Hunt, Bonnie 1964(?)–

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Hunt, Bonnie 1964(?)–


Born September 22, 1964 (some sources cite 1954), in Chicago, IL; daughter of Bob (an electrician) and Alice (a homemaker) Hunt; married John Murphy (an investment banker), 1988. Education: Graduated from nursing school; attended classes at Second City Improvisational Theater.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Publicist—PMK Public Relations, 955 Carrillo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048-5400. Lawyer—Edelstein, Laird & Sobel, 9225 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Career: Actress, producer, director, and writer. An Impulsive Thing (improvisational group), member, Chicago, IL, c. 1984; Second City Improvisational Theatre, performed in touring company, 1986–88, and Los Angeles ensemble, 1988. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, nurse in oncology ward, c. 1982–88.

Awards, Honors: Saturn Award, best actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Films, 1995, for Jumanji; The Bonnie Hunt Show was voted best Chicago show, Chicago Magazine, 1996; Founder's Award and Q Award nomination, best actress in a quality comedy series, both Viewers for Quality Television, 1996, for The Bonnie Hunt Show; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite supporting actress in a drama, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by a cast in a theatrical motion picture, both 1999, for The Green Mile; Commitment to Chicago Award, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, 2001; Television Critic Association Award nomination, individual achievement in comedy, Golden Satellite Award nominations, best performance by an actress, International Press Academy, 2003 and 2004, Golden Globe Award nominations, best performance by an actress, 2003 and 2004, Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress, 2004, all for Life with Bonnie.


Television Appearances; Series:

Carol Anne Smithson, Grand, NBC, 1990.

Gwen Davis, Davis Rules, CBS, 1992.

Bonnie Kennedy, The Building, CBS, 1993.

Bonnie Kelly, The Bonnie Hunt Show, CBS, 1995–96, later named Bonnie, CBS, 1996.

Host, The List, VH1, 1999.

Project Greenlight, HBO, 2001.

Bonnie Molloy, Life with Bonnie, ABC, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1993, 2002, 2004.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996, 2000.

Fern McDermott, "Fern's Heart of Darkness," Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground, HBO, 1997.

Wheel of Fortune, 1997.

Host, The List, VH1, 1999.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2000.

Dinner for Five, Independent Film Channel, 2002, 2005.

The Daily Show, Comedy Central, 2002.

Good Day Live, syndicated, 2002, 2004.

Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2003.

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2003, 2005.

Extra, syndicated, 2005.

Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2005.

"Tournament 5, Game 3," Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2005.

"Tournament 5, Championship," Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2005.

Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2005.

The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Foxtrot dancer (uncredited), Under the Biltmore Clock (also known as American Playhouse: Under the Biltmore Clock), 1986.

Jonathan Winters: Spaced Out, Showtime, 1993.

CBS Sneak Peek '95, CBS, 1995.

People Yearbook '95, CBS, 1995.

Voice of Mom, Edith Ann's Christmas (Just Say Noel) (animated), ABC, 1996.

The Miracle of "The Green Mile" (documentary), 1999.

Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Minnie Driver (documentary), Lifetime, 2000.

Carroll O'Connor: All in a Lifetime (documentary; also known as A & E Biography: Carroll O'Connor—All in a Lifetime), Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

I Love the '80s, VH1, 2002.

ABC's Christmas in Aspen, ABC, 2002.

Presenter, Hollywood Salutes Steve Martin: An American Cinematheque Tribute, AMC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards, 1996.

Presenter, The 1998 Genesis Awards, 1998.

Comedy Central Presents the 2nd Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, Comedy Central, 2000.

Presenter, 17th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2002.

Presenter, ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration, ABC, 2003.

The 5th Annual Family Television Awards, The WB, 2003.

Presenter, The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 2003.

Presenter, The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 2003.

Premier Women in Hollywood Awards, AMC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (also known as Fern McDermott and Subway), 1997.

Television Work; Series:

Executive producer (with David Letterman) and creator, The Building, CBS, 1995.

Creator and executive producer, The Bonnie Hunt Show, CBS, 1995–96, later named Bonnie, CBS, 1996.

Director and executive producer, Live with Bonnie, ABC, 2002.

Film Appearances:

Sally Dibbs, Rain Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988.

Alice Newton, Beethoven, Universal, 1992.

White House tour guide, Dave, Warner Bros., 1993.

Alice Newton, Beethoven's 2nd, Universal, 1993.

Kate Corvatch, Only You (also known as Him and Just in Time), TriStar, 1994.

Sarah Whittle, Jumanji, Columbia/TriStar, 1995.

Mrs. Dewitt, Chrissy's mom, Now and Then, New Line Cinema, 1995.

Dr. Gail Holland, Getting Away with Murder, Savoy Pictures, 1996.

Laurel Boyd, Jerry Maguire, Columbia/TriStar, 1996.

Woop Wooper, Welcome to Woop Woop, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1997.

Voice of Rosie the black widow spider, A Bug's Life (animated), Buena Vista, 1998.

Linda Streicher (narrator), Kissing a Fool, Universal, 1998.

Janice Edgecombe, The Green Mile (also known as Stephen King's "The Green Mile"), Warner Bros., 1999.

Wendy Judd, Random Hearts, Columbia, 1999.

Megan Dayton, Return to Me, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2000.

Voice of Flint, Monsters, Inc. (animated), Buena Vista, 2001.

Margaret O'Malley, Stolen Summer, Miramax, 2002.

Kate Baker, Cheaper by the Dozen, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2003.

Grace Bellamy, Loggerheads, Strand Releasing, 2005.

Kate Baker, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005.

Stella Lewis, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese with, 3 Art, 2005.

Voice of Sally, Cars, Buena Vista, 2006.

Film Director:

Convenience, 1998.

Distance Calls, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1998.

Return to Me, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2000.



Walking the Mile (also known as Walking the Mile: The Making of "The Green Mile"), Warner Home Video, 2000.

Video Games:

Voice of Rosie, A Bug's Life, 1999.

Voice of Flint, Monsters, Inc., Disney Interactive, 2002.


Television Series:

The Building, CBS, 1993.

The Bonnie Hunt Show, CBS, 1995–96, later named Bonnie, CBS, 1996.

Life with Bonnie, ABC, 2002.


Convenience, 1998.

Return to Me (based on a story by Hunt), Metro-Goldywn-Mayer, 2000.



Entertainment Weekly, January 17, 1997, pp. 50.

People Weekly, March 11, 1996, pp. 15.