Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt

Highest Rated: 100% CinemAbility (2018)

Lowest Rated: 20% Stealing Home (1988)

Birthday: Jun 15, 1963

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

A precociously talented youngster, Helen Hunt was drawing paychecks as a television actress from the age of ten. Before she was 17, she had appeared as a regular on two series, Swiss Family Robinson (1975) and The Fitzpatricks (1977). Hunt proved she was more than just a workaday child actor with her starring performance in the fact-based 1981 TV movie The Miracle of Kathy Miller, in which she played a high school athlete who overcame severe mental and physical damage brought on by a highway accident. While she had been appearing in films as early as Rollercoaster in 1977, Hunt was never groomed as a star player, and it is possible that her resemblance to another child actress, Jodie Foster, held her back from more important roles.After taking on her first adult role in the 1982 sitcom It Takes Two, Hunt's film assignments improved, with sizable roles in Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Project X (1987), Next of Kin (1989), and The Waterdance (1991). She also gained a small measure of cult status by appearing in a brace of science fiction films, including Trancers II (1991) and Trancers III (1992). That same year, Hunt landed her longest-lasting acting assignment to date, as the co-star of the Paul Reiser-created comedy series Mad About You. During the show's seven-year run, she won both Emmy and Golden Globe awards for her portrayal of Jamie Buchman. In 1996, Hunt had her most successful film role to date in the blockbuster Twister. The following year, she topped that when she received a Best Actress Oscar for playing a caring waitress and single mother who befriends acerbic, obsessive-compulsive author Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson, who also won an Oscar for his performance) in As Good As It Gets. After Mad About You ended in 1999, Hunt appeared in films by several veteran directors, including Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away [2000]), Robert Altman (Dr. T and The Women [2000]), and Woody Allen (The Curse of the Jade Scorpion [2001]). She starred in Life x 3 on Broadway in 2003.In 2005, Hunt joined the star-studded cast of HBO's two-part miniseries Empire Falls in the role of Janine, ex-wife of Miles (Ed Harris), the story's central character. The actress made her feature directorial debut in Then She Found Me (for which Hunt also starred, produced, and wrote the screenplay), an adaptation of Elinore Lipman's best-selling novel of the same name. The story follows a Philadelphia schoolteacher (Hunt) whose long-lost birth mother (Bette Miller) reappears at just as her daughter is careening into a midlife crisis. Hunt played a supportive mother in Soul Surfer (2011), an inspirational drama based on the true tale of a surfer who returned to the sport after tragically losing an arm. In 2012 she played a sex surrogate helping a man in an iron lung lose his virginity for director Ben Lewin in The Sessions, a part that earned her rave reviews and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
36% The Night Clerk Actor 2020
50% The Miracle Season Kathy Bresnahan 2018
71% Candy Jar Kathy 2018
100% CinemAbility Actor 2018
50% Ride Producer Jackie Director Screenwriter 2015
56% Decoding Annie Parker Dr. Mary-Claire King $40.4K 2014
91% The Sessions Cheryl $6M 2012
45% Soul Surfer Cheri Hamilton $43.9M 2011
34% Every Day Jeannie $10.4K 2011
No Score Yet Jock The Hero Dog Actor 2011
50% Then She Found Me Screenwriter April Epner Producer Director $3.8M 2007
47% Bobby Samantha $11.1M 2006
38% A Good Woman Mrs. Erlynne $97.6K 2006
No Score Yet Aliens Gone Wild! Actor 2006
No Score Yet Empire Falls Janine Roby 2005
46% The Curse of the Jade Scorpion Betty Ann $6.8M 2001
54% What Women Want Darcy McGuire $181.5M 2001
88% Cast Away Kelly Frears 2000
39% Pay It Forward Arlene McKinney $32.9M 2000
56% Dr. T and the Women Bree Davis $12.2M 2000
85% As Good as It Gets Carol Connelly 1997
57% Twister Jo Harding 1996
68% Kiss of Death Bev 1995
58% Mr. Saturday Night Annie 1992
No Score Yet Only You Clare Enfield 1992
97% Bob Roberts Reporter Rose Pondell 1992
No Score Yet Trancers III: Deth Lives Lena 1992
93% The Waterdance Anna 1992
No Score Yet Into the Badlands Blossom 1991
No Score Yet Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story Pamela Smart 1991
38% Queens Logic Actor 1991
No Score Yet Trancers II Lena Deth 1991
56% Next of Kin Jessie Gates 1989
No Score Yet Incident at Dark River Actor 1989
60% Miles from Home Jennifer 1988
20% Stealing Home "Special Appearance" 1988
No Score Yet The Frog Prince Henrietta 1988
75% Project X Teri 1987
86% Peggy Sue Got Married Beth Bodell 1986
38% Girls Just Want to Have Fun Lynne 1985
83% Trancers Leena 1985
No Score Yet Sweet Revenge Debbie Markham 1984
No Score Yet Quarterback Princess Tami Maida 1983
No Score Yet Bill: On His Own Jenny 1983
No Score Yet Desperate Lives Sandy Cameron 1982
No Score Yet Child Bride of Short Creek Naomi 1981
No Score Yet Angel Dusted Lizzie Eaton 1981
No Score Yet Transplant Actor 1979
54% Rollercoaster Tracy Calder 1977
No Score Yet The Spell Kristina Matchett 1977
No Score Yet Death Scream Telia Rodriguez 1975
No Score Yet Pioneer Woman Sarah Sargeant 1973
No Score Yet Wagon Wheels Mrs. Jed 1934

