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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

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Jul 5, 1948 In Dallas, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Van der Valk 1972-09-13
Latest Project:
Movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades 2007-12-18
Known For
Poster of American Gangster
Poster of Batman
Poster of Raiders of the Lost Ark
Poster of Flash Gordon
Movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades Sergei Diaghilev 2007-12-18
Movie Dear Wendy Marshall Walker 2005-02-04
Movie Colour Me Kubrick Frank Rich 2005-10-06
Movie Blessed Detective Lauderdale 2004-05-16
Movie Mars: Pioneering the Planet Unknown 2003-08-10
Movie Hamilton Mattress Senor Balustrade (voice) 2002-01-01
Movie The Breed Fusco 2001-07-19
Series American Gangster Narrator 2000-08-10
Movie The Omega Code Sir Percival Lloyd 1999-10-15
Series The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
Movie Something to Believe In Car Dealer 1998-05-08
Movie Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest The Man 1997-01-19
Movie The Island of Dr. Moreau Kiril 1996-08-23
Movie Funny Bones Al 1995-09-20
Movie Virgin Mary judge Marulic 1995-10-12
Movie The NeverEnding Story III Bark Troll / Falkor (voice) 1994-10-26
Movie Death Machine John Carpenter 1994-12-23
Movie The Milky Life Julian Reilly 1993-02-23
Movie The Cement Garden Commander Hunt (voice) 1993-02-20
Movie Age of Treason Senator Garrus 1993-06-20
Series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Diaghilev 1992-03-04
Movie A River Runs Through It Murphy 1992-10-09
Movie Dust Devil Capt. Cornelius Beyman 1992-07-11
Movie The Pope Must Die Cardinal Verucci 1991-06-21
Movie Hear My Song Mr. X 1991-12-27
Movie Hardware Lincoln Wineberg Jr. 1990-09-14
Movie Batman Eckhardt 1989-06-23
Movie Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Harry Howler 1987-07-23
Movie American Gothic Teddy 1987-08-17
Series The New Statesman Willoughby Guzzler 1987-09-13
Movie Biggles Chuck 1986-05-30
Movie Haunted Honeymoon Reporter 1986-07-25
Movie A State of Emergency Unknown 1986-11-01
Movie Water Ben 1985-01-01
Movie Dreamchild 1st Radio Actor 1985-10-04
Movie Zina Walter Adams 1985-11-01
Movie White Nights Chuck Malarek 1985-11-22
Series Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense Unknown 1984-09-05
Series Blackadder Monk 1983-06-15
Series Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime Unknown 1983-10-09
Movie Curse of the Pink Panther Taxi Driver 1983-08-12
Series American Playhouse Phil Cooper 1982-01-12
Series Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1982-03-25
Movie The Tempest Caliban 1982-09-24
Movie Trail of the Pink Panther Taxi Driver 1982-12-03
Series Remington Steele Unknown 1982-10-01
Movie Sphinx Don 1981-02-11
Movie The Life and Times of David Lloyd George Winston Churchill 1981-03-04
Movie Raiders of the Lost Ark Major Eaton 1981-06-12
Movie Before Water Lilies Mel 1981-03-24
Series Bergerac Unknown 1981-10-18
Movie Hussy 1st. Punter 1980-05-01
Movie Bad Timing Col. Taylor 1980-03-02
Movie Flash Gordon Munson 1980-09-01
Series Tales of the Unexpected Harry Chester 1979-03-24
Movie The Lady Vanishes Party Guest 1979-04-30
Movie Charlie Muffin U.S. Embassy Photographer 1979-12-11
Movie Hanover Street Beef 1979-11-29
Movie The Billion Dollar Bubble Lloyd Edens 1978-06-08
Series Lillie Unknown 1978-09-24
Movie The Lost Boys Charles Frohman 1978-10-11
Series The Lost Boys Charles Frohman 1978-10-11
Movie Twilight's Last Gleaming Sgt. Fitzpatrick 1977-02-09
Movie Star Wars Red Six (Porkins) 1977-05-25
Movie Come Back, Little Sheba Postman 1977-12-31
Movie Valentino Fatty 1977-09-07
Series Yanks Go Home Unknown 1976-11-22
Movie The Paradise Run Party Guest 1976-04-05
Series Laurence Olivier Presents Postman 1976-12-05
Series NOVA Voice of Methuselah 1974-03-03
Movie Big Zapper Kono's Henchman 1973-07-05
Series Van der Valk Unknown 1972-09-13