Timothy Hutton

Timothy Hutton

Hutton at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival
Born Timothy Tarquin Hutton
(1960-08-16) August 16, 1960
Malibu, California, United States
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Debra Winger (m. 1986; div. 1990)
Aurore Giscard d'Estaing (m. 2000; separated 2009)[1]
Children 2

Timothy Tarquin Hutton (born August 16, 1960) is an American actor and director. He is the youngest male 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 the drama Taps (1981), the spy film The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), and the horror film The Dark Half (1993), 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.

Early life

Timothy Hutton was born in Malibu, California. His father was actor Jim Hutton; his mother, Maryline Adams (née Poole), was a teacher. His parents divorced when Hutton was three years old, and his mother took him and his older sister, Heidi (born in 1959), 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."[2]

In 1976 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.[2]

On June 2, 1979, Jim Hutton died in Los Angeles from liver cancer, two days after his 45th birthday. In 1981, Hutton dedicated his Academy Award, which he had won for his role in the movie Ordinary People, to his father.[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 John Ridley's ABC crime drama American Crime.[4]

Other pursuits

Hutton is one of the owners of the New York City restaurant and bar P. J. Clarke's. In 2003 he became president of 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

Hutton has married twice. His first marriage (1986–1990) was to actress Debra Winger; they have a son, Noah, born in 1987. Hutton dated Uma Thurman during the time they filmed Beautiful Girls[5] and Angelina Jolie during Jolie's separation from Jonny Lee Miller.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1965 Never Too Late Boy running to his daddy Uncredited
1980 Ordinary People Conrad Jarrett Academy 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
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1981 Teenage Suicide: Don't Try It! Narrator
1981 Taps Cadet Major Brian Moreland Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1983 Daniel Daniel Isaacson
1984 Iceman Dr. Stanley Shephard
1985 The Falcon and the Snowman Christopher Boyce
1985 Turk 182 Jimmy Lynch
1987 Made in Heaven Mike Shea/Elmo Barnett
1988 A Time of Destiny Jack
1988 Betrayed Juggler at the fair Uncredited
1988 Everybody's All-American Donnie "Cake"
1989 Torrents of Spring Dimitri Sanin
1990 Q&A Asst. District Attorney Aloysius Francis Reilly
1992 Strangers Tom
1993 The Temp Peter Derns
1993 The Dark Half Thad Beaumont/George Stark Fantafestival Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actor
1995 French Kiss Charlie
1995 The Last Word Martin Ryan
1996 Beautiful Girls Willie Conway
1996 Mr. & Mrs. Loving Richard Loving Based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, prosecuted for miscegenation in Loving v. Virginia.
1996 The Substance of Fire Martin Geldhart
1997 City of Industry Lee Egan
1997 Playing God Raymond Blossom
1999 The General's Daughter Col. William Kent
1999 Deterrence Marshall Thompson
2000 Just One Night Isaac Alder
2002 Sunshine State Jack Meadows
2004 Secret Window Ted Milner
2004 Kinsey Paul Gebhard
2005 Turning Green Bill the Breaker
2006 Last Holiday Matthew Kragen
2006 Stephanie Daley Paul
2006 The Kovak Box David Norton
2006 Heavens Fall Samuel Leibowitz
2006 Falling Objects Oscar Peters Short film
2006 Off the Black Mr. Tibbel
2006 The Good Shepherd Thomas Wilson
2007 The Last Mimzy David Wilder
2007 When a Man Falls in the Forest Gary
2008 The Alphabet Killer Richard Ledge
2008 Reflections Tom
2008 Lymelife Charlie Bragg
2009 Broken Hill George McAlpine
2009 The Killing Room Crawford Haines
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject No.30
2009 Multiple Sarcasms Gabriel
2009 Serious Moonlight Ian
2010 The Ghost Writer Sidney Kroll
2013 Louder Than Words Bruce Komiske
2015 #Horror Dr. Michael White
2017 The Long Home N/A Post-production

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Wonderful World of Disney N/A Episode: "Dad, Can I Borrow the Car"
1980 Disney's Wonderful World Paul Winters Episode: "Sultan and the Rock Star"
1991 Books: Feed Your Head Man reciting 'Forty Stories' Episode: "Forty Stories"
2001–02 A Nero Wolfe Mystery Archie Goodwin 27 episodes
2004 5ive Days to Midnight J.T. Neumeyer 5 episodes
2006–07 Kidnapped Conrad Cain 13 episodes
2008–12 Leverage Nathan Ford 76 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2009, 2011–13)
2015 Public Morals Mr. O 2 episodes
2015 American Crime Russ Skokie 11 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
2016 American Crime Coach Dan Sullivan 10 episodes

Television films

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Zuma Beach Art
1979 Friendly Fire John Mullen
1979 The Best Place to Be Tommy Callahan
1979 And Baby Makes Six Jason Cramer
1979 Young Love, First Love Derek Clayton
1980 The Oldest Living Graduate Cadet
1980 Father Figure Jim
1981 A Long Way Home Donald Branch Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1993 Zelda F. Scott Fitzgerald
1996 Mr. and Mrs. Loving Richard Loving
1997 Dead by Midnight John Larkin/Sam Ellis
1997 Aldrich Ames: The Traitor Within Aldrich Ames
1998 Vig Frankie
2000 The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery Archie Goodwin
2000 Deliberate Intent Rod Smolla
2001 WW3 Larry Sullivan
2006 Avenger Frank McBride


Year Title Notes
1986 Amazing Stories Episode: "Grandpa's Ghost"
1998 Digging to China Children's Jury Award
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
2001–02 A Nero Wolfe Mystery 7 episodes


  1. 1 2 "It's Over!" US Weekly (July 20, 2009).
  2. 1 2 Cook, Bruce, "Doing What Comes Naturally." American Film, March 1981, pp. 62–65 and 74.
  3. Hutton, Timothy. "Academy Award Acceptance Speech, March 31, 1981". oscars.org. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  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. E! True Hollywood Story: "Uma Thurman" (April 18, 2004)
  6. Susannah Cahalan (August 1, 2010). "Angelina: The girl with the bangin' tattoo". New York Post. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  7. Hampson, Sarah. Timothy Hutton interview, The Toronto Globe and Mail (December 28, 2002).
  8. 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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