TV

Credit
42% Mad About You
2019
Jamie Buchman 2109
2019
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
Guest 2019
2018
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
2013-2018
Host 2018
38% Splitting Up Together
2018-2019
Director 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2018
No Score Yet American Housewife
2016
Director 2018
2017
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2018
2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest 2018
2015
2014
2012
No Score Yet Feud: Bette and Joan
Director 2017
84% Shots Fired
2017
Governor Eamons Governor Patricia Eamons Patricia Eamons 2017
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest 2017
2016
92% This Is Us
2016
Producer Director 2017
2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009-2019
Guest 2017
2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2017
2013
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
Appearing 2016
77% House of Lies
2012-2016
Director 2016
No Score Yet Life in Pieces
2015-2019
Producer Director 2016
2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2015
2014
69% Revenge
2011-2015
Director 2015
2013
2012
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest 2014
2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest 2013
57% Californication
2007-2014
Director 2012
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010-2018
Appearing 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2012
2011
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest 2009
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Jamie Jamie Buchman Producer Director 1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
1992
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice 1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host 1997
1994
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
Herself 1993
1992
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Sarah Mary 1989
1982
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Guest Lizzy MacGill 1987
1985
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Clancy Williams Clancy 1986
1984
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Emily 1980
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
Laurie 1977
83% My Life and Times
1991
Rebecca Miller

QUOTES FROM Helen Hunt CHARACTERS

Tami Maida says: C'mon. What can happen in a room with three boys?

Mrs. Maida says: You wanna take that one, Doug?

Mr. Maida says: No way!

Lynne Stone says: My name's Lynne Stone.

Janey Glenn says: Hi.

Lynne Stone says: But I'm gonna change it as soon as I'm old enough.

Janey Glenn says: He's just uh! You know. I mean, uh!

Lynne Stone says: Is he gonna call you tomorrow?

Janey Glenn says: Yeah, I think so.

Lynne Stone says: Whenever I'm in a room with a guy, no matter who it is - a date my dentist, anybody - I think, if we were the last two people on earth, would I puke if he kissed me?

Lynne Stone says: You know what's better than getting mad? Getting even.

Lynne Stone says: Eat flame, Bozo!

Lynne Stone says: He's a boy and he's alive, what's there to hate?

Janey Glenn says: Do you have a date or something?

Lynne Stone says: No, I wish, I just know I must be horny.

Lynne Stone says: Velcro. Next to the Walkman and tab it is the coolest invention of the twentieth century!

Jerry says: you ever been in the streets?

Jerry says: You ever been on the street?

Arlene McKinney says: my mom took us pretty close

Arlene McKinney says: My mom took us pretty close.

Jerry says: then you dont know, but when you reach in that dumpster for the first time and you pull those newspapers over, that's when you know that you messed your life up. Then someone like your son comes along and gives you a leg up, I'll take it, even from a kid I'll take it.

Jerry says: Well, you can't know. Not until you look at a dumpster. But when you climb into that thing for the first time and you pull those newspapers over you, that's when you know you've messed your life up. Somebody comes along like your son, and gives me a leg up, I'll take it. Even from a kid, I'll take it.

Tuppy says: Oh, I like a good read myself. But nothing too laborious. I don't want to tamper with natural ignorance. It's the key to happiness.

Mrs. Erlynne says: Do you really think so?

Tuppy says: Oh, absolutely. Good health, it's important but ignorance is the key. Too much knowledge and you're doomed.

Melvin Udall says: I had to see you.

Carol Connelly says: Because?

Melvin Udall says: It relaxes me. I'd feel better sitting outside your apartment on the curb than any other place I can think of or imagine.

Melvin Udall says: I've got a really great compliment for you, and it's true.

Carol Connelly says: I'm so afraid you're about to say something awful.

