Billy Campbell

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Billy Campbell
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Campbell in 2013
Born William Oliver Campbell
(1959-07-07) July 7, 1959 (age 55)
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present

William Oliver "Billy" Campbell[1] (born July 7, 1959) is an American film and television actor. In television, he is best known for his roles as Rick Sammler on Once and Again, as Det. Joey Indelli on Crime Story, as Jordan Collier on The 4400, and as Dr. Jon Fielding on the Tales of the City Miniseries. He is also known for his recurring role as Luke Fuller in Dynasty which was his first prominent role. His most notable films include The Rocketeer, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Enough.[2] He portrayed Darren Richmond on the AMC television series The Killing, and played Dr. Alan Farragut in the SyFy series Helix.


After an appearance in an episode of the hit 1980s sitcom Family Ties, Campbell's first prominent role was that of Luke Fuller, Steven Carrington's lover on Dynasty. Campbell appeared in the show's fifth season (1984–85) when Dynasty was the number one show on American television. Following this, he had a regular role as Detective Joey Indelli on the 1986–88 NBC series Crime Story.

Campbell was the first choice of the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation to play the role of William Riker, but lost the role to Jonathan Frakes.[3] In 1988, Campbell would appear as a guest star in the second season episode "The Outrageous Okona".

In 1991, Campbell played the lead role in the retro sci-fi fantasy film The Rocketeer. He then played, Quincey Morris, a vampire hunter in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), directed by Francis Ford Coppola. In 1993, he starred in the short-lived detective series Moon Over Miami, and also won the role of Dr. Jon Fielding in the television adaptation of Tales of the City, based on the bestselling novels by Armistead Maupin. He would go on to appear in the sequels More Tales of the City in 1998, and Further Tales of the City in 2001.

In 1999, Campbell began what is probably his most famous role, that of Rick Sammler on the ABC series Once and Again. The series ran for three seasons until 2002, during which time Campbell received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. Campbell then had a regular role as Jordan Collier on the sci-fi series The 4400, which aired for four seasons on the USA Network between 2004-2007. In 2005, he had a recurring role in the teen soap The O.C.

In recent years, Campbell has often played villains. After his role in the 2002 film Enough, in which he played the abusive husband of Jennifer Lopez's character, he portrayed serial killer Ted Bundy in the 2003 made-for-TV movie The Stranger Beside Me. He then played a college professor accused of raping a student in a 2004 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and also played an accused serial killer who defends himself in the 2007 television series Shark.

In 2010, Campbell had a recurring role in the short-lived revival of Melrose Place. Following this, Campbell took a prominent role in the AMC series The Killing, an American remake of the Danish series of the same name. In 2012, Campbell played the stern but kindly father in the independent film, "Fat Kid Rules the World."

In 2000, Campbell was named one of the "World's 50 Most Beautiful People" by People magazine.

In 2013, he starred as Abraham Lincoln in the National Geographic television adaptation of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book, Killing Lincoln.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Campbell was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. He attended Fork Union Military Academy and Western Albemarle High School. His parents divorced when he was two years old. He has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program. He is good friends with actor and Crime Story co-star Stephen Lang. Campbell portrayed General George Pickett in the 2003 film Gods and Generals, a part previously played by Lang in the 1993 film Gettysburg in which Campbell also co-starred.

During the filming of 1991's The Rocketeer, he began a romance with co-star Jennifer Connelly, 11 years his junior. They were involved for five years before they broke up in 1996.[5]

Campbell is a rugby enthusiast, having played rugby with the Chicago Lions RFC and the Santa Monica Rugby Club.

A major reason that Campbell sought out the role of Jordan Collier in the TV series The 4400 is filming was located in Vancouver, Canada. When filming he is drawn to locations. To quote Campbell on Vancouver: "Vancouver is one of my favorite places on earth. It's gray and rainy there a lot of the time, but for some reason, even though it's gray and rainy, I feel like it's a sunny day." "...the city of my dreams: Vancouver."[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 How Sleep the Brave Strickner
1989 Call from Space Young Man Short film
1990 Checkered Film Tommy Trehearn
1991 Rocketeer, TheThe Rocketeer Cliff Secord/The Rocketeer
1992 Dracula Quincey P. Morris
1993 Night We Never Met, TheThe Night We Never Met Shep
1993 Gettysburg Lt. Pitzer
1994 Dickwad Chet Short film
1995 Under the Hula Moon Marvin
1996 Lover's Knot Steve Hunter
1997 Elissa Will Short film
1997 Menno's Mind Menno
1997 Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo, TheThe Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo Harrison
1997 Last Chance Love Robert
1998 Brylcreem Boys, TheThe Brylcreem Boys Miles Keogh
2001 Rising Place, TheThe Rising Place Streete Wilder
2002 Enough Mitch Hiller
2003 Gods and Generals Maj. Gen. George Pickett
2008 Ghost Town Richard
2010 Almost Kings Ron
2012 Fat Kid Rules the World Mr. Billings
2012 Disappeared, TheThe Disappeared Mannie Completed
2012 Red Knot Captain Emerson Post-production
2013 Copperhead Abner Beech
2013 The Scribbler Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Rookies Gordan Episode: "The Wheel of Death"
1984 Family Ties Lyle Episode: "Best Man"
1984–1985 Dynasty Luke Fuller 19 episodes
1985 First Steps Dwayne TV movie
1986 Shattered If Your Kid's on Drugs TV movie
1986 Dream West Lt. Gaines TV movie
1986 Crime Story Det. Joey Indeli TV movie
1986–1988 Crime Story Det. Joey Indeli 28 episodes
1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation Capt. Thadiun Okona Episode: "The Outrageous Okona"
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Wayne Episode: "The Heat"
1993 Tales of the City Jon Fielden TV miniseries
1993 Moon Over Miami Walter Tatum 12 episodes
1995 Out There Delbert Mosley TV movie
1996 Cold Equations, TheThe Cold Equations Lt. John Barton TV movie
1997 Automatic Avenue TV movie
1997 Naked Truth, TheThe Naked Truth Luke Episode: "A Year in the Life"
1998 Frasier Dr. Clint Webber Episode: "The Perfect Guy"
1998 More Tales from the City Dr. Jon Philip Fielding TV miniseries
1998 Monday After the Miracle John Macy TV movie
1998 Max Q Clay Jarvis TV movie
1999 Dead Man's Gun John Slattery Episode: "The Regulator"
1999–2002 Once and Again Rick Sammler 63 episodes
People's Choice Award for Favorite New Male Television Performer
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama
2000 In the Beginning Moses TV movie
2001 Further Tales of the City Dr. Jon Philip Fielding TV miniseries
Nominated-Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2003 Stranger Beside Me, TheThe Stranger Beside Me Ted Bundy TV movie
2003 Practice, TheThe Practice Tom Bartos Episode: "Goodbye"
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ron Polikoff Episode: "Doubt"
2004–2007 4400, TheThe 4400 Jordan Collier 26 episodes
2005 O.C., TheThe O.C. Carter Buckley 7 episodes
2007–2008 Shark Wayne Callison 3 episodes
2008 Circuit, TheThe Circuit Al Shines TV movie
2009 Meteor Det. Jack Crowe TV miniseries
2009 Eureka Dr. Bruce Manlius Episode: "Shower the People"
2009 Revolution Tom Hart TV movie
2010 Melrose Place Ben Brinkley 3 episodes
2011–2012, 2014 The Killing Darren Richmond 27 episodes
2013 Killing Lincoln Abraham Lincoln TV movie
2013 Delirium Thomas Fineman "Pilot"; Pre-production
2014–2015 Helix Dr. Alan Farragut

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