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Bailey in 2001
|Born||Eion Francis Bailey
June 8, 1976
Santa Ynez Valley, California, United States
He is perhaps best known for appearing in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers as Pvt. David Kenyon Webster and in the films Fight Club, Center Stage, Mindhunters and Sexual Life. He currently has a recurring role on the USA Network series Covert Affairs, as well as on the ABC series Once Upon a Time.
Life and career 
Eion Bailey grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. His father owned a small airline service which flew people around the state. Eion tagged along on flights and his father gave him flying lessons after dropping off passengers. His first lesson was at the age of twelve.
Bailey struggled in school until he found his calling in his high school drama department. He was soon performing in each school play and went on to study formally at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Bailey also briefly attended Santa Barbara City College.
He appeared in a cameo role in Cameron Crow's Almost Famous, portraying Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner. Bailey was also seen in Center Stage, Fight Club, Catherine Jelski's The Young Unknowns, The Scoundrel's Wife, Seven and a Match, Renny Harlin's Mindhunters for Miramax, and the independent feature Sexual Life for director Ken Kwapis. Bailey's TV appearances include Signigicant Others, Dawson Creek, HBO's highly acclaimed series, Band of Brothers produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, and the HBO original film And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself opposite Antonio Banderas.
On stage, Bailey has appeared in Peter Schaffer's classic psychological drama, Equus, at the Pasadena Playhouse, as well as Spoon River Anthology, Look Homeward, Angel, and Dinner at Eight at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Desire and I at the Access Theatre Santa Barbara, and Icarus' Mother at the SBCC Studio Theatre.
On May 1, 2013, Bailey guest starred on NBC’s drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Frank Patterson, an Iraq war veteran with PTSD who becomes a key witness in an investigation of a sexual assault in a nightclub.
During a trip to Peru, Bailey saw a group of children travel 24 miles on foot to school. This led to the creation of Imagine This! TV, a reality TV show chronicling one week philanthropic projects for people all around the world. The network uses an open-source collaboration platform that encourages input from its viewers. Bailey is currently working on getting broadcast distribution for the TV show.
His name is pronounced like "Ian"
In 2003, Bailey was among the last few actors considered for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Nolan's Batman Begins (2005). Bailey even screentested for the part, suggesting how close he was to playing the famed superhero.
On screen testing for Batman:
"Yeah, I filmed a couple scenes in the suit. It's horrible. It's like wearing a big, heavy deep-diving wetsuit out of the water, under hot lights. That's why Batman does all of his sh-- at night. It's not because that's when bats come out; it's because that's the only time he can wear that damn batsuit without frying."
On playing August W. Booth:
"When they told me who my character in the fairytale world is, it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I keep telling the writers what an honor it is to play this character because the central theme of this iconic character is something everyone deals with on a daily basis. I get to embody the internal struggle this character is famous for and expressing something everyone experiences is the ultimate gift for an actor. It’s a joy."
On Once Upon a Time fans:
"There’s an impression that people who watch television – the “average viewing audience” – are talking during a show, or getting a beer or talking or texting. People think what’s on the screen isn’t making an impression beyond “Oh, he’s hot.” And I’m sure that’s true for some, but it’s so fun to be on a show that captivates and captures the interest of an audience that notices the tiniest detail. If you really care about acting, you care about detail. I try to make my work detailed – and knowing there’s a large audience noticing that is the best because an actor needs an audience to complete the circle."
|1997||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Kyle DuFours||Episode: "The Pack"|
|A Better Place||Ryan|
|1998||Significant Others||Cambell Chasen||Television series|
|Dawson's Creek||Billy Konrad||Episodes: "In the Company of Men" & "Escape from New York"|
|2000||The Young Unknowns||Joe|
|Center Stage||Jim Gordon|
|Almost Famous||Jann Wenner|
|2001||Band of Brothers||Pvt. David Kenyon Webster||Miniseries|
|2002||The Scoundrel's Wife||Ensign Jack Burwell|
|2003||And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself||Frank Thayer||Television film|
|Seven and a Match||Sid|
|Without a Trace||Christopher Mayes||Episode: "Confidence"|
|2005||Life of the Party||Michael|
|ER||Jake Scanlon||Season 11|
|2006||CSI: NY||Dean Lessing||Episode: "Charge of This Post"|
|Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King||Lonnie Freeman||Miniseries|
|2008||Language of the Enemy||Romi Meir||a.k.a. "A House Divided"|
|Cold Case||Patrick 'The Rifle' Lennox||Episode: "November 22"|
|Numb3rs (TV series)||Cam||Season 5, Episode 16: "Cover Me"|
|2010 - 2011||Covert Affairs||Ben Mercer||recurring season 1; 2 episodes season 2|
|2011||30 Rock||Anders||Episode: "It's Never Too Late for Now"|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Adam Winter||Episode: "Icarus"|
|Once Upon a Time||August Wayne Booth/Pinocchio||recurring season 1-present|
Law and Order SVU Season 14 Episode 21
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