Billy Warlock

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Billy Warlock
Billy Warlock - Happy Days promotional photo.jpg
Warlock in a promotional photo for Happy Days
Born
William Alan Leming

(1961-03-26) March 26, 1961 (age 57)
OccupationActor
Years active1981 – 2011
Spouse(s)

Billy Warlock (born March 26, 1961) is an American actor best known for playing Eddie Kramer, a lifeguard on the first three seasons of Baywatch and in the reunion movie in 2003, as well as for numerous daytime roles, most notably Frankie Brady on Days of Our Lives and A.J. Quartermaine on General Hospital.

Early life[edit]

Warlock was born William Alan Leming in Gardena, California, the son of Dick Warlock, a successful Hollywood stunt man who did stunts for Kurt Russell and was the stunt driver in the Disney picture, The Love Bug. His siblings include Lance Warlock and a sister, Rhonda. After graduation from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California in 1979, Billy's father got him a stunt job as Robin Williams's stunt double in a Mork & Mindy episode, one that was produced by Garry Marshall.[1] Several months later, he auditioned for Marshall and won his first major television role as Flip, Roger's brother (and the Cunninghams' nephew), in the tenth season of Happy Days.[1]

Career[edit]

As a child, Warlock had a small role in Halloween II (1981), as well as Lovely But Deadly (1981), directed by David Sheldon. As a young adult, he later appeared Hotshot (1987), directed by Rick King, and played the lead role in the horror film Society (1989), directed by Brian Yuzna. The same year, Warlock appeared as an original cast member of Baywatch, where he played lifeguard Eddie Kramer for the first three seasons. In the early 1990s, he also was on the short-lived TV Series The Hat Squad, with Nestor Serrano and Don Michael Paul from 1992 to 1993, and portrayed Lyle Menendez in the 1994 television movie Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Murders.

He subsequently starred on soap operas such as Days of Our Lives and General Hospital; in the latter, he portrayed A. J. Quartermaine from June 13, 1997, to December 11, 2003, and for several visits in 2005 from February 4 to February 11 when his character was presumed dead and from March 15 until April 26 when his character was actually murdered in his hospital room by Dr. Asher Thomas (Larry Poindexter) after he kidnapped his biological son, Michael Corinthos (Dylan Cash). On Days of Our Lives, Warlock portrayed Frankie Brady from 1986 to 1988, from 1990 to 1991, and again beginning in June 2005. In 1988, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his performance on the series.[2] He was let go from the soap and his final airdate was November 2006. In spring 2007, he joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in the role of Ben Hollander, Jack Abbott's campaign manager. Warlock appeared on the show from May 2007 to January 2008.[3]

In 2003, Warlock reprised his role of Eddie Kramer in the Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding television film. The following year, he appeared in an Off-Broadway revival production of The Normal Heart at The Public Theater in New York City.[4] Charles Isherwood of Variety praised his performance as "sincere and nicely understated."[4] During the summer of 2010, Warlock appeared on As the World Turns as Anthony Blackthorn.

Personal life[edit]

Warlock was previously engaged to Erika Eleniak, his Baywatch co-star who portrayed Shauni McClain. He was previously married to soap actress Marcy Walker, but later divorced. He is currently married to former Days of our Lives and As the World Turns co-star Julie Pinson. They married on August 26, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nevada.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1981 Halloween II Craig As Bill Warlock [6]
1981 Lovely But Deadly Boy on beach
1983 Six Pack Duffy Akins
1986 2​12 Dads Danny Selzer
1987 Hotshot Vinnie Fortino
1989 Class Cruise Sam McBride
1989 Society Bill Whitney
1989 Swimsuit Chris Television film
1989 Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier Eddie Kramer Television film
1994 Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Murders Lyle Menendez Television film
1995 Mr. Payback Payton Bach
1996 Panic in the Skies! Flight Attendant Matt Eisenhauer
1997 Steel Sharks Bob Rogers
2003 Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding Eddie Kramer Television film
2004 The Thing Below Captain Jack Griffin
2009 Hatchet Man Boss Short film [7]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1982–1983 Happy Days Flip Phillips [6]
1983 ABC Afterschool Special Craig Foster 1 episode
1983 Lottery! Billy 1 episode
1984–1985 Capitol Ricky Driscoll 1 episode
1986–1988 Days of Our Lives Frankie Brady Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
1987 Rags to Riches Tommy 1 episode
1989 21 Jump Street Ron Green Episode: "Come from the Shadows"
1989–1992 Baywatch Eddie Kramer 45 episodes
1990–1991 Days of Our Lives Frankie Brady
1992–1993 The Hat Squad Matty
1995 Baywatch Nights Eddie Kramer Episode: "Backup"
1995 NYPD Blue Mike Barnett Episode: "One Big Happy Family"
2005–2006 Days of Our Lives Frankie Brady 589 episodes (total)
1997–2003; 2005 General Hospital A. J. Quartermaine 237 episodes
2007–2008 The Young and the Restless Ben Hollander [8]
2009 Damages Undercover Customer #2 Episode: "New York Sucks" [9]
2010 As the World Turns Anthony Blackthorn 15 episodes
2010 One Life to Live Ross Rayburn 18 episodes [10]

Stage credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2004 The Normal Heart Felix Turner The Public Theater [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brant, Marley (2006). Happier Days: Paramount Television's Classic Sitcoms, 1974-1984. New York: Billboard Books. pp. 61–62. ISBN 978-0-823-08933-8.
  2. ^ Reichardt, Nancy M. (September 23, 1990). "Better 'Days' Are in Store for Billy Warlock". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on January 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Billy Warlock's Actor's Profile". Soap Central. December 30, 2007. Archived from the original on January 9, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Isherwood, Charles (April 21, 2004). "The Normal Heart". Variety. Archived from the original on January 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Ulrica, Wilhborg (August 26, 2006). "Days of Our Lives Star Get Married". People.
  6. ^ a b Riggs, Thomas (2007). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Cengage Gale. ISBN 978-0-787-69050-2.
  7. ^ Van Hoven, Matt (June 10, 2009). "The Story Behind 'Hatchet Man' – a Film Inspired, Written and Produced by Ad Folk". Adweek. Archived from the original on January 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "Billy Warlock ex-Days/GH star Joins Y&R!". Soaps.com. 2010. Archived from the original on January 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "Billy Warlock Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  10. ^ Gore, Scotty (August 11, 2010). "In Or Out? Billy Warlock At 'One Life'". Soap Opera Network. Archived from the original on January 9, 2019.

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