Skeet Ulrich

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Skeet Ulrich
Skeet Ulrich 2010.jpg
Ulrich in July 2010
Born Bryan Ray Trout
(1970-01-20) January 20, 1970 (age 48)
Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s)
Georgina Cates
(m. 1997; div. 2005)

Amelia Jackson-Gray
(m. 2012; div. 2015)
Children 2

Skeet Ulrich (born Bryan Ray Trout; January 20, 1970) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in popular 1990s films, as Billy Loomis in Scream and Chris Hooker in The Craft. Television roles include Paul Callan in the short-lived ABC drama Miracles, Johnston Jacob "Jake" Green, Jr. in the television series Jericho, and L.A.P.D. Detective Rex Winters, a former Marine from the Law & Order franchise. Since 2017, he stars as FP Jones on The CW's Riverdale.

Early life[edit]

Skeet Ulrich was born as Bryan Ray Trout on January 20, 1970, in Lynchburg, Virginia. His mother, Carolyn Elaine Wax (née Rudd), who owns the special events marketing agency Sports Management Group, and his father is a restaurateur,[1] and his first stepfather was D. K. Ulrich, a NASCAR driver and team owner. Trout's mother has since remarried to Edward Lewis Wax.[2][3] However, he still regards D. K. Ulrich as his father.[4] Ulrich's maternal uncle is retired Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Rudd,[5] and his maternal grandfather was Alvin Ray Rudd, Sr., the president of Al Rudd Auto Parts.[6]

Ulrich claims his father kidnapped him and his brother when he was six years old, and they spent the next three years moving from Florida to New York and then Pennsylvania. They were reunited with their mother in North Carolina, where his father disappeared from his life.[7]

The nickname "Skeet" originated from the nickname "Skeeter" he was given by his Little League coach because of his small stature, resembling that of a mosquito.[7] Along with his slight frame, he had poor health, including numerous bouts with pneumonia; he underwent open heart surgery to repair a defective ventricle at the age of 10.[8] Ulrich graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School. After enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study Marine Biology, he switched to New York University, where he was noticed by playwright David Mamet.[9]

Career[edit]

In his earliest screen appearances, Ulrich was an uncredited extra in films Weekend at Bernie's (1989) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). After joining the Atlantic Theater Company as an apprentice, Ulrich performed with the group, which got him noticed by director Stacy Cochran. She cast him in a CBS Schoolbreak Special. With her help he also received his first notable role on screen in 1996 as the loutish boyfriend of Winona Ryder in Boys. That same year he appeared in The Craft opposite Robin Tunney and Neve Campbell. He was also cast that same year to star alongside Neve Campbell, again, in Wes Craven's hit slasher film Scream.

In 1997, he had a small role as an emotionally conflicted gay hustler in As Good as It Gets (along with fellow Scream actor Jamie Kennedy). He appeared in films like The Newton Boys (1998) and Chill Factor (1999).[10] He starred as Juvenal, a young man with stigmata and healing powers in the Paul Schrader film Touch (1997), and he appeared in Ride with the Devil (1999), an American Civil War drama directed by Ang Lee. In 2000, he played computer hacker Kevin Mitnick in the film Takedown.

On television, Ulrich starred in the short-lived ABC series Miracles and appeared in TNT's multiple Emmy-nominated miniseries Into the West (2005 in the US, 2006 in the UK). Also in 2005, Ulrich acted with Keri Russell in the television film The Magic of Ordinary Days. Ulrich starred as Jake Green on the CBS post-apocalyptic drama Jericho, which premiered on September 20, 2006 and ended its run on March 25, 2008.

Ulrich is a recurring guest voice actor on the Adult Swim animated stop-motion sketch comedy series Robot Chicken. In sketches based on G.I. Joe, Ulrich voices the character Duke.

Ulrich guest starred in three episodes of CSI: NY as a complex and disturbed killer. The episodes began airing October 7, 2009.[11]

He signed on to star in Law & Order: LA as LAPD Detective Rex Winters[12] but was released from his contract. His character was killed in a drive-by shooting of his house in the ninth episode.[13]

In 2017, he stars as Forsythe Pendleton Jones II, the father of Jughead Jones in Riverdale, loosely based on the Archie comic book series, for The CW.

Ulrich appeared in the 2017 Lifetime film I Am Elizabeth Smart as Brian David Mitchell, based on the 2002 abduction and captivity of Elizabeth Smart.

Personal life[edit]

In 1997, Ulrich married English actress Georgina Cates, whom he met at an Academy Awards party. Their wedding was a small ceremony held on their farmland in Madison County, Virginia, with only the preacher and their canine companions as guests. Together, the couple have twins, son Jakob Dylan and daughter Naiia Rose, born in 2001[14]. Skeet and Georgina divorced in 2005, citing irreconcilable differences. In February 2013, Ulrich was in court for a contempt hearing in which it was alleged he owed his former wife $284,861.84 in missed child support payments, to which he pled not guilty.[15]

He married Amelia Jackson-Gray in 2012, and they divorced in 2015. In 2016, Ulrich became engaged to model Rose Costa but the couple split in November 2017.

