Timothy Hutton
Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Malibu, California
5' 11¾" (1.82 m)
Famous for:
his scene-stealing role of Conrad Jarrett on Robert Redford's critically and commercially successful, “Ordinary People” (1980)
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Ordinary People


“I was 18, did a couple of things on TV then I did 'Ordinary People' (1980) and when you are fortunate enough to be in a movie like that, working with Robert Redford as the director and the movie is as well received as it was, it would be ludicrous to have a master plan for a career. So next, I was in Wayne, PA doing 'Taps' (1981) and then I was back in New York working with Sidney Lumet doing an ensemble movie called 'Daniel' (1983). And I turned down a starring role in 'Risky Business' (1983), even though all my agents and manager said I was crazy, but I looked at it and asked myself, ‘What was the experience going to be like? What will I learn?’ And looking back at myself at 23, being able to work with Sidney Lumet and E.L. Doctorow, I have absolutely no regrets. I learned stuff that will stay with me forever.” Timothy Hutton

Academy Award winning American actor, director and producer Timothy Hutton rose to fame at age 20 with his role of Conrad Jarrett in Robert Redford's hit “Ordinary People” (1980). The role brought Hutton two Golden Globe Awards, a Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award, a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, and an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He went on to pick up Golden Globe nominations for his role in Harold Becker's “Taps” (1981) and the made-for-TV film “A Long Way Home” (1981). He also received a Fantafestival Award for George A. Romero's “The Dark Half” (1993). More recently, he was nominated for a Saturn Award for his starring role of Nathan Ford in the TNT series “Leverage” (2008-present). Hutton is also known for playing roles in such movies as “The Falcon and the Snowman” (1985), “Zelda” (1993, TV), “Beautiful Girls” (1996), “Playing God” (1997), “Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within” (1998, TV), “The General's Daughter” (1999), “The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery” (2000, TV), “Secret Window” (2004), “Last Holiday” (2006) and “The Good Shepherd” (2006) as well as for having regular roles in the A&E series “A Nero Wolfe Mystery” (2001-2002, also directed several episodes and served as executive producer) and the NBC series “Kidnapped” (2006-2007). Hutton won a Chicago International Children's Film Festival award as the director of “Digging to China” (1998), which was his feature film directorial debut.

Recently working in the films “The Killing Room” (2009), “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” (2009) and “Serious Moonlight” (2009), Hutton will costar in the upcoming films “Broken Hill” (2009) and “The Ghost” (2010).

Apart from his activity in the entertainment industry, Hutton is the co-owner of the restaurant “P.J. Clarke's” in New York City. From 2003 to 2008, he served as the president of Players, a prestigious actors' club in New York.

Hutton is an admirer of the New York band Black 47, jazz, tennis, poker and horseback racing.

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Childhood and Family:

Timothy Tarquin Hutton was born on August 16, 1960, in Malibu, California. His father, Jim Hutton (born in 1934, died in 1979), was an actor known for starring in the comedy “Where the Boys Are” and the NBC mystery series “Ellery Queen.” His mother, Maryline Adams, was a teacher and operated a small publishing company. They divorced when he was three years old, leaving young Timothy and his older sister Heidi (born in 1959), in the care of their mother. Timothy grew up in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California and attended Berkeley High School. At age 15, he moved to Los Angeles to live with his father and enrolled at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. He dropped out of school at age 16 to pursue acting full time.

On March 16, 1986, Timothy married actress Debra Winger (born on May 16, 1955). The couple welcomed a son, Emmanuel Noah Hutton, on April 29, 1987, before divorcing three years later on March 1, 1990. Timothy married second wife Aurore Giscard d'Estaing, a children's book illustrator, on January 21, 2000. She is the niece of ex-French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. They have one son together, Milo Hutton, who was born in Paris on September 11, 2001).



The son of an actor, Timothy Hutton had his first taste in front of the film cameras at age 5 when he appeared in a small unaccredited part in “Never Too Late” (1965, starred his father Jim Hutton). Growing up, he took part in school productions and later joined his dad in Hollywood. He worked on his craft in summer stock productions and decided to follow in his father's footsteps and become an actor.

