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 - Miles from Home
1988 - Stealing 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 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).
  • She and her _"Mad About You" (1992)_ (qv) co-star, 'Paul Reiser' (qv), were both given $1,000,000 per episode salaries for the 1999 TV season.
  • In the early 1990s she dated her agent at Creative Artists Agency, Doc O'Conner.
  • She and her ex-husband, 'Hank Azaria' (qv), have both guest-starred on the TV show _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv), though not in the same episode.
  • (2000) After divorcing 'Hank Azaria' (qv), she moved to New York, intending to do theater work, especially 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv).
  • Daughter of 'Gordon Hunt (I)' (qv).
  • Asked novelist 'Robert B. Parker' (qv) to create a female private detective for her to play. The result was Parker's series of novels featuring Sunny Randall.
  • 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).

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