Tom Hulce decided he had enough of the acting life.
The actor became a boomer favorite in the 1978 ribald comedy “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” then went on to win a lead actor Oscar nomination as the brilliant but childish composer Mozart in 1984’s “Amadeus. He had key parts in other films such as 1989’s Parenthood” and received an Emmy for supporting actor for the 1995 TNT movie “The Heidi Chronicles.”
But he’s essentially been missing in action from the screen — both large and small — for two decades. (He briefly returned to acting in supporting roles in 2006’s “Stranger Than Fiction” and 2008’s “Jumper.”)
Hulce, 64, said in a recent phone interview that he felt...