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* 1974 ''Film/TheSugarlandExpress'' as Clovis Poplin
* 1975 ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' as Tod Hackett
* 1977 ''Film/LookingForMrGoodbar'' as James
* 1984 ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' as Walter Peck
* 1985 ''Film/RealGenius'' as Prof. Jerry Hathaway
* 1988 ''Film/DieHard'' as Richard 'Dick' Thornberg
* 1990 ''[[Film/DieHard Die Hard 2]]'' as Richard Thornberg
* 1995 ''Film/FrankAndJesse'' as Allan Pinkerton
* 1996 ''Film/BioDome'' as Dr. Noah Faulkner
* 2000 ''Film/TheCrowSalvation'' as Nathan Randall
* 2003 ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' as Winchester Rep
* 2007 ''Film/{{The Girl Next Door|2007}}'' as Adult David

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* 1974 ''Film/TheSugarlandExpress'' (1974) as Clovis Poplin
* 1975 ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' (1975) as Tod Hackett
* 1977 ''Film/{{The Hindenburg|1975}}'' (1975) as Boerth
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''Film/LookingForMrGoodbar'' (1977) as James
* 1984 ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' (1984) as Walter Peck
* 1985 ''Film/RealGenius'' (1985) as Prof. Jerry Hathaway
* 1988 ''Film/DieHard'' (1988) as Richard 'Dick' Thornberg
* 1990 ''[[Film/DieHard Die Hard 2]]'' (1990) as Richard Thornberg
* 1995 ''Film/ThePelicanBrief'' (1993) as Bob Gminski
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''Film/FrankAndJesse'' (1995) as Allan Pinkerton
* 1996 ''Film/BioDome'' (1996) as Dr. Noah Faulkner
* 2000 ''Film/TheCrowSalvation'' (2000) as Nathan Randall
* 2003 ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' (2003) as Winchester Rep
* 2007 ''Film/{{The Girl Next Door|2007}}'' (2007) as Adult David



* 1978-1979 ''Series/{{Centennial}}'' as Jim Lloyd
* 1987, 1989 ''Series/TheEqualizer'' as Martin 'Alpha' Loeber/Gideon
* 2004 ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' as Dr. Destiny
* 2006 ''Series/StargateSG1'' as Emissary Varta
* 2008-2009 ''Series/{{Life}}'' as Mickey Rayborn
* 2010 ''Series/{{Lost}}'' as Principal Donald Reynolds
* 2013 ''Series/{{Defiance}}'' as Viceroy Berto Mercado

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* 1978-1979 ''Series/{{Centennial}}'' (197879) as Jim Lloyd
* 1987, 1989 ''Series/TheEqualizer'' (198789) as Martin 'Alpha' Loeber/Gideon
* 2004 ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' (2004) as Dr. Destiny
* 2006 ''Series/StargateSG1'' (2006) as Emissary Varta
* 2008-2009 ''Series/{{Life}}'' (200809) as Mickey Rayborn
* 2010 ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (2010) as Principal Donald Reynolds
* 2013 ''Series/{{Defiance}}'' (2013) as Viceroy Berto Mercado


* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Is usually very nice to fans, and said to be very approachable.

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* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Is usually very nice to fans, and said to be very approachable.


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* TypeCasting: After ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' as Walter Peck he was mostly cast as the arrogant, smug jerkass character.



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->''"If you have to be TheAntagonist, you often have a lot more creative powers. You have a lot more color to you."''


* 1975 ''Film/TheDayOfTheLocust'' as Tod Hackett

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* 1975 ''Film/TheDayOfTheLocust'' ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' as Tod Hackett








** 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 MakesSenseInContext.


* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Is usually very nice to fans, and said to be very approachable.


* EmbarrassingNickname: Has been called "dickless" more times than he can count because of an insult directed at his character in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' by Ray Stantz (Creator/DanAkroyd).

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* EmbarrassingNickname: Has been called "dickless" more times than he can count because of an insult directed at his character in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' by Ray Stantz (Creator/DanAkroyd).(Creator/DanAykroyd).



* TypeCasting: After ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' as Walter Peck he was mostly cast as the arrogant, smug jerkass character.

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* TypeCasting: After ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' as Walter Peck he was mostly cast as the arrogant, smug jerkass character.

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* 1974 ''Film/TheSugarlandExpress'' as Clovis Poplin
* 1975 ''Film/TheDayOfTheLocust'' as Tod Hackett
* 1977 ''Film/LookingForMrGoodbar'' as James

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* 2006 ''Series/StargateSG1'' as Emissary Varta


* 1990 ''Film/DieHard'' as Richard Thornberg

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* 1990 ''Film/DieHard'' ''[[Film/DieHard Die Hard 2]]'' as Richard Thornberg


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 Film/{{Ghostbusters}}, and since then has mostly (but not exclusively) played jerks.

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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 Film/{{Ghostbusters}}, ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', and since then has mostly (but not exclusively) played jerks.



* 1984 ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' as Walter Peck

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* 1984 ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' as Walter Peck



* 1990 ''Film/DieHard'' as Richard Thornberg









* EmbarrassingNickname: Has been called "dickless" more times than he can count because of an insult directed at his character in ''Ghostbusters'' by Ray Stantz (Dan Akroyd).

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* EmbarrassingNickname: Has been called "dickless" more times than he can count because of an insult directed at his character in ''Ghostbusters'' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' by Ray Stantz (Dan Akroyd).(Creator/DanAkroyd).



* {{Jerkass}}: Not in real life, but many of his characters post ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''. 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.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Not in real life, but many of his characters post ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.''Film/{{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.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Several roles, most notably his most famous: Walter Peck in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Several roles, most notably his most famous: Walter Peck in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''.



* TypeCasting: After ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' as Walter Peck he was mostly cast as the arrogant, smug jerkass character.

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* TypeCasting: After ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' as Walter Peck he was mostly cast as the arrogant, smug jerkass character.character.

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** 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 MakesSenseInContext.


* 2007 ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor'' as Adult David

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* 2007 ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor'' ''Film/{{The Girl Next Door|2007}}'' as Adult David

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