Creator / William Atherton

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Yes, it's true; this man has no dick.

William Atherton (born July 30, 1947), born William Atherton Knight, is an American film, stage and television actor. He's perhaps best known for his role as Walter Peck in Ghostbusters (1984), and since then has mostly (but not exclusively) played jerks.

Film Roles

Television Roles

Tropes associated with William Atherton

  • Embarrassing Nickname: Has been called "dickless" more times than he can count because of an insult directed at his character in Ghostbusters (1984) by Ray Stantz (Dan Akroyd).
  • Evil Redhead: By the nature of his career path, he plays mostly bad guys. Though few are really evil. They're mostly Obstructive Bureaucrat types.
  • Jerkass: Not in real life, but many of his characters post Ghostbusters (1984). At the time he resented it, but in the Entertainment Weekly interview for Ghostbusters 30th anniversary he says it gave him a great niche that he wound up making a good living off of.
    • In interviews he can come as unintentionally pretentious do to his unusual serious approach to otherwise comedic roles. However, once you find out this is because of him being a classically trained actor that was very succesful in theater before making the jump to films, it Makes Sense In Context.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Is usually very nice to fans, and said to be very approachable.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Several roles, most notably his most famous: Walter Peck in Ghostbusters (1984).
  • Smug Snake: Many characters.
  • Type Casting: After Ghostbusters (1984) as Walter Peck he was mostly cast as the arrogant, smug jerkass character.


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