William McNamara

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William McNamara
Born William West McNamara
(1965-03-31) March 31, 1965 (age 51)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present

William West McNamara (born March 31, 1965) is an American film and television actor. He is also an animal rights activist.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Dallas, Texas, McNamara is the son of a professional race car driver for the Ford Motor Company and an interior designer. He attended Columbia University and studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.[1] He appeared in the feature films Texasville, Stella, Copycat, Surviving the Game, and Stealing Home.

Career[edit]

On television, he portrayed Montgomery Clift in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story and Ricky Nelson in Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, had a regular role on the Showtime series Beggars and Choosers, was featured in the television movies Doing Time on Maple Drive and Wildflower (CableACE Award nomination), and appeared in NYPD Blue and Law & Order: SVU, among other television series.

Activism[edit]

McNamara is an animal rights activist and vegan. He got his start rescuing cats, dogs, and horses, and now travels the world advocating animal rights. McNamara has produced several documentaries, including the Nat Geo Wild Network: Animal Intervention, an exposé on the exotic animal industry in the United States.[2]

Filmography[edit]

  • Opera (1987) - Stefano
  • Stealing Home (1988) - Billy Wyatt (teenager)
  • The Beat (1988) - Billy Kane
  • Dream a Little Dream (1989) - Joel
  • Stella (1990) - Pat Robbins
  • Texasville (1990) - Dickie Jackson
  • Aspen Extreme (1993) - Todd Pounds
  • Extreme Justice (1993) - Mark Franklin (surfer, uncredited in film credits)
  • Chasers (1994) - Eddie Devane
  • Surviving the Game (1994) - Derek Wolfe Jr.
  • Radio Inside (1994) - Matthew Anderson
  • Copycat (1995) - Peter Foley
  • Storybook (1995) - Prince Arthur
  • Girl in the Cadillac (1995) - Rick
  • Snitch (1996) - Shakley
  • Dead Girl (1996) - Damon
  • Stag (1997) - Jon DiCapri
  • The Deli (1997) - Kevin
  • Glam (1997) - Sonny Daye
  • The Brylcreem Boys (1997) - Sam Gunn
  • Sweet Jane (1998) - Stan Bleeker
  • Something to Believe In (1998) - Mike
  • Ringmaster (1998) - Troy Davenport
  • Implicated (1999) - Tom Baker
  • Paper Bullets (1999) - Laurence McCoy
  • Knockout (2000) - Michael DeMarco
  • Just Sue Me (2000) - Daniel
  • The Calling (a.k.a. Man of Faith) (2002) - Bobby Murky
  • The Kings of Brooklyn (2004) - Chris Parmel
  • The Iron Man (2006) - Gerard
  • The Still Life (2007) - Teacher
  • April Moon (2007) - David
  • A Dance for Bethany (2007) - James Fisher
  • The Grift (2008) - Hugh Babcock
  • The Bleeding (2009) - Dan Williams
  • The Ascent (2010) - Joel
  • The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy (2010) - Jones Moon
  • Cut! (2012) - Bryan Wolff
  • Dry (2014) - Dr Brown
  • Last Man Club (2016) - Joe Scanlin
  • The Secrets of Emily Blair (2016) - Mr. Regan

Television work[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Naab, Kathy (September 20, 1988). "You Asked...". Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ BarbiTwins. "Animal Activist and Star of Copycat William McNamara: On Killing Dolphins and Eating Sushi". Origin - The Conscious Culture Magazine. Origin Magazine. Retrieved January 20, 2016.