Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup
William Gaither "Billy" Crudup is an American actor of film and stage. He is well known for his roles as guitarist Russell Hammond in Almost Famous, Will Bloom in Big Fish, and Prince Ashitaka in Princess Mononoke. 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.
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Billy Crudup's bleep-worthy favorite role
CNN - 2 days
Billy Crudup opens up to CNN about his life as a "creator."
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Film Clip: '20th Century Women'
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
Watch a film clip from "20th Century Women," starring Annette Bening, and Billy Crudup. Photo: A24 Films
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Billy Crudup, the leading man who almost was, makes a character-actor leap
LATimes - about 2 months
Taking a swing at being a leading man in Hollywood? Risky and time-consuming. Figuring out what to do when your window has closed? Priceless. For a brief period around the turn of the century, Billy Crudup stood on the cusp of stardom. As he was beginning to sneakily work his way into our brains...
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The First 'Alien: Covenant' Trailer Is A Terrifying Holiday Treat
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The first official trailer for Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” that dropped late Saturday night is a real festive treat for sci-fi fans.  “Covenant” is the sixth film in the movie franchise and takes place after 2012’s “Prometheus,” but before the events of the 1979 original film. It follows the crew of a colony ship, “bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world.” The film stars Michael Fassbender, who is reprising his role as David the android, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, James Franco, Jussie Smollett, and Billy Crudup. “Alien: Covenant” hits theaters May 19, 2017. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Annette Bening: Honored at New York Stage & Film Gala/ Mother Writ-Large in Mike Mills' Twentieth Century Women
Huffington Post - 2 months
"If I were a woman," Rob Reiner said in a video of congratulatory messages for Annette Bening at the Plaza Hotel where this sublime actress was feted at the New York Stage & Film Gala, "I'd be jealous." Even those of us attending, with so many who worked with her or want to work with her, including Billy Crudup, John Patrick Shanley, Peter Gallagher, Julianne Marguiles, Jennifer Westfeldt, Greta Gerwig, a who's who of stage, television, and screen including her co-honoree David Rockwell, admired Bening's stellar career on stage and in movies-- some favorites include American Beauty, The Grifters, and The Kids are All Right. Next up she is Irina in Chekhov's The Seagull. With her husband Warren Beatty who was also present, she is Hollywood royalty. But to hear her speak, she's all about the work, and incredibly grounded. The next day at Bistro Milano, Bening joined Greta Gerwig and Mike Mills, her director in the new movie Twentieth Century Women, for a panel discussion. As was hi ...
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Huffington Post - 3 months
It was two weeks of pure hell for First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. First there was November 22, 1963 to November 25, the time span between the assassination of her husband and his funeral. Then the days leading up to December 3, when she was pushed out of the White House. For the nation who witnessed the tragedy from afar, it was a shock. For the FLOTUS who lived it, it was a rapid-fire nightmare. (Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight) Natalie Portman stars in the biofilm Jackie. That's the premise writer Noah Oppenheim (Allegiant) presents in his perceptive, impressionistic screenplay Jackie, which follows the anguished 34-year-old Mrs. Kennedy (Natalie Portman, Black Swan) as she deals with the aftershock of her husband's death, the planning of his funeral and vacating her home. It's almost as if he creates a re-imagined Jacqueline Kennedy from scratch. In Oppenheim's eyes, she's a tad more eccentric than the overly sophisticated lady that was presented to the public. ...
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5 Reasons to Buy Tickets to the Napa Valley Film Festival Right Now
Huffington Post - 4 months
Movie (and wine) buffs need to get in gear now - the last film fest of the season is too good to miss. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup) It's the last film festival of the year - and it's in northern Californian wine country. Need we say more? The six-year-old Napa Valley Film Festival is rolling out some big names, new movie-watching venues (in wineries, of course), and a brand-new schedule. The festival incorporates all four Napa towns (Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga) for movie showings, cooking demos, wine-tasting, and unique events. Still not convinced? Here are the top 5 reasons not to miss this year's wine-fueled movie celebration, November 9-16. We'll cheers to that! 1. The celebs The Celebrity Tributes night on Thursday alone features Lee Daniels (creator of Empire), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire and Lion, showing at the festival), and Kurt Russell (Hateful Eight). Also appearing at the festival: Matthew Mc ...
