Bill Pullman

2009 New York Stage and Film Gala - Arrivals

Pullman in 2009, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: William James Pullman

Place of Birth: Hornell, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 17, 1953

*father – English, Scottish, Northern Irish/Irish
*mother – Dutch

Bill Pullman is an American actor. His roles include the films Ruthless People, Spaceballs, The Accidental Tourist, Sleepless in Seattle, Malice, While You Were Sleeping, Casper (1995), Independence Day, Lost Highway, and Lake Placid, and the series Torchwood, 1600 Penn, The Sinner, and Halston.

He is the son of Johanna (Blaas) and James Pullman. His father had English, Scottish, and Northern Irish ancestry. His maternal grandparents were Dutch immigrants. He is married to modern dancer and artist Tamara Hurwitz, with whom he has three children, including actor Lewis Pullman.

Bill’s paternal grandfather was James Pullman (the son of The Rev. Joseph Pullman and Mary Elizabeth Cooke). James was born in Connecticut. The Rev. Joseph was from Skerries, County Dublin, Ireland, and was a Protestant minister. Mary Elizabeth was born in Portsea Island, Hampshire, England.

Bill’s paternal grandmother was Mabel Ross Brazier (the daughter of Henry Brazier and Elizabeth/Eliza McCallum). Mabel was from Toronto, Canada, and had English and Scottish ancestry. Henry was the son of John Brazier and Jane. Elizabeth was the daughter of William J. McCallum and Eliza Wolfe.

Bill’s maternal grandfather was Albertas Gysbertus/Gijsbertus Blaas (the son of Hendrikus Blaas and Johanna Maria Bernardina van Wijk). Albertas was Dutch. Hendrikus was the son of Hendrikus/Hendricus Blaas and Annetje/Anna Antonia van Wiggen. Johanna was the daughter of Gijsbert Gijsbartus/Gijsbertus van Wijk and Elisabeth Hendriks/Hendrikse.

Bill’s maternal grandmother was Helena Rookus (the daughter of Johan Rookus and Carolina/Caroline/Cornelia Henrietta Beeke). Helena was born in Zeist, Utrecht, Netherlands. Johan was the son of Jacob Rookus and Lena Beekman. Carolina was the daughter of Willem Cornelis Beeke and Helena Van Barneveld.

Sources: Genealogies of Bill Pullman –

Genealogies of Bill’s parents –

Marriage record of Bill’s paternal grandparents, James Pullman and Mabel Ross Brazier –

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2 Responses

  1. JackB says:

    Northern Irish ancestry? His great grandfather Joseph Pullman is from Dublin. Dublin is halfway between the north and south of the island on the east coast. It is neither north of Ireland geographically or in the 6 counties of the Northern Ireland state.
    He has Irish ancestry.

  2. Dar says:

    Today we celebrate our Independence Day, haha!

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