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William Gaither "Billy" Crudup (/ˈkruːdəp/ born July 8, 1968) is an American actor. He is a four-time Tony Award nominee, winning once for his performance in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia in 2007. He has starred in numerous high-profile films, including Without Limits, Almost Famous, Big Fish, Mission: Impossible III, Watchmen, Public Enemies, Spotlight, Jackie, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Justice League, and Alien: Covenant, in both lead and supporting roles. He also starred in the Netflix original series Gypsy opposite Naomi Watts. He has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
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William Gaither Crudup
(1968-07-08) July 8, 1968 (age 50)
Manhasset, New York, U.S.
|Education||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA)|
New York University (MFA)
|Awards||Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play|
2007 The Coast of Utopia
William Gaither "Billy" Crudup (// born July 8, 1968) is an American actor. He is a four-time Tony Award nominee, winning once for his performance in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia in 2007. He has starred in numerous high-profile films, including Without Limits, Almost Famous, Big Fish, Mission: Impossible III, Watchmen, Public Enemies, Spotlight, Jackie, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Justice League, and Alien: Covenant, in both lead and supporting roles. He also starred in the Netflix original series Gypsy opposite Naomi Watts. He has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
From 1998 to 2005, Crudup was the narrator for "Priceless", a U.S. television ad campaign for MasterCard.
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. On his father's side, he is a descendant of Congressman Josiah Crudup of North Carolina. 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. 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 New York University's Tisch School of the Arts graduate acting program, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1994.
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 running legend and Olympian Steve Prefontaine. 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). 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. In 2007, he played the leading role of Henry Roth in the film Dedication.
Crudup completed filming Watchmen with director Zack Snyder in Vancouver, British Columbia. He portrayed the superhero Doctor Manhattan. He portrayed former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner in a TV film about 2008's financial crisis, Too Big to Fail (2011).
Crudup received a 2002 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as the title character in The Elephant Man on Broadway, as well as a 2005 nomination 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 a 2007 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
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 ran in repertory until March 2014.
From 1998 to 2005, Crudup was the narrator for the U.S. television ad campaign "Priceless" for MasterCard. In the ads, the narrator (Crudup) lists the prices of two goods or services, then lists some third, intangible benefit gained from those purchases and concludes, "priceless". He said in 2005 that appearing in the ads "changed my life", in that they gave him the financial freedom to pursue the acting work that he wanted to do.
From 1996 to November 2003, Crudup dated actress Mary-Louise Parker. Parker was seven months pregnant with their son, William Atticus Parker, when Crudup left her for actress Claire Danes, then 24 years old. Crudup was a decade older. The two broke up after dating for four years.
|1996||Sleepers||Tommy Marcano||Debut role|
|Everyone Says I Love You||Ken Risley|
|1997||Inventing the Abbotts||Jacey Holt|
|1998||Monument Ave.||Teddy Timmons|
|Without Limits||Steve Prefontaine|
|The Hi-Lo Country||Pete Calder||National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance|
Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture
|1999||Princess Mononoke||Ashitaka (voice)||English dub|
|Jesus' Son||FH||Festival du Film de Paris Best Actor Award|
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated – Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
|2000||Waking the Dead||Fielding Pierce|
|Almost Famous||Russell Hammond||Nominated – SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
Nominated – Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
|Charlotte Gray||Julien Levade||Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture|
|2003||Big Fish||William "Will" Bloom|
|Stage Beauty||Ned Kynaston|
|2005||Trust the Man||Tobey|
|2006||Mission: Impossible III||John Musgrave|
|The Good Shepherd||Arch Cummings||Silver Berlin Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution|
|2008||Pretty Bird||Curtis Prentiss|
|2009||Watchmen||Jon Osterman / Dr. Manhattan|
|Public Enemies||J. Edgar Hoover|
|2010||Eat Pray Love||Stephen|
|2011||Thin Ice||Randy Kinney|
|2013||Blood Ties||Frank Pierzynski|
|The Longest Week||Dylan Tate|
|Glass Chin||J.J. Cook|
|2015||The Stanford Prison Experiment||Dr. Philip Zimbardo|
|Spotlight||Eric MacLeish||Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award|
Gold Derby Award for Best Ensemble Cast
SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|2016||Youth in Oregon||Brian Gleason|
|20th Century Women||William|
|2017||1 Mile to You||Coach K|
|Alien: Covenant||Christopher Oram|
|Justice League||Dr. Henry Allen|
|2019||After the Wedding||Oscar|
|Where'd You Go, Bernadette||Elgie Branch||Post-production|
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Timothy Geithner||Television film|
|2017||Gypsy||Michael Holloway||10 episodes|
|2019||Top of the Morning||Cory Ellison|
|2009||The Ballad of G.I. Joe||Zartan|
|2017||Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper||Christopher Oram|
|2018||Harry Clarke||Various||Minetta Lane Theatre|
|2013||Waiting for Godot||Lucky||Berkeley Repertory Theatre
|2013||No Man's Land||Foster|
|2011||Arcadia||Bernard Nightingale||Ethel Barrymore Theatre||Nominated – Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play|
|2010||The Metal Children||Tobin Falmouth||Vineyard Theatre|
|2009||The 24 Hour Plays||Billy||Staged reading|
|2006–07||The Coast of Utopia: Part 2 – Shipwreck||Vissarion Belinsky||Lincoln Center Theatre|
|2006–07||The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 – Voyage||Vissarion Belinsky||Lincoln Center Theatre||Won – Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play|
|2005||The Pillowman||Katurian||Edwin Booth Theatre||Nominated – Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play|
|2004||The 24 Hour Plays||Bobby||Staged reading|
|2002||The Elephant Man||John Merrick||Royale Theatre||Nominated – Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play|
|2002||The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui||Flake / Defense Counsel||National Actors Theatre|
|2001||Measure for Measure||Angelo||Public Theatre||Shakespeare in the Park|
|1998||Oedipus||Oedipus||Blue Light Theatre Company|
|1997||The Three Sisters||Staff Captain Solyony||Roundabout Theatre|
|1996||Bus Stop||Bo Decker||Circle in the Square Theatre|
|1995||Arcadia||Septimus Hodge||Lincoln Center Theatre|
|1994||America Dreaming||Robert||Vineyard Theatre|
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