Billy Crudup

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Billy Crudup
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Crudup at a September 24, 2013 press junket at Sardi's restaurant for Waiting for Godot and No Man's Land.
Born William Gaither Crudup
(1968-07-08) July 8, 1968 (age 45)
Manhasset, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present

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, 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

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.123 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.4567 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.

Career

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 1997, making his first appearance in an ad in 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 funnyordie.com.

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

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 for his Stage Beauty co-star Claire Danes. In 2004, Danes and Crudup confirmed that they were dating, but denied the press reports that they were together at the time of Crudup's split with Parker. In December 2006, the couple split.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Sleepers Tommy Marcano
1996 Everyone Says I Love You Ken
1997 Inventing the Abbotts Jacey Holt
1997 Grind Eddie Dolan
1997 Princess Mononoke Ashitaka (voice) English version
1998 Monument Ave. Teddy
1998 Without Limits Steve Prefontaine
1998 The Hi-Lo Country Pete Calder
1999 Jesus' Son FH
2000 Waking the Dead Fielding Pierce
2000 Almost Famous Russell Hammond
2001 World Traveler Cal
2001 Charlotte Gray Julien Levade
2003 Big Fish Will Bloom
2004 Stage Beauty Ned Kynaston
2005 Trust the Man Tobey
2006 Mission: Impossible III Musgrave
2006 The Good Shepherd Arch Cummings
2007 Dedication Henry Roth
2008 Pretty Bird Curtis Prentiss
2009 Watchmen Jon Osterman / Dr. Manhattan
2009 Public Enemies J. Edgar Hoover
2009 The Ballad of G.I. Joe Zartan Video short
2010 Eat Pray Love Steven
2011 Thin Ice Randy Kinney
2011 Too Big to Fail Timothy Geithner
2012 The Longest Week Lead Role Post-production
2012 The Watch Creepy Neighbor
2012 Red Light Winter Davis Filming
2013 Blood Ties Frank Pierzynski
2014 Rudderless Sam Filming
Theatre
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Waiting for Godot Lucky
2013 No Man's Land Foster
2011 Arcadia Bernard Nightingale
2010 The Metal Children Tobin Falmouth
2009 The 24 Hour Plays 2009 Billy
2006–2007 The Coast of Utopia: Part 2 - Shipwreck Vissarion Belinsky
2006–2007 The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 - Voyage Vissarion Belinksy
2005 The Pillowman Katurian
2004 The 24 Hour Plays 2004 Bobby
2002 The Elephant Man John Merrick
1997 The Three Sisters Solyony
1996 Bus Stop Bo Decker
1995 Arcadia Septimus Hodge

Awards

Wins

2007 
Tony Award. for The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 - Voyage
2001 
OFCS Award, for Almost Famous
2000 
Paris Film Festival, for Jesus' Son
1999 
Western Heritage Award, for The Hi-Lo Country
1998 
NBR Award, for The Hi-Lo Country

Nominations

2002 
Satellite Award, for Charlotte Gray
2001 
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

References

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  3. ^ "The Miami News - Google News Archive". News.google.com. 1966-07-17. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  4. ^ "Billy Crudup Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  5. ^ Jesse Green (10 October 2004). "Billy Crudup: Almost Infamous". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  6. ^ "Miami Herald: News Archive". Nl.newsbank.com. 1997-04-03. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  7. ^ Who's who in the South and Southwest - Marquis Who's Who, LLC - Google Books. Books.google.ca. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  8. ^ "2011 Tony Nominations Announced! THE BOOK OF MORMON Leads With 14!". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  9. ^ http://www.twoplaysinrep.com/

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