Kelly AuCoin

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Kelly AuCoin
AuCoin in 2016
Born (1967-02-14) February 14, 1967 (age 54)
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Carolyn Hall (1999–present)

Kelly AuCoin (born February 14, 1967) is an American actor who has appeared in film, television, and theater. He plays "Dollar" Bill Stern on Billions (Showtime), and played Pastor Tim on The Americans (FX). He has had recurring roles on several other American television series, including Hercules Mulligan on Turn: Washington's Spies (AMC), and Gary Stamper on House of Cards (Netflix). He frequently appears on stage in New York and venues around the country, such as Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and La Jolla Playhouse. He has had supporting roles in films, including Steven Spielberg's The Post, The Kingdom, Julie & Julia, and All That I Am, which won the SXSW Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting.[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

AuCoin was born in the Hillsboro, Oregon, suburb of Portland, the son of Les and Susan AuCoin, and grew up in Oregon and Washington, D.C., where his father served as a United States Congressman from 1975 to 1993.[5][6] His first appearance on television was in one of his father's campaign commercials, in which he countered claims that his father was a tax-and-spend Democrat by washing the family car to illustrate how cheap his father actually was.[1][7] AuCoin is a graduate of Georgetown Day School and Oberlin College.[1][7][8]


Upon arriving in New York, AuCoin landed small roles in several soap operas, including Guiding Light and The City. In the early 2000s, AuCoin appeared in episodes of The Sopranos and the first of many episodes of Law & Order.[7] His breakthrough came in 2014, when he landed recurring roles in Netflix's House of Cards, The Americans, and, most importantly, as the rabidly loyal - and notoriously cheap - cult favorite, "Dollar" Bill Stearn, on the Showtime series Billions.[1][9] He has also appeared in other television series, such as The Bold Type, in which he played Jane Sloan's father during the show's final season, Madam Secretary, the NBC miniseries The Slap, Unforgettable, Person of Interest, Forever, The Following, Elementary, The Good Wife, White Collar, Gossip Girl, Blue Bloods, among others. He played the regular recurring role of Peter Keatch in the CBS series Waterfront, which was canceled before ever airing, despite having shot five episodes.[10]

For the 2012 presidential election, NPR's Planet Money team cast AuCoin as their "Fake Presidential Candidate" to give voice to "major economic policies they could all stand behind."[11]


His first major film role came in 2007, where he played State Department official Ellis Leach in The Kingdom. In 2009's Julie & Julia, AuCoin played one of the executives for the Houghton Mifflin publishing company who declined to publish Julia Child's soon-to-be-legendary cookbook.[7] More recently he has appeared in False Positive, starring and written by Iliana Glazer, Complete Unknown, starring Rachel Weisz, Barry Levinson's The Wizard of Lies, starring Robert De Niro, Drunk Parents, starring Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek, and the upcoming The Good House, starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline.


In 2005, AuCoin appeared as Octavius in a Broadway revival of Julius Caesar, which starred Denzel Washington.[12] AuCoin has appeared in numerous other Off-Broadway stage productions, including Manhattan Theatre Club's productions of Of Good Stock and Long Lost, and Signature Theatre's 2014 revival of A. R. Gurney's The Wayside Motor Inn, directed by Lila Neugebauer, which won him, and the rest of the cast, a special Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Ensemble". Other Off Broadway productions include 2008's premiere of Ernest Hemingway's The Fifth Column,[13] 2009's Jailbait, by Deirdre O'Connor, directed by Suzanne Agins,[14] 2010's Happy Now?, by Lucinda Coxon,[15] the 2013 premiere of Tanya Barfield's The Call, directed by Leigh Silverman in a joint production by Primary Stages and Playwrights Horizons,[16][17] He recently starred in two La Jolla Playhouse productions; J. T. Rogers' Blood And Gifts, directed by Lucie Tiberghien,[18] and Arthur Kopit and Anton Dudley's world premier A Dram Of Drummhicit, directed by Christopher Ashley.[19] AuCoin was a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company in the early 1990s.[1][20]

Personal life[edit]

