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Tom Atkins est un Acteur Américain né le 13 novembre 1935 à Pittsburgh (Etats-Unis)

Tom Atkins

Tom Atkins
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Nom de naissance Tom Atkins
Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 13 novembre 1935 (79 ans) à Pittsburgh (Etats-Unis)

Tom Atkins est un acteur américain né le 13 novembre 1935 à Pittsburgh (États-Unis).


Early life
Atkins was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Dorothy E. (née Williams) and George C. Atkins. During his childhood, Atkins was a fan of horror and science fiction, one of his best loved films being the Howard Hawks classic The Thing from Another World. He initially had no desire to be an actor. His father worked in a Steel Mill in Pennsylvania and Atkins assumed that he would follow in his father's footsteps. He then enlisted in the Navy and 'noticed that the officers lived great, but that was only because they had gone to college'
and so, after leaving the Navy, Atkins signed up for college where he met a girl who was involved in a theatre group. Tom attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and was a member of the Gamma Phi Fraternity. He says: 'I was in my 20s already when I got interested in acting and I liked it a lot'.

Atkins began his career in stage plays both on-and-off Broadway, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. His first movie role was in The Detective, which starred Frank Sinatra. Talking of his experience working on his first feature film - and with Sinatra - Atkins says: 'It was great! It was intimidating and frightening and scary but Frank was great. He was very easy to work with. He didn't like to do a lot of takes. But then it's not like we were doing Shakespeare'.

After many appearances in TV series and movies - often playing police detectives - Atkins began working within the horror and science fiction genres. He starred in two films directed by John Carpenter: he appeared as Nick Castle in the 1980 ghost story The Fog and as Rehme in the 1981 science fiction thriller Escape from New York. He then took a leading role as Dr. Dan Challis in the sequel Halloween III: Season of the Witch directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and produced by John Carpenter. He did further work with George A. Romero, appearing in three of the latter's projects: in the Romero-Stephen King project, Creepshow (1982), in which he plays the overbearing father of a young Joe Hill (King's son) in the wraparound segment; then in another anthology, Two Evil Eyes (1990), based upon tales by Edgar Allan Poe; and Bruiser (2000). He portrayed Detective Ray Cameron in the 1986 cult horror film Night of the Creeps, a role Atkins calls his very favorite. He tells Classic-Horror magazine 'It was the most fun film I've ever worked on. It was a pure giggle from beginning to end. The director Fred Dekker was very young and very talented and he went on to do The Monster Squad afterwards. I think he wrote a terrific film that was kind of a big put-on of 50s horror. And I had great lines in that movie!'

He has nevertheless continued to act in both the thriller and police procedural genre. He is well known to movie goers for his role as Michael Hunsaker in the Richard Donner hit film Lethal Weapon (1987), with Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Gary Busey; the film was produced by Donner and Joel Silver, written by Shane Black. He also took a role in the action-thriller, Striking Distance (1993), alongside Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Tom Sizemore. In television, Atkins played Lt. Alex Diehl in the 1970s television series The Rockford Files with James Garner. He reprised his role of Commander Diehl for a series of Rockford Files movies in the 1990s.

Atkins has made numerous guest appearances on many popular television shows, including M*A*S*H, Baretta, Harry O, The Fall Guy, Xena: Warrior Princess, Walker, Texas Ranger, Oz, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

He is a frequent player in shows in the Pittsburgh theatre scene, most famously in the one-man show The Chief at Pittsburgh Public Theater, in which he depicted the late founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Art Rooney. Also at the Public, he played the title role in Macbeth, opposite Jean Smart as Lady Macbeth and Keith Fowler as Macduff. He was the star of A Musical Christmas Carol at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, portraying the character of Ebenezer Scrooge. He appeared on Broadway in David Storey's The Changing Room, for which he received the 1973 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Performer.

In 2009, he had a supporting role as a retired sheriff in the remake My Bloody Valentine 3D and co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Todd Farmer's Drive Angry, in 2011. Atkins is scheduled to have a lead role in Patrick Lussier's Halloween 3D.

Personal life
Atkins' first wife was actress Garn Stephens, who appeared in Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Following the couple's divorce, he married Janis Lee Rodgers on March 15, 1986, with whom he has one child, Taylor.

^ Tom Atkins Biography (1935-)

^ Atkins, Tom, The Internet Movie Database, [accessed] 17 April 2011.

^ Fallows, Tom, Tom Atkins Interview (Night of the Creeps), Classic-Horror Web Zine 14 October 2009.

^ "'Drive Angry' Casting That Will Surely "Thrill" You".

^ Tom Atkins, Internet Movie Database, [accessed] April 14, 2011.

^ Tom Atkins talks “DRIVE ANGRY”…and “HALLOWEEN III”!

^ Monster-Mania "14 Guest List Grows". DreadCentral.

^ "Exclusive: Tom Atkins is BACK and Ready to Drive Angry". DreadCentral.

^ "Tom Atkins Talks Halloween 3D". DreadCentral.

^ "Tom Atkins Biography (1935-)". Retrieved 18 December 2011.

