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Billy Magnussen (born April 20, 1985) is an American actor.
Magnussen was born in New York City and grew up in Woodhaven, New York, until the age of 10, which point he moved with his family to Cumming, Georgia. Magnussen graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
In 2007, he made his Broadway stage debut in The Ritz starring Rosie Perez. In 2012 he was cast as Spike, alongside David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver in John Durang's Vania & Sonia and Masha & Spike, premiering at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ prior to its move to Lincoln Center in New York City.
Magnussen will be appearing in the upcoming film Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet and can also be seen in Happy Tears, which stars Demi Moore and Parker Posey. He stars as Claude in the film Twelve which was released July 30, 2010. He played Neil Thomas, a WWII hero in the 2011 film "The Lost Valentine" based on the book "The Last Valentine" by James Michael Pratt. "The Lost Valentine" aired on January 30th, 2011, on CBS as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.
Magnussen is best known for his role on the CBS soap opera As The World Turns where he took over the role of Casey Hughes on January 29, 2008. He guest-starred in the CW's series The Beautiful Life in 2009.
He also has guest-starred on Law & Order, in the 19th-season episode "Sweetie."
Magnussen was also the bass player and a contributing songwriter for the popular NYC – based rock band The Dash, which also included Justin Ettinger (vocals), Nick Fokas (guitar), Peter Bourquin (guitar), and Alex Pappas (drums).
Currently, Billy plays guitar in the NYC-based band Reserved for Rondee, composed of Tom Degnan (bass), Nick Fokas (guitar), Warren Hemenway (drums), and Trevor Vaughn (lead vocals). http://reservedforrondee.com http://www.facebook.com/reservedforrondee