Bonnie Hunt is a versatile and accomplished writer, director, producer and an Emmy®, Golden Globe and SAG Award-nominated actress, earning critical acclaim in film, television and theater.
Growing up in one of Chicago's blue-collar neighborhoods, Hunt pursued an acting career with the famous Second City improvisational theater while continuing to work as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She soon became familiar to audiences with her unforgettable cameos in such films as “Rain Man”, where she played the toothpick-dropping waitress, and in “Dave” as the White House tour guide.
Hunt's television accomplishments are considerable and innovative. Starting out as Jonathan Winters' divorced daughter on ABC's “Davis Rules”, Hunt was also a series regular on NBC's sitcom “Grand” – but Hunt soon looked to broaden her knowledge of the creative aspects of television and its production process. She made television history when she became the first person to write, produce and star in a prime time series. Her first writing/ producing/acting venture was the highly acclaimed series for CBS, “The Building.”
She went on to create two more critically acclaimed series – writing, producing, directing and starring in “The Bonnie Hunt Show” for CBS and “Life with Bonnie” for ABC, The show earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, two of which were for Hunt's acting.
Continuing to build an impressive film resume, Hunt received rave reviews for her successful movie roles including Tom Cruise's scrutinizing sister-in-law in “Jerry Maguire”, Tom Hanks' wife in “The Green Mile”, Robin Williams' love interest in “Jumanji”, “Random Hearts” with Harrison Ford, Norman Jewison's “Only You”, and “Cheaper By The Dozen” and “Cheaper By The Dozen 2” with Steve Martin. For MGM Bonnie wrote, directed and acted in the timeless, highly praised feature film, “Return To Me”, starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver. Her long association with Disney/Pixar has included starring roles in the animated hits “A Bug's Life”, “Monsters Inc.” and Hunt not only starred in but received a writing credit in Pixar's classic “Cars.” Most recently Hunt worked on Pixars upcoming “Monsters University.”
Hunt's frequent and hilarious appearances on talk shows earned her Entertainment Weekly's title of the hands-down best (talk show) guest in America. This lead Hunt to host her own talk show “The Bonnie Hunt Show” which received Emmy nominations for Best Writing and Best Talk Show Host. The show also won the Gracie Award for "Outstanding Talk Show".
Hunt’s independent film work includes starring roles in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's “Stolen Summer.” The dramatic “Loggerheads”, the comedy “I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With”, also Katrina inspired “Hurricane Season”, with Forest Whitaker. Bonnie is currently directing a story on mental illness for ECHO productions, titled “Eddie.”
This year Hunt is teaming with another multi-hyphenate, Ben Stiller, for a comedy project, Hunt will produce, write and act in a half hour comedy, titled “compliKATEd.”
Hunt is dedicated to her charity work, and commitment to raising funds to sponsor medical research. Inspiring The Bonnie Hunt Rehab Wing at Casa Colina in California. She gives time to The Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute, The Make A Wish Foundation, American Veterans, The Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center, The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.