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Actor Will Rothhaar received Young Artist nominations for his work on the CBS television movie “Black and Blue” (1999) and the film “Hearts in Atlantis” (2001) and a YoungStar nomination for the Lifetime television film “An American Daughter” (2000). He won a Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award for his performance on the play “The Cryptogram” and played a recurring role on “JAG” (1995-1998) and CBS' “Listen Up” (2004-2005). He has also guest starred in many television shows, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “ER,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Ghost Whisperer.” In addition to “Hearts in Atlantis,” the New York native has acted in the films “Kingpin” (1996), “Jack Frost” (1998), “Kart Racer” (2003), “Just Add Water” (2008), “Radio Free Albemuth” (2010) and “Battle: Los Angeles” (2011). On television, Rothhaar appeared in commercials for Honda, Microsoft and Time Warner Cable.
Hamilton Academy of Music
Childhood and Family:
William Edward Rothhaar was born on January 12, 1987, in New York City, New York. He is the son of actor/director Michael Rothhaar (born June 11, 1953) and actress/playwright Nancy Linehan Charles (born November 11, 1942). He has a half-brother named Charles F. Linehan, who is an Assistant District Attorney for Manhattan in New York City. Will graduated from the prestigious Hamilton Academy of Music in Los Angeles, where he was an honor student.
Hearts in Atlantis
At age four, Will Rothhaar was cast as Sonny in a stage production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Allenberry Playhouse in Pennsylvania. In 1994, a seven year old Rothhaar made his television acting debut in an episode of “Dave's World” called “Six Years Old and All Washed Up.” He followed it up with roles on the TV films “Kidnapped: In the Line of Duty” (NBC, 1995), starring Dabney Coleman, Timothy Busfield and Lauren Tom, and “Letter to My Killer” (1995), a thriller starring Nick Chinlund, Mare Winningham and Rip Torn. The same year, he also appeared in two episodes of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and began his recurring role of Josh Pendry on the series “JAG.”
Rothhaar's first large screen role arrived in 1996 when he played a young Roy Munson in the comedy “Kingpin,” which starred Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, and Bill Murray and was directed by the Farrelly brothers. Two months later he played the supporting role of Jordan in the action comedy “American Strays” (1996), which was directed and written by Michael Covert. He also appeared in the television movie “Innocent Victims,” starring Rick Schroder, John Corbett and Tom Irwin, and guest starred in an episode of “Pacific Blue.” Throughout the remainder of the 1990s, Rothhaar landed guest spots in series like “Spy Game” (1997), “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997), “Mad About You” (1998) and “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” He also portrayed a young Ray Johnston in the CBS’ movie “Journey of the Heart” (1998), starring Cybill Shepherd, Stephen Lang and Blake Heron, and was cast as Mary Stuart Masterson and Anthony LaPaglia's son, Robert Benedetto, in the television film “Black and Blue” (1999). Rothhaar earned a 2000 Young Artist nomination in the category of Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot - Supporting Young Actor for his performance. In addition, he portrayed Dennis in “Jack Frost” (1998), which starred Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston.
Meanwhile on stage, Rothhaar was cast as John in David Mamet's “The Cryptogram” at the Geffen Playhouse and netted the 1999 Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award (Theater) for the role. His other stage credits include “Waiting For Godot” at the Matrix Theater and “Of Mice and Men,” “Ardèle,” “The Visit,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Macbeth,” “According to the Fifth Grade” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream or the Night They Missed the Forest for the Trees,” all of which were performed at the Pacific Resident Theater.
Entering the new millennium, Rothhaar portrayed Bobby on Valerie Breiman's film “Love & Sex” (2000), Tommy Grady on the television movie “Fail Safe” (CBS, 2000), which was directed by Stephen Frears and starred Walter Cronkite, Richard Dreyfuss and Noah Wyle, and Kip on the Lifetime dramatic film “An American Daughter” (2000), starring Christine Lahti, Tom Skerritt and Jay Thomas. For his performance in the latter, Rothhaar picked up a 2000 YoungStar nomination for Best Young Actor/Performance in a Miniseries/Made-For-TV Film. In 2001, Rothhaar appeared as Robert on the episode “Survival of the Fittest” of “ER” and Gary on an episode of “Family Law” called “Against All Odds.” He also starred as Billy Ray on the Emmy nominated TV film “On Golden Pond,” opposite Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Glenne Headly. In addition, he acted in “Hearts in Atlantis” (2001), a thriller directed by Scott Hicks that was loosely based on Stephen King's “Low Men in Yellow Coats,” and earned a 2002 Young Artist nomination in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor for the performance.
Rothhaar next guest starred as Anthony Cossey in an episode of “Judging Amy” called “Not Stumbling, But Dancing” (2002) and Dale in “The Living” (also 2002), an episode of “The Guardian.” He then worked with Jeff Anderson, Suzette Andrea and Todd Babcock on the film “Now You Know” (2002), which was directed and written by Anderson, and starred as Watts Davies in the Canadian movie “Kart Racer” (2003). In 2004, he appeared in an episode of “CSI: Crime Investigation” before joining the cast of the television sitcom “Listen Up” as Mickey Kleinman. The show aired on CBS from September 2004 to April 2005.
After the cancellation of “Listen Up,” Rothhaar appeared in the film “Must Love Dogs,” which was written and directed by Gary David Goldberg and starred Diane Lane and John Cusack. He then guest starred in “Criminal Minds” (2005) and went on to appear in episodes of “Without a Trace” (2006), “Cold Case” (2006), “Standoff” (2007), “K-Ville” (2007), “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (2008), “The Mentalist” (2008) and “Ghost Whisperer” (2009). In 2009, he acted in “Workshop,” a comedic web series about the lives of struggling young actors and actresses attempting to make it in Hollywood, and Sean Casey in the TV film “Anatomy of Hope,” directed by J.J. Abrams.
Meanwhile, Rothhaar also teamed up with John Patrick Amedori, Lizzy Caplan and D.J. Cotrona for the drama “Love Is the Drug,” by director Elliott Lester, was featured in Mike Cahill's “King of California” (2007), starring Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood and Willis Burks II, and starred with Kelci B. Lowry in the thriller “33 Griffin Lane,” by writer/director Todd S. Kniss. He also acted with Laura Dickinson and David Tufford in the short “Use Only as Needed.” In “Just Add Water” (2008), a comedy starring Dylan Walsh, Danny DeVito and Justin Long, the actor portrayed Dirk. Rothhaar also supported Hallee Hirsh, Shiloh Fernandez, Mandy Musgrave and Theresa Russell in “16 to Life” (2009), a comedy written and directed by Becky Smith, and starred as Chase in the psychological thriller “Print” (2009), which was directed and written by Ashley Beyer.
In 2010, Rothhaar portrayed Ted Pollet on the film “Radio Free Albemuth,” which was adapted from the science fiction novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It starred Alanis Morissette as Sylvia and Jonathan Scarfe as Nick and was directed and scripted by John Alan Simon. The same year, he also appeared in episodes of the TV series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Fringe” and in the short “Piano Fingers.”
In 2011, Rothhaar portrayed Ned Fouler in “Getting That Girl,” a comedy written and directed by Nathanael Coffman that starred Escher Holloway, Gia Mantegna and Luke Eberl, and costarred with Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Bridget Moynahan in “Battle: Los Angeles,” a science fiction war film directed by Jonathan Liebesman.
Hollywood Reporter Young Star: “The Cryptogram,” 1999