Billy Crudup

William Gaither Crudup

William Gaither"Billy"Crudup(pronounced/ˈkruːdəp/; born July 8, 1968) is an American actor of film and stage . He is well known for his roles as guitarist Russell Hammond inAlmost Famous, Will Bloom inBig Fish, and Ashitaka inPrincess Mononoke. He also starred in the 2007 romantic comedy filmDedication, alongside Mandy Moore . In 2009, he appeared as Doctor Manhattan in the filmWatchmenand as J. Edgar Hoover in the filmPublic Enemies.

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 Billy Crudup's Early life

Crudup was born in Manhasset, New York , the grandson of Billy Gaither , a well-known Florida trial lawyer.His parents, Georganne (née Gaither) and Thomas Henry Crudup III, divorced during his childhood, and later remarried, before divorcing a second time.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 was a member of the Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon . He then studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University , 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 'sArcadia.

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 Billy Crudup's Career

Crudup began acting in such films as 1996'sSleepersand 1997'sInventing the Abbotts. 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 ofPrincess Mononoke, in which he starred as Ashitaka. He then played Russell Hammond, the lead guitarist of the fictional band Stillwater in Cameron Crowe 'sAlmost 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'sThe Good Shepherd ,he played British spy Arch Cummings, a stand-in for Kim Philby . He also appeared as Zartan in the Ballad of G.I. Joe video on

Crudup received a Tony Award nomination for his performance inThe Elephant Manon Broadway, as well as for his role as Katurian in the Broadway production ofThe 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 ofThe Coast of Utopiaby Tom Stoppard at Lincoln Center , playing literary critic Vissarion Belinsky , for which he received another Tony Award nomination and subsequent win.

Crudup completedWatchmenwith director Zack Snyder in Vancouver , Canada. He portrays the superhero Doctor Manhattan .

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

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 Billy Crudup's Personal life

From 1996 to November 2003, Crudup dated actress Mary-Louise Parker , with whom he had a son, William Atticus Parker, born on January 7, 2004. Crudup left Parker while she was seven months pregnant for hisStage Beautyco-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.

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 Billy Crudup's Filmography

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 Stephen
2011 The Convincer Randy Kinney Post-production
2012 Too Big to Fail Timothy Geithner Pre-production
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

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 Billy Crudup's Awards


OFCS Award , forAlmost Famous
Paris Film Festival , forJesus' Son
Western Heritage Award , forThe Hi-Lo Country
NBR Award , forThe Hi-Lo Country


Satellite Award , forCharlotte Gray
Screen Actors Guild Awards , forAlmost Famous
Blockbuster Entertainment Award , forAlmost Famous
Independent Spirit Award , forJesus' Son
MTV Movie Award , forAlmost Famous

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 Billy Crudup's References

  1. "Billy Crudup Biography" .filmreference. 2008. . Retrieved 2008-05-21.
  2. Jesse Green (10 October 2004)."Billy Crudup: Almost Infamous" .The New York Times. . Retrieved 2008-05-21.
  3. "Billy Crudup Biography" .Yahoo! Movies. . Retrieved 2008-05-21.
  4. Evertz, Mary (2001-10-26)."Crudup family keeps busy in New York Series: PEOPLE" . St. Petersburg Times. . Retrieved 2010-05-19.

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