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Pullman’s first professional gig as an actor was off-Broadway at Playwright’s Horizon. It was 1985 in a play called “Life and Limb,” and Pullman was an understudy who went on only for its last night.

“Everyone thought the theater should have canceled the last show,” says Pullman, with a chuckle. “They didn’t know who the hell I was. But it turned out to be a great night.”

It comes as no surprise that he’s even put his body on the line for his art. While a student at the State University of New York at Oneonta, N.Y., he was appearing in Ibsen’s play “Brand” when he slipped, fell backward 15 feet and hit his head, slipping into a coma.

“Theater can kill,” he jokes. “It didn’t get me that time but I recognized it’s potential.”




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