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William Atherton

Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 9 films, with $1,211,130,858 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,658)
Best-known acting roles: Winchester Rep (The Last Samurai), Walter Peck (Ghostbusters), Richard 'Dick' Thornburg, Reporter WWTW-TV News (Die Hard 2), Bob Gminski (The Pelican Brief), Richard Thornburg (Die Hard)
Most productive collaborators: Tom Cruise, Edward Zwick, Timothy Spall, John Logan, Tony Goldwyn

  1. Summary
  2. Acting Credits
  3. Technical Credits

Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting9$602,674,560$608,456,298$1,211,130,858
Leading1$24,296$24,471$48,767
(Unclassified)9$199,040,568$58,505,232$257,545,800

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
4/4/2014 Jinn Father Westhoff  $202,348 $16,132 $218,480
9/20/2013 The Citizen Joseph Winston  $24,296 $24,471 $48,767
3/2/2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Earle Swinter  $201,436 $22,216 $223,652
3/14/2008 Hacia la Oscuridad John  $0 $0 $0
12/5/2003 The Last Samurai Winchester Rep  $111,110,575 $345,700,000 $456,810,575
5/11/2001 Bread and Roses Himself  $536,465 $746,128 $1,282,593
11/7/1997 Mad City Dohlen  $10,561,038 $0 $10,561,038
8/27/1997 Hoodlum Thomas Dewey  $23,489,997 $0 $23,489,997
1/12/1996 Bio-Dome Dr. Noah Faulkner  $13,294,762 $0 $13,294,762
12/17/1993 The Pelican Brief Bob Gminski  $100,768,056 $87,227,803 $187,995,859
4/26/1991 Oscar Overton  $23,562,716 $0 $23,562,716
7/3/1990 Die Hard 2 Richard 'Dick' Thornburg, Reporter WWTW-TV News  $117,323,878 $122,490,147 $239,814,025
7/15/1988 Die Hard Richard Thornburg  $81,350,242 $57,759,104 $139,109,346
12/19/1986 No Mercy Allan Deveneux  $12,303,904 $0 $12,303,904
8/7/1985 Real Genius Professor Jerry Hathaway  $12,952,019 $0 $12,952,019
6/8/1984 Ghostbusters Walter Peck  $242,212,467 $53,000,000 $295,212,467
10/19/1977 Looking for Mr. Goodbar James  $16,900,000 $0 $16,900,000
12/25/1975 The Hindenburg Boerth  $27,945,225 $0 $27,945,225
4/5/1974 The Sugarland Express Clovis Poplin  $7,000,000 $0 $7,000,000
Movies: 19Totals:$801,739,424$666,986,001$1,468,725,425
  Averages:$42,196,812$35,104,526$77,301,338

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
9/20/2013 The Citizen $368 6 $24,296 $48,767 49.8%
Movies: 1Totals:  $24,296$48,767 
 Averages:$3686$24,296$48,76749.8%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
4/4/2014 Jinn $149,337 201 $202,348 $218,480 92.6%
3/2/2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie $87,475 33 $201,436 $223,652 90.1%
12/5/2003 The Last Samurai $24,271,354 2,938 $111,110,575 $456,810,575 24.3%
11/7/1997 Mad City $4,649,742 2,194 $10,561,038 $10,561,038 100.0%
1/12/1996 Bio-Dome $6,018,203 1,510 $13,294,762 $13,294,762 100.0%
12/17/1993 The Pelican Brief $16,864,404 2,022 $100,768,056 $187,995,859 53.6%
7/3/1990 Die Hard 2 $21,744,661 2,507 $117,323,878 $239,814,025 48.9%
6/8/1984 Ghostbusters $13,612,564 1,506 $242,212,467 $295,212,467 82.0%
4/5/1974 The Sugarland Express $0 0 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 100.0%
Movies: 9Totals:  $602,674,560$1,211,130,858 
 Averages:$9,710,8601,435$66,963,840$134,570,09576.8%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,301-5,400) 5,334 $24,296
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,263 $602,674,560
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,128 $801,739,424
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,611 $225,317,666
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,964 $353,525,390
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,351 $801,739,424
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 4,401-4,500) 4,449 $24,471
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,223 $608,456,298
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 2,001-2,100) 2,031 $666,986,001
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,976 $209,764,637
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 3,201-3,300) 3,266 $398,716,132
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 2,501-2,600) 2,509 $666,986,001
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 5,601-5,700) 5,682 $48,767
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,658 $1,211,130,858
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,448 $1,468,725,425
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 1,801-1,900) 1,816 $435,082,303
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,701-2,800) 2,783 $752,241,522
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,701-1,800) 1,752 $1,468,725,425
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 3,801-3,900) 3,849 $24,296
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 3,201-3,300) 3,246 $24,471
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 4,001-4,100) 4,086 $48,767
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 4,901-5,000) 4,924 $24,296
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 4,001-4,100) 4,094 $24,471
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 5,201-5,300) 5,231 $48,767
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,139 $24,296
Top International Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 965 $24,471
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,195 $48,767
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 2,301-2,400) 2,356 $24,296
Top International Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 1,801-1,900) 1,851 $24,471
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 2,401-2,500) 2,452 $48,767
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,901 $24,296
Top International Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 1,501-1,600) 1,568 $24,471
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,938 $48,767


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