Lewis Pullman

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Lewis Pullman
Lewis Pullman during an interview for the 2018 film "Bad Times at the El Royale"
Pullman in 2018
Born
Lewis James Pullman

(1993-01-29) January 29, 1993 (age 29)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materWarren Wilson College
OccupationActor
Years active2013–present
Parent(s)

Lewis James Pullman (born January 29, 1993) is an American actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the 2018 films The Strangers: Prey at Night and Bad Times at the El Royale. He had a recurring role as Major Major Major Major in the miniseries Catch-22. He recently appeared as Lt. Robert "Bob" Floyd in Top Gun: Maverick, and will star in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King's Salem's Lot.

Life and career

Lewis James Pullman was born on January 29, 1993, in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of actor Bill Pullman and modern dancer Tamara Hurwitz. He has a sister, Maesa, who is a singer-songwriter, and a brother, Jack, who is a puppet-maker.[1] His mother is of Norwegian and Jewish ancestry.[2][3]

Pullman plays the drums in the band Atta Boy alongside Eden Brolin, Freddy Reish, and Dashel Thompson. They released their first album, Out of Sorts, in 2012 as a "whimsical experiment."[4] Their second album, Big Heart Manners, was released in 2020 after an eight-year hiatus.[5]

Pullman began his acting career with several short films, starting with The Tutor in 2013.[6] In an interview, he said he had to split his time between living in Los Angeles and Montana and that he was "on the tractor division [in college]. I figured if acting didn't work out I could be on the road crew, working the back hoe."[7] In 2015, he graduated from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina, with a bachelor's degree in Social Work.[8] That same year, he was asked by filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to audition for Highston, a television series from Sacha Baron Cohen and Amazon Studios.[7] In September 2015, his casting was confirmed and the series was given a six-episode order.[9] The series starred Pullman in the lead role as a 19-year-old whose imaginary friends were real-life celebrities. The pilot episode, guest-starring Flea and Shaquille O'Neal, was well received by critics.[10] In December 2017, however, Highston was canceled after only one episode.[11]

Pullman made his feature film acting debut in 2017 with The Ballad of Lefty Brown, a Western starring his father in the titular lead role.[12] His additional roles in 2017 include the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led Aftermath,[13] the British drama Lean on Pete,[14] and the critically acclaimed film Battle of the Sexes, the latter also starring his father.[15][16]

In 2018, Pullman had a leading role in the slasher film The Strangers: Prey at Night.[13] Though the film received mixed reviews when compared to its predecessor,[17] it was a box-office success, grossing $32.1 million against a $5 million production budget.[18] That same year, he starred alongside Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, and Chris Hemsworth in Bad Times at the El Royale.[19][20] On casting Pullman, writer and director Drew Goddard said "it was one of those good old-fashioned casting searches. After meeting with lots and lots and lots of actors, Lewis came in and you just felt that immediately. The last time that happened, quite honestly, was when Chris Hemsworth walked in for The Cabin in the Woods. You're just looking for actors who inherently fit the role — and then also transcend the role. Lewis had that sort of magic."[21] Upon release, the film received generally positive reviews from critics.[22] His performance was also praised, with Den of Geek calling it a "standout" in the film and The Seattle Times writing that Pullman "shines as the troubled desk clerk, who serves as the film's (very) late-arriving moral conscience."[23][24]

In 2019, Pullman had a recurring role as Major Major Major Major in Catch-22, the Hulu adaptation of the 1961 novel of the same name starring George Clooney.[25][26] That same year, he starred in the thriller film Them That Follow.[27] In 2022, Pullman played Rhett Abbott in the Amazon series Outer Range,[28] Lieutenant Robert "Bob" Floyd in the Tom Cruise-led sequel Top Gun: Maverick,[29][30] and the romantic lead in Press Play.[31] He will next star in the James Wan-produced horror film Salem's Lot, an adaptation of the 1975 novel of the same name by Stephen King; The Hollywood Reporter writes that the role "promises to be a breakthrough and career-making for Pullman."[32][33]

Filmography

Film

Lewis Pullman's film credits
Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2013 The Tutor James Short film [6]
2015 The Peter Cassidy Project Henry Lovegood Short film [6]
2016 Where You Are Adult James Short film [6]
The Realest Real Patrick Short film [6]
2017 The Ballad of Lefty Brown Billy Kitchen [12]
Aftermath Samuel Credited as Lewis James Pullman [13]
Lean on Pete Dallas [14]
Battle of the Sexes Larry Riggs [15]
2018 The Strangers: Prey at Night Luke [13]
Craig's Pathetic Freakout Lewis Short film [34]
Bad Times at the El Royale Miles Miller [21]
2019 Them That Follow Garret [27]
Lefty/Righty Righty Short film [35]
2020 The Voice in Your Head Dan Short film [36]
Pink Skies Ahead Ben [37]
2021 Sorry I Missed This Trevor Short film [38]
2022 Top Gun: Maverick Lieutenant Robert "Bob" Floyd [29]
Press Play Harrison [31]
Salem's LotProjects that have not yet been released Ben Mears [32]

Television

Lewis Pullman's television credits
Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2015 Highston Highston Liggetts Television pilot [11]
2019 Catch-22 Major Major Major Major 4 episodes [25]
2022 Outer Range Rhett Abbott Series regular [28]
Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes projects that have not yet been released

References

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  2. ^ "Q&A with Bill Pullman on 'The Fruit Hunters' and His Orchard Obsession".
  3. ^ "Helen Hurwitz Taught Art, Loved Nature".
  4. ^ "Atta Boy". We Are Atta Boy. Archived from the original on August 28, 2021. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
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  12. ^ a b Dick, Jeremy (August 28, 2021). "Lewis Pullman Is Ben Mears in Stephen King's Salem's Lot Remake". MovieWeb. Archived from the original on August 28, 2021. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
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  23. ^ Kaye, Don (October 11, 2018). "Bad Times at the El Royale Review". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on August 28, 2021. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  24. ^ Kinnard, J.R. (October 8, 2018). "Bad Times at the El Royale: First-rate cast checks in, but plot twists fizzle out". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on August 28, 2021. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
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  31. ^ a b Brzeski, Patrick (October 7, 2019). "Busan: CJ Entertainment to Produce Romantic Drama Press Play With Clara Rugaard, Lewis Pullman (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 28, 2021. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
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