William Hootkins

William Hootkins

  • Born on
    • July 5th, 1948
  • Died on
    • October 23rd, 2005
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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Acting (35 Credits)

2005Dear Wendy as Marshall Walker
2005Color Me Kubrick as Frank RichWatch Free
2004Blessed as Detective Lauderdale
2002The Magnificent Ambersons as Uncle George
2001The Breed as Fusco
1999The Omega Code as Sir Percival Lloyd
1996The Island of Dr. Moreau as Kiril
1995Funny Bones as Al
1994Death Machine as John CarpenterWatch Free
1994The NeverEnding Story III as Bark Troll / Falkor (voice)
1993The Cement Garden as Commander Hunt (voice)
1992Dust Devil as Capt. Cornelius Beyman
1992A River Runs Through It as Murphy
1991Hear My Song as Mr. X
1991The Pope Must Diet as Cardinal Verucci
1990Hardware as Lincoln Wineberg Jr.
1989Batman as Eckhardt
1987American Gothic as Teddy
1987Superman IV: The Quest for Peace as Harry Howler
1986Biggles: Adventures in Time as Chuck
1986Haunted Honeymoon as Reporter
1985White Nights as Chuck Malarek
1985Dreamchild as 1st Radio Actor
1985Water as Ben
1983Curse of the Pink Panther as Taxi Driver
1982Trail of the Pink Panther as Taxi Driver
1981Sphinx as Don
1981Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark as Major Eaton
1980Bad Timing/A Sensual Obsession as Col. Taylor
1980Flash Gordon as Munson
1979Hanover Street as Beef
1979The Lady Vanishes as Party Guest
1977Valentino as Fatty
1977Twilight's Last Gleaming as Sgt. Fitzpatrick
1977Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope as Red Six (Porkins)

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