William Hootkins

William Hootkins

Highest Rated: 90% Hear My Song (1991)

Lowest Rated: 8% The Omega Code (1999)

Birthday: Jul 5, 1948

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA

Texas-born character actor William Hootkins was a globe-trotting, theater-trained polyglot, whose vivid charm and sonorous baritone seemed to make him a perfect fit for the outsized, often outlandish worlds his characters inhabited. Remembered by fans of the Jedi universe for his brief but quotable role as X-wing starfighter Jek Porkins in the sci-fi classic "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," Hootkins also memorably tangled with the Joker in Tim Burton's superhero actioner, "Batman," and sent Indiana Jones on the trail of the Ark of the Covenant in the adventure "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Hootkins attended Princeton University, later relocating to London, where he launched his professional career on the stage and in minor film and TV roles. He entered the "Star Wars" pantheon with his character's fiery demise during the film's climactic Death Star attack, then shored up his blockbuster movie credentials with supporting roles in the aforementioned hits. He appeared in his share of box office duds--"Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," "Biggles: Adventures in Time"--but as a mainstay of '70s/'80s fantasy fare Hootkins still inspires cultish devotion among many film buffs. The actor trod more earthly ground in dramas like "White Nights" and the Oscar-winner "A River Runs Through It," and he returned to the stage often, garnering raves for his turn as Alfred Hitchcock in the hit London production of "Hitchcock Blonde." Hootkins stayed busy on both sides of the Atlantic up until his final film role, in the dark comedy "Colour Me Kubrick."

Highest rated movies

Hear My Song
Flash Gordon
Crusoe
Hanover Street
Color Me Kubrick
Hardware
Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession
This World, Then the Fireworks

Filmography

Movies

Credit
52% 41% Color Me Kubrick Frank Rich (Character) $70.7K 2005
No Score Yet 13% Blessed Detective Lauderdale (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 60% Hamilton Mattress Unknown (Character) - 2002
8% 30% The Omega Code Sir Percival Lloyd (Character) $12.6M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Something to Believe In Unknown (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Like Father, Like Santa Santa (Character) - 1998
38% 43% This World, Then the Fireworks Jake Krutz (Character) $19.9K 1997
24% 20% The Island of Dr. Moreau Kiril (Character) $27.7M 1996
No Score Yet 51% Death Machine John Carpenter (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gospa Judge Marulic (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet La Vida Lactea Julian Reilly (Character) - 1993
29% 60% Dust Devil Capt. Beyman (Character) - 1992
90% 76% Hear My Song Mr. X (Character) $3.0M 1991
50% 53% Hardware Lincoln Wineberg Jr. (Character) $5.1M 1990
67% 43% Crusoe Auctioneer (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Waco & Rhinehart August Mirch (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zina Walter Adams (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 35% Sphinx Don (Character) - 1981
50% 75% Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession Col. Taylor (Character) - 1980
83% 69% Flash Gordon Munson (Character) - 1980
57% 41% Hanover Street Beef (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Come Back, Little Sheba Postman (Character) - 1977

TV

Credit
77% 100% The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bergerac Unknown (Character) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Poirot Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
61% No Score Yet Hogan Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Harry Chester (Character) 1980-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Van der Valk Frank Garvin (Character) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Indonesia Narrator