William Atherton

Highest Rated:
97%     Ghostbusters (1984)
Lowest Rated:
5%     Bio-Dome (1996)
Birthday:
Jul 30
Birthplace:
Not Available
Bio:


For those who grew up in the 1980s, many will remember hating actor William Atherton for his hissable characters in such films as Ghostbusters (1984) and Real Genius (1985). Specializing in heady, clueless bureaucrats who never cease to hinder the protagonist and who often get what's…

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
11% Jinn
  • Father Westhoff
$0.1M 2014
Getting Back To Zero
  • Actor
-- 2013
The Citizen
  • Winston
$24.3k 2013
38% Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
  • Earle Swinter
$0.2M 2012
Jersey Shore Shark Attack
  • Actor
-- 2012
The Kane Files: Life Of Trial
  • Actor
-- 2010
Black Crescent Moon
  • Actor
-- 2009
Kush
  • Actor
-- 2008
Ghouls
  • Actor
-- 2008
Kush
  • Actor
-- 2008
20% Hacia la oscuridad (Towards Darkness)
  • John
-- 2007
Totally Baked: A Pot-U-Mentary
  • Actor
-- 2007
67% The Girl Next Door
  • Adult David
-- 2007
Who's Your Daddy
  • Uncle Duncan
-- 2005
Gone, But Not Forgotten
  • Sen. Colby
-- 2005
Into the Sun
  • Agent Block
-- 2005
50% Headspace
  • Dr. Ira Gold
-- 2005
65% The Last Samurai
  • Winchester Rep
$111.1M 2003
Burning Down the House
  • Arthur Kranston
-- 2001
67% Race to Space
  • Stanton
-- 2001
65% Bread and Roses
  • Himself (uncredited)
-- 2001
22% The Crow - Salvation
  • Nathan Randall
-- 2000
Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror (Hellbent)
  • Arthur
-- 2000
83% Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
  • Darryl F. Zanuck
-- 1999
Executive Power
  • Actor
-- 1999
Stranger
  • Actor
-- 1999
Michael Kael contre la World News Company
  • James Denit
-- 1998
45% Hoodlum
  • Thomas Dewey
-- 1997
Executive Power
  • President John Fields
-- 1997
37% Mad City
  • Dohlen
-- 1997
Raven Hawk (Ravenhawk)
  • Actor
-- 1996
5% Bio-Dome
  • Dr. Faulkner
-- 1996
Broken Trust
  • Actor
-- 1995
Virus
  • Actor
-- 1995
Saints and Sinners
  • McCone
-- 1995
Frank and Jesse
  • Actor
-- 1995
Formula for Death
  • Dr. Reginald Holloway
-- 1994
52% The Pelican Brief
  • Bob Gminski
-- 1993
Chrome Soldiers
  • Sheriff Blackwell
-- 1992
13% Oscar
  • Overton
-- 1991
Buried Alive
  • Actor
-- 1990
66% Die Hard 2
  • Dick Thornberg
-- 1990
92% Die Hard
  • Thornburg
-- 1988
Intrigue
  • Doggett
-- 1988
Fight for Jenny
  • Michael Rosen
-- 1986
15% No Mercy
  • Allan Deveneux
-- 1986
74% Real Genius
  • Prof. Hathaway
-- 1985
97% Ghostbusters
  • Walter Peck
$3.5M 1984
Beyond the Darkness (Buio Omega)
  • Actor
-- 1984
Tomorrow's Child
  • Actor
-- 1982
Centennial
  • Jim Lloyd
-- 1978
75% Looking for Mr. Goodbar
  • James
-- 1977
Independence
  • Benjamin Rush
-- 1976
64% The Day of the Locust
  • Tod Hackett
-- 1975
40% The Hindenburg
  • Boerth
-- 1975
39% The Great Gatsby
  • Actor
-- 1974
92% The Sugarland Express
  • Clovis Michael Poplin
-- 1974
Class of '44
  • Fraternity President
-- 1973
The New Centurions
  • Johnson
-- 1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
Defiance
2013-2015
  • Viceroy Berto Mercado
  • Viceroy Mercado
2014
Castle
2009-2014
  • Dr. Ari Weiss
2011
75% Lost
2004-2010
  • Principal Don Reynolds
2010
Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Warren Pierce
2007
Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Dr. Barr
2006
60% Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Dan Jensen
  • Don Snyder
2002 - 2004
Justice League
2001
  • John Dee (Dr. Destiny)
  • Dr. Destiny (John Dee)
2003

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Quotes from William Atherton's Characters

    • Maj. Carnagle:
      Where's the laser?
    • Prof. Hathaway:
      It's coming.
    • Maj. Carnagle:
      Coming? Ha! It's not even breathing hard.
    From Real Genius. Submitted by Jeremy T (11 months ago)