John Cullum is an American actor best known to television audiences for his role as bar owner Holling Vincoeur in the television drama series Northern Exposure, appearing in 57 episodes from 1990-1995.
Cullum arrived in New York in the 1950s, venturing far from his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee with a dream of becoming a professional actor.
Broadway audiences have relished Mr. Cullum's performances in such legendary shows as Camelot, Richard Burton's Hamlet (directed by Sir John Gielgud), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (in which he introduced the now famous title song), Man of La Mancha, 1776, Shenandoah, On the Twentieth Century, Deathtrap, The Boys in Autumn (opposite George C. Scott), Aspects of Love (with Sarah Brightman), Show Boat and the surprise hit, Urinetown the Musical.
Other notable, recent stage performances include the Roundabout Theatre's revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, Mr. Cullum's UK debut in Miller's Mr. Peter's Connections, Wendy Wasserstein's Old Money, the erotic chamber musical Wilder, Rose's Dilemma by Neil Simon, a chilling portrait of Cardinal Bernard Law in Sin: A Cardinal Deposed, Candide at Lincoln Center, the Encores concert production of Purlie, The Other Side (opposite Rosemary Harris), and the sumer Broadway in Central Park Concert (a tribute to legendary director Harold Prince).
Cullum also found time to return to his alma mater to star in The Dresser, with son JD Cullum, at the University of Tennessee's Clarence Brown Theatre.
Cullum's films include: All the Way Home, Richard Burton's Hamlet, Hawaii, 1776, the television blockbuster The Day After, The Prodigal, Sweet Country (with Jane Alexander), Ricochet River (with Kate Hudson), Inherit the Wind (starring George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon), Held Up (starring Jamie Foxx) and the award-winning, two-character short film Blackwater Elegy (with Barry Corbin).
He also starred in and wrote the screenplay for the dark comedy The Secret Life of Algernon, which co-starred Charles Durning and Carrie Anne Moss.
He added three films to his resumé in 2005, playing a singing preacher in The Notorious Bettie Page and Robin Williams' father in The Night Listener, and doing a cameo in Charlotte's Web.
Cullum has been a regular on several television series, including One Life to Live, The Edge of Night, Buck James, Northern Exposure and To Have and To Hold, and hosted A&E's anthology drama series Victorian Days.
His most recent television guest appearances include Touched By An Angel (as Mark Twain), ER, All My Children, Law & Order, and a recurring role as defence attorney Barry Moredock ("the Tennessee Weasel") on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
He has lent his voice to three Ken Burns documentaries, Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip, The West and Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, and narrated audiobooks by a wide spectrum of authors including western writer Will James, humorist James Thurber, epic storyteller James Michener and the master of modern horror, Stephen King.
Most recently, Cullum narrated the DVD Secrets of Angels, Demons and Masons, based on Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer's best-selling guide to the secret societies of Dan Brown's thrillers.