Billy Campbell

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Billy Campbell
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Campbell in 2013
Born William Oliver Campbell
(1959-07-07) July 7, 1959 (age 55)
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present

William Oliver "Billy" Campbell[1] (born July 7, 1959) is an American film and television actor. In television, he is best known for his roles as Rick Sammler on Once and Again, as Det. Joey Indelli on Crime Story, as Jordan Collier on The 4400, and as Dr. Jon Fielding on the Tales of the City Miniseries. He is also known for his recurring role as Luke Fuller in Dynasty which was his first prominent role. His most notable films include The Rocketeer, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Enough.[2] He portrayed Darren Richmond on the AMC television series The Killing, and played Dr. Alan Farragut in the SyFy series Helix.

Career[edit]

After an appearance in an episode of the hit 1980s sitcom Family Ties, Campbell's first prominent role was that of Luke Fuller, Steven Carrington's lover on Dynasty. Campbell appeared in the show's fifth season (1984–85) when Dynasty was the number one show on American television. Following this, he had a regular role as Detective Joey Indelli on the 1986–88 NBC series Crime Story.

Campbell was the first choice of the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation to play the role of William Riker, but lost the role to Jonathan Frakes.[3] In 1988, Campbell would appear as a guest star in the second season episode "The Outrageous Okona".

In 1991, Campbell played the lead role in the retro sci-fi fantasy film The Rocketeer. He then played, Quincey Morris, a vampire hunter in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), directed by Francis Ford Coppola. In 1993, he starred in the short-lived detective series Moon Over Miami, and also won the role of Dr. Jon Fielding in the television adaptation of Tales of the City, based on the bestselling novels by Armistead Maupin. He would go on to appear in the sequels More Tales of the City in 1998, and Further Tales of the City in 2001.

In 1999, Campbell began what is probably his most famous role, that of Rick Sammler on the ABC series Once and Again. The series ran for three seasons until 2002, during which time Campbell received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. Campbell then had a regular role as Jordan Collier on the sci-fi series The 4400, which aired for four seasons on the USA Network between 2004-2007. In 2005, he had a recurring role in the teen soap The O.C.

In recent years, Campbell has often played villains. After his role in the 2002 film Enough, in which he played the abusive husband of Jennifer Lopez's character, he portrayed serial killer Ted Bundy in the 2003 made-for-TV movie The Stranger Beside Me. He then played a college professor accused of raping a student in a 2004 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and also played an accused serial killer who defends himself in the 2007 television series Shark.

In 2010, Campbell had a recurring role in the short-lived revival of Melrose Place. Following this, Campbell took a prominent role in the AMC series The Killing, an American remake of the Danish series of the same name. In 2012, Campbell played the stern but kindly father in the independent film, "Fat Kid Rules the World."

In 2000, Campbell was named one of the "World's 50 Most Beautiful People" by People magazine.

In 2013, he starred as Abraham Lincoln in the National Geographic television adaptation of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book, Killing Lincoln.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Campbell was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. He attended Fork Union Military Academy and Western Albemarle High School. His parents divorced when he was two years old. He has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program. He is good friends with actor and Crime Story co-star Stephen Lang. Campbell portrayed General George Pickett in the 2003 film Gods and Generals, a part previously played by Lang in the 1993 film Gettysburg in which Campbell also co-starred.

During the filming of 1991's The Rocketeer, he began a romance with co-star Jennifer Connelly, 11 years his junior. They were involved for five years before they broke up in 1996.[5]

Campbell is a rugby enthusiast, having played rugby with the Chicago Lions RFC and the Santa Monica Rugby Club.

A major reason that Campbell sought out the role of Jordan Collier in the TV series The 4400 is filming was located in Vancouver, Canada. When filming he is drawn to locations. To quote Campbell on Vancouver: "Vancouver is one of my favorite places on earth. It's gray and rainy there a lot the time, but for some reason, even though it's gray and rainy, I feel like it's a sunny day." "...the city of my dreams: Vancouver."[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 How Sleep the Brave Strickner
1989 Call from Space Young Man Short film
1991 Rocketeer, TheThe Rocketeer Cliff Secord
1991 Checkered Flag Tommy Trehearn
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula Quincey Morris
1993 Night We Met, TheThe Night We Met Shep
1993 Gettysburg Lt. Pitzer
1994 Dickwad Chet Short film
1995 Under the Hula Moon Marvin
1996 Lover's Knot Steve Hunter
1997 Elissa Will Short film
1997 Menno's Mind Menno
1997 Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo, TheThe Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo Harrison
1997 Last Chance Love Robert
1998 Brylcreem Boys, TheThe Brylcreem Boys Miles Keogh
2001 Rising Place, TheThe Rising Place Streete Wilder
2002 Enough Mitch Hiller
2003 Gods and Generals Maj. Gen. George Pickett
2008 Ghost Town Richard
2010 Almost Kings Ron
2012 Fat Kid Rules the World Mr. Billings
2013 Copperhead Abner Beech
2014 Red Knot Capt. Emerson
2014 Scribbler, TheThe Scribbler Sinclair
2014 Operation Rogue Military Newscaster
???? 10 Things I Hate About Life TBA Announced

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1973 Rookies, TheThe Rookies Gordan "The Wheel of Death"
1984 Family Ties Lyle "Best Man"
1984-1985 Dynasty Luke Fuller Recurring role
1985 First Steps Dwayne TV film
1986 Dream West Lt. Gaines TV miniseries
1986-1988 Crime Story Det. Joey Indelli Regular role
1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation Capt. Thadiun Okona "The Outrageous Okona"
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Wayne "The Heat"
1993 Moon Over Miami Walter Tatum Main role
1993 Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Jon Fielding TV miniseries
1995 Out There Delbert Mosley TV film
1996 Cold Equations, TheThe Cold Equations Lt. John Barton TV film
1997 Naked Truth, TheThe Naked Truth Luke "A Year in the Life"
1998 Frasier Dr. Clint Webber "The Perfect Guy"
1998 Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City Jon Fielding TV miniseries
1998 Monday After the Miracle John Macy TV film
1998 Max Q Clay Jarvis TV film
1999 Dead Man's Gun John Slattery "The Regulator"
1999-2002 Once and Again Rick Sammler Main role
2000 In the Beginning Moses TV miniseries
2001 Further Tales of the City Dr. Jon Fielding TV miniseries
2003 Stranger Beside Me, TheThe Stranger Beside Me Ted Bundy TV film
2003 Practice, TheThe Practice Tom Bartos "Goodbye"
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ron Polikoff "Doubt"
2004-2007 4400, TheThe 4400 Jordan Collier Main role
2005 O.C., TheThe O.C. Carter Buckley Recurring role
2007-2008 Shark Wayne Callison "Wayne's World: Parts 1, 2 & 3"
2008 Circuit, TheThe Circuit Al Shines TV film
2009 Meteor Det. Jack Crowe TV miniseries
2009 Eureka Dr. Bruce Manlius "Shower the People"
2009 Revolution Tom Hart TV film
2010 Melrose Place Ben Brinkley "Oriole", "Stoner Canyon", "Mulholland"
2011-2014 Killing, TheThe Killing Darren Richmond Regular role
2013 Killing Lincoln Abraham Lincoln TV film
2013 Full Circle Trent Campbell "Cliff & Trent", "Trent & Trisha", "Celeste & Tim"
2014 Lizzie Borden Took an Ax Andrew Jennings TV film
2014 Delirium Thomas Fineman Unsold TV pilot
2014-2015 Helix Dr. Alan Farragut Main role

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