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William Atherton ACTOR


William Atherton was born on July 30th, 1947 in Orange, Connecticut with the birth name William Atherton Knight, born to Robert and Roby Atherton Knight.  He first became involved in acting when he attended the Drama School at Carnegie Tech and in 1969, he graduated from Carnegie-Mellon. 
His professional career began as a stage actor in New York where he performed in a number of Off-Broadway as well as Broadway productions.  He had begun to make quite a name for himself as a stage actor and soon began to catch the eye of Hollywood.
His film debut was in, "The Sugarland Express" (1974) starring Goldie Hawn and Ben Johnson which followed with lead roles in such features as, "The Day of the Locust" (1975) starring alongside Burgess Meredith, Karen Black and Donald Sutherland, "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" (1977) starring Diane Keaton, Richard Gere and Tuesday Weld, "The Hindenburg" (1975) starring George C. Scott and Anne Bancroft, "Ghostbusters" (1984) starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver and "The Real Genius" (1985) starring Val Kilmer.
Soon he began to take on more prominent and successful film roles adding to his resume appearances in, "No Mercy" (1986) starring Richard Gere and Kim Basinger, "Die Hard" (1988) starring Bruce Willis and Bonnie Bedelia, "Die Hard 2" (1990), "The Pelican Brief" (1993) starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts, "Bio-Dome" (1996), "Grim Praire Tales" (1990) starring James Earl Jones, "Man City" (1997) and "The Crow" (2000).
In addition to his many film roles he has also starred on a variety of television series such as, "Murder, She Wrote", "Boston Legal", "Monk", "Law & Order", "The Twilight Zone", "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost".
Atherton has also appeared in a variety of television movies such as, "Broken Trust" (1995) co-starring Tom Selleck and Elizabeth McGovern and "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" (1999).  In addition to his film and television work, he continues to return to stage acting and has added such production credits as, "The House of Blue Leaves", "Rich and Famous", "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and "The American Clock" among others.
More recently he has added even more successful film roles such as, "The Girl Next Door" (2007), "Jinn" (2012), "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" (2012), "The Citizen" (2012) and the television series, "The Unknown" (2012).
He has received a number of honors while being a part of the entertainment industry.  Atherton has been recognized for his talent as a stage actor receiving such honors as, a Drama Desk Award, the Outer Circle Critics Award and a Theatre World Award.
William Atherton is currently married to his only and only wife, Bobbi Goldin whom he wed in 1980. 


2012   The Unknown 
2012   The Citizen

2012   Jersey Shore Shark Attack 

2012   Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie 
2012   Jinn 

2011   Castle 

2011   Getting Back to Zero 
2010   The Kane Files: Life of Trial 

2010   The Glades 

2010   Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 
2010   Lost 

2009   Ghostbusters 

2008-2009  Life 
2008   Monk 

2008   Ghouls 

2008   bgFATLdy 
2008   Aces 'N' Eights

2008   Strokes 

2007   Numb3rs
2007   The Girl Next Door
2007   Hacia la oscuridad 

2007   Totally Baked: A Pot-U-Mentary 
2007   Kush 

2006   Desperate Housewives 

2006   Stargate SG-1 
2005   Headspace 

2005   Gone But Not Forgotten

2005   Into the Sun 
2005   Boston Legal 

2002-2004  Law & Order 

2004   Who's Your Daddy?
2003   The Last Samurai 

2003   Justice League 

2001   Race to Space 
2001   Night Visions

2001   Burning Down the House 

2000   The Crow: Salvation 
1999   Chicken Soup for the Soul 

1997-1999  The Practice

1999   Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
1999   The Stranger 

1998   The Outer Limits 

1998   Michael Kael contre la World News Company
1997   Mad City

1997   Hoodlum

1997   Executive Power
1996   Nash Bridges

1996   Raven Hawk

1996   Bio-Dome 
1995   Broken Trust 

1995   Virus 

1995   Frank & Jesse
1994   Saints and Sinners

1993   The Pelican Brief

1992   Chrome Soldiers
1992   Diagnosis Murder 

1985-1991  Murder, She Wrote 

1991   Tales from the Crypt 
1991   Oscar

1990   Die Hard 2 

1990   Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror
1990   Buried Alive 

1987-1989  The Equalizer

1988   Intrigue 
1988   Die Hard

1987   The Law and Harry McGraw 

1985-1987  The Twilight Zone 
1986   No Mercy

1986   A Fight for Jenny

1985   Real Genius
1984   Ghostbusters 

1983   Malibu 

1982   Tomorrow's Child
1981   A Single Light

1981   The House of Mirth

1978-1979  Centennial 
1977   Looking for Mr. Goodbar 

1976   Independence

1975   The Hindenburg
1975   The Day of the Locust

1974   The Sugarland Express

1973   Class of '44 
1972   The New Centurions 

Matinee Classics - The Day of the Locust starring Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, William Atherton, Geraldine Page, Richard A. Dysart, Bo Hopkins, Pepe Serna, Lelia Goldoni, Billy Barty, Jackie Earle Haley, Gloria LeRoy, Jane Hoffman, Norman Leavitt and Madge Kennedy

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