Billy Crudup

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Billy Crudup
Crudup at a September 24, 2013 press junket at Sardi's restaurant for Waiting for Godot and No Man's Land.
BornWilliam Gaither Crudup
(1968-07-08) July 8, 1968 (age 46)
Manhasset, New York, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Partner(s)Mary-Louise Parker (1996–2003)
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Billy Crudup
Crudup at a September 24, 2013 press junket at Sardi's restaurant for Waiting for Godot and No Man's Land.
BornWilliam Gaither Crudup
(1968-07-08) July 8, 1968 (age 46)
Manhasset, New York, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Partner(s)Mary-Louise Parker (1996–2003)

William Gaither "Billy" Crudup (/ˈkrdəp/; born July 8, 1968) is an American actor of film and stage. He is known for his roles as the guitarist Russell Hammond in Almost Famous and Will Bloom in Big Fish. He also starred in the 2007 romantic comedy film Dedication, alongside Mandy Moore. In 2009, he appeared as Doctor Manhattan in the film Watchmen and as J. Edgar Hoover in the film Public Enemies. Crudup also has experience in voice acting, having voiced the English version of the character Ashitaka from the Studio Ghibli animated film, Princess Mononoke.

Early life[edit]

Crudup was born in Manhasset, New York. His parents, Georgann (née Gaither) and Thomas Henry Crudup III, divorced during his childhood, and later remarried, before divorcing a second time.[1][2][3] His maternal grandfather was William Cotter "Billy" Gaither, Jr., a well-known Florida trial lawyer, and his maternal grandmother later remarried to Episcopal bishop James Duncan.[4][5][6][7] Crudup has two brothers: Tommy, an executive producer, and Brooks, also a producer. He left New York with his family when he was about eight years old, first living in Texas, then in Florida. He graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1986.

Crudup attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received an undergraduate degree, and he continued his passion for acting with the undergraduate acting company, LAB! Theatre. He also acted for UNC-STV's most popular show, General College. He was a member of the Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He then studied at the Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1994. A year after graduating, he made his debut on Broadway in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.


Crudup began acting in films such as 1996's Sleepers, 1997's Inventing the Abbotts and 1998's Without Limits, where he played the role of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine. While he has appeared in many films, he regularly returns to the stage. His first role in an animated feature was in 1999's English release of Princess Mononoke, in which he starred as Ashitaka. He then played Russell Hammond, the lead guitar player of the fictional band Stillwater in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous (2000). He has also been the voice of MasterCard "Priceless" commercials in the U.S. since 2005. In 2006's The Good Shepherd, he played British spy Arch Cummings, a stand-in for Kim Philby. The same year, he played a supporting role in Mission: Impossible III.

He also appeared as Zartan in The Ballad of G.I. Joe video on

Crudup in New York City, January 2011

Crudup received a Tony Award nomination for his performance as the title character in The Elephant Man on Broadway, as well as for his role as Katurian in the Broadway production of The Pillowman, also starring Jeff Goldblum, which closed on September 18, 2005. From October 2006 through May 2007, he was featured in the first two parts of The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard at Lincoln Center, playing literary critic Vissarion Belinsky, for which he received another Tony Award nomination and subsequent win.

He also starred in The Metal Children, an off-Broadway play written and directed by Adam Rapp in 2010. Crudup completed Watchmen with director Zack Snyder in Vancouver, British Columbia. He portrays the superhero Doctor Manhattan. He portrayed former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner in a story about 2008's financial crisis, Too Big to Fail (2011).

In 2011, Crudup was honored with a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Play for his role in the Broadway revival of Arcadia.[8]

In February 2012, Crudup narrated a five-part television series on the first (of three) stages of the renovation of Madison Square Garden, which was televised on the Madison Square Garden Network.

He is on the Board of Directors for The Actors Center in New York City.

