Bonnie HuntActor / Filmmaker
Born: 22 September 1961
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Best known as: The mom in those Beethoven dog movies
Bonnie Hunt is a Chicago actress who took her comedy improvisation skills to Hollywood and made a name playing wisecracking moms, sisters and wives in movies such as Beethoven
(1992), Jerry Maguire
(1996) and Cheaper by the Dozen
(2003). Hunt was working as a nurse when she got her professional start in live comedy troupes, including Chicago's Second City. Small but memorable roles in Rain Man
(1988, with Dustin Hoffman
) and Dave
(1993) led to a steady career in Hollywood comedies in the 1990s. At the same time, Hunt got involved in TV production, creating and writing sitcoms such as The Building
(1995-96) and Life With Bonnie
(2002-2004). She also wrote and directed the feature film Return to Me
(2000, starring David Duchovny
). She landed her own daytime TV show -- a blend of ad-libbed comedy and interviews with celebrities -- in the fall of 2008 (and cancelled after the 2010 season). Her other films include Jumanji
(1995, starring Robin Williams
) and The Green Mile
(1999, starring Tom Hanks
), as well as voice work in A Bug's Life
(1998), Monsters, Inc.
(2001) and Cars
Hunt has often been a guest on David Letterman‘s television show, and her TV show The Building was made in conjunction with Letterman’s production company… She is not related to actress Helen Hunt.
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