Timothy Hutton

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Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton (Sundance 2006).jpg
Hutton at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival
BornTimothy Tarquin Hutton
(1960-08-16) August 16, 1960 (age 54)
Malibu, California, United States
OccupationActor, Director
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Debra Winger (1986–1990)
Aurore Giscard d'Estaing (2000–present, separated)[1]
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Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton (Sundance 2006).jpg
Hutton at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival
BornTimothy Tarquin Hutton
(1960-08-16) August 16, 1960 (age 54)
Malibu, California, United States
OccupationActor, Director
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Debra Winger (1986–1990)
Aurore Giscard d'Estaing (2000–present, separated)[1]

Timothy Tarquin Hutton (born August 16, 1960) is an American actor and director.

He is the youngest actor to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, which he won at the age of 20 for his performance as Conrad Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980). Hutton has since appeared regularly in feature films and on television, with featured roles in Taps, The Falcon and the Snowman, and The Dark Half, among others.

Between 2000 and 2002 Hutton starred as Archie Goodwin in the A&E drama series A Nero Wolfe Mystery. Between 2008 and 2012, he starred as Nathan "Nate" Ford on the TNT drama series Leverage. The final episode aired on December 25, 2012.[2]

Early life[edit]

Timothy Hutton was born in Malibu, California. His father was actor Jim Hutton; his mother, Maryline Adams (née Poole), was a teacher. His parents' marriage dissolved when Hutton was three years old, and his mother took him and his older sister with her to Boston. The family returned to California when Hutton was 12.

"A lot of people think that because my father was an actor, I come from this big show-business background," Hutton told Bruce Cook of American Film magazine in 1981. "But that's not how I grew up at all. My mother took us to Cambridge because she wanted to get her M.A. She wound up teaching in Connecticut, but the way she saw it, after a while, if we all stayed there, my sister and I would just wind up as the proprietors of the local drugstore or something, so that was why she took us to Berkeley – to get us into the world, I guess. Now she's given up teaching and she's into printing miniature books."[3]

When he was 16, Hutton sought out his father, and moved in with him in Los Angeles. At Fairfax High School, while playing Nathan Detroit in a school production of Guys and Dolls, he realized he wanted to become an actor. With encouragement from both of his parents, he carefully built himself a career in television.[3]


Timothy Hutton's career began with parts in several television movies, most notably the 1979 ABC TV film Friendly Fire. That year, he also played the son of Donna Reed in the Ross Hunter NBC television film, The Best Place to Be. He then made two CBS made-for TV films in 1980: Young Love, First Love with Valerie Bertinelli, and Father Figure with Hal Linden. For his first feature film performance, as Conrad Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980), Hutton won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. His performance also earned him the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Male. Immediately following his success, he starred in the acclaimed 1981 ABC television film A Long Way Home co-starring Brenda Vaccaro.

Hutton's next feature film, Taps (with George C. Scott, Sean Penn, and Tom Cruise), was popular with critics and audiences, but during the next several years, his motion pictures, such as Iceman, Daniel, Turk 182, Made in Heaven, and Q&A, struggled at the box office. His only substantial hit was 1985's The Falcon and the Snowman which teamed him again with Sean Penn.

In 1984 he directed the music video for The Cars´s song "Drive".

In 1989, he made his Broadway stage debut opposite his Ordinary People co-star Elizabeth McGovern in the A.R. Gurney play Love Letters. He followed this with another Broadway role in the Craig Lucas hit comedy, Prelude to a Kiss, which also starred Mary-Louise Parker and Barnard Hughes.

During the late 1980s and into the 1990s, Hutton began to take large supporting parts in films, most notably in Everybody's All-American with Jessica Lange and Dennis Quaid and French Kiss with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. In 1996, he starred in the popular ensemble film, Beautiful Girls, playing opposite 14-year-old Natalie Portman in one of her early standout film roles.

Moving on to television, he starred as Nero Wolfe's assistant and leg-man Archie Goodwin in the A&E television series A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–2002); he also served as an executive producer, and also directed several episodes of the series. His other directing credits include the family film Digging to China (1998). In 2001 Hutton starred in the television miniseries WW3, and in 2006 he had a lead role in the NBC series Kidnapped, playing Conrad Cain, the wealthy father of a kidnapped teenager. He appeared in 13 feature films from 2006 to 2008.

Hutton starred in the television series Leverage from 2008 to 2012, where he played former insurance investigator Nate Ford who led a group of thieves who acted as modern-day Robin Hoods.

In 2014, Hutton was cast opposite Felicity Huffman in the ABC crime drama American Crime.[4]

Other pursuits[edit]

Hutton is one of the owners of the New York City restaurant and bar P. J. Clarke's. In 2003 he became president of the prestigious Players, a New York actors' club, but he resigned in June 2008 due to work keeping him in Los Angeles. He has also made a few forays into directing, the most famous of which includes the music video for the Cars' hit single "Drive" in 1984. In 2010, he directed the music video for "The House Rules" by country rocker/Leverage co-star Christian Kane.

