Billy Campbell

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Billy Campbell
Billy Campbell 2013 (cropped).jpg
Campbell in 2013
BornWilliam Oliver Campbell
(1959-07-07) July 7, 1959 (age 55)
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Years active1981–present
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Billy Campbell
Billy Campbell 2013 (cropped).jpg
Campbell in 2013
BornWilliam Oliver Campbell
(1959-07-07) July 7, 1959 (age 55)
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Years active1981–present

William Oliver "Billy" Campbell[1] (born July 7, 1959) is an American film and television actor. In television, he is best known for his roles as Rick Sammler on Once and Again, as Det. Joey Indelli on Crime Story, as Jordan Collier on The 4400, and as Dr. Jon Fielding on the Tales of the City Miniseries. He is also known for his recurring role as Luke Fuller in Dynasty which was his first prominent role. His most notable films include The Rocketeer, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Enough.[2] He portrayed Darren Richmond on the AMC television series The Killing, and currently plays Dr. Alan Farragut in the SyFy series Helix.


After an appearance in an episode of the hit 1980s sitcom Family Ties, Campbell's first prominent role was that of Luke Fuller, Steven Carrington's lover on Dynasty. Campbell appeared in the show's fifth season (1984–85) when Dynasty was the number one show on American television. Following this, he had a regular role as Detective Joey Indelli on the 1986–88 NBC series Crime Story.

Campbell was the first choice of the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation to play the role of William Riker, but lost the role to Jonathan Frakes.[3] In 1988, Campbell would appear as a guest star in the second season episode "The Outrageous Okona".

In 1991, Campbell played the lead role in the retro sci-fi fantasy film The Rocketeer. He then played a vampire hunter in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), directed by Francis Ford Coppola. In 1993, he starred in the short-lived detective series Moon Over Miami, and also won the role of Dr. Jon Fielding in the television adaptation of Tales of the City, based on the bestselling novels by Armistead Maupin. He would go on to appear in the sequels More Tales of the City in 1998, and Further Tales of the City in 2001.

In 1999, Campbell began what is probably his most famous role, that of Rick Sammler on the ABC series Once and Again. The series ran for three seasons until 2002, during which time Campbell received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. Campbell then had a regular role as Jordan Collier on the sci-fi series The 4400, which aired for four seasons on the USA Network between 2004-2007. In 2005, he had a recurring role in the teen soap The O.C.

In recent years, Campbell has often played villains. After his role in the 2002 film Enough, in which he played the abusive husband of Jennifer Lopez's character, he portrayed serial killer Ted Bundy in the 2003 made-for-TV movie The Stranger Beside Me. He then played a college professor accused of raping a student in a 2004 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and also played an accused serial killer who defends himself in the 2007 television series Shark.

In 2010, Campbell had a recurring role in the short-lived revival of Melrose Place. Following this, Campbell took a prominent role in the AMC series The Killing, an American remake of the Danish series of the same name. In 2012, Campbell played the stern but kindly father in the independent film, "Fat Kid Rules the World."

In 2000, Campbell was named one of the "World's 50 Most Beautiful People" by People magazine.

In 2013, he will star as Abraham Lincoln in a National Geographic television adaptation of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book, "Killing Lincoln." [4]

Personal life[edit]

Campbell was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. He attended Fork Union Military Academy and Western Albemarle High School. His parents divorced when he was two years old. He has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program. He is good friends with actor and Crime Story co-star Stephen Lang. Campbell portrayed General George Pickett in the 2003 film Gods and Generals, a part previously played by Lang in the 1993 film Gettysburg in which Campbell also co-starred.

During the filming of 1991's The Rocketeer, he began a romance with co-star Jennifer Connelly, 11 years his junior. They were involved for five years before they broke up in 1996.[5]

Campbell is a rugby enthusiast, having played rugby with the Chicago Lions RFC and the Santa Monica Rugby Club.

