Bill Camp

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Bill Camp
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Camp at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival
EducationUniversity of Vermont
Juilliard School (BFA)
Years active1989–present
(m. 2004)

Bill Camp is an American actor. He has played supporting roles in many films such as Lincoln (2012), Compliance (2012), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Love and Mercy (2015), Loving (2016), Molly's Game (2017), Vice (2018), Wildlife (2018), Joker (2019) and News of the World (2021); the HBO miniseries The Night Of in 2016 and The Outsider in 2020; and the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit in 2020. He had a recurring role in the HBO drama series The Leftovers from 2015 to 2017 and the Hulu space drama series The First in 2018.

Camp has appeared in many television series and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his role in the miniseries The Night Of (2016). He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the 2016 Broadway revival of the play The Crucible.



Initially, Camp was largely active in theatre,[1][2] but has taken on character roles in both film and television. In 2002, he left acting and temporarily changed professions (as a cook and mechanic),[3] only to return two years later in Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul, for which he won an Obie Award (Off-Broadway Theater Awards).

Among his works on Broadway are Heartbreak House (2006), Death of a Salesman (2012) and The Crucible (2016). In 2006, Camp joined, Philip Bosco and Lily Rabe in the Broadway revival of Heartbreak House at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre. In 2012, Camp joined Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Andrew Garfield in Mike Nichols' Broadway Revival of Death of a Salesman at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The show ran from March 15, 2012 through June 02, 2012 and earned rave reviews, and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. In 2016, he starred in the Broadway Revival of The Crucible alongside Saoirse Ronan, Ben Whishaw, Ciaran Hinds and Sophie Okenedo at the Walter Kerr Theatre. He received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play nomination for The Crucible.

Off-Broadway credits include starring as Gordon in Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone at Playwrights Horizons in 2008, before having to withdraw due to other work commitments.[4]


Camp has starred in a wide variety of films such as Lincoln (2012), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Love and Mercy (2015), Loving (2016), Molly's Game (2017), Vice (2018), Wildlife (2018), Dark Waters (2019), and Joker (2019), The Kitchen (2019)


In 2011, he appeared in the second season of the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire as the hunter Glenmore. Camp has also appeared in Law & Order, The Good Wife, The Leftovers and The Night Of, receiving a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for The Night Of. In 2018, he played FBI agent Bob Chesney, in the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated miniseries The Looming Tower.[5] In 2020, Camp became narrator of Forensic Files II on HLN and played Mr. Shaibel in The Queen's Gambit.

Personal life[edit]

Camp was raised in Massachusetts, and is the son of Patricia L., a librarian, and Peter B. Camp, who was an assistant headmaster at the Groton School.[6][7] He attended the University of Vermont, where he played intramural hockey.[8] He married actress Elizabeth Marvel on September 4, 2004.[6]

Acting credits[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Work Result Ref.
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie The Night Of Nominated [9]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie The Queen's Gambit Nominated [10]
Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play The Crucible Nominated [11]


  1. ^ Simonson, Robert (December 16, 2007). "One Man's Method for Better Acting: Just Stop Doing It". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Walat, Kathryn (March 2009). "He'll See You in Hell" (PDF). American Theatre. pp. 40–42, 71–72. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-03-28. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
  3. ^ Soloski, Alexis (November 3, 2010). "Bill Camp and Dostoyevsky Go Underground". The Village Voice.
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  5. ^ "The Looming Tower". Television Academy.
  6. ^ a b "Elizabeth Marvel, Bill Camp". September 5, 2004 – via
  7. ^ "Bill Camp's second act - The Boston Globe".
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  9. ^ "Bill Camp". IMDb.
  10. ^ "Nominees for the 27th SAG Awards". SAG Awards.
  11. ^ "Bill Camp". IMDb.

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