Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter

Highest Rated: 98% Broadcast News (1987)

Lowest Rated: 13% Animal Behavior (1989)

Birthday: Mar 20, 1958

Birthplace: Conyers, Georgia, USA

Petite, fiery, and altogether confident, Holly Hunter was an Academy Award-winning actress and producer who rose to prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s with a string of roles in challenging and critically acclaimed films. After a series of supporting roles, Hunter had her first starring role in the Coen Brothers' comedy "Raising Arizona" (1987), and that same year, she also earned an Oscar nod for her performance in "Broadcast News" (1987). Following an Emmy-winning turn as a fictionalized Jane Roe in "Roe v. Wade" (NBC, 1989), Hunter earned the biggest accolades of her career - as well as a Best Actress Oscar - for her renowned performance as a mute pianist in "The Piano" (1993). From there, she delivered quality supporting and leading turns in "The Firm" (1993), "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997), "Crash" (1997) and "Jesus' Son" (1999). In the new millennium, Hunter was exemplary as a frustrated mother in "Thirteen" (2003) and enjoyed voicing Elastigirl in the Pixar hit "The Incredibles" (2004). She stepped away from the big screen to star in the short-lived, but critically acclaimed cable series "Saving Grace" (TNT, 2007-2010), proving that her extraordinary talents could make the successful transition to the small screen.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
93% 84% Incredibles 2 Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Voice) $608.6M 2018
No Score Yet 38% Breakable You Eleanor Weller (Character) - 2017
44% 36% Song to Song Miranda (Character) $421.9K 2017
98% 88% The Big Sick Beth (Character) $42.9M 2017
58% 53% Strange Weather Darcy Baylor (Character) - 2016
28% 62% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Sentator Finch (Character) $330.2M 2016
51% 24% Manglehorn Dawn (Character) $132.1K 2014
22% 30% Paradise Melanie Mannerheim (Character) $6K 2013
No Score Yet 57% Jackie Jackie (Character) - 2012
35% 61% Won't Back Down Evelyn Riske (Character) $5.2M 2012
30% 56% The Big White Margaret Barnell (Character) - 2005
75% 67% Nine Lives Sonia (Character) $478.3K 2005
97% 75% The Incredibles Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Voice) $261.4M 2004
22% 37% Little Black Book Barb (Character) $20.4M 2004
81% 77% Thirteen Melanie (Character) $4.6M 2003
34% 47% Levity Adele Easley (Character) $209.2K 2003
63% 66% Moonlight Mile Asst. D.A. Mona Camp (Character) $6.8M 2002
No Score Yet 56% When Billie Beat Bobby Billie Jean King (Character) - 2001
65% 34% Festival in Cannes Herself (Character) $299K 2001
74% 64% Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Rebecca Waynon (Character) - 2000
77% 89% O Brother, Where Art Thou? Penny (Character) $45.5M 2000
No Score Yet 48% Harlan County War Ruby Kincaid (Character) - 2000
68% 49% Timecode Executive (Character) $945K 2000
80% 83% Jesus' Son Mira (Character) $1.3M 1999
No Score Yet 40% Woman Wanted Emma Riley (Character) - 1999
59% 63% Living Out Loud Judith Moore (Character) $12.9M 1998
41% 59% A Life Less Ordinary O'Reilly (Character) $4.3M 1997
60% 61% Crash Dr. Helen Remington (Character) $3.4M 1996
63% 72% Home for the Holidays Claudia Larson (Character) $17M 1995
78% 64% Copycat M.J. Monahan (Character) $31.3M 1995
90% 49% The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Wanda Holloway (Character) - 1993
92% 86% The Piano Ada McGrath (Character) $39.3M 1993
75% 64% The Firm Tammy Hemphill (Character) $157M 1993
No Score Yet 27% Crazy in Love Georgie Symonds (Character) - 1992
70% 73% Once Around Renata Bella (Character) $14.3M 1991
13% 40% Animal Behavior Coral Grable (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 67% Roe vs. Wade Ellen Russell/Jane Doe (Character) - 1989
67% 60% Always Dorinda Durston (Character) - 1989
75% 52% Miss Firecracker Carnelle Scott (Character) $646.9K 1989
60% 41% End of the Line Charlotte (Character) - 1988
98% 79% Broadcast News Jane Craig (Character) $49.2M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder on the Bayou Candy Marshall (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 59% A Gathering of Old Men Candy Marshall (Character) - 1987
91% 85% Raising Arizona Edwina "Ed" McDonnough (Character) $21.1M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Urge to Kill Wynn Nolen (Character) - 1984
87% 41% Swing Shift Unknown (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet An Uncommon Love Karen (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 8% Svengali Leslie (Character) - 1983

TV

Credit
82% 49% Bless the Harts Marjune Gamble (Guest Voice) 2019-2020
67% 72% The Comey Rule Sally Yates (Character) 2020
92% 87% Succession Rhea (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2018 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018
24% 84% Here and Now Audrey Bayer (Character) 2018
No Score Yet 26% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today's Take Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2015 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonnie & Clyde Emma Parker (Character) 2013
83% 71% Top of the Lake GJ (Character) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Peep and the Big Wide World/Pocoyo Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oprah Winfrey Show Guest 2011
76% No Score Yet Saving Grace Grace Hanadarko (Character),
Producer
2007-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1996

QUOTES FROM Holly Hunter CHARACTERS

Lex Luthor says: You're going to be in the hot seat in there.

Senator Finch says: I was raised on the farm. I know how to wrangle a pig.

Lex Luthor says: You want to know the oldest lie in America, Senator? It's that power can be innocent.

