William Atherton

American actor

William Atherton (born William Atherton Knight; July 30, 1947)[1] is an American movie, stage and television actor. He is known for his roles as Richard "Dick" Thornburg in Die Hard and in Die Hard 2 and as Walter Peck in Ghostbusters.

Atherton in February 2009

Atherton was born on July 30, 1947 in Orange, Connecticut.[1] He studied acting at the Drama School at Carnegie Tech and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1969.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "William Atherton Biography (1947-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
  2. "William Atherton Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1947-07-30. Retrieved 2010-12-25.

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