Thomas Edward Hulce (born December 6, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated, Tony Award- and Emmy Award-winning American actor and producer.
Hulce was born in Whitewater, Wisconsin and raised in Plymouth, Michigan, the son of Joanna (née Winkelman) and Raymond Albert Hulce. He wanted to be a singer as a small child, but switched to acting when his voice changed. He graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and then obtained his degree from North Carolina School of the Arts.
Hulce’s first film role was in the James Dean-influenced film 9/30/55 in 1977. His next was in the highly popular National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978). In 1984, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Mozart in Amadeus, losing to his co-star, F. Murray Abraham. Other films include Echo Park (1986), Slam Dance (1987), Shadow Man (1988), Dominick and Eugene (1988), Parenthood (1989), The Inner Circle (1991), Fearless (1993), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) (as the voice of the protagonist Quasimodo), and Stranger Than Fiction (2006). He also played 1960s civil rights activist Michael Schwerner in the 1990 TV-movie Murder in Mississippi.
Hulce produced the film adaptation of Michael Cunninghamu2019s A Home at the End of the World directed by Michael Mayer, who later directed Hulce’s project Spring Awakening on Broadway.
On Broadway, Hulce starred in A Memory of Two Mondays, Equus, and A Few Good Men, for which he was Tony Award nominee in 1990. He appeared in the groundbreaking early AIDS-era drama The Normal Heart in Londonu2019s West End and Hamlet at the Shakespeare Theater.
Hulce is a producer of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Spring Awakening. He shepherded two other major projects to fruition: the six-hour, two-evening stage adaptation of John Irving’s The Cider House Rules, and Talking Heads, a festival of Alan Bennettu2019s plays which won six Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, a special Outer Critics Circle Award, and a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. Hulce also is heading a new musical project by Keith Bunin and Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Patty Griffin, scheduled for a Spring 2007 premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company.
Hulce has been nominated for four Golden Globes, two Helen Hayes Awards and has won an Emmy Award for his performance in The Heidi Chronicles, as well as his aforementioned Tony award for producing the musical Spring Awakening.
In 1996 he married Italian artist Cecilia Ermini.