William Atherton
Personal information
Date of birth

July 30, 1947

Place of Birth

Orange, Connecticut, USA

Years Active


Die Hard

Richard Thornburg

Appeared in

Die Hard
Die Hard 2

William Atherton (born July 30, 1947) is an American actor. He portrayed arrogant reporter Richard Thornburg in Die Hard and Die Hard 2.


Atherton appeared in films, which includes Ghostbusters, The Pelican Brief and The Last Samurai. He also appeared in television programs like Nash Bridges, The Practice, Stargate SG-1, Lost and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.


Atherton is one of the four actors, other than Bruce Willis, to appear in the Die Hard film series more than once, the other three being Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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