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Tom Hulce

December 6th, 1953
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Thomas Edward "Tom" Hulce (born 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 National Lampoon's 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. In 2007, he won a Tony Award as a lead producer of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening.

Early life

Hulce was born in Detroit, Michigan (some sources incorrectly say 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. Although he originally wanted to be a singer as a child, he switched to acting after his voice changed during his teenage years. He left home at the age of 15 and attended Interlochen Arts Academy and 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 September 30, 1955 in 1977. His next movie role was as freshman student Lawrence "Pinto" Kroger in the classic comedy National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). In 1982, he played a gunshot victim in the television show St. Elsewhere.

In the early 1980s, Hulce was chosen over intense competition (which included David Bowie and Mikhail Baryshnikov) to play the role of Mozart in director Milos Forman's film version of Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus. In 1985, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, losing to his co-star, F. Murray Abraham. In 1989, he received his second Best Actor Golden Globe Award nomination for a critically acclaimed performance as an intellectually challenged garbage collector in the 1988 movie Dominick and Eugene. He played supporting roles in Parenthood (1989), Fearless (1993) and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994).

In 1990, he was nominated for his first Emmy Award for his performance as the 1960s civil rights activist Michael Schwerner in the 1990 TV-movie Murder in Mississippi. He starred as Joseph Stalin's projectionist in Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky's 1991 film The Inner Circle. In 1996, he won an Emmy Award for his role as a gay pediatrician in a television-movie version of the Wendy Wasserstein play The Heidi Chronicles, starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Also in 1996, he provided both the speaking and singing voice of the protagonist Quasimodo for the Disney animated feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Although Hulce largely retired from acting in the mid-1990s, he had bit parts in the recent movies Jumper (2008) and Stranger Than Fiction (2006).

Hulce remained active in theater throughout his entire acting career. In addition to Equus, he also appeared in Broadway productions of A Memory of Two Mondays and A Few Good Men, for which he was a Tony Award nominee in 1990. In the mid-1980s, he appeared in two different productions of playwright Larry Kramer's early AIDS-era drama The Normal Heart. In 1992, he starred in a Shakespeare Theatre Company production of Hamlet. His regional theatre credits include Eastern Standard at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Career as producer

Hulce shepherded two 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. He 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.

Hulce was a lead producer of the Broadway hit Spring Awakening, which won eight Tony Awards in 2007, including one for Best Musical. He is also a lead producer of 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 and opened on Broadway in April 2010. He also produced the 2004 movie A Home at the End of the World, based upon Michael Cunningham's novel.

Awards and nominations

Theater awards:

2010 Tony Award Best Musical American Idiot [nominee] Produced by Tom Hulce

2010 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical American Idiot [nominee] Produced by Tom Hulce

2007 Tony Award Best Musical Spring Awakening [winner] Produced by Tom Hulce

2007 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Spring Awakening [winner] Produced by Tom Hulce

2003 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play Tom Hulce [nominee] (for Talking Heads )

2000 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play Thomas Hulce [nominee] ( for "The Cider House Rules, Part One" )

1993 Helen Hayes Award Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play [nominee] (for Hamlet, The Shakespeare Theatre)

1990 Tony Award Best Actor in Play [nominee] (for A Few Good Men)

1990 Helen Hayes Award Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Play [nominee] (for A Few Good Men)

Film/Television awards:

See Filmography below


List of acting performances in film and television
Television film
Song of Myself
Television film
September 30, 1955
National Lampoon's Animal House
Lawrence "Pinto" Kroger
Those Lips, Those Eyes
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
·        Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
·        Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
·        David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor
Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, TheThe Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket
Echo Park
Slam Dance
C.C. Drood
Dominick and Eugene
Dominick "Nicky" Luciano
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Shadow Man
Shadowman/David Rubenstin
Larry Buckman
Murder in Mississippi
Mickey Schwerner
·        Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
·        Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
Inner Circle, TheThe Inner Circle
Ivan Sanshin
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Henry Clerval
Wings of Courage
Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Heidi Chronicles, TheThe Heidi Chronicles
Peter Patrone
·        Emmy Award Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
·        CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actor - Miniseries or Movie
·        Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Hunchback of Notre Dame, TheThe Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hunchback of Notre Dame II, TheThe Hunchback of Notre Dame II
Direct-to-video release
Home at the End of the World, AA Home at the End of the World
as producer
Stranger Than Fiction
Dr. Cayly
Mr. Bowker

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