AuCoin is married to dancer Carolyn Hall, winner of a 2002 Bessie Award for creative work in dance performance, and the couple lives in Brooklyn.[1][7][21]


Year Title Role Director Notes
2020 The Good House Brian McAllister Maya Forbes & Wallace Wolodarsky
False Positive Dirk John Lee
2019 Drunk Parents Tyler Rector Fred Wolf
2017 The Post AAG Kevin Moroney Steven Spielberg
2016 Benji The Dove Jason Kevin Arbouet
Complete Unknown Dave Joshua Marston
2013 All That I Am
(originally titled Burma)
Alan[22] Carlos Puga SXSW Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting[23]
The Word Sean Higgins Greg Friedle
2011 The Music Never Stopped Dr. Gilbert Jim Kohlberg
2010 Consent Mister E. Ron Brown
Rocksteady Dick Hefferd Mustapha Khan
2009 Julie & Julia Houghton Mifflin Executive Nora Ephron
2007 The Kingdom Ellis Leach Peter Berg
Serial Peter Brown Kevin Arbouet & Larry Strong
Ghosts of the Heartland Wellman Allen Blumberg
2005 A Perfect Fit Brian Ron Brown
2003 A Normal Life Josh Dewey Moss
Love & Stuff Simon Sorrel Brae
1999 Fare Well Miss Fortune Ben Harrison Mickey Faust
1998 A Perfect Murder Snarky Waiter at Met Andrew Davis
Year Title Role Notes
2021 The Girl From Plainville Scott Gordon Recurring (Limited series)
WeCrashed Scott Galloway Recurring (Limited series)
Untitled Nick Wootton/Jake Coburn Project Reed Doblin Supporting (Pilot)
2020 The Bold Type Warren Sloan Recurring
2017 Turn: Washington's Spies Hercules Mulligan Recurring, Season 4
The Wizard of Lies FBI Agent Ted Cacioppi HBO film
2016–present Billions "Dollar" Bill Stearn Series Regular
2016 Conviction David Porter Episode: "The 1% Solution"
The Blacklist Benjamin Stalder Recurring, Season 3
2015 House of Cards Gary Stamper Recurring, Season 3
The Slap Tony Miniseries
Madam Secretary Greg Taylor Episode: "The Ninth Circle"
Forever Frank Ferrell Episode: "Punk is Dead"
2014–2018 The Americans Pastor Tim Recurring
2014 Unforgettable Alpha Omega Episode: "Omega Hour"
Person of Interest Langdon Episode: "A House Divided"
The Actress The Groom Episode: "The Wedding"
2013 Elementary Grey Suit Episode: "The Red Team"
The Following Phil Gray Episode: "The End is Near"
2012 Blue Bloods Jack Cavanaugh Episode: "Whistle Blower"
2011 Body of Proof Mike Walsh Episode: "Talking Heads"
Untitled Jersey City Project Ray Harrison Series lead
2010 White Collar Arthur Landry Episode: "Hard Sell"
Gossip Girl Doug Jarrett Episode: "The Sixteen-Year-Old Virgin"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Shelly Springe Episode: "The Mobster Will See You Now"
2009 Kings Serviceman Lawrence Episode: "Pilgrimage"
The Good Wife Carl Thomas Episode: "Unprepared"
2008 Without a Trace Nick Selat Episode: "22 x 42"
2006 Law & Order Andrew Semel Episode: "Family Friend"
Good God Managing-Archangel Michael Miniseries
Waterfront Peter Keatch Recurring
Canceled before airing
2004 The Sopranos Agent Jim Ashe Episode: "Rat Pack"
Third Watch Jeff Weaver Episode: "More Monsters"
2002 New Americans Brian TV Film
2001 Law & Order Rich Porter Episode: "Who Let the Dogs Out?"
2000 Law & Order Pat Callister Episode: "Mega"
1998 Law & Order First Assistant Episode: "Tabloid"
1996 The City Mark Episode: "Episode dated 11 November 1996"
Guiding Light Doug Episode: "#1.12642"
Year Title Playwright Role Director Venue Notes
2019 The 24 Hour Plays Broadway Jesse Eisenberg Clarence/Clearance Carolyn Cantor Laura Pels Theater
Long Lost Donald Margules David Daniel Sullivan Manhattan Theatre Club