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Hell Driver

Hell Driver (2011)

, 1h44
Réalisé par Patrick Lussier
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Policier
Thèmes Transport, Automobile, Road movie, Film de poursuite
Acteurs Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke, Charlotte Ross, Katy Mixon
Rôle Cap
Note56% 2.8021452.8021452.8021452.8021452.802145
Milton est prêt à tout pour rattraper les fanatiques qui ont assassiné sa fille et kidnappé le bébé de celle-ci pour le sacrifier à la prochaine pleine lune. Avec la séduisante Piper, il se lance à la poursuite de Jonah King et ses adeptes, du Colorado à la Louisiane. Pourtant, le chasseur pourrait bien devenir le gibier… Un homme mystérieux aux pouvoirs surnaturels, le Comptable, est lui-même à la recherche de Milton. Alors que la route devient le théâtre d’une véritable vendetta, une course-poursuite en cache une autre. Milton pourra-t-il rattraper King avant que le Comptable ne lui mette la main dessus ? Carburant à la rage et au bolide, Milton va poursuivre sa mission.
Meurtres à la St-Valentin

Meurtres à la St-Valentin (2009)

, 1h41
Réalisé par Patrick Lussier
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Horreur, Slasher
Thèmes Tueur en série
Acteurs Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, Betsy Rue, Kevin Tighe, Tom Atkins
Rôle Jim Burke
Note60% 3.0413453.0413453.0413453.0413453.041345
Il y a dix ans qu'une tragédie a changé la petite ville minière de Harmony pour toujours. À la suite d'une erreur d'un mineur inexpérimenté appelé Tom Hanniger, cinq mineurs ont trouvé la mort, coincés dans les tunnels souterrains. Le seul survivant, Harry Warden, est plongé dans le coma. Son désir de vengeance l'amène pourtant à se réveiller au bout d'un an, le jour de la Saint-Valentin, et il tue vingt-deux personnes avec une pioche avant d'être lui-même abattu. Dix ans plus tard, Tom Hanniger revient dans la ville de Harmony, toujours hanté par les morts qu'il a provoquées. Tout en essayant de tourner la page, il devra aussi accepter que son ancienne petite amie, Sarah, est maintenant mariée à son meilleur ami Axel, devenu chef de la police. Mais le passé est tenace et, ce soir-là, après des années de tranquillité, il semble que l'obscurité soit de retour. Derrière un masque de mineur et armé d'une pioche, un assassin terrorise la ville de Harmony.
Turn of Faith

Turn of Faith (2002)

, 1h36
Réalisé par Charles Jarrott
Origine Etats-Unis
Acteurs Charles Durning, Mia Sara, Costas Mandylor, Alan Gelfant, Tom Atkins, Tony Sirico
Rôle Charlie Ryan
Note60% 3.032213.032213.032213.032213.03221
The film follows three friends, a cop, a priest and a kid from the neighborhood who wants to handle the family business. Then a man named Philly enters the

Bruiser (2000)

, 1h39
Réalisé par George Andrew Romero
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Horreur
Acteurs Jason Flemyng, Peter Stormare, Leslie Hope, Nina Garbiras, Tom Atkins, Boyd Banks
Rôle détective McCleary
Note52% 2.6485652.6485652.6485652.6485652.648565
Henry Creedlow a toujours respecté les règles et fait ce qu'on lui demandait de faire sans poser de questions. Mais un matin, il découvre que son visage a disparu. Tous ses efforts d'intégration et son désir de reconnaissance ont fini par lui coûter la seule chose qu'il ne peut remplacer : son identité. Il n'est plus qu'un vide, un anonyme, un fantôme. Il explose et décide de se venger.
Piège en eaux troubles

Piège en eaux troubles (1993)

, 1h37
Réalisé par Rowdy Herrington
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Action, Aventure, Policier
Thèmes Transport, Automobile, Road movie, Film de poursuite
Acteurs Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore, Robert Pastorelli, Timothy Busfield
Rôle Oncle Fred Hardy
Note57% 2.8534452.8534452.8534452.8534452.853445
Tom Hardy et son père, tous deux dans la police, repèrent un soir un serial killer qui accumule les victimes. La poursuite se termine mal et le père de Tom est tué. Tom declare alors que le tueur fait partie de la police.
Bob Roberts

Bob Roberts (1992)

, 1h42
Réalisé par Tim Robbins
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie
Thèmes Film traitant du cinéma, La musique, Documentaire sur la politique, Musique, Politique
Acteurs Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Alan Rickman
Rôle Dr Caleb Menck
Note70% 3.529443.529443.529443.529443.52944
Bob Roberts est un chanteur folk qui se présente comme sénateur. Son seul opposant est un journaliste indépendant.
Deux Yeux maléfiques

Deux Yeux maléfiques (1990)

, 2h
Réalisé par George Andrew Romero, Dario Argento, Luigi Cozzi
Origine Italie
Genres Thriller, Comédie, Fantasy, Horreur, Slasher
Thèmes Tueur en série, Zombie
Acteurs Adrienne Barbeau, E. G. Marshall, Harvey Keitel, Chuck Aber, Madeleine Potter, John Amos
Rôle le détective Grogan
Note61% 3.076863.076863.076863.076863.07686
Adaptation de deux célèbres nouvelles d'Edgar Allan Poe, "l’Étrange Cas de Mr. Valdemar" qui raconte l'histoire d'un mourant hypnotise par deux amants diaboliques et "le Chat noir" par ailleurs sympathique animal qui cristallise ici la folie chez un photographe par trop stresse.
Maniac Cop