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'20th Century Women' Is Poignant And Vibrant
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s ladies’ night at the New York Film Festival. Last week, Ava DuVernay’s searing race examination “13th” became the first documentary to open the fest. Elsewhere, Isabelle Huppert headlines a dark satire about a rape victim, Pedro Almodóvar’s mother-daughter drama “Julieta” adapts three of Alice Munro’s short stories, and Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women” features Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart in a triptych about the banality haunting, well, certain women in small-town Montana. The best of these, “20th Century Women,” which premieres at NYFF this weekend, captures the pliability of life’s expectations at a moment when generations collided and America evolved. That moment is 1979. California’s halcyon hippie days have faded into Jimmy Carter’s proverbial “crisis of confidence.” Second-wave feminism and punk-rock turf wars are enveloped in clouds of cigarette smoke, the nation’s moral morass deciding whether it can still stomach, as the Talking Heads would say ...
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Portman plays Jackie Kennedy, her 'most dangerous' role
Yahoo News - 6 months
Natalie Portman said Wednesday that portraying a grief-stricken Jacqueline Kennedy was her "most dangerous" film role, as the piercing bio-drama "Jackie" entered the race for the Venice film festival's prestigious Golden Lion. Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain's first English-language feature is an intimate look at the woman who shaped her famous husband's legacy, offsetting public images and audio recordings with an exploration of Jackie's private side. The glossy drama starts a week after John F. Kennedy's 1963 murder in Dallas, as his new widow gives an interview with Theodore H. White of Life magazine (played by Billy Crudup).
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Eric Bogosian's 100 Monologues
Huffington Post - about 1 year
monologue: from the Greek μονόλογος; μόνος mónos or "alone, solitary" and λόγος lógos, "speech." The first recorded monologues and soliloquys go back at least as far as ancient Roman and Greek times. But unless you are someone with huge amounts of time on your hands and you love to surf the internet to discover acting gems that don't get theatrical releases-or you happen to live in New York and frequent the theater on a regular basis--It's often hard to see some of our most talented actors in this isolated, most intense form. Eric Bogosian's latest labor of love, which goes by the self-explanatory name of is here to remedy that, at least partly. In these one hundred sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic but always revealing monologues written by the three-time Obie award winner and performed by his posse of A-List actors, you get glimpses into his psyche and that of performers that you may never get elsewhere. The themes presented will be familiar to Bogosi ...
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Mary-Louise Parker Finally Addresses Billy Crudup Leaving Her While She Was Pregnant
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Back in 2003, Billy Crudup left his then pregnant girlfriend, Mary-Louise Parker, for a 24-year-old Claire Danes. The "Weeds" actress stayed quiet about the whole situation over the years, letting the public make their own assumptions. But in her new memoir, Dear Mr. You, she offers a glimpse of what she went through after the split.   The book is a collection of 34 letters written by the actress, 51, about the men she's encountered in her life. There's "Dear Risk Teacher," "Dear NASA" and the titular "Dear Mr. You."  Parker (cleverly) doesn't name names in her letters, but she does seemingly allude the aftermath of her breakup with Crudup in one titled, "Dear Mr. Cabdriver."  In the letter (excerpted by Jezebel), the actress goes into detail about a confrontation she had with a cabdriver in NYC -- while seven months pregnant. The cabbie got lost on the way to the actress' doctor's appointment and Parker lost her cool. It's clear she was dealing with plenty of emotions at th ...