2018 Radio Island Liza Birkenmeier Sheriff & Oil Man Jaki Bradley New York Stage and Film
2015 Of Good Stock Melissa Ross Fred Lynne Meadow Manhattan Theatre Club
2014 The Wayside Motor Inn A. R. Gurney Andy Lila Neugebauer Signature Theatre Company Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble
Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play
Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director[4]
2013 The Call Tanya Barfield Peter Leigh Silverman Playwrights Horizons
2012 Blood and Gifts J. T. Rogers Jim Warnock Lucie Tiberghien La Jolla Playhouse
Radiance Cusi Cram Artie
Suzanne Agins LAByrinth Theater Company
2011 A Dram of Drummhicit Arthur Kopit
Anton Dudley
Mackenzie Stewart Christopher Ashley La Jolla Playhouse
2010 Happy Now? Lucinda Coxon Johnny Liz Diamond Primary Stages Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play[24]
2009 Jailbait Deirdre O'Connor Robert Suzanne Agins Cherry Lane Theatre
2008 Finks Joe Gilford Bobby Gerard Charlie Stratton New York Stage and Film
The Fifth Column Ernest Hemingway Philip Rawlings Jonathan Bank Mint Theater Company
Happy Now? Lucinda Coxon Johnny Liz Diamond Yale Repertory Theatre
2007 Some Men Terrence McNally Bernie Trip Cullman Second Stage Theatre
2006 The Real Thing Tom Stoppard Henry Robert Moss Syracuse Stage
2005 Julius Caesar William Shakespeare Octavius Caesar Daniel J. Sullivan Belasco Theatre
The Sketch Comedian Elizabeth Meriwether The Sketch Comedian Alex Timbers Drama League DirectorFest
The Ladies of the Corridor Dorothy Parker Paul Dan Wackerman Peccadillo Theatre Company
2004 Boy Julia Jordan Mick Joe Calarco Primary Stages
Melissa Arctic Craig Wright Paul Aaron Posner Folger Theatre
2003 Worm Day Matthew Calhoun Mick Tom Herman DR2 Theatre
2001–2002 Copenhagen Michael Frayn Werner Heisenberg Michael Blakemore National Tour
2001 The Right Way to Sue Ellen Melaver Tom Anne Kaufman New Georges
2000 Born Yesterday Garson Kanin Paul Verall Robert Moss Syracuse Stage
Uncle Vanya Anton Chekhov Astrov Robert Rechnitz Two River Theater
1999 Quills Doug Wright Abbe de Coulmier Lou Tryell Florida Stage Carbonell Award for Best Production of a Play[25]
1998 Arcadia Tom Stoppard Septimus Hodge George Black Virginia Repertory Theatre
1997 Twelfth Night William Shakespeare Orsino Kathy Barber Texas Shakespeare Festival
Henry V William Shakespeare Dauphin Eve Adamson Texas Shakespeare Festival
1996 Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare Romeo Tim Gregory Texas Shakespeare Festival
The School for Wives Molière Horace Paul Gaffney Texas Shakespeare Festival
1776 Sherman Edwards
Peter Stone
Charles Tomson Kathy Barber Texas Shakespeare Festival
1995 Henry IV, Part 2 William Shakespeare Prince Hal John Sipes Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Cymbeline William Shakespeare Iachimo Cal MacLean Illinois Shakespeare Festival
1994 The Destiny of Me Larry Kramer Benjamin Weeks Shashin Desai International City Theatre
1993 A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare Lysander Cynthia White Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The White Devil John Webster Lodovico Jerry Turner Oregon Shakespeare Festival
1992 The Fire Raisers Max Frisch Fireman #3 Barbara Damashek Oregon Shakespeare Festival
1991 Coyote Ugly Lynn Seifert Dowd Alana Lipp Firehouse Theater
1990 The Subject Was Roses Frank D. Gilroy Timmy Alan Nause Artists Repertory Theatre
A Lie of the Mind Sam Shepard Frankie Alana Lipp Storefront Theater


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