Who is Bonnie Hunt?

Bonnie is an American Primetime Emmy Award-nominated film, television, and voice actress, perhaps still best known to the world as Sarah Whittle in the film “Jumanji” (1995), and as Jan Edgecomb in the film “The Green Mile” (2000), among other roles she’s secured in her career so far.

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What is Bonnie Hunt Doing Now?

Bonnie is in her early 60s, and enjoying the best years of her career. Most recently, she has been approved as the writer and the showrunner of the TV comedy series “Amber Brown”, which is based on the book by Paula Danziger and airs on Apple TV+. The series is focused on a young girl who finds solace in art and music following her parent’s divorce, and it stars Carsyn Rose, Liliana Inouye and Darin Brooks.

Moreover, she is set to voice Bonnie Hopps in the animated series “Zootopia+”, co-starring Idris Elba, Alan Tudyk and Kristen Bell.

Bonnie Hunt Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Bonnie Lynn Hunt was born on 22 September 1961, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, one of seven children born to Robert Edward Hunt, who was an electrician, and his wife Alice E. She has three older brothers, two older sisters, and a younger sister, all of Irish, Belgian and Polish ancestry.

Bonnie went to St. Ferdinand Grammar School and then Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago. During her schooling years, Bonnie also served as a medical aide, and in 1982, was hired as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Career Beginnings

While working as a nurse, Bonnie was making plans for her career as a comedian. She co-founded the improv comedy group An Impulsive Thing in 1984, and two years later joined the famous Chicagoan comedy troupe, Second City.

She secured her debut role as Sally Dibbs in the award-winning drama film “Rain Man” in 1988 while on a lunch break.

Two years later, Bonnie was chosen for the role of Carol Anne Smithson in the short-lived comedy series “Grand”, co-starring Pamela Reed and John Neville.

In 1991, Bonnie appeared in 18 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV comedy series “Davis Rules”, about a single father of three sons, starring Randy Quaid, Luke Edwards and Tamayo Otsuki.

As her comedian career developed, she was invited to become a cast member of “Saturday Night Live”, but she refused the offer, and then in 1992, starred in the award-winning family comedy-drama film “Beethoven”, co-starring Charles Grodin and Dean Jones.

Rise to Prominence

Bonnie enjoyed major success in the ‘90s, appearing in numerous popular projects. She was Kate in the romantic comedy-drama film “Only You” (1994), co-starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr., while in 1995, she was Mrs DeWitt in the comedy-drama film “Now and Then”, about four 12-year-old girls and their adventures during the summer of 1970 in a small town, in which appeared future Hollywood stars Christina Ricci and Demi Moore.

The same year, she portrayed Sarah Whittle, one of the main characters in the adventure-comedy film “Jumanji”, which starred the late great, Robin Williams.

In 1996 she appeared in the Oscar-winning romantic comedy-drama film “Jerry Maguire”, with Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renee Zellweger in the lead roles, while in 1999, Bonnie featured in Frank Darabont’s Oscar-nominated fantasy crime-drama film “The Green Mile”, based on the novel by Stephen King, with Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan and David Morse as the main stars.

She began the new millennium by writing, directing, and appearing in the romantic comedy-drama film “Return to Me”, which co-starred David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, and Carroll O’Connor, while in 2002, Bonnie created and starred in the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated comedy series “Life with Bonnie”, about a local TV show host who is enjoying an almost celebrity-like life, especially within her family.

The following year, Bonnie starred alongside Steve Martin in the award-winning comedy film “Cheaper by the Dozen” and she reprised the role in the 2005 sequel “Cheaper by the Dozen 2”.

In 2006, she co-starred in Jeff Garlin’s romantic comedy “I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With”, alongside Garlin and Sarah Silverman, about a lonely man who drowns his sorrows in food.

From 2008 to 2010, Bonnie hosted her own comedy “The Bonnie Hunt Show”, which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the category for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

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Her next appearance was in the sports drama film “Hurricane Season” (2009), after which she became more focused on her career as a voice actress.

She returned to screen in 2018 with the role of Catherine Scott in the TV biopic “Escape at Dannemora”, which tells the story of a female prison employee who helps a pair of inmates escape after falling in love with them. The series was created by Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkien, and starred Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette and Paul Dano.

Her latest on-screen appearance was in the comedy-drama film “The Ultimate Playlist of Noise”, starring Keean Johnson, Madeline Brewer and Rya Kihlstedt.

Voice Actress

Additional to her on-screen work, Bonnie has provided the voice for a number of popular characters. She made her voice acting debut in 1996 as the voice of Mom in the television movie “Edith Ann’s Christmas (Just Say Noel)”. Two years later, she voiced Rosie in the animated film “A Bug’s Life”, and in the subsequent video game of the same name.

In 2001 she voiced Flint in the eponymous animated film “Monsters, Inc.”, and returned as the voice of Flint in the animated series “Monsters at Work” in 2021.

In 2006 she was the voice of Sally Carrera in the animated film “Cars”, and continued voicing Sally in the sequels “Cars 2” (2011), “Cars 3” (2017), and recently in the animated series “Cars on the Road” (2022).

To speak further of her accomplishments, Bonnie voiced Dolly in the “Toy Story” franchise, starting in 2010 with the “Toy Story 3” animated film, followed by the video game released the same year, and the short film “Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation” (2011), and “Toy Story 4” in 2019; meantime, she voiced Bonnie Hopps in the animated film “Zootopia” in 2016.

Net Worth

As of mid- 2022, Bonnie Hunt’s net worth is estimated at $15 million, earned through her career as an actress. She has more than 50 film and TV credits to her name, including voice roles.

Personal Life, Dating, Married, Husband, Children

Bonnie rarely talks about her personal life. However, it is known that she was married to investment banker John Murphy from 1988 until 2006. She doesn’t have children, and is currently single.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Bonnie Hunt is known for her blonde hair, and green eyes. She is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, weighs about 132lbs (60kgs), with vital statistics of 33-24-35, and bra size 32C.

Hobbies, Interests, Trivia

Hunt is a fan of baseball, and a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs. Never in her entire life has she missed the opening game of the season at Wrigley Field. She was in the stands when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016 by defeating the Cleveland Indians 4:3, their first World Series title since 1908.

Bonnie is known for her charitable work, and serves as an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

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