Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt

Jun. 15th, 1963
Born in
Culver City, California, USA
5' 8

Helen Hunt's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Mad About You TV Show
Mad About You
Empire Falls TV Show
Empire Falls
Galtar and the Golden Lance TV Show
Galtar and the Golden Lance
Amy Prentiss TV Show
Amy Prentiss
It Takes Two TV Show
It Takes Two
My Life and Times TV Show
My Life and Times
The Fitzpatricks TV Show
The Fitzpatricks

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Ride
2012 - The Sessions
2011 - Soul Surfer
2010 - Every Day
2007 - Then She Found Me
2006 - Bobby
2004 - A Good Woman
2001 - The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
2001 - One Night At McCool
2000 - Dr. T and the Women
2000 - Pay it Forward
2000 - What Women Want
2000 - Cast Away
1997 - As Good As It Gets
1996 - Twister
1995 - Kiss of Death
1992 - Bob Roberts
1992 - Only you
1992 - The Waterdance
1991 - Trancers II
1989 - Next of Kin
1988 - Stealing Home
1988 - Miles from Home
1987 - Project X
1986 - Peggy Sue Got Married
1985 - Girls Just Want to Have Fun
1977 - Rollercoaster

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Helga Wagner
Clancy Williams
Tracey Palmer
Lizzy MacGill
Herself - Host
Herself - Guest
Nancy Lawrence
[Complete List]


Helen Elizabeth Hunt (born June 15, 1963) is an American actress, film director, and screenwriter. She starred in the sitcom, Mad About You, for seven years before being cast in the 1997 romantic comedy film, As Good as It Gets for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Some of her other notable films include Twister, Cast Away, What Women Want, Pay It Forward, Soul Surfer and The Sessions. She made her directorial debut in 2007 with Then She Found Me. She has won four Emmy awards, four Golden Globe awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and an Oscar.

Born in Culver City, California. Her mother, Jane Elizabeth (née Novis), worked as a photographer, and her father, Gordon E. Hunt, is a film and voice director and acting coach. Her uncle, Peter H. Hunt, is also a director. Her Iowa-born maternal grandmother, Dorothy (Anderson) Fries, was a voice coach. Hunt's paternal grandmother was from a German Jewish family, while Hunt's other grandparents were of English descent (her maternal grandfather was born in England). When she was three, Hunt's family moved to New York City, where her father directed theatre (Hunt attended plays as a child several times a week). Hunt studied ballet, and briefly attended UCLA.

  • Her best friend is 'Helen Slater (I)' (qv).
  • Beat 'Teri Hatcher' (qv) for the role of Jamie Buchman in _"Mad About You" (1992)_ (qv) at the final auditions.
  • Her daughter, Makena Lei, was named after a friend's dream. The name means "many flowers of heaven." The baby's middle name, Gordon, is in honor of Helen's father, 'Gordon Hunt (I)' (qv).
  • Got the role in _Twister (1996)_ (qv) based on her performance in _The Waterdance (1992)_ (qv).
  • Frequents Hawaii, which she first visited when she was 14. Says, "It's where I feel right. I can write here, think, chill and get a clear head.".
  • Did a guest voice on _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv) in episode: #9.16 "Dumbbell Indemnity," as Moe's girlfriend, Renee. The voice of Moe is 'Hank Azaria' (qv), Helen's real-life love at that time.
  • She appeared in four movies released in the year 2000. Two of them were in theaters at the same time during the end-of-the-year holiday season, and grossed over $150 million each: _Cast Away (2000)_ (qv) and _What Women Want (2000)_ (qv).
  • Daughter of 'Gordon Hunt (I)' (qv).

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