In August 2013, he co-starred with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in the Harold Pinter play, No Man's Land as well as in Waiting for Godot at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The shows transferred to The Cort Theatre in New York City, where they will be performed in repertory until March 2014.[9]

Personal life[edit]

From 1996 to November 2003, Crudup dated actress Mary-Louise Parker, with whom he has a son, William Atticus Parker, born on January 7, 2004. Crudup left Parker while she was seven months pregnant. He immediately entered a relationship with Claire Danes (who he costarred with in Princess Mononoke and Stage Beauty).[10] However the couple broke up four years later. [11][12][13][14][15]


1996SleepersTommy Marcano
1996Everyone Says I Love YouKen
1997Inventing the AbbottsJacey Holt
1997GrindEddie Dolan
1997Princess MononokeAshitaka (voice)English version
1998Monument Ave.Teddy
1998Without LimitsSteve Prefontaine
1998The Hi-Lo CountryPete Calder
1999Jesus' SonFH
2000Waking the DeadFielding Pierce
2000Almost FamousRussell Hammond
2001World TravelerCal
2001Charlotte GrayJulien Levade
2003Big FishWill Bloom
2004Stage BeautyNed Kynaston
2005Trust the ManTobey
2006Mission: Impossible IIIMusgrave
2006The Good ShepherdArch Cummings
2007DedicationHenry Roth
2008Pretty BirdCurtis Prentiss
2009WatchmenJon Osterman / Dr. Manhattan
2009Public EnemiesJ. Edgar Hoover
2009The Ballad of G.I. JoeZartanVideo short
2010Eat Pray LoveSteven
2011Thin IceRandy Kinney
2011Too Big to FailTimothy Geithner
2012The Longest WeekDylan Tate
2012The WatchCreepy Neighbor
2013Blood TiesFrank Pierzynski
2015Red Light WinterDavisFilming
2015The Stanford Prison ExperimentFilming
2013Waiting for GodotLuckyBerkeley Repertory Theatre / California
Cort Theatre / Broadway
With Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Shuler Hensley.
2013No Man's LandFosterBerkeley Repertory Theatre / California
Cort Theatre / Broadway
With Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Shuler Hensley.
2011ArcadiaBernard NightingaleEthel Barrymore Theater / BroadwayTony Award nominee – Best Featured Actor in a Play
2010The Metal ChildrenTobin FalmouthVineyard Theater / Off-Broadway
2009The 24 Hour Plays (staged readings)Billy
2006–2007The Coast of Utopia: Part 2 - ShipwreckVissarion BelinskyLincoln Center Theatre / Broadway
2006–2007The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 - VoyageVissarion BelinksyLincoln Center Theatre / BroadwayTony Award winner – Best Featured Actor in a Play
2005The PillowmanKaturianEdwin Booth Theatre / BroadwayTony Award nominee – Best Actor in a Play
2004The 24 Hour Plays (staged readings)Bobby
2002The Elephant ManJohn MerrickRoyale Theatre / BroadwayTony Award nominee – Best Actor in a Play
The Resistible Rise of Arturo UiFlake / Defense CounselNational Actors Theatre / Off-Broadway
2001Measure for MeasureAntonioPublic Theatre (Shakespeare in the Park)
1998OedipusOedipusBlue Light Theatre Company / Off-Broadway
1997The Three SistersSolyonyRoundabout Theatre / Broadway
1996Bus StopBo DeckerCircle in the Square Theatre / Broadway
1995ArcadiaSeptimus HodgeLincoln Center Theatre / Broadway
1994America DreamingRobertVineyard Theater / Off-Broadway



Tony Award. for The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 - Voyage
OFCS Award, for Almost Famous
Paris Film Festival, for Jesus' Son
Western Heritage Award, for The Hi-Lo Country
NBR Award, for The Hi-Lo Country


Satellite Award, for Charlotte Gray
Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Almost Famous
Blockbuster Entertainment Award, for Almost Famous
Independent Spirit Award, for Jesus' Son
MTV Movie Award, for Almost Famous


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  12. ^ Adams, Tim (21 September 2012). "Going Rogue". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "The 50 Biggest Celeb Scandals Since 1985: 47. Billy Crudup's Relationship with Claire Danes Raises Eyebrows". Entertainment Weekly. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Stoynoff, Natasha (22 October 2007). "Claire Danes - Pygmalion". People. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Park, Michael Y. (26 July 2012). "Claire, Billy & Mary-Louise". People. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 

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