Tammara "Tammy" Billik, (born in 1962, in Palo Alto, California) is a major Hollywood casting director who has cast hundreds of roles in television. Her best-known casting decision is when she and veteran casting director Marc Hirschfeld cast Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy for Fox Broadcasting's cult hit, Married... with Children.
Billik began her casting career working on movies including Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. As a casting assistant, she worked with top Casting Directors including Mike Fenton, Elisabeth Leustig, Mary Colquhoun and Judith Holstra/Marcia Ross. In 1987 she became the Casting Director of the Fox television series Married... with Children, and cast over 150 episodes of the series.
Billik received an Artios Award from the Casting Society of America in 1997 for her work on the Emmy winning series Ellen . Billik’s casting of that series included bringing on series regulars Jeremy Piven and notable guest stars including, Emma Thompson, Jennifer Aniston, ZZ Top, Linda Ellerbee, Laura Dern. The “coming out” episode of Ellen The Puppy Episode was viewed by 27 million on ABC when it aired on April 30, 1997.
Billik has also cast the long-running series, Unhappily Ever After, for the now-defunct WB, which starred, Kevin Connolly, Nikki Cox, Geoff Pierson, Stephanie Hodge, Kristanna Loken and Ant (comedian). She then went on to cast the pilot and first season of the ABC series Samantha Who which reunited her with Married... with Children star Christina Applegate. In 1997, Billik won the prestigious Artios award for excellence in casting. She has been nominated on three additional occasions (twice for Ellen, and once for Samantha Who).
Billik is an Executive Producer on the short feature Boutonniere which is an official selection for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and as Associate Producer on the Sony Digital-produced webseries “Star-ving” starring David Faustino. In 2008, she launched AreUaStar for aspiring actors to connect with Casting Directors.
Billik has served on the board of directors of the largest national gay & lesbian organization, the Human Rights Campaign from 1998-2004. She has also been a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, which is the largest GLBT social services organization in the world. Billik has also served as a board member for the Casting Society of America.
Billik was honored with the Guardian of Justice award by Temple Kol Ami in 2000 and with an honorary Artios award from the Casting Society of America for her leadership in organizing Casting Directors into a collective bargaining unit – Teamsters Local 399.
- http://www.areuastar.com Are You A Star
- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0082436/ Tammara Billik IMDB
- http://www.billikwoodcasting.com Billik/Wood Casting
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- http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/13/fashion/13publicists.html?pagewanted=2 New York Times