directed by Judd Hirsch and most recently off Broadway in the world première of “Franz Kafka’s “The Castle” at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre and the critically acclaimed original production of “Address Unknown” adapted and directed by Frank Dunlop.



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