18-year-old Hutton made his television film debut in “Zuma Beach” (NBC, 1978), opposite Suzanne Somers and Rosanna Arquette. It was followed by a bigger role as the son of Carol Burnett and Ned Beatty in the based-on-book television movie “Friendly Fire” (ABC, 1979). He then appeared in a string of TV films like “And Baby Makes Six” (1979, as Jason Kramer), “Young Love, First Love” (1979, as Derek Clayton), “The Oldest Living Graduate” (1980, with Henry Fonda and John Lithgow) and “Sultan and the Rock Star” (1980) before making an auspicious feature film debut in “Ordinary People” (1980), the directorial debut of Robert Redford.

An adaptation of the 1976 novel of the same name by Judith Guest, “Ordinary People” earned primarily positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success. It won the Academy Award for Best Picture and many other major film awards. For his promising portrayal of Conrad Jarrett, a young man recovering from his older brother's death, Hutton was handed an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, making him the youngest actor at the time to have received the award. He also took home two Golden Globes, a Kansas City Film Critics Circle award, a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, and a BAFTA Film nomination.

Hutton graduated to a leading role in “Taps” (1981), a dramatic film helmed by Harold Becker. Playing a young cadet named Brian Moreland, he was nominated for a 1982 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama. Back to television, Hutton doubled his success by taking home another Golden Globe nomination for his starring role of Donald Branch Booth in the ABC film “A Long Way Home” (1981).

1983 found the actor working with director Sidney Lumet in “Daniel” (1983). He then starred as an anthropologist named Stanley Shephard in Fred Schepisi's “Iceman” (1984), was reunited with Sean Penn (“Taps”) in John Schlesinger's “The Falcon and the Snowman” (1985), and portrayed Robert Urich's younger brother in Bob Clark's “Turk 1982” (1985).

Hutton stepped behind the camera as the director for the music video “Drive” (1983) by The Cars, and made his New York stage debut in “Orpheus Descending” (1984). He returned to the director's chair in 1986 to helm “Grandpa's Ghost,” an episode of NBC's “Amazing Stories.”

Hutton resumed his acting career in 1987 by acting with then-wife Debra Winger in Alan Rudolph's “Made in Heaven.” He followed it up with roles in Gregory Nava's “A Time of Destiny” (1988), opposite William Hurt, the football themed “Everybody's All-American” (1988), with Jessica Lange and Dennis Quaid, and Jerzy Skolimowski's “Torrents of Spring” (1989), with Nastassja Kinski. He then appeared in Sidney Lumet's “Q & A” (1990), opposite Nick Nolte. Also in 1990, he could be seen making his Broadway debut in “Prelude to a Kiss,” which received a Tony nomination for Best Play.

After a supporting role in the independent film “Strangers” (1991), Hutton assumed a leading role in Tom Holland's thriller “The Temp” (1992), opposite Lara Flynn Boyle. However, it was his dual role in “The Dark Half” (1993), George A. Romero's adaptation of a Stephen King novel, which handed him the Best Actor Award at the 1993 Fantafestival for his performance. Hutton continued to offer memorable performances in such films as the TNT biopic “Zelda” (1993, as author F. Scott Fitzgerald), Ted Demme's “Beautiful Girls” (1996, as pianist Wilie Conway), Andy Wilson's “Playing God” (1997, as gangster Raymond Blossom), the Showtime biopic “Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within” (1998, as Aldrich Ames), and Simon West's “The General's Daughter” (1999, as Colonel William Kent). Other film projects included Lawrence Kasdan's “French Kiss” (1995), in which he was cast as the fiancé of Meg Ryan, Tony Spiridakis' “The Last World” (1995, starred with Joe Pantoliano), the based-on-play “The Substance of Fire” (1996), “City of Industry” (1997) and the Rod Lurie directed/written “Deterrence” (1999, opposite Kevin Pollak).

Meanwhile, Hutton made his debut as executive producer for “Mr. and Mrs. Loving” (1996), a Showtime movie in which he also starred as Richard Loving. Two years later, he made his feature directorial debut with “Digging to China,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Kevin Bacon and Evan Rachel Wood, the drama brought the director a Children's Jury Award for Feature Film and Video at the 1998 Chicago International Children's Film Festival and Bacon the Bronze Gryphon Best Actor Award at the 1997 Giffoni Film Festival.