Maniac Cop (1988)

, 1h34
Réalisé par William Lustig
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Action, Horreur, Slasher
Thèmes Sexualité, Tueur en série, Zombie
Acteurs Tom Atkins, Robert Z'Dar, William Smith, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon, Richard Roundtree
Rôle Frank McCrae
Note59% 2.9509652.9509652.9509652.9509652.950965
Une série de meurtres horribles déclenche la panique dans les rues de New York. Une confusion qui atteint son paroxysme lorsque la presse révèle que tout laisse à penser que ce tueur maniaque est un policier...
L'Arme fatale

L'Arme fatale (1987)

, 1h50
Réalisé par Richard Donner
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Comédie, Comédie policière, Action, Aventure, Policier
Thèmes Noël, Buddy movie
Acteurs Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitch Ryan, Tom Atkins, Lycia Naff
Rôle Michael Hunsaker
Note73% 3.6662853.6662853.6662853.6662853.666285
Deux excellents policiers de Los Angeles, Martin Riggs et Roger Murtaugh, se retrouvent coéquipers sur une même affaire. Les deux hommes, de caractère franchement opposé, finissent par s'apprécier et demontrent leur amitié et leurs capacités quand la fille de l'un d'eux est enlevée par d'anciens agents des forces spéciales devenus trafiquants de drogue.
Extra Sangsues

Extra Sangsues (1986)

, 1h29
Réalisé par Fred Dekker
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Science-fiction, Comédie, Horreur
Thèmes Comédie de science-fiction, Zombie, Comédie horrifique, Extraterrestre
Acteurs Jason Lively, Jill Whitlow, Tom Atkins, Allan Kayser, David Paymer, Dave Alan Johnson
Rôle Ray Cameron
Note68% 3.443883.443883.443883.443883.44388
Loin dans l'univers, une expérience scientifique tourne à la catastrophe. Une créature redoutable s'échappe et trouve refuge sur Terre. Elle prend possession d'un jeune homme en s'introduisant dans sa bouche.
Blind Justice

Blind Justice (1986)

, 1h40
Réalisé par Rod Holcomb
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame
Acteurs Tim Matheson, Mimi Kuzyk, Philip Charles MacKenzie, Lisa Eichhorn, Tom Atkins, John Kellogg
Rôle Kramer

The average world of an average man turns upside down when he is arrested as the prime suspect in a series of rapes and robberies. In a gripping tale, professional photographer Jim Anderson (Tim Matheson) becomes trapped in a web of circumstantial evidence. After a zealous policeman arrests Anderson for indecent exporsure for taking an impromptu leak during his morning run, he is soon fingered by witnesses as the criminal in relation to the rapes and robberies, despite his innocence. For the next 14 months, his life is hell. The case against him is so strong and his resemblance to the criminal is so exact, he begins to question his own innocence. Wrongly-accused and suffering the growing suspicions of his loyal wife (Mimi Kuzyk), Anderson begins to crack under the strain of clearing his name. He is forced to endure the ruthlessness of a police and legal system that becomes convinced that they have the right man. It also examines the personal impact that comes from such an assault. Too much circumstantial evidence surrounds the case, and too much information leaks out to the public; even if Matheson beats the rap, he'll be ruined in his community. Police Officer Kramer (Tom Atkins) is determined to bring him to justice, whilst Carolyn Shetland (Lisa Eichorn) is Anderson's defense attorney.
The New Kids

The New Kids (1985)

, 1h29
Réalisé par Sean S. Cunningham
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Horreur
Acteurs Lori Loughlin, James Spader, John Philbin, Eddie Jones, Eric Stoltz, Tom Atkins
Rôle Mac McWilliams
Note60% 3.0276553.0276553.0276553.0276553.027655
Loren et Abby, deux nouveaux venus dans un lycée américain, sont persécutés dès leur arrivée par Dutra, le chef d'une bande de petits voyous. Ils encaissent les coups un certain temps puis décident de prendre leur revanche...
Murder Me, Murder You

Murder Me, Murder You (1983)

, 1h36
Réalisé par Gary Nelson
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Policier
Acteurs Stacy Keach, Tanya Roberts, Don Stroud, Kent Williams, Delta Burke, Tom Atkins
Rôle Jack Vance
Note71% 3.5752853.5752853.5752853.5752853.575285
Mike is hired to protect Chris Jameson (Michelle Phillips), an old flame who he hasn't seen in almost 20 years. Chris heads up an all female high-risk courier agency that has become tied up in a dangerous exchange involving high-stakes bribes by an American helicopter manufacturer to a corrupt General in Central America. Chris nonetheless drops dead in the middle of testifying before a grand jury, but not before informing Mike that he has a 19-year-old daughter who is caught in the middle of everything and might already be dead.