Thomas Edward Hulce was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Plymouth, MI, where he was raised with his two sisters and older brother. He has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Wanting to be a singer, Tom had to make a switch in plans when his voice began changing. Knowing that if he wanted to be in show business he needed to become an actor, Tom began taking the necessary steps almost immediately. When asked once why he chose acting Tom replied, "Because someone told me I couldn't. Tom set goals early on. Graduating from school at 19 years old, he gave himself a decade to succeed as an actor. Working in Ann Arbor as usher and ticket seller with a small theatrical company was a start.
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American stage actor Tom Hulce made his film debut in September 30, -- the title referred to the day James Dean died -- and attained his first starring role as Larry Kroger in National Lampoon's Animal House The sincerity of his portrayal was somewhat lost in the enthusiasm over co-star John Belushi, but Hulce was impressive enough to be cast in Those Lips, Those Eyes , a heartfelt tribute to summer theater actors. Four years later, Hulce was selected over several possible candidates to play Mozart in Amadeus , earning an Oscar nomination for his virtuoso portrayal of the outrageous, immature musical genius. Again, however, the honors went to a co-star, in this case F. Murray Abraham, who won an Oscar for his performance as Mozart's vindictive nemesis Salieri. Few of Hulce's subsequent roles took as full advantage of his gifts as did Amadeus, though the actor had some good moments as a family "black sheep" in Ron Howard's Parenthood and a sleazy, ambulance-chasing lawyer in Peter Weir's Fearless
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He retired from acting in the mids to focus on stage directing and producing. Hulce was born on December 6, in Detroit, Michigan. Some sources incorrectly cite his birthplace as Whitewater, Wisconsin. Hulce debuted as an actor in , playing opposite Anthony Hopkins in Equus on Broadway. Throughout the rest of the s and the early s, he worked primarily as a theater actor,  taking occasional parts in movies. His first film role was in the James Dean -influenced film September 30, in His next movie role was as freshman student Lawrence "Pinto" Kroger in the classic comedy Animal House In , he played a gunshot victim in the television show St. In , he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, losing to his co-star, F.