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Timothy Hutton

Hutton at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival
Born Timothy Tarquin Hutton
August 16, 1960 (1960-08-16) (age 49)
Malibu, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Debra Winger (1986-1990)
Aurore Giscard d'Estaing (2000-present)

Timothy Tarquin Hutton (born August 16, 1960, in Malibu, California) is an American actor.[1] He is the youngest actor to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, which he won at the age of 20 for his performance as Conrad Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980).


Early life

Timothy Hutton's father was actor Jim Hutton; his mother, Maryline Adams (née Poole), was a teacher. His parents' marriage dissolved when Hutton was three years old, and his mother took him and his older sister with her to Boston. The family returned to California when Hutton was 12.

"A lot of people think that because my father was an actor, I come from this big show-business background," Hutton told Bruce Cook of American Film magazine in 1981. "But that's not how I grew up at all. My mother took us to Cambridge because she wanted to get her M.A. She wound up teaching in Connecticut, but the way she saw if, after awhile, if we all stayed there, my sister and I would just wind up as the proprietors of the local drugstore or something, so that was why she took us to Berkeley — to get us into the world, I guess. Now she's given up teaching and she's into printing miniature books."

When he was 16 Hutton sought out his father, living with him in Los Angeles while attending Fairfax High School. There, while playing Nathan Detroit in a school production of Guys and Dolls, Hutton realized he wanted to become an actor. With encouragement from both of his parents, Hutton carefully built himself a career in television.[2]


Timothy Hutton's career began with parts in several television movies, most notably the 1979 ABC TV film Friendly Fire. That year, he also played the son of Donna Reed in the Ross Hunter NBC television film, The Best Place To Be. Hutton then made two CBS made-for TV films in 1980 - Young Love, First Love with Valerie Bertinelli and Father Figure with Hal Linden. For his first feature film performance, as Conrad Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980), Hutton won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. His performance also earned Hutton the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Male. Immediately following his great success, Hutton starred in the acclaimed 1981 ABC television film A Long Way Home co-starring Brenda Vaccaro.

However, Hutton soon fell victim to the Oscar jinx. His next feature film, Taps with George C. Scott, while popular with audiences, was disappointing. During the next several years, his motion pictures such as Iceman, Daniel, Turk 182, Made In Heaven, and Q & A all flopped at the box office. His only substantial hit was 1985's The Falcon and The Snowman which teamed him with Sean Penn.

During the late 1980's and into the 1990's, Hutton began to take featured parts in films, most notably in Everybody's All American with Jessica Lange and Dennis Quaid and French Kiss with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline . In 1989, Hutton made his Broadway stage debut opposite his Ordinary People co-star Elizabeth McGovern in the A.R. Gurney play, Love Letters. He followed this with another Broadway role in the Craig Lucas hit comedy, Prelude To A Kiss, which also starred Mary-Louise Parker and Barnard Hughes.

Moving on to television, he starred as Nero Wolfe's assistant and leg-man Archie Goodwin in the A&E television series A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–2002); he also served as an executive producer, and also directed several episodes of the series. His other directing credits include the family film Digging to China (1998). In 2001 Hutton starred in the television miniseries WW3, and in 2006 he had a lead role in the NBC series Kidnapped, playing Conrad Cain, the wealthy father of a kidnapped teenager. He appeared in 15 feature films from 2006 to 2008.

Hutton is currently starring in the television series Leverage, where he plays an insurance investigator who becomes a modern-day Robin Hood.

Other pursuits

Hutton is one of the owners of the New York City restaurant and bar P. J. Clarke's. In 2003 Hutton became president of the prestigious Players, a New York actors' club, but he resigned in June 2008 due to work keeping him in Los Angeles.

Personal life

Hutton has married twice. His first marriage (1986-1990) was to actress Debra Winger; they have a son, Noah. In 2000, he married illustrator Aurore Giscard d'Estaing, niece of former president of the French Republic Valery Giscard d'Estaing. Their son Milo was born in Paris on September 11, 2001 (Timothy Hutton interview with Sarah Hampson, The Toronto Globe and Mail, December 28, 2002). In July 2009, US Weekly reported that Hutton and his second wife had separated (July 20, 2009, "It's Over!").



