Skeet Ulrich

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Skeet Ulrich
Skeet Ulrich 2010.jpg
Ulrich in July 2010
Born Bryan Ray Trout
(1970-01-20) January 20, 1970 (age 44)
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s)

Georgina Cates (1997–2005)

Amelia Jackson-Gray (m. 2012)
Children 2

Skeet Ulrich (born Bryan Ray Trout; January 20, 1970) is an American actor known for his roles as Billy Loomis in Scream and Chris Hooker in The Craft. He established a cult following[citation needed] for starring in the cult ABC drama Miracles. Another notable role of his is as Johnston Jacob "Jake" Green, Jr., in the television series Jericho. Jericho and Jake Green developed a cult following ever since the show first aired. Ulrich is also known for his role as L.A.P.D. Detective Rex Winters, an ex-Marine from the Law and Order franchise.

Early life[edit]

Ulrich was born Bryan Ray Trout in Lynchburg, Virginia and was raised in Concord, North Carolina by his mother, Carolyn Elaine Wax (née Rudd), who owns the special events marketing agency Sports Management Group. Ulrich's father is a restaurateur,[1] and his first stepfather was D. K. Ulrich, a NASCAR driver and team owner. Trout's mother has since remarried to Edward Lewis Wax.[2][3] Ulrich's maternal uncle is retired NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ricky Rudd,[4] and his maternal grandfather was Alvin Ray Rudd, Sr., the president of Al Rudd Auto Parts.[5] The nickname "Skeet" originated from the nickname "Skeeter" he was given by his Little League coach because of his small stature. Along with his slight frame, he had poor health, including numerous bouts with pneumonia; he underwent open heart surgery at the age of 10.[citation needed] Ulrich graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School. After enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study Marine Biology, he switched to New York University, where he was noticed by playwright David Mamet.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

In his earliest screen appearances, Ulrich was an uncredited extra in films Weekend at Bernie's(1989) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). After joining the Atlantic Theater Company as an apprentice, Ulrich performed with the group, which got him noticed by director Stacy Cochran. She cast him in a CBS Schoolbreak Special. With her help he also received his first notable role on screen in 1996 as the loutish boyfriend of Winona Ryder in Boys. That same year he appeared in The Craft opposite Robin Tunney and Neve Campbell. He was also cast that same year to star alongside Neve Campbell, again, in Wes Craven's hit slasher film Scream.

In 1997, he had a small role as an emotionally conflicted gay hustler in As Good as It Gets (along with fellow Scream actor Jamie Kennedy). He appeared in films like The Newton Boys (1998) and Chill Factor (1999). He starred as Juvenal, a young man with stigmata and healing powers in the Paul Schrader film Touch (1997), and he appeared in Ride with the Devil (1999), an American Civil War drama directed by Ang Lee. In 2000, he played computer hacker Kevin Mitnick in the film Takedown.

On television, Ulrich starred in the short-lived ABC series Miracles and appeared in TNT's multiple Emmy-nominated miniseries Into the West (2005 in the US, 2006 in the UK). Alo in 2005, Ulrich acted with Keri Russell in the television film The Magic of Ordinary Days. Ulrich starred as Jake Green on the CBS post-apocalyptic drama Jericho, which premiered on September 20, 2006 and ended its run on March 25, 2008.

Ulrich is a recurring guest voice actor on the Adult Swim animated stop-motion sketch comedy series Robot Chicken. In sketches based on G.I. Joe, Ulrich voices the character Duke.

Ulrich guest starred in three episodes of CSI: NY as a complex and disturbed killer. The episodes began airing October 7, 2009.[6]

He signed on to star in Law & Order: LA as LAPD Det. Rex Winters[7] but was released from his contract. His character was killed in a drive-by shooting of his house in the ninth episode.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In 1997, Ulrich married English actress Georgina Cates, whom he met at an Academy Award party. Their wedding was a small ceremony held on their farmland in Madison County, Virginia, with only the preacher and their canine companions as guests. Together, the couple has twins, son Jakob Dylan and daughter Naiia Rose, born in 2001. Skeet and Georgina divorced in 2005, citing irreconcilable differences.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Weekend at Bernie's Extra (uncredited)
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Thug (uncredited)
1996 Craft, TheThe Craft Chris Hooker
1996 Last Dance Billy
1996 Boys Bud Valentine
1996 Albino Alligator Danny Boudreaux
1996 Scream Billy Loomis
1997 Touch Juvenal / Charlie Lawson
1997 As Good as It Gets Vincent
1998 Newton Boys, TheThe Newton Boys Joe Newton
1998 Soldier's Sweetheart, AA Soldier's Sweetheart Mark Fossie
1999 Chill Factor Tim Mason
1999 Ride with the Devil Jack Bull Chiles
2000 Track Down Kevin Mitnick
2001 Nobody's Baby Billy Raedeen
2001 Soul Assassin Kevin Burke
2001 Kevin of the North Kevin Manley
2009 For Sale by Owner Junior
2009 Armored Dobbs
2014 50 to 1 Chip Woolley
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special Vinnie DiFazio Episode: "Same Difference"
2003 Miracles Paul Callan 13 episodes
2005 Magic of Ordinary Days, TheThe Magic of Ordinary Days Ray Singleton television film
2005 Into the West Jethro Wheeler TV miniseries
2006-2008 Jericho Jake Green 29 episodes
2007 Robot Chicken Various (voice) Episode: "More Blood, More Chocolate"
2009 Back Richard Miles television film
2009 CSI: NY Hollis Eckhart 3 episodes
2009 Robot Chicken Various (voice) Episode: "PS: Yes, in That Way"
Episode: "The Ramblings of Maurice"
2010 Gimme Shelter Billy Jost television film
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Rex Winters Episode: "Behave"
2010-2011 Law & Order: LA Det. Rex Winters 14 episodes
2011 Robot Chicken Duke (voice) Episode: "Big Trouble in Little Clerks 2"
2013 Anatomy of Violence Adrian Raines television film

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Biography (1969?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Skeet Ulrich - Profile, Latest News and Related Articles". eonline.com. ]
  3. ^ "Ms. Rudd Is Wed To Edward Wax". The New York Times. December 9, 1990. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ "In Print/Skeet Ulrich". Webcitation.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  5. ^ "Obituaries (HamptonRoads.com/PilotOnline.com)". Virginian-Pilot. ]
  6. ^ Tim Molloy (5 August 2009). "Exclusive: Skeet Ulrich Joins CSI: NY for Killer Arc". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Joins Law & Order: Los Angeles". TVGuide.com. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-01-11). "More ‘LOLA’ Shakeup – Skeet Ulrich Out Too –". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 

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