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Hootkins, William

William Hootkins
William Michael Hootkins was born 5 July 1948 in Dallas Texas, USA. 

 Hootkins had a remarkable career playing everything from bit parts to leads, and from radio to film over the years.  But, he started at school.  He attended St. Marks in Dallas, TX where he was in the same theater group, the Harlequin Players, as Tommy Lee Jones.  Hootkins also attended Princeton University in Princeton, NJ where he studied astrophysics and was a member of Theatre Intime (1970).

At the recommendation of his friend John Lithgow, Hootkins moved to the UK and was trained at LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)

 He appeared in numerous sci-fi classics. He portrayed Munson in Flash Gordon, Lt. Eckhardt in Batman, Major Eaton in Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Bark Troll in NeverEnding Story III, and Kiril in The Island of Dr. Moreau with Marlon Brando just to name a few of his varied roles. 

 Hootkins was known for his clear voice, which was why he did narration and readings on tape. He also spoke fluent Russian. 

Hootkins died on October 23, 2005, in Santa Monica, CA. after an almost year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.  He is survived by his wife (of only three months), *Carolyn Robb; an ex-wife, casting director Polly Hootkins (1973 - Jan 2005 div); his mother; his sister Susan; his brother Robert.

*Robb was Ex-Royal chef to HRH Prince Charles.

Colour Me Kubrick~2006 (US) - Frank Rich (see Actor Connections - Film)
Dear Wendy~2005 - Marshall Walker
Deadwood~2004 - Scott
Steamboy~2004 - voice of ? (English version)
Blessed~2004 - Detective Laurderdale
Three Men in a Restaurant~2003 - Scott
The Breed~2001 - Fusco
Town & Country~2001 - Barney
The Miracle Maker~2000 - voice of Lucifer
Extreme Machines: Super Sight~1999
Omega Code, The~1999 - Sir Percival Lloyd
Extreme Machines: Motor Cycle Mania~1998
Seizures~1998 (short) - Arthur Kray
Something to Believe In~1998 -
This World, Then the Fireworks~1997 - Jake Krutz
Rhinoceros Hunting In Budapest~1996 - The man
Island of Dr. Moreau, The~1996 - Kiril
Death Machine~1995 - John Carpenter
Gospa~1995 - Judge Marulic
Funny Bones~1995 - Al
NeverEnding Story III, The~1994 - voices of Bark Troll and Falkor
Cement Garden, The~1993 - voice of Commander Hunt
Dust Devil, The~1993 - Captain Beyman
Age of Treason~1993  - Senator Garrus
Princess and the Goblin, The~1993 - voice of ?
Vida láctea, La (The Milky Life)~1992 - Julian Reilly
Dust Devil~1992 - Captain Beyman
River Runs Through It, A~1992 - Murphy
Pope Must Die, The~1991 - Cardinal Verucci
Hear My Song~1991 - Mr. X (Imposter of Joseph Locke)
Hardware~1990 - Lincoln Wineberg Jr.
Batman~1989 - Lt. Eckhardt (see Actor Connections - Film)
American Gothic~1988 - Teddy
Crusoe~1988 - Auctioneer
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace~1987 - Harry Howler (see Actor Connections - Film)
Haunted Honeymoon~1986 - Reporter (grey suit)
Biggles: Adventures in Time~1986 - Chuck
Dreamchild~1985 - 1st Radio Actor (see Actor Connections - Film)
Water~1985 - Ben (see Actor Connections - Film)
White Nights~1985 - Chuck Malarek
Zina~1985 - Walter Adams
Tempest, The~1983 (V) - Caliban
Curse of the Pink Panther~1983 - uncredited Taxi Driver (see Actor Connections - Film)
Out of Order~1981 (short) -
Sphinx~1981 - Don
Raiders of the Lost Ark~1981  - Major Eaton (see Actor Connections - Film)

Hussy~1980 - 1st. Punter
The Tumour Principle~1980 (short)
Flash Gordon~1980 - Munson (see Actor Connections - Film)
Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession~1980 - Col. Taylor
Lady Vanishes, The~1979 - Party Guest
Hanover Street~1979 - Beef (see Actor Connections - Film)
Valentino~1977 - Mr. Fatty
Star Wars~1977 - Jek Porkins (Red Six)
Twilight's Last Gleaming~1977 - uncredited Sergeant Fitzpatrick
Big Zapper~1973 - Kono's Henchman (see Actor Connections - Film)