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Billy Crudup's New Film Will Make You Wonder If You're A Monster
Huffington Post - about 2 years
In the summer of 1971, 24 male Stanford University students volunteered to participate in a study led by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, a psychology professor interested in studying the effects imprisonment had on the human condition. A set of offices and a hallway were converted into a barebones mock prison and the young men were split up into two groups: guards and prisoners. The experiment was supposed to be two weeks long. Zimbardo shut it down after six days. Billy Crudup takes on the role of Dr. Zimbardo and floods the character with the perfect attributes to make him as brilliant and menacing as he seemed to be: he is maniacally driven, controlling, inspired by and truly interested in his subjects. “This is a bigger movie than I could have even imagined,” Crudup told The Huffington Post at Sundance last week. “How do we get involved in the discussion about changing the institutions that change us?” he asked. The film left some people at Sundance uncomfortable. A film executiv ...
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Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen on Being Besties and <i>Waiting for Godot</i>
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Within the theatre, they are master British thespians, knighted for their contributions to the craft. Within fan culture, they have geek god status -- one as a Starfleet captain, the other as a fierce wizard and friend to Hobbits, both as powerful mutant leaders. In social media, they are something of a viral Internet phenomenon as they adventure throughout New York City and send holiday greetings to fans. But really, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen are perhaps most beloved for being best friends and collaborators who have used of the combined might mentioned above to create one of the more buzzed about and compelling theater experiences around. Even before beginning previews last October, Waiting for Godot and No Man's Land -- the duo's two plays in repertory at Manhattan's Cort Theatre, directed by Sean Mathias and also starring Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley -- the two big actors in the Big Apple were causing a stir. Not only were they reteaming on stage following thei ...
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Aisle View: McKellen and Stewart Play Beckett and Pinter
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Samuel Beckett's 1953 Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter's 1975 No Man's Land rank high on the list of the world drama's enigmatically existential talkfests, placing two aged and futureless characters together in a desolate no man's land with no exit. The authors mix bleak despair with comic patter, which at times approaches vaudeville style, making the plays catnip for a certain caliber of star actor. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart -- knighted Sirs who spent decades toiling in the theatre before achieving worldwide celebrity as sci-fi movie stars -- have joined together to offer the two plays, in rep, at the Cort Theatre through March 2. While the Beckett is an acknowledged classic, and the Pinter nearly so, they can be tough sledding for audiences; especially those who feel the need to know what it's all about. The authors carefully avoided explaining things, during the initial productions, and thereafter, and with reason. Beckett's Vladimir and Estragon -- more familiarly known ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Crudup
  • 2013
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The shows transferred to The Cort Theatre in New York City, where they ran in repertory until March 2014.
  • 2012
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He is on the Board of Directors for The Actors Center in New York City.
  • 2011
    Age 42
    In 2011, Crudup received a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Play for his role in the Broadway revival of Arcadia.
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  • 2008
    Age 39
    He portrayed former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner in a story about 2008's financial crisis, Too Big to Fail (2011).
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  • 2007
    Age 38
    He also starred in the 2007 romantic comedy Dedication.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, he appeared as Doctor Manhattan in the film Watchmen and J. Edgar Hoover in the film Public Enemies. He also voiced Ashitaka in the English version of Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke. in 2017 Crudup is set to appear in Ridley Scott's science-fiction film Alien: Covenant. 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. 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.
  • 2006
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2005
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 30
    His first role in an animated feature was in 1999's English release of Princess Mononoke, in which he starred as Ashitaka.
    More Details Hide Details 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
  • 1996
    Age 27
    From 1996 to 2003, Crudup dated actress Mary-Louise Parker, with whom he has a son, William Atticus Parker (born January 7, 2004).
    More Details Hide Details He left Parker while she was 7 months pregnant and started a relationship with his Princess Mononoke and Stage Beauty co-star Claire Danes. They broke up four years later.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While he has appeared in many films, he regularly returns to the stage.
  • 1986
    Age 17
    He graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1968
    Born on July 8, 1968.
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