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Linda Hunt is an American film, stage and television actress. She is perhaps best known for her Academy Award-winning role in 1982`s The Year of Living Dangerously.
Linda Hunt was born in Morristown, New Jersey and raised in Westport, Connecticut, one of the two daughters of Raymond Davy Hunt, vice president of Harper Fuel Oil on Long Island and Elsie Doying Hunt, a piano teacher who taught at the Westport School of Music and accompanied the Saugatuck Congregational Church choir. Linda Hunt attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy. She has a sister, Marcia.
Hunt`s film debut in 1980 was in Robert Altman`s musical comedy Popeye. Two years later she co-starred as Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously, Peter Weir`s film adaptation of the novel of the same name. For her role as the male Chinese-Australian photographer, Hunt won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1983, becoming the first person to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex (also the first to win playing an Australian character).
Also a well known stage actress, Hunt has received two Obie awards and a Tony Award nomination for her theatre work. She created the role of Aunt Dan in Wallace Shawn`s play Aunt Dan and Lemon. Recently, she portrayed Sister Aloysius in the Pasadena Playhouse production of John Patrick Shanley`s Tony Award-winning play Doubt. Her television appearances include recurring roles as Judge Zoey Hiller on David E. Kelley`s series The Practice and as Dr. Claire Bryson on Without a Trace. She has narrated several installments of The American Experience on PBS. She now has a recurring role as a technical expert and supervisor on the CBS fall show NCIS: Los Angeles with Chris O`Donnell and LL Cool J.
Beside her acting abilities, Hunt is distinguished by her small stature (she is 4`9"/1.45 m), and her rich, resonant voice, which she has used in numerous documentaries, cartoons, and commercials. She is the on-air host for City Arts & Lectures, a radio program recorded by KQED public radio. Hunt was chosen by Walt Disney Feature Animation to lend her enigmatic speaking and singing voice to Grandmother Willow in the film Pocahontas.
Her voice work also includes the character of "Management" in Carnivàle, and the titan Gaia, who serves as the Narrator in the God of War series of video games. She narrated the introductory film at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.
Hunt is a lesbian; her partner since 1987 is Karen Kline.
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Goodman School of Drama, DePaul University
Full Name at Birth
Lydia Susanna Hunter
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NCIS: Los Angeles
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Lydia Susanna Hunter (born April 2, 1945), better known by her stage name Linda Hunt, is an American film, stage and television actress currently known for her role as Henrietta Lange in the CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles. After making her film debut playing Mrs. Oxheart in Popeye (1980), Hunt portrayed the male character Billy Kwan, her breakthrough performance, in The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). Her role as Billy Kwan earned her an Academy Award, an Australian Film Institute Award, a Golden Globe nomination and various other awards.
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Interlochen Arts Academy, MI
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
TV commercial for FedEx (voice) (1998), TV commercial for Lexus (voice) (1998), TV commercial for Tylenol (1998), TV Commercial(Voice) for Simply Sleep (1999), TV commercial (Voice) for EMC (2001), TV commercial [voice over] for "Aries God Of War" Video Game. (April 2005), TV voice-over for "Amazon" on IMAX, Narrates the audiovisual presentation in the International Spy Museum's 'Briefing Room' (the introductory segment to the museum's public tour).
Short Stature, Husky Voice
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