Biography

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

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

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 64

Birthday 1948-07-05

Day of Death 2005-10-23

Place of Birth Dallas, Texas, USA

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Also Known As

  • Bill Hootkins
  • William Michael Hootkins

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2007 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades as Sergei Diaghilev
2006 Colour Me Kubrick as Frank Rich
2004 Blessed as Detective Lauderdale
2003 Mars: Pioneering the Planet
2002 Hamilton Mattress as Senor Balustrade (voice)
2001 The Breed as Fusco
1999 The West Wing (1 episode)
1998 Something to Believe In as Car Dealer
1997 Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest as The Man
1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau as Kiril
1995 Virgin Mary as judge Marulic
1995 Funny Bones as Al
1994 Death Machine as John Carpenter
1993 The Milky Life as Julian Reilly
1993 The Cement Garden as Commander Hunt (voice)
1992 A River Runs Through It as Murphy
1992 Dust Devil as Capt. Beyman
1991 Hear My Song as Mr. X
1991 The Pope Must Die as Cardinal Verucci
1990 Hardware as Lincoln Wineberg Jr.
1989 Batman as Eckhardt
1987 The New Statesman (1 episode) as Willoughby Guzzler
1987 American Gothic as Teddy
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace as Harry Howler
1986 A State of Emergency
1986 Haunted Honeymoon as Reporter
1986 Zina as Walter Adams
1986 Biggles as Chuck
1985 White Nights as Chuck Malarek
1985 Dreamchild as 1st Radio Actor
1985 Water as Ben
1984 Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (1 episode)
1983 Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (1 episode)
1983 Curse of the Pink Panther as Taxi Driver
1983 Blackadder (1 episode) as Monk
1983 The Tempest as Caliban
1982 Trail of the Pink Panther as Taxi Driver
1982 Remington Steele (1 episode)
1982 Cagney & Lacey (1 episode)
1981 Bergerac (1 episode)
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark as Major Eaton
1981 The Life and Times of David Lloyd George as Winston Churchill
1981 Sphinx as Don
1980 Flash Gordon as Munson
1980 Hussy as 1st. Punter
1980 Bad Timing as Col. Taylor
1979 Charlie Muffin as U.S. Embassy Photographer
1979 Hanover Street as Beef
1979 The Lady Vanishes as Party Guest
1979 Tales of the Unexpected (2 episodes)
1978 The Lost Boys (3 episodes) as Charles Frohman as Charles Frohman
1978 Lillie (1 episode)
1978 The Billion Dollar Bubble as Lloyd Edens
1977 Come Back, Little Sheba as Postman
1977 Valentino as Fatty
1977 Star Wars as Red Six (Porkins)
1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming as Sgt. Fitzpatrick
1976 Laurence Olivier Presents (1 episode) as Postman
1976 Yanks Go Home (1 episode)
1976 The Paradise Run as Party Guest
1974 NOVA (1 episode) as Voice of Methuselah
1973 Big Zapper as Kono's Henchman
1972 Van der Valk (1 episode)

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