Billy Magnussen

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Billy Magnussen
Magnussen in November 2010
Born William Gregory Magnussen
April 20, 1985 (1985-04-20) (age 29)
Woodhaven, Queens, New York[1]

South Forsyth High School (2003)

North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA)
Occupation Actor, Musician
Years active 2007 - present

William Gregory "Billy" Magnussen[1] (born April 20, 1985) is an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Magnussen was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the son of Daina, an aerobics instructor, and Greg Magnussen, professional bodybuilder/kickboxer father.[2][3][4] He grew up in Woodhaven until the age of 10, when he moved with his family to Cumming, Georgia. Billy graduated from South Forsyth High School in 2003. Magnussen graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Acting career[edit]


In 2007, he made his Broadway stage debut in The Ritz starring Rosie Perez.[5]

In 2012 he was cast as Spike, alongside David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver in Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, premiering at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ prior to its move to Lincoln Center in New York City. It then moved to the John Golden Theatre, where it was nominated for 6 Tony Awards. Magnussen was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role as Spike.


Magnussen appeared in the films Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet and Happy Tears, which stars Demi Moore and Parker Posey. He stars as Claude in the film Twelve which was released July 30, 2010.

He played Neil Thomas, a WWII hero in the 2011 film The Lost Valentine based on the book "The Last Valentine" by James Michael Pratt. "The Lost Valentine" aired on January 30, 2011, on CBS as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Also in 2011 he played, Thor, in Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress. In 2012, he starred in the indie feature Surviving Family . In 2013, he joined the cast of Into the Woods as Rapunzel's Prince.


Magnussen is known for his role on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns where he took over the role of Casey Hughes on January 29, 2008.[6] He guest-starred in the CW's series The Beautiful Life in 2009.

He guest-starred on Boardwalk Empire as Roger McAlister, Gillian Darmody's lover and stand-in for Jimmy Darmody's corpse.

He also has guest-starred on Law & Order Criminal Intent, in the 10th-season episode "Icarus"

Music career[edit]

Magnussen once was the bass player and a contributing songwriter for the NYC–based rock band The Dash, which also included Justin Ettinger (vocals), Nick Fokas (guitar), Peter Bourquin (guitar), and Alex Pappas (drums).[7]

Currently, Billy plays guitar in the NYC-based band Reserved for Rondee, composed of Tom Degnan (bass), Nick Fokas (guitar), Warren Hemenway (drums), and Trevor Vaughn (lead vocals).



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