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Bill Thurman

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Last Picture Show (1971)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Mars Needs Women (1966)
  • Birthday: Nov 4, 1920
  • Birthplace: Texas, USA
  • American actor Bill Thurman is one of several Southern performers specializing in "regional" pictures -- films made exclusively for distribution in the deep South by states' rights exhibitors. In the '60s, Thurman appeared in a group of inexpensive horror films, many of them remakes of earlier American-International Pictures releases, and most of them directed in a hurry by Larry Buchanan: titles in this series include Curse of the Swamp Creature (1966), Zontar, the Thing From Venus (1968) and In the Year 2889 (1968). The actor has had numerous roles in other exploitation quickies like Gator Bait (1975) and Slumber Party 57 (1977). Bill Thurman had one shining moment of glory in an A-picture, as the high school coach husband of frustrated Cloris Leachman in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show (1972); but as late as 1986, Thurman was back at his old stand, appearing as Reverend Bill McWilley in Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1986).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Painted Hero Old Man Bolen 1997
No Score Yet In Broad Daylight Virgil Teague 1991
No Score Yet Hawken's Breed Actor 1987
No Score Yet Mountaintop Motel Massacre Reverend Bill McWiley 1986
No Score Yet Alamo Bay Sheriff 1985
76% Silverado Proprietor $33.3M 1985
93% Places in the Heart Lone Star Syrup Boy 1984
83% Raggedy Man Sheriff 1981
83% Tom Horn Ora Haley 1980
No Score Yet Keep My Grave Open Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Evictors Preacher Higgins 1979
95% Close Encounters of the Third Kind Air Traffic 1977
No Score Yet Charge of the Model T's Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald Actor 1977
No Score Yet Slumber Party '57 (Teenage Slumber Party) Mr. Willis 1976
No Score Yet Gator Bait Actor 1976
No Score Yet Creature From Black Lake (Demon of the Lake) The Sheriff 1976
No Score Yet Where the Red Fern Grows Sam 1974
91% The Sugarland Express Hunter 1974
No Score Yet Encounter with the Unknown Actor 1973
100% The Last Picture Show Coach Popper 1971
No Score Yet It's Alive Greevie 1968
No Score Yet Night Fright Deputy Ben Whitfield 1967
0% Mars Needs Women Actor 1966
No Score Yet Curse of the Swamp Creature Driscoll West 1966
No Score Yet Zontar The Thing from Venus Brad 1966
No Score Yet Hell Raiders Actor 1965
No Score Yet The Yesterday Machine Police 1963

QUOTES FROM Bill Thurman CHARACTERS

Driscoll West
You look like a book keeper!
Air Traffic Controller
AirEast 31, do you wish to file a report of any kind to us?
Air Traffic
[over radio] I wouldn't know what kind of report to file, Center.