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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, Real Genius, 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 five actors, other than Bruce Willis, to appear in the Die Hard film series more than once, the other four being Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Aldis Hodge and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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