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: Everyone is special, Dash.

Dash Parr says: That's just another way of saying no one is.

Paul Moore says: It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always think you're the smartest person in the room.

Jane Craig says: No. It's awful.

Penny says: I've spoken my piece and counted to three.

Ulysses Everett McGill says: She counted to three. Goddamit! She counted to three. Sonafabitch!

Ulysses Everett McGill says: Why are you tellin' our gals that I was hit by a train?

Penny says: Lots of respectable people have been hit by trains. Judge Hoover over in Cookville was hit by a train. What was I gonna tell them, that you got sent to the penal farm and I divorced you from shame?

Ulysses Everett McGill says: Uh, I take your point. But it does put me in a damn awkward position, vis-à-vis my progeny.

Penny says: Vermon, he's got a job. Vermon's got prospects. He's bona fide. What are you?

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: I think you need to be a bit more flexible.

Penny says: The only good thing you ever did for the gals that were hit by that train!

Judith says: When you lay in the gutter, you can see underneath people better than usual.

Judith says: What's so important about living longer and feeling safe?

Judith says: I can't stand those terrorists. They're so mad at everybody. I wish they'd just get over it! Maybe I should adopt a crack baby--send it to a good school.

Renata Bella says: I had the greatest time of my life, The greatest time ever.

Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible says: Did you get away with it?

Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible says: Did you get away with it?

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: Don't incourage him!

Helen Parr/Elastigirl says: Don't incourage him!

Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible says: I'm not incoraging him, I'm just wondering if he got away with it

Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible says: I'm not incoraging him, I'm just wondering if he got away with it.

Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible says: I'm not encouraging him, I'm just wondering if he got away with it.

Penny says: (watching Everett and Vermon fight as she talks about Vermon or Everlett) He's not my husband?.

Penny says: [watching Everett and Vermon fight as she talks about Vermon or Everlett] He's not my husband?

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: Cutting it kinda close, don't you think?

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: Cutting it kinda close, don't ya think?

Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible says: Well, you need to be more...flexible.

Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible says: You need to be more... flexible.

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: You're late. When you asked me if I was doing anything later, I didn't realize you had forgotten. I thought it was playful banter.

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: You're late. When you asked me if I was doing anything later, I didn't realize you'd actually forgotten. I thought it was playful banter.

Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible says: It was playful banter.

Penny says: I can, I am, and I will....

Penny says: I can, I am, and I will.

Violet Parr says: But you said we weren't supposed to use our powers.

Violet Parr says: But you said never to use...

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: I KNOW WHAT I SAID! Listen to what I'm saying now!

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: I know what I said! [sighing] Remember the bad guys on the shows you used to watch on Saturday mornings? Well, these guys aren't like those guys. They won't exercise restraint because you are children. They *will* kill you if they get the chance. Do *not* give them that chance.

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: Remember the bad guys on those shows you used to watch on Saturday mornings? Well, these guys are not like those guys. They won't exercise restraint because your children. They will kill you if they get the chance. Do not give them that chance.

Helen Parr / Elastigirl says: Remember the bad guys on the shows you used to watch on Saturday mornings? Well, these guys aren't like those guys. They won't exercise restraint because you are children. They *will* kill you if they get the chance. Do *not* give them that chance.

Penny says: That ain't your Daddy, Alvanelle. Your Daddy got hit by a train.

Penny says: That ain't your daddy, Alvinelle. Your daddy was hit by a train.

Melanie says: I love you and your brother more than anything in the world. I would die for you, but I won't leave you alone right now.

Melanie says: I want you here with me. You're my heart. I'll make it right.

Ada McGrath says: The voice you hear is not my speaking voice - -but my mind's voice. I have not spoken since I was six years old. No one knows why - -not even me. My father says it is a dark talent, and the day I take it into my head to stop breathing will be my last. Today he married me to a man I have not yet met. Soon my daughter and I shall join him in his own country. My husband writes that my muteness does not bother him - and hark this! He says, "God loves dumb creatures, so why not I?" 'Twere good he had God's patience, for silence affects everyone in the end. The strange thing is, I don't think myself silent. That is because of my piano. I shall miss it on the journey.

Ada McGrath says: The voice you hear is not my speaking voice, but my mind's voice. I have not spoken since I was six years old. No one knows why, not even me. My father says it is a dark talent, and the day I take it into my head to stop breathing will be my last. Today he married me to a man I have not yet met. Soon my daughter and I shall join him in his own country. My husband writes that my muteness does not bother him, and hark this! He says, 'God loves dumb creatures, so why not I?' Twere good he had God's patience, for silence affects everyone in the end. The strange thing is, I don't think myself silent. That is because of my piano. I shall miss it on the journey.

Ada McGrath says: At night! I think of my piano in its ocean grave, and sometimes of myself floating above it. Down there everything is so still and silent that it lulls me to sleep. It is a weird lullaby and so it is; it is mine.

Ada McGrath says: George has fashioned me a metal finger tip, I am quite the town freak which satisfies!

Ada McGrath says: What a death! What a chance! What a surprise! My will has chosen life! Still it has had me spooked and many others besides!

Jane Craig says: I-I can't help you. Sorry, I'm not here to teach remedial reporting.

Jane Craig says: Just what do you want from me anyway, permission to be a fake? Stop whining.

Ada McGrath says: This is not the sound of my voice; it is the sound of my mind.

Ada McGrath says: The voice you hear is not my speaking voice, but my mind's voice.

Penny says: Vernon here's got a job. Vernon's got prospects. He's bona fide. What are you?