A major reason that Campbell sought out the role of Jordan Collier in the TV series The 4400 is filming was located in Vancouver, Canada. When filming he is drawn to locations. To quote Campbell on Vancouver: "Vancouver is one of my favorite places on earth. It's gray and rainy there a lot of the time, but for some reason, even though it's gray and rainy, I feel like it's a sunny day." "...the city of my dreams: Vancouver."[6]


1982How Sleep the BraveStrickner
1989Call from SpaceYoung ManShort film
1990Checkered FilmTommy Trehearn
1991Rocketeer, TheThe RocketeerCliff Secord/The Rocketeer
1992DraculaQuincey P. Morris
1993Night We Never Met, TheThe Night We Never MetShep
1993GettysburgLt. Pitzer
1994DickwadChetShort film
1995Under the Hula MoonMarvin
1996Lover's KnotSteve Hunter
1997ElissaWillShort film
1997Menno's MindMenno
1997Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo, TheThe Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & BalooHarrison
1997Last Chance LoveRobert
1998Brylcreem Boys, TheThe Brylcreem BoysMiles Keogh
2001Rising Place, TheThe Rising PlaceStreete Wilder
2002EnoughMitch Hiller
2003Gods and GeneralsMaj. Gen. George Pickett
2008Ghost TownRichard
2010Almost KingsRon
2012Fat Kid Rules the WorldMr. Billings
2012Disappeared, TheThe DisappearedMannieCompleted
2012Red KnotCaptain EmersonPost-production
2013CopperheadAbner Beech
2013The ScribblerPost-production
1973The RookiesGordanEpisode: "The Wheel of Death"
1984Family TiesLyleEpisode: "Best Man"
1984–1985DynastyLuke Fuller19 episodes
1985First StepsDwayneTV movie
1986Shattered If Your Kid's on DrugsTV movie
1986Dream WestLt. GainesTV movie
1986Crime StoryDet. Joey IndeliTV movie
1986–1988Crime StoryDet. Joey Indeli28 episodes
1988Star Trek: The Next GenerationCapt. Thadiun OkonaEpisode: "The Outrageous Okona"
1989CBS Summer PlayhouseWayneEpisode: "The Heat"
1993Tales of the CityJon FieldenTV miniseries
1993Moon Over MiamiWalter Tatum12 episodes
1995Out ThereDelbert MosleyTV movie
1996Cold Equations, TheThe Cold EquationsLt. John BartonTV movie
1997Automatic AvenueTV movie
1997Naked Truth, TheThe Naked TruthLukeEpisode: "A Year in the Life"
1998FrasierDr. Clint WebberEpisode: "The Perfect Guy"
1998More Tales from the CityDr. Jon Philip FieldingTV miniseries
1998Monday After the MiracleJohn MacyTV movie
1998Max QClay JarvisTV movie
1999Dead Man's GunJohn SlatteryEpisode: "The Regulator"
1999–2002Once and AgainRick Sammler63 episodes
People's Choice Award for Favorite New Male Television Performer
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama
2000In the BeginningMosesTV movie
2001Further Tales of the CityDr. Jon Philip FieldingTV miniseries
Nominated-Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2003Stranger Beside Me, TheThe Stranger Beside MeTed BundyTV movie
2003Practice, TheThe PracticeTom BartosEpisode: "Goodbye"
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRon PolikoffEpisode: "Doubt"
2004–20074400, TheThe 4400Jordan Collier26 episodes
2005O.C., TheThe O.C.Carter Buckley7 episodes
2007–2008SharkWayne Callison3 episodes
2008Circuit, TheThe CircuitAl ShinesTV movie
2009MeteorDet. Jack CroweTV miniseries
2009EurekaDr. Bruce ManliusEpisode: "Shower the People"
2009RevolutionTom HartTV movie
2010Melrose PlaceBen Brinkley3 episodes
2011–2012, 2014The KillingDarren Richmond27 episodes
2013Killing LincolnAbraham LincolnTV movie
2013DeliriumThomas Fineman"Pilot"; Pre-production
2014–presentHelixDr. Alan Farragut

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