Timothy Hutton

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Timothy Hutton
Hutton in 2008
Timothy Tarquin Hutton

(1960-08-16) August 16, 1960 (age 63)
  • Actor
  • film director
Years active1965–present
(m. 1986;div. 1990)
Aurore Giscard d'Estaing
(m. 2000;sep. 2009)

Timothy Hutton (born August 16, 1960) [1] is an American actor and film director. He is the youngest recipient of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, which he won at age 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 . He also had a role in the first season of the Amazon streaming drama series Jack Ryan .

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, and then to her hometown Harwinton, Connecticut. [2] 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, California—to get us into the world, I guess. Now she's given up teaching and she's into printing miniature books. [3]

In 1976 when he was 15, Hutton sought out his father and moved in with him in Los Angeles. [4] 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 began acting in television. [3]

On June 2, 1979, Jim Hutton died in Los Angeles from liver cancer, two days after his 45th birthday. In 1981, Hutton thanked his father during his Academy Award speech, which he had won for his role in the movie Ordinary People . [5]

Acting career

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 song "Drive" by The Cars. [6]

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 (1997). 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 . [7]

Other pursuits

Hutton is one of the owners of the New York City restaurant and bar P. J. Clarke's. [8] 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. He also directed several episodes of A&E's A Nero Wolfe Mystery , in which he also starred.

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. [9]

Personal life

Hutton has been married twice. His first marriage (1986–1990) was to actress Debra Winger; they have a son, Emmanuel Noah, born in 1987. [10] [11] [12]

Hutton dated Demi Moore, [13] Uma Thurman, [14] and Angelina Jolie. [15]

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 on Sept. 11, 2001. [16] In July 2009, Us Weekly reported that Hutton and Giscard d'Estaing had separated. [17]

Hutton became a Freemason at Herder Lodge No. 698 in New York City in 2005. [18]

Rape accusation

In March 2020, Sera Johnston, a former child model and actress, accused Hutton of raping her in 1983, when she was 14. [19]

Hutton has denied ever meeting Johnston. One of Johnston's friends who was there the night of the alleged incident has signed an affidavit that Hutton and Johnston were there together that night, and she heard noises from the room they left to that sounded like Johnston was in pain and may have been muffled. Between a few days after the alleged rape to over the years following, Johnston told her mother and four friends. After Johnston began her legal complaint, Johnston's former step-father stated he had heard of the incident years before. Réal Andrews said in an interview that he had seen Johnston in Hutton's hotel room, but later denied it in a legal statement. [19]

Johnston filed a criminal complaint against Hutton with the Vancouver Police Department the previous November. [20] Hutton, who was 22 when the alleged incident occurred, "completely and unequivocally" denied the accusations and filed a criminal complaint against Johnston for extortion. [21] In July 2021, Canadian authorities closed their investigation into Johnston's accusations without filing charges. [22]


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1965 Never Too Late Boy running to his father [23] Uncredited
1980 Sultan and the Rock Star Paul Winters
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—BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1981Teenage Suicide: Don't Try It!Narrator
Taps Cadet Major Brian MorelandNominated—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
Turk 182 Jimmy Lynch
1987 Made in Heaven Mike Shea/Elmo Barnett
1988 A Time of Destiny Jack
Betrayed Juggler at the fairUncredited
Everybody's All-American Donnie "Cake" McCaslin
1989 Torrents of Spring Dimitri Sanin
1990 Q&A Asst. District Attorney Aloysius Francis Reilly
1992 Strangers Tom
1993 The Temp Peter Derns
The Dark Half Thad Beaumont/George Stark Fantafestival Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actor
1995 French Kiss Charlie Lytton
The Last Word Martin Ryan
1996 Beautiful Girls Willie Conway
Mr. and Mrs. Loving Richard LovingBased on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, prosecuted for miscegenation in Loving v. Virginia.
The Substance of Fire Martin Geldhart
1997 City of Industry Lee Egan
Playing God Raymond Blossom
1999 The General's Daughter Col. William Kent
Deterrence Marshall Thompson
2000 Just One Night Isaac Alder
2002 Sunshine State Jack Meadows
2004 Secret Window Ted Milner
Kinsey Paul Gebhard
2006 Last Holiday Matthew Kragen
Stephanie Daley Paul Crane
The Kovak Box David Norton
Heavens Fall Samuel Leibowitz
Falling ObjectsOscar PetersShort film
Off the Black Mr. Tibbel
The Good Shepherd Thomas Wilson
2007 The Last Mimzy David Wilder
When a Man Falls in the Forest Gary
2008 The Alphabet Killer Richard Ledge
Lymelife Charlie Bragg
2009 Broken Hill George McAlpine
The Killing Room Crawford Haines
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject No.30
Multiple Sarcasms Gabriel
Serious Moonlight Ian
2010 The Ghost Writer Sidney Kroll
2013 Louder Than Words Bruce Komiske
2015 #Horror Dr. Michael White
2017 All the Money in the World Oswald Hinge
2018 Beautiful Boy Dr. Brown
2020 The Glorias Leo Steinem
2021 The Long Home Filmed in 2015.

Television series

1972 The Wonderful World of Disney Episode: "Dad, Can I Borrow the Car?"
1980Paul WintersEpisode: "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 20 episodes
2004 5ive Days to Midnight J.T. Neumeyer5 episodes
2006–07 Kidnapped Conrad Cain13 episodes
2008–12 Leverage Nathan Ford76 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2009, 2011–13)
2015 Public Morals Mr. O2 episodes
American Crime Russ Skokie11 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
2016Coach Dan Sullivan10 episodes
2017Nicholas Coates5 episodes
2018 Jack Ryan Nathan Singer5 episodes
2018–19 How to Get Away with Murder Emmett Crawford15 episodes
2018 The Haunting of Hill House Hugh Crain6 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Presentation
2019–20 Almost Family Leon Bechley13 episodes
2022 Women of the Movement Jesse J. Breland4 episodes
2023 S.W.A.T. Mack Boyle2 episodes

Television films

1978 Zuma Beach Art
1979 Friendly Fire John Mullen
The Best Place to Be Tommy Callahan
And Baby Makes SixJason Cramer
Young Love, First LoveDerek Clayton
1980 The Oldest Living Graduate Cadet Whopper Turnbill
Father FigureJim
1981 A Long Way Home Donald BranchNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1993 Zelda F. Scott Fitzgerald
1996Mr. and Mrs. Loving Richard Loving
1997Dead by MidnightJohn Larkin/Sam Ellis
1998Aldrich Ames: The Traitor Within Aldrich Ames
2000 The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery Archie Goodwin
Deliberate Intent Rod Smolla
2001WW3Larry Sullivan
2006 Avenger Frank McBride


1984 Drive Music video for The Cars
1986 Amazing Stories Episode: "Grandpa's Ghost"
1997 Digging to China Children's Jury Award
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
2001–02 A Nero Wolfe Mystery 7 episodes

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