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Thomas Edward "Tom" Hulce (born December 6, 1953) is an American Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor, and Tony Award-winning producer.

Hulce was born in Whitewater, Wisconsin and raised in Plymouth, Michigan. His mother, Joanna (née Winkleman), sang with Phil Spitalny's All-Girl Orchestra, and his father, Raymond Albert Hulce, worked for the Ford Motor Company. He wanted to be a singer as a small child, but switched to acting when his voice changed. He graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and then obtained his degree from North Carolina School of the Arts.

Hulce's first film role was in the James Dean-influenced film 9/30/55 in 1977. His next was in the highly popular National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). In 1984, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Mozart in Amadeus, losing to his co-star, F. Murray Abraham. Other films include Echo Park (1986), Slam Dance (1987), Shadow Man (1988), Dominick and Eugene (1988), Parenthood (1989), The Inner Circle (1991), Fearless (1993), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) (as the voice of the protagonist Quasimodo), which, along with the sequel, would be his last main role in the movies. He had bit parts in the recent movies Jumper (2008) and Stranger Than Fiction (2006). He also played 1960s civil rights activist Michael Schwerner in the 1990 TV-movie Murder in Mississippi.

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