Bill Heck

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Bill Heck
BornSeptember 26, 1978 (age 45)
EducationUniversity of Evansville (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
New York University (Master of Fine Arts
Years active2007–present
Maggie Lacey
(m. 2011)

Bill Heck is an American actor who has appeared on Broadway and in television shows, such as The Leftovers and The Old Man, and films, including in the role of Billy Knapp in the Coen Brothers' western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Early life and education[edit]

Heck was born in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Libertyville, Illinois as a child. He graduated from the University of Evansville in Indiana and went to New York University to gain a graduate degree in acting.[1]


Heck took his first Broadway leading role in the Cabaret revival in 2014. Off-Broadway, Heck starred in Horton Foote's epic The Orphans' Home Cycle, Angels in America with Buster Scruggs co-star Zoe Kazan, as well as Water by the Spoonful.[2][3][4]

On television, Heck had a guest role in The Alienist[5] and appeared in The Leftovers.[6]

At L.A. Outfest in 2013, Heck won the Grand Jury Award for Best Actor for his role in Pit Stop.[7]

Heck appeared as Billy Knapp in the vignette "The Gal Who Got Rattled", one of six separate stories of the American Wild West in the Coen Brothers-directed The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.[8][9] To prepare for the role, Heck read The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Heck married Broadway co-star Maggie Lacey in 2011.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Nonames Simon
2013 Pit Stop Gabe
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 G-5 Co-Pilot/Karl Fiers/The Finisher
2016 After Adderall Gerard
2018 1985 Dancer
2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Billy Knapp Segment: "The Gal Who Got Rattled"
2020 Small Town Wisconsin Chuck
2020 I'm Your Woman Eddie
TBA Dust Post-production


Year Show Role Notes
2007 Numbers Barista 1 episode
2007 NCIS Cory Mitas 1 episode
2007 CSI: NY Brett Dohn 1 episode
2007 The Closer Wesley Reed Episodes: "Next of Kin: Parts 1 & 2"
2008 Medium David Draper 1 episode
2009 Without a Trace Jonah Westfield 1 episode
2009 The Unit Philip 1 episode
2011 The Big C Mike 1 episode
2011–2012 Pan Am Graham 2 episodes
2012 Person of Interest Rick Morris 1 episode
2012 Elementary Ty Morstan 1 episode
2014 Taxi Brooklyn Gregg James Main role
2015 The Americans Neil 2 episodes
2015 Mercy Street Philip Starks 2 episodes
2014–2015 The Leftovers Darren 3 episodes (seasons 1–2)
2016 Feed the Beast Dante DiPaolo 1 episode
2017 Sleepy Hollow Mitch Talbot 1 episode
2018 Instinct Roman Cecchino 1 episode
2018 The Alienist Beecham 3 episodes (season 1)
2019 Bluff City Law Campbell Mathers 1 episode
2019 Ray Donovan Young Mickey Donovan Episode: "The Transfer Agent"
2020 Little America Jack 1 episode
2020 Locke & Key Rendell Locke Recurring role (seasons 1–3)
2021 I Know What You Did Last Summer Bruce Grant Main role
2022 Ray Donovan: The Movie Young Mickey Donovan Television film
2022 The Old Man Young Dan Chase Main role[12]


  1. ^ "Orphans Star Bill Heck Finds a Home in Horton Foote's Masterpiece".
  2. ^ "Bill Heck Biography".
  3. ^ "Bill Heck Theatre Credits".
  4. ^ "How a heartbreaking romance is the key to unlocking 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'". 15 November 2018.
  5. ^ "How does Sara and Dr. Kreizler know to chase the killer to the Croton Reservoir in 'The Alienist' finale?". 26 March 2018.
  6. ^ "'The Leftovers' Recap: Episode 2 – Tom Gets A Mission, Kevin's Sanity Is Questioned - Access Online". 6 July 2014.
  7. ^ Gelt, Jessica (21 July 2013). "Outfest Los Angeles announces 2013 award winners". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ "'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Review: The Coens' Old West anthology – Variety". Archived from the original on 2018-11-29. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  9. ^ "Coen Brothers Buster Scruggs Was Meant to Be a Movie, Not a TV Series". 18 November 2018.
  10. ^ "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Zoe Kazan and Bill Heck talk Oregon trail and Coen Brothers - Films - Entertainment".
  11. ^ "Bill Heck & wife Maggie Lacey attending the Second Stage Theatre..."
  12. ^ Nellie Andreeva (March 6, 2020). "Gbenga Akinnagbe To Star In 'The Old Man; Bill Heck Joins FX on Hulu Series In Recasting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 20, 2022.

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