Ulrich avoided walking red carpets in the past as he hates getting his picture taken, and he felt ambivalent to the fame claiming it was "...not something I was interested in, I was really interested in doing things that challenged me."[16]

Throughout his life he was into building things such as a tree house and furniture, which he enjoys as, "...with woodworking, I'm in control. That's something I don't get in acting."[7]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Weekend at Bernie's Extra (uncredited)
1990 Chattahoochee[17] Extra (uncredited)
1990 Everybody Wins Extra (uncredited)
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Thug (uncredited)
1996 The Craft Chris Hooker
1996 Last Dance Billy
1996 Boys Bud Valentine
1996 Albino Alligator Danny Boudreaux
1996 Scream Billy Loomis
1997 Touch Juvenal / Charlie Lawson
1997 As Good as It Gets Vincent
1998 The Newton Boys Joe Newton
1998 A Soldier's Sweetheart Mark Fossie
1999 Chill Factor Tim Mason
1999 Ride with the Devil Jack Bull Chiles
2000 Track Down Kevin Mitnick
2001 Nobody's Baby Billy Raedeen
2001 Soul Assassin Kevin Burke
2001 Kevin of the North Kevin Manley
2005 The Magic of Ordinary Days Ray Singleton
2009 For Sale by Owner Junior
2009 Armored Dobbs
2014 50 to 1 Chip Woolley
2014 The Girl on the Roof Short film; director
2017 Austin Found Billy
2017 Escape Room Brice
2017 I Am Elizabeth Smart Brian David Mitchell

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special Vinnie DiFazio Episode: "Same Difference"
2003 Miracles Paul Callan 13 episodes
2005 The Magic of Ordinary Days Ray Singleton Television film
2005 Into the West Jethro Wheeler TV miniseries
2006–2008 Jericho Jake Green 29 episodes
2007–2014 Robot Chicken Various voices 9 episodes
2009 Back Richard Miles Television film
2009 CSI: NY Hollis Eckhart 3 episodes
2010 Gimme Shelter Billy Jost Television film
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Rex Winters Episode: "Behave"
2010–2011 Law & Order: LA Det. Rex Winters 14 episodes
2013 Anatomy of Violence Adrian Raines Television film
2015–2016 Unforgettable Eddie Martin 2 episodes
2017–present Riverdale FP Jones[18] Recurring (Season 1)
Main (Season 2)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Work
1997 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Supporting Actor Nominated Scream
2006 Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards Won The Magic of Ordinary Days
2006 Western Heritage Awards Television Feature Film Won Into the West

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Biography (1969?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  2. ^ "Skeet Ulrich - Profile, Latest News and Related Articles". eonline.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-12.
  3. ^ "Ms. Rudd Is Wed To Edward Wax". The New York Times. December 9, 1990. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  4. ^ Hoban, Phoebe (1997-03-16). "An Actor Building a Career as Not-Johnny-Depp". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  5. ^ "In Print/Skeet Ulrich". Webcitation.org. Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  6. ^ "Obituaries (HamptonRoads.com/PilotOnline.com)". Virginian-Pilot. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08.
  7. ^ a b c "Talking Shop With Skeet Ulrich - Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  8. ^ "The rebirth of Skeet". 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2015-06-06.
  9. ^ Henley, Ken W. (2011-01-11). "iMovies.ge :: სკიტ ულრიჰი / Skeet Ulrich". Fangoria. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  10. ^ Henley, Ken W. (2011-01-11). ""SCREAM", "THE CRAFT" Actor Skeet Ulrich To Make Convention Debut at Texas Frightmare Weekend!". Fangoria. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  11. ^ Tim Molloy (5 August 2009). "Exclusive: Skeet Ulrich Joins CSI: NY for Killer Arc". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  12. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Joins Law & Order: Los Angeles". TVGuide.com.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-01-11). "More 'LOLA' Shakeup – Skeet Ulrich Out Too –". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  14. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Is Trying to Kill Me With His Dad Comments on Insta". Cosmopolitan. 2017-08-30. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  15. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Charged With Contempt Of Court For Not Paying Child Support!". RadarOnline. 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  16. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Went From '90s Heartthrob to Struggling TV Actor. Now He's Back". Cosmopolitan. 2017-10-17. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  17. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/82/Skeet-Ulrich.html
  18. ^ @CWRiverdaleNews (December 12, 2016). "Episode 10 is called 'The Lost Weekend' It confirms Ulrich's character's name" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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