Absolute Power~2005 - U.S. Ambassador in Spinning America
Animals Behaving Badly~2004 (doc) - Narrator
The Big Sting~2004 (doc) - Narrator
The West Wing~2004 - U.S. Translator in Impact Winter
Seven Journeys in the American West~2004 - Narrator
Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde~2004 (doc) - Narrator
L.A. 10,000 B.C.~2004 - Narrator
Justice League~2003 - Commander in The Terror Beyond: Part 1
Almighty Amphibians~2003 - Narrator
Mars: Pioneering the Planet~2003
Mysteries of the Smithsonian~2002 - Narrator
Mysteries of the British Museum~2002 - Narrator
Mysteries of the Moscow Museum~2002 - Narrator
Hamilton Mattress~2002 (short) - voice of Señor Balustrade
Magnificent Ambersons, The~2002 (mini-series) - Uncle George
American Voices~2001 - Narrator
Animated Epics: Moby Dick~2001 - voice of Starbucks
NOVA~2001 (doc) - voice of Methuselah in Methuselah Tree
They Call Him Chantek~2000 - Narrator
Miracle Maker, The~2000 - Narrator
Exodus Earth~1999 - Narrator
Wild Indonesia~1999 - Narrator:
     Where Worlds Collide
     The Mystery of Sulawesi
     Creatures of Island Kingdoms
Like Father, Like Santa~1998 - Santa
Extreme Machines~1997 - Narrator
Aaaah!!! Real Monsters~1997 - voices of:
     Loch Ness Monster/Fisherman in Nuclear and Present Danger/Loch Ness Mess
     ? in 'Tell it to the Marines'
Fry and Laurie Host a Christmas Night with the Stars~1994 -
Return of Sherlock Holmes, The~1987  - Spelman 1987 (see Actor Connections - TV)
Princess and the Goblin~1995
Iron Man~1995 - voice of Crimson Dynamo in Not Far from the Tree
Tomorrow People, The~1994 - Colonel Cobb in The Monsoon Man: Parts 1-5
Age of Treason~1993 - Senator Garrus
The Legend of Prince Valiant~1992-1993 - voices of:
     Taskmaster in The Walls of Tyranny
          Malcolm Monroe in:
     The Fist of Iron
     The Road Back
     Wrestling Spectator in The Competitor
Gummed Labels~1992  - Harold (Seducer Producer)
Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The~1992 - Serge Diaghilev in Barcelona, May 1917
Bergerac~1991 -
     Karl Goldman in My Friend Charlie
     Eugene Field in Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
Chancer~1991 - Moody in Remembrance
PBS-Wild Indonesia~1999  - Narrator
Capital City~1990 - Jay in Shoes on the Wrong Feet
Agatha Christie: Poirot~1990 - FBI agent Burt in Adventure of the Cheap Flat
Monkeys~1989 - James Hoffman
Valerie~1989 - Belize in Paris: Parts 1-3
Hogan Family, The~1989 - Belize in Paris part2
American Playhouse~1986-1988 -
     Phil Cooper in The Big Knife
     Phil Cooper in Rocket to the Moon
U.S. Marshals: Waco & Rhinehart~1987 - August Mirch
Return of Sherlock Holmes~1987 - Spelman (see Actor Connections - TV)
New Statesman, The~1987 - Willoughby Guzzler in Baa Baa Black Sheep
Paradise Postponed~1986 (mini) -  Benjamin K. Bugloss in:
     The Simcox Inheritance
     Living in the Past
     The Temptation of Henry Simcox
Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense~1986 - Lou Delmart in Black Carrion
Blackadder II~1986 - Monk Freddie Frobisher in Beer
Rocket to the Moon~1986 - Phil Cooper
Whiz Kids~1983 - Gregor in Red Star Rising
Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime~1983 - Hamilton Betts in The Affair of the Pink Pearl
Who Dares Wins~1983 - Various
Taxi~1983 - Liquor Authority Agent in Jim's Mario's
Philip Marlowe, Private Eye~1983 - Frank Dorr in Finger Man
Taxi~1983 - Liquor Authority Agent in Jim's Mario's 1983
Remington Steele~1983 - Chester Harcourt in Vintage Steele
Cagney & Lacey~1983 - Zachary Kendall in Date Rape
Bergerac~1983 - Eugene Field in Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
Bret Maverick~1982 - Congressman Theodore Roosevelt in Horse of Yet Another Color
The Life and Times of David Lloyd George~1981 (mini) - Winston Churchill (6 episodes)
Agony~1981 - Herman Tweeder in Communications Breakdown
Tales of the Unexpected~1980-1981 -
     Harry Chester in The Boy Who Talked With Animals (see Actor Connections - TV)
     Peter Bligh in Taste
Play for Today~1981 - Mel in Before Water Lilies
Oppenheimer~1980 (mini) - F.B.I. Agent in 1.2 and 1.3
Premiere~1980 - Kolossov in Rabbit Pie Day
Just Liz~1980 - Freddie in 1.5
A Deadly Game~1979 - U.S. Embassy Photographer
Two Up, Two Down~1979 - Hoover in I Know What You're Thinking
Life at Stake~1978 - Becom Liebergot in Houston...We've got a Problem (see Actor Connections - TV)
Lillie~1978 - Colonel Cunningham in America (see Actor Connections - TV)
Crown Court~1978 - Barry Ferguson in Scalped: Part 1
Lost Boys, The~1978 (mini)  - Charles Frohman in:
     An Awfully Big Adventure
     Dark and Sinister Man
     We Set Out to Be Wrecked
Clouds of Glory: William and Dorothy~1978  - Reverend Dewey in William and Dorothy
Van der Valk~1977- Frank Garvin in Dead on Arrival
Yanks Go Home~1977 - Colonel Richter in Some of Our Coal is Missing
BBC Play of the Month~1977 - Little Bilham in The Ambassadors
Plum's Pots and Pans~1977 - Dr. Pretzel
Come Back, Little Sheba~1977 - Postman
Plays for Britain~1976 - Party Guest in The Paradise Run
BBC2 Playhouse~1974 - Mr. Bowles in Speed King