Melvin Udall says: Don't be pessimistic, it's not your style. Okay, here I go: Clearly, a mistake. I've got this, what - ailment? My doctor, a shrink that I used to go to all the time, he says that in fifty or sixty percent of the cases, a pill really helps. I *hate* pills, very dangerous thing, pills. Hate. I'm using the word "hate" here, about pills. Hate. My compliment is, that night when you came over and told me that you would never... all right, well, you were there, you know what you said. Well, my compliment to you is, the next morning, I started taking the pills.

Carol Connelly says: I don't quite get how that's a compliment for me.

Melvin Udall says: You make me want to be a better man.

Carol Connelly says: Why can't I have a normal boyfriend? Just a regular boyfriend, one that doesn't go nuts on me!

Beverly says: Everybody wants that, dear. It doesn't exist.

Bethany Hamilton says: Sarah's really bumming me out.

Cheri Hamilton says: Any particular reason?

Bethany Hamilton says: Yeah. So, I told her I'm not coming to Mexico. I mean, she knows that I have two important competitions coming up, right? I mean she knows how much I've put into this, you know, how much you and the whole family put into this.

Cheri Hamilton says: So what's her angle?

Bethany Hamilton says: That going to Mexcio to help kids is really important. And I know it is, I mean, I really, really wish I could go. It's just... I've got to stay and train for regionals. It's like she's counting on me now, like I'm the only person in the entire world who can do this.

Cheri Hamilton says: It's your call.

Bethany Hamilton says: Great. Now I feel even worse.

Cheri Hamilton says: That's good. A small step in a good direction.

Darcy Maguire says: Oh, I just looked at his crotch again!

Cheri Hamilton says: I like you better that way

Bethany Hamilton says: Dad's right...I don't need it to surf

Bethany Hamilton says: Dad's right, I don't need it to surf

Cheri Hamilton says: No you don't. Would it be better to just say it out loud?

Bethany Hamilton says: Yea I thought...i thought at least with clothes on, I could have two arms, that I could look normal.

Bethany Hamilton says: Yea I thought, I thought at least with clothes on, I could have two arms, that I could look normal.

Cheri Hamilton says: Normal is so overrated

Bethany Hamilton says: But people like normal, mom.

Cheri Hamilton says: who?

Cheri Hamilton says: Who?

Bethany Hamilton says: Guys do. I mean who would like me with this?

Cheri Hamilton says: The right guy will love you exactly the way you are. Because you're beautiful.

Bethany Hamilton says: How do you know?

Cheri Hamilton says: Because I know. What's that worth right? Nothing...

Bethany Hamilton says: What are you doing?

Cheri Hamilton says: We had this statue in my house when I was a little girl. It was a replica from a museum my parents once went to. I didn't think about it til just now.

Bethany Hamilton says: The Venus de Milo

Cheri Hamilton says: For centuries all over the world she was considered the pinnacle of beauty and she has one less arm than you.

Bethany Hamilton says: Yea but I can surf

Bethany Hamilton says: Yeah, but I can surf.

Tom Hamilton says: What is it that I'm not hearing?

Cheri Hamilton says: You can't just fix everything just by shear will

Cheri Hamilton says: You can't just fix everything just by shear will.

Tom Hamilton says: If she gives up, she will never get back into the water and she will never be the same.

Cheri Hamilton says: She will never be the same, and if she thinks surfing is the only life out there and she can't make that happen then she's going to be lost, really really lost

Cheri Hamilton says: She will never be the same, and if she thinks surfing is the only life out there and she can't make that happen then she's going to be lost, really really lost.

Bethany Hamilton says: Sarah's really bumming me out.

Cheri Hamilton says: Any particular reason?

Bethany Hamilton says: Yea, so I told her that I'm not coming to Mexico, I mean she knows I have two important competitions coming up right? I mean she knows how much I put into this, you know? How much the whole family put into this.

Cheri Hamilton says: So what's her angle?

Bethany Hamilton says: That going to Mexico to help kids is really important, and I know it is. And I really really wish I can go but I have to stay and train for regionals.

Cheri Hamilton says: Did you say you'll go?

Bethany Hamilton says: well yea, but that's before I got sponsered, it's like she's counting on me now, like I'm the only person in the entire world that can do this. I mean I'm not going, I mean I can't, right?

Bethany Hamilton says: Well yea, but that's before I got sponsered, it's like she's counting on me now, like I'm the only person in the entire world that can do this. I mean I'm not going, I mean I can't, right?

Cheri Hamilton says: It's your call

Cheri Hamilton says: It's your call.

Bethany Hamilton says: Great...now I feel even worse.

Bethany Hamilton says: Great, now I feel even worse.

Cheri Hamilton says: Just a small step to a good direction

Cheri Hamilton says: Just a small step to a good direction.