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Born in Malibu, Calif., on Aug. 16, 1960, Timothy Hutton followed in his actor father's footsteps and left high school when he was only 16, eventually landing a plum role in Ordinary People (1980) and winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar -- all before he was 20 years old.

Hutton starred alongside Tom Cruise in Taps (1981) and turned down the lead in Risky Business (1983), opting instead for a series of film roles that cemented his reputation as an often brooding "thinking man," including Iceman (1984), The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), Q&A (1990), The Dark Half (1993) and Beautiful Girls (1996). The actor entered new territory as a 1930s detective in the critically acclaimed A&E series "Nero Wolfe" (2001-02) before signing on to the NBC drama "Kidnapped" (2006-07).

Other notable films include The General's Daughter (1999), Kinsey (2004) and The Good Shepherd (2006).

Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People

Ordinary People

1980 R

Everything is in its proper place in the Jarrett household -- except the past. Mary Tyler Moore scored an Oscar nod for her role as repressed mother Beth Jarrett, whose favorite son has died, leaving her with another (Timothy Hutton) she can barely tolerate. The film also netted four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Redford, in his directorial bow), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for young Hutton.

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