On This Day … 17 December [2022]

People (Births)

  • 1944 – Bernard Hill, English actor.
  • 1947 – Wes Studi, American actor and producer.
  • 1953 – Bill Pullman, American actor.
  • 1977 – Katheryn Winnick, Canadian actress.

People (Deaths)

  • 2020 – Jeremy Bullock, English actor (b. 1945).

Bernard Hill

Bernard Hill (born 17 December 1944) is an English actor. He is well recognised for playing King Théoden in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Captain Edward Smith in Titanic, and Luther Plunkitt, the Warden of San Quentin Prison in the Clint Eastwood film True Crime. Hill was also known for playing roles in television dramas, including Yosser Hughes, the troubled “hard man” whose life is falling apart in Alan Bleasdale’s Boys from the Blackstuff in the 1980s, and more recently, as the Duke of Norfolk in the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.

Wes Studi

Wesley Studi (Cherokee: ᏪᏌ ᏍᏚᏗ; born 17 December 1947) is a Native American (Cherokee Nation) actor and film producer. He has garnered critical acclaim and awards throughout his career, particularly for his portrayal of Native Americans in film. He has appeared in Academy Award-winning films, such as Dances with Wolves (1990) and The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and in the Academy Award-nominated films Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) and The New World (2005). He is also known for portraying Sagat in Street Fighter (1994). Other films he has appeared in are Hostiles, Heat, Mystery Men, Avatar, A Million Ways to Die in the West, and the television series Penny Dreadful. In 2019, he received an Academy Honorary Award, becoming the first Native American and the second Indigenous person from North America to be honoured by the Academy (the first was Buffy Sainte-Marie).

Bill Pullman

William Pullman (born 17 December 1953) is an American actor. After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre, he was an adjunct professor at Montana State University before deciding to pursue acting. He made his film debut in Ruthless People (1986), and starred in Spaceballs (1987), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), While You Were Sleeping (1995), Casper (1995), Independence Day (1996), Lost Highway (1997), and Lake Placid (1999). He has appeared frequently on television, usually in TV films. Starting in the 2000s he has also acted in miniseries and regular series, including starring roles in 1600 Penn (2012-2013) and The Sinner (2017-2021). In 2021, he had a recurring role in the miniseries Halston and Torchwood.

Pullman has also had a long stage acting career. He has appeared on Broadway several times, including in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? in 2002.

Katheryn Winnick

Katheryn Winnick (born 17 December 1977) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her starring roles in the television series Vikings (2013-2020), Wu Assassins (2019), and Big Sky (2020-present), and her recurring role on the television series Bones (2010-2011). She also starred in the films Amusement (2008), Choose (2010), A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2012), The Art of the Steal (2013), Polar (2019), and The Marksman (2021).

Jeremy Bullock

Jeremy Andrew Bulloch (16 February 1945 to 17 December 2020) was an English actor. In a career that spanned six decades, he gained recognition for originating the physical portrayal of Boba Fett in the Star Wars franchise, appearing as the character in the films The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). Bulloch returned to the franchise for a cameo as Captain Colton in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith.

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