Hitchcock Blonde~2003 - Alfred Hitchcock (Lyric Theatre, London, UK; Broadway, NY, US 2005)
Their Finest Hour~2003 - Winston Churchill (English Chamber Theatre, UK)
Orpheus Descending~2000 - Vindictive Sheriff Talbott (Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London, UK)
Dreams in an Empty City~1988 - Harry (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, UK)
Insignificance~1982 - Senator (Royal Court Theatre, London, UK)
Rabbit Pie Day~1980 - Kolossov (performance viewed on BBC2)
The Dentist~1979 - (Royal Court Theatre, London, UK)
What a Way to Run a Revolution~1971 - performer (London Fringe, London, England, UK)
The Watergate Tapes
Moby Dick~1969 - Ahab

We'll Remember it for you...Wholesale~200? - Narrator/reader (2 parts)
A Bullet at Balmain's...~2003 -
Dead-Heading the Roses~2003 -
Dear Dr. Goebbels~2001/2? -
J. Edgar Hoover~1999 - J. Edgar Hoover
American Faith: Richard Milhous Nixon's Road to Watergate Parts 1& 2~1998 - H.R. (Bob) Haldeman (see Actor Connections - Radio)
Victorville~1998 - Rock Ends Ahead~1997
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes: The Problem of Thor Bridge~1995 - voice of Jay Neil Gibson
Notes From a Respectable Cockroach~1995 - (BBC Radio 2)
Deadlock~1993 - Bobby Malory
Adventures of Superman: Doomsday and Beyond~1990 - Lex Luthor (with an Australian Accent!)  (see Actor Connections - Radio)
Secret Agent: X9~ - Alfred Hall (part 3)
A Primate's Memoir: Love, Death and Baboons in East Africa (BBC Radio 4 book of the week) - reader
Bow Echo~     - (BBC World, radio play of the week)

Audio Books
Moby Dick~2005 - reader
Hiawatha~2005 - reader
L.A. Requiem~2004 - reader
Winter Queen, The~2004 - reader
Murder on the Leviathan~2004 - reader
Turkish Gambit~2004 - reader
Happy Isles of Oceana, The~1996 (Theroux) - reader   (readings for the blind)
A Man in Full~1998 - reader
Perry Mason:
    Case of the Curious Bride, The~1992 - reader
    Case of the Haunted Husband, The~1992 - reader
    Case of the Reluctant Model, The~1992 - reader
    Case of the Sulky Girl, The~1992 - reader
Holidays In Hell~   - reader
Native Tongue~ - narrator
Skin Tight~  - narrator/reader
American Short Stories 1900-1950~   - reader (see Actor Connections - Audio Books)
American Short Stories 1900 to today~     - reader (see Actor Connections - Audio Books)
The Kingdom by the Sea: His Candid and Compulsive Account of a Journey 'Round the Coast of Great Britain (Theroux) - narrated Classic American Poetry~2000 - reader (see Actor Connections - Audio Books)
Moby Dick~1996 (Melville)  - reader
White Fand~1996 (London) - Narrator
Call of the Wild~    (London) - reader
In the Heart of the Sea~2000 - Narrator
Casebook of Sherlock Holmes: The Problem of Thor Bridge, The~1995 - J. Neil Gibson
Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean, The~  - Narrator
Psycho~ - narrator

Video Games (voice)
EverQuest II~2004 - Generic Male Barbarian Merchant/ Generic Male Dark Elf/ Generic Male Dwarf/ Generic Male Erudite Merchant/ Generic Male Gnome Merchant/ Generic Male Half Elf Guard/ Generic Male Halfling/ Generic Male High Elf/ Generic Male Human Merchant/ Generic Male Iksar Merchant/ Generic Male Kerran Merchant/ Generic Male Ogre Guard/ Generic Male Ratonga Merchant/ Generic Male Troll Merchant/ Generic Male Wood Elf
Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick~2003 - voice of ? (see Actor Connections - Video Games)
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem~2002 - Dr. Maximillian Roivas
T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger~1999 - Lo Ping (Panda Monk)/Lau Fu (Tiger Spirit)
Crash Bandicoot: Warped~1998 - Dingodile
Flight of the Amazon Queen~1995 - Frank Ironstein/Bellboy/Bud

Awards, Honors, and Nominations Theatregoers’ Choice Award
Nom 2003 Best Supporting Actor for Hitchcock Blonde (Theatre)

Was known as "King of the Grunion" for his enthusiastic interest in the Grunion Runs in Southern California (Santa Monica)

Friend and Star Wars connected actor, John Lithgow, urged Mr. Hootkins to move to England where he could hone his craft

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