Year Film Role Notes
1965 Never Too Late Boy running to his daddy uncredited
1972 The Wonderful World of Disney "Dad, Can I Borrow the Car"
1978 Zuma Beach Art (TV)
1979 Friendly Fire John Mullen (TV)
The Best Place to Be Tommy Callahan (TV)
And Baby Makes Six Jason Cramer (TV)
Young Love, First Love Derek Clayton (TV)
1980 The Oldest Living Graduate Cadet (TV)
Disney's Wonderful World Paul Winters "The Sultan and the Rock Star"
Ordinary People Conrad Jarrett Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor — Motion Picture
Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Father Figure Jim (TV)
1981 Teenage Suicide: Don't Try It! narrator
A Long Way Home Donald Branch (TV)
Taps Cadet Major Brian Moreland
1983 Daniel Daniel Isaacson
1984 Iceman Dr. Stanley Shephard
1985 The Falcon and the Snowman Christopher Boyce
Turk 182 Jimmy Lynch
1987 Made in Heaven Mike Shea/Elmo Barnett
1988 A Time of Destiny Jack
Betrayed Juggler at the fair uncredited
Everybody's All-American Donnie "Cake"
1989 Torrents of Spring Dimitri Sanin
1990 Q&A Asst. District Attorney Aloysius Francis Reilly
1991 Strangers Tom
1993 The Temp Peter Derns
The Dark Half Thad Beaumont/George Stark
Zelda F. Scott Fitzgerald (TV)
1995 French Kiss Charlie
The Last Word Martin Ryan
1996 Beautiful Girls Willie Conway
Mr. and Mrs. Loving Richard Loving (TV)
The Substance of Fire Martin Geldhart
1997 City of Industry Lee Egan
Playing God Raymond Blossom
Dead by Midnight John Larkin/Sam Ellis (TV)
Aldrich Ames: The Traitor Within Aldrich Ames (TV)
1998 Vig Frankie
1999 The General's Daughter Col. William Kent
Deterrence Marshall Thompson
2000 The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery Archie Goodwin (TV)
Deliberate Intent Rod Smolla (TV)
Just One Night Isaac Alder
2001 WW3 Larry (TV)
2001–2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery Archie Goodwin (TV series)
2002 Sunshine State Jack Meadows
2004 Secret Window Ted Milner
5ive Days to Midnight J.T. Neumeyer (TV miniseries)
Kinsey Paul Gebhard
2005 Turning Green Bill the Breaker
2006 Last Holiday Matthew Kragen
Stephanie Daley Paul
Avenger Frank McBride (TV)
The Kovak Box David Norton
Heavens Fall Samuel Liebowitz
Falling Objects Oscar Peters
Off the Black Mr. Tibbel
The Good Shepherd Thomas Wilson
2006–2007 Kidnapped Conrad Cain (TV series)
2007 The Last Mimzy David Wilder
When a Man Falls in the Forest Gary
2008 The Alphabet Killer Richard Ledge
Reflections Tom
Lymelife Charlie Bragg
2008–present Leverage Nate Ford (TV series)
2009 Broken Hill George McAlpine
The Killing Room Crawford Haines
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject #30
Multiple Sarcasms Gabriel
Serious Moonlight Ian
2010 The Ghost Writer Sidney Kroll


Year Title Notes
1986 Amazing Stories (TV series) "Grandpa's Ghost"
1998 Digging to China Children's Jury Award, Chicago International Children's Film Festival
2001–2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery (TV series) "The Doorbell Rang"
"Champagne for One"
"Over My Dead Body"
"Death of a Doxy"


  1. ^ Timothy Hutton Biography (1960-)
  2. ^ Cook, Bruce, "Doing What Comes Naturally." American Film, March 1981, pp. 62–65 and 74

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