Hutton starred in a Groupon commercial during the 2011 Super Bowl which drew public ire for the parodying of the Tibetan resistance movement. The commercials were pulled from rotation on February 10 after continued negative response from the public and activist groups.

Personal life[edit]

Hutton has married twice. His first marriage (1986–1990) was to actress Debra Winger; they have a son, Noah, born in 1987. Hutton dated Angelina Jolie[5] for a few years before she married Billy Bob Thornton. In 2000, he married illustrator Aurore Giscard d'Estaing, niece of former French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. Their son Milo was born in Paris in 2001.[6] In July 2009, US Weekly reported that Hutton and his second wife, Giscard d'Estaing, had separated.[1]

Hutton became a Freemason at Herder Lodge No. 698 in New York City in 2005.[7]



1965Never Too LateBoy running to his daddyuncredited
1972The Wonderful World of Disney"Dad, Can I Borrow the Car"
1978Zuma BeachArt(TV)
1979Friendly FireJohn Mullen(TV)
The Best Place to BeTommy Callahan(TV)
And Baby Makes SixJason Cramer(TV)
Young Love, First LoveDerek Clayton(TV)
1980The Oldest Living GraduateCadet(TV)
Disney's Wonderful WorldPaul Winters"The Sultan and the Rock Star"
Ordinary PeopleConrad JarrettAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Father FigureJim(TV)
1981Teenage Suicide: Don't Try It!Narrator
A Long Way HomeDonald Branch(TV)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
TapsCadet Major Brian MorelandNominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1983DanielDaniel Isaacson
1984IcemanDr. Stanley Shephard
1985The Falcon and the SnowmanChristopher Boyce
Turk 182Jimmy Lynch
1987Made in HeavenMike Shea/Elmo Barnett
1988A Time of DestinyJack
BetrayedJuggler at the fairuncredited
Everybody's All-AmericanDonnie "Cake"
1989Torrents of SpringDimitri Sanin
1990Q&AAsst. District Attorney Aloysius Francis Reilly
1993The TempPeter Derns
The Dark HalfThad Beaumont/George StarkFantafestival Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actor
ZeldaF. Scott Fitzgerald(TV)
1995French KissCharlie
The Last WordMartin Ryan
1996Beautiful GirlsWillie Conway
Mr. and Mrs. LovingRichard Loving(TV)
The Substance of FireMartin Geldhart
1997City of IndustryLee Egan
Playing GodRaymond Blossom
Dead by MidnightJohn Larkin/Sam Ellis(TV)
Aldrich Ames: The Traitor WithinAldrich Ames(TV)
1999The General's DaughterCol. William Kent
DeterrenceMarshall Thompson
2000The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe MysteryArchie Goodwin(TV)
Deliberate IntentRod Smolla(TV)
Just One NightIsaac Alder
2001–2002A Nero Wolfe MysteryArchie Goodwin(TV series)
2002Sunshine StateJack Meadows
2004Secret WindowTed Milner
5ive Days to MidnightJ.T. Neumeyer(TV miniseries)
KinseyPaul Gebhard
2005Turning GreenBill the Breaker
2006Last HolidayMatthew Kragen
Stephanie DaleyPaul
AvengerFrank McBride(TV)
The Kovak BoxDavid Norton
Heavens FallSamuel Leibowitz
Falling ObjectsOscar Peters
Off the BlackMr. Tibbel
The Good ShepherdThomas Wilson
2006–2007KidnappedConrad Cain(TV series)
2007The Last MimzyDavid Wilder
When a Man Falls in the ForestGary
2008The Alphabet KillerRichard Ledge
LymelifeCharlie Bragg
2008–2012LeverageNathan Ford(TV series)
Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Episode
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2009, 2011-13)
2009Broken HillGeorge McAlpine
The Killing RoomCrawford Haines
Brief Interviews with Hideous MenSubject No.30
Multiple SarcasmsGabriel
Serious MoonlightIan
2010The Ghost WriterSidney Kroll
2014American CrimeRuss(TV series)


1986Amazing Stories (TV series)"Grandpa's Ghost"
1998Digging to ChinaChildren's Jury Award, Chicago International Children's Film Festival
2001–2002A Nero Wolfe Mystery (TV series)"The Doorbell Rang"
"Champagne for One"
"Over My Dead Body"
"Death of a Doxy"


  1. ^ a b "It's Over!" US Weekly (July 20, 2009).
  2. ^ "TNT’s “Leverage” coming to an end". TNT Newsroom. 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  3. ^ a b Cook, Bruce, "Doing What Comes Naturally." American Film, March 1981, pp. 62–65 and 74.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "ABC New Series Pickups: 'Selfie', 'Forever', Galavant', 'Whispers', 'How To Get Away With Murder', 'American Crime', 'Black-ish', Jeff Lowell Comedy". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  5. ^ Cahalan, Susannah (August 1, 2010). "Angelina: The girl with the bangin' tattoo". New York Post. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ Hampson, Sarah. Timothy Hutton interview, The Toronto Globe and Mail (December 28, 2002).
  7. ^ Lotven, Amy (March 17, 2005). "Masons Seek New Members As Elder Brothers Pass On". Queens Chronicle Newspaper. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 

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