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Tom Hulce

Tom Hulce, December 2006
Born Thomas Edward Hulce
December 6, 1953 (1953-12-06) (age 56)
Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA
Occupation Actor and Producer
Years active 1977-present

Tom Hulce (born Thomas Edward Hulce on December 6, 1953) is an American actor and theater producer. As an actor, he is perhaps best known for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Mozart in the movie "Amadeus" and his role as Pinto in "Animal House". Additional acting awards included a total of four Golden Globe nominations, an Emmy Award and a Tony Award nomination. Hulce retired from acting in the mid-1990s in order to focus upon stage directing and producing.[1] In 2008, he received a Tony Award as a producer of the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening."

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Early life

Hulce was born in Whitewater, Wisconsin. The youngest of four children, he was raised in Plymouth, Michigan. His mother, Joanna (née Winkleman), sang briefly with Phil Spitalny's All-Girl Orchestra, and his father, Raymond Albert Hulce, worked for the Ford Motor Company.[2] [3][4] Although he originally wanted to be a singer as a child, he switched to acting when his voice changed. He left home at the age of 15 and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Acting Career

Hulce made his acting debut in 1975, playing opposite Anthony Perkins in Equus on Broadway. Throughout the rest of the 1970s and the early 1980s, he worked primarily as a theater actor, taking occasional parts in movies. His first film role was in the James Dean-influenced film 9/30/55 in 1977. His next was as freshmen student Lawrence "Pinto" Kroger in the highly popular National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). In 1984, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Mozart in Amadeus, losing to his co-star, F. Murray Abraham. Other films include Echo Park (1986), Slam Dance (1987), Shadow Man (1988), Dominick and Eugene (1988), Parenthood (1989), The Inner Circle (1991), Fearless (1993), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) (as the voice of the protagonist Quasimodo), which, along with the sequel, which would be his last main movie role. He also played 1960s civil rights activist Michael Schwerner in the 1990 TV-movie Murder in Mississippi.

On Broadway, Hulce starred in A Memory of Two Mondays and A Few Good Men, for which he was Tony Award nominee in 1990. He appeared in the groundbreaking early AIDS-era drama The Normal Heart in London's West End and Hamlet at the Shakespeare Theater. His regional theatre credits include Eastern Standard at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

He had bit parts in the recent movies Jumper (2008) and Stranger Than Fiction (2006). Hulce produced the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham's A Home at the End of the World directed by Michael Mayer, who later directed Hulce's project Spring Awakening on Broadway.

Career as Producer

Hulce is a producer of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Spring Awakening. He shepherded two other major projects to fruition: the six-hour, two-evening stage adaptation of John Irving's The Cider House Rules, and Talking Heads, a festival of Alan Bennett's plays which won six Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, a special Outer Critics Circle Award, and a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. Hulce also headed 10 Million Miles a musical project by Keith Bunin and Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, that premiered in Spring 2007 at the Atlantic Theater Company. In January of 2010, Hulce and producer Ira Pittelman announced that they will produce a stage adaptation of the Green Day album American Idiot. The musical had its world premiere in Berkeley, California, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2009. It is set to open on Broadway in April of 2010.

Awards and Nominations

As an actor, Hulce has been nominated for four Golden Globes, two Helen Hayes Awards and has won an Emmy Award for his performance in The Heidi Chronicles, as well as his aforementioned Tony award for producing the musical Spring Awakening. He also won a CableACE Award for his performance in "The Heidi Chronicles." He is also a Tony-award winning producer for "Spring Awakening."

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Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1975 Forget-Me-Not-Lane
1976 Song of Myself
1978 National Lampoon's Animal House
1980 Those Lips, Those Eyes
1984 Amadeus Nominated-Academy Award for Best Actor; Nominated-Golden Globe Award:Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1986 The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket
1986 Echo Park
1987 Slam Dance
1988 Dominick and Eugene Nominated-Golden Globe Award:Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1988 Shadow Man
1989 Parenthood
1990 Murder in Mississippi Nominated-Golden Globe Award:Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television; Nominated-Emmy Award:Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1991 The Inner Circle
1993 Fearless
1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
1995 The Heidi Chronicles Won-Emmy Award:Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie; Nominated-Golden Globe Award:Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
2006 Stranger Than Fiction

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