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Linda Hunt



While still a child, Linda Hunt decided to become an actress, and began taking drama lessons at age 13. As she was quite small (4'9") and not a great beauty, she also studied directing, in case she never landed any acting roles. Hunt majored in directing at the prestigious Goodman Theater School in Chicago, and went on to spend several years in New York, working as a stage manager, director, and occasionally as an actress; during some of that time she worked in alternative theater with companies such as La Mama and the Open Theater. Following years of getting bit parts and directing for a children's theater, Hunt finally started landing good roles and ultimately won two Obie awards and a Tony nomination. She debuted onscreen in Robert Altman's Popeye (1980), but it was her second film, The Year of Living Dangerously (1983), that made her internationally known; for her portrayal of a male Indonesian dwarf, she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. She followed that up with a part in David Lynch's infamous adaptation of the sci-fi classic Dune, and immediately segued into the part of a beloved saloon owner in Lawrence Kasdan's throwback western Silverado. She maintained a steady career appearing in various projects including She-Devil, Kindergarten Cop, Maverick and Stranger Than Fiction. Her distinctive voice led to steady gigs in animated films and as a narrator of documentary films.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Crooked Eye
  • Sharon's Narrator
2009
84% The Singing Revolution
  • Narrator
2007
72% Stranger Than Fiction
  • Dr. Mittag-Leffler
2006
No Score Yet Nature
  • Narrator
2006
No Score Yet Auschwitz
  • Actor
2005
6% Yours, Mine & Ours
  • Mrs. Munion
2005
41% A Lot Like Love
  • Airline Attendant
2005
No Score Yet The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's
  • Narrator
2004
7% Dragonfly
  • Sister Madeline
2002
No Score Yet American Experience
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet Eat Your Heart Out
  • Kathryn
2000
No Score Yet Island of the Sharks
  • Narrator
1999
29% Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
  • Grandmother Willow
1998
No Score Yet Out of the Past
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet National Geographic
  • Narrator
1998
No Score Yet Amazon
  • Narrator
1997
31% The Relic
  • Dr. Ann Cuthbert
1997
No Score Yet Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End
  • nr
1996
56% Pocahontas
  • Grandmother Willow
1995
No Score Yet Younger & Younger
  • Frances
1995
No Score Yet Ecological Design: Inventing The Future
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Third Stone From the Sun
  • Actor
1995
26% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)
  • Regina Krumm
1994
67% Maverick
  • Actor
1994
75% Twenty Bucks
  • Angeline
1993
No Score Yet Space Rangers Chronicles
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Space Rangers Chronicles 3
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Space Rangers Chronicles 2
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Space Rangers Chronicles 1
  • Actor
1993
50% Rain Without Thunder
  • Atwood Society Director
1992
No Score Yet Ishi, the Last Yahi
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet American Experience
  • Narrator
1992
29% If Looks Could Kill
  • Ilsa Grunt
1991
51% Kindergarten Cop
  • Schlowski
1990
41% She-Devil
  • Hooper
1989
No Score Yet The Room Upstairs
  • Mrs. Sanders
1987
40% Waiting for the Moon
  • Alice B. Toklas
1987
76% Silverado
  • Stella
1985
100% Eleni
  • Katina
1985
57% Dune
  • Shadout Mapes
1984
80% The Bostonians
  • Dr. Prance
1984
89% The Year of Living Dangerously
  • Billy Kwan
1983
59% Popeye
  • Mrs. Oxheart
1980
No Score Yet When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
  • Actor
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Host
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Voice
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • Appearing
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
  • Henrietta Lange
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Clare Bryson
No Score Yet Scorpion
2014
  • Hetty Lange
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Voice of Authority

Quotes from Linda Hunt's Characters