Opening the new millennium, Hutton took on the role of Archie Goodwin, the assistant of Nero Wolfe (portrayed by Maury Chaykin), in the A&E made-for-TV film “The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery” (2000), based on Rex Stout's 1953 novel of the same name. The film was a success with audiences and led to the creation of the TV series version “A Nero Wolfe Mystery,” which ran on A&E from 2001 to 2002. In addition to reprising his role of Archie Goodwin, Hutton also served as executive producer and directed the episodes “The Doorbell Rang” (2001), “Champagne for One” (2001), “Over My Dead Body” (2001) and “Death of a Doxy” (2002).

Hutton next starred as Larry Sullivan in the television film “WW 3” (2001), portrayed Jack Meadows in the John Sayles' movie “Sunshine State” (2002), opposite Alan King, Angela Bassett, Cullen Douglas and Eddie Falco, supported Johnny Depp, John Turturro and Mario Bello in the thriller “Secret Window” (2004), adapted from the novella “Four Past Midnight: Secret Window, Secret Garden” by Stephen King, costarred as physicist J.T. Neumeyer in the miniseries “5ive Days to Midnight” (SciFi Channel, 2004), opposite Randy Quaid, Angus Macfadyen and Kari Matchett, and worked with Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell and Peter Sarsgaard in Bill Condon's “Kinsey” (2004). He was next cast in such movies as Michael Aimette/John G. Hofmann's “Turning Green” (2005), Wayne Wang's “Last Holiday” (2006, with Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Giancarlo Esposito, Alicia Witt and Gérard Depardieu), Hilary Brougher's “Stephanie Daley” (2006, starred Amber Tamblyn), the mystery “The Kovak Box” (2006, starred as science fiction writer David Norton), the based-on-true-story “Heavens Fall” (2006, played criminal defense attorney Samuel Leibowitz, also served as executive producer), James Ponsoldt's “Off the Black” (2006, reunited with Nick Nolte) and the Robert De Niro directed “The Good Shepherd” (2006, played Thomas Wilson). He then portrayed the father of Chris O'Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn in the adventure film “The Last Mimzy” (2007), which was directed by Robert Shaye, and costarred with Sharon Stone and Dylan Baker in the disappointing drama “When a Man Falls in the Forest” (2007).

Hutton returned to series television as a regular cast member in “Kidnapped,” a short-lived drama that aired on NBC. In December 2008, he began his starring role of Nathan Ford, an ex-insurance fraud investigator, in the TNT series “Leverage.” He was nominated for a Saturn for Best Actor in Television at the 2009 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for his efforts.

Hutton also worked with Eliza Dushku and Cary Elwes in the thriller “The Alphabet Killer” (2008), which was directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Tom Malloy, had the lead role in Bryan Goeres' “Reflections” (2008) and supporting Alec Baldwin in “Lymelife” (2008), directed and co-written by Derick Martini. More recently, in 2009, he was cast alongside Nick Cannon, Clea DuVall, Chloë Sevigny and Peter Stormare in Jonathan Liebesman's “The Killing Room,” played Professor Adams in John Krasinski's “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men,” starred as Gabriel in Brooks Branch's drama “Multiple Sarcasms,” and teamed up with Meg Ryan, Kristen Bell and Justin Long in the Cheryl Hines comedy “Serious Moonlight,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2009, and will be released theatrically in December 2009.

Hutton will play George McAlpine in “Broken Hill” (2009), a family film directed and penned by Dagen Merrill. He is also set to portray Sidney Kroll, Pierce Brosnan's lawyer, in “The Ghost,” helmed by Roman Polanski and written by Polanski and Robert Harris and based on the Harris novel of the same name. The thriller is scheduled for a 2010 release.


  • Chicago International Children's Film Festival: Children's Jury Award, Feature Film and Video, “Digging to China,” 1998

  • Fantafestival: Best Actor, “The Dark Half,” 1993

  • Oscar: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, “Ordinary People,” 1981

  • Golden Globe: Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role, “Ordinary People,” 1981

  • Golden Globe: New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Male, “Ordinary People,” 1981

  • Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KCFCC): Best Supporting Actor, “Ordinary People,” 1981

  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA): Best Supporting Actor, “Ordinary People,” 1980

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