Bill Camp Biography

Bill Camp is an American actor. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, career, and achievements.

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Birthday: October 13, 1961

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 58 Years, 58 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: William Camp

Born Country: United States

Born in: Massachusetts, United States

Famous as: Actor


Spouse/Ex-: Elizabeth Marvel (m. 2004)

father: Peter B. Camp

mother: Patricia L. Camp

children: Silas Camp

U.S. State: Massachusetts

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education: Juilliard School

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Bill Camp is an American actor. Camp had a few stage credits before he became a regular in films and television. He eventually became Hollywood's go-to supporting actor in an array of projects ranging from big-budget shows to critically-acclaimed movies to biographical dramas. He is credited for making appearances in four 'Academy Award'-nominated films, '12 Years a Slave,' 'Birdman' ('The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance'), 'Lincoln,' and 'Vice' of which the first two are winners in the best picture category. Camp has impressive TV credentials as well with substantial roles in shows such as 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'The Leftovers,' and 'Manhattan.' While Camp was flourishing as a film and TV actor, he quit acting briefly but resumed soon after and had notable stage credits. He earned a 'Tony' nomination for Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' and an 'Obie Award' for 'Homebody/Kabul.' Throughout his illustrious career, Camp has worked with many award-winning directors such as Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, Stephen Frears, Scott Cooper, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and Adam McKay.

Childhood & Early Life
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  • Camp began his acting career through theatre and eventually turned towards film and television. He made his film debut playing 'Bill' in the 1990 adaptation of law professor Alan Dershowitz’s book 'Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bülow Case.' That year, Camp made his TV appearance in the episode 'Hamlet' of the anthology 'Great Performances.'
  • He also performed in the Broadway 'Jackie,' which ran from November 1997 to March 1998. Camp went on a break from acting in 2002 and took up several odd jobs. Camp had moved to California with his wife, who is also an actor, was then shooting for the series 'The District' while he worked as a restaurant cook, landscaper, waiter, and at a friend’s auto garage, among others.
  • Camp resumed two years later with the 'New York Theatre Workshop' production 'Homebody/Kabul.' In that Tony Kushner's three-act play, Camp’s performance as the British government employed expatriate named 'Quango Twistleton' earned him an 'Obie Award' ('Off-Broadway Theater Awards').
  • He was then seen as 'Malcolm' in Craig Lucas’ feature directorial debut 'The Dying Gaul' (2005) and the Broadway revival of George Bernard Shaw’s 'Heartbreak House' (2006). In May 2007, Camp performed as 'Otis Gardiner' in the Broadway version of Helen Edmundson’s "play with music" 'Coram Boy.'
  • Upon his return to acting, Camp’s first television appearance was in an episode (2003) of the police procedural drama 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' (Joan of Arcadia) and then played 'Agent Jarvis' in three episodes (2008) of the 'Showtime' crime drama 'Brotherhood.'
  • Camp portrayed Italian-born American gangster in Chicago, Frank Nitti, who was One of gangster Al Capone's top henchmen in the 2009 biographical crime drama 'Public Enemies.' He next played Ann Dowd’s (as Sandra) fiancée 'Van' in the 2012 thriller 'Compliance.'
  • Camp starred as 'Mr. Jolly' from Lincoln's household in the 2012 historical drama film 'Lincoln.' He cast as 'Samurai Seven'/Hacker in six episodes of the 'FX' legal thriller 'Damages.' He performed in Arthur Miller’s award-winning play 'Death of a Salesman' staged at the 'Ethel Barrymore Theatre' (2012).
  • Camp starred (as 'Mr. Crawford') alongside Paula Garces, Annabella Sciorra, and Philip Ettinger in the 2013 psychological thriller 'The Maid's Room.' He played Murry Gage Wilson, who was the first manager of the band 'Beach Boys' in the biographical drama 'Love & Mercy' (2014) based on the life of the band's co-founder and leader Brian Wilson.
  • Camp was seen as 'William Hogarth' in five episodes of the 'WGN America' period drama 'Manhattan' (2014-2015) and played 'David Burton,' in the second and third season of the 'HBO' supernatural mystery drama 'The Leftovers' (2015–2017).
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  • On September 22, 2015, Camp was cast to play 'Frank Beazley,' the former lawyer to the Lovings in the 2016 British-American biographical romantic drama 'Loving.'
  • Camp received a 'Tony Award' nomination for portraying John "Reverend Hale," the Puritan pastor of Beverly, Massachusetts, one of the most prominent and influential ministers associated with the 1692 Salem witch trials in the 2016 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s play 'The Crucible.'
  • Camp was nominated for a 'Primetime Emmy Award' for playing the supporting character 'Dennis Box,' a detective working on Nasir's case in the 'HBO' eight-part crime drama 'The Night Of' (2016). The character became a fan-favorite, and Camp earned critical acclamation for his performance.
  • He starred as 'Robert Chesney,' an encounter specialist FBI veteran, one of the most composed characters in ten episodes of the 'Hulu' miniseries 'The Looming Tower.'
  • Camp played former CIA analyst 'Malcolm Smith,' in the 2016 action thriller 'Jason Bourne.' He had a substantial role as Steven Murphy's (Colin Farrell) anaesthesiologist, 'Matthew' in the 2017 psychological thriller 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer.'
  • Camp was 'Jeremiah Wilks,' a 'Harper's Weekly' frontier correspondent in Scott Cooper directed western 'Hostiles' (2017). He essayed the role of the successful card shark Harlan Eustice who joins Molly's game in the 2017 biographical crime drama based on entrepreneur, author, and speaker Molly Bloom’s memoir.
  • Camp played Fred "Hammer" Krager in again a biographical drama 'Skin,' about the life story of Neo-Nazism-influenced skinhead group’s former member Bryon Widner. He portrayed the 38th president of the United States, Gerald Ford, in the 2018 biographical comedy-drama 'Vice.'
  • In 2019, Camp starred as 'Henry Dalton' in the adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel 'Native Son' and had a supporting role of 'Alfonso Coretti,' Maria’s (Annabella Sciorra) husband, and the head of a Brooklyn Italian crime family in 'The Kitchen.'
  • Recently, he was seen as 'Detective Garrity' in the highly acclaimed psychological thriller 'Joker.'
  • Camp will be seen as 'Howie Gold' in the miniseries 'The Outsider,' an adaptation of Stephen King’s noveland will appear in the upcoming American psychological thriller film 'Dark Waters'.
  • An avid hockey fan, Camp has provided his voice for the 'Showtime' hockey documentaries and ‘Quest for the Stanley Cup’ series for 'ESPN.'
Family & Personal Life
  • Camp’s mother worked as a librarian in Vermont, while his father was the assistant headmaster at the 'Groton School,' who had introduced the 'Groton-Lowell Upward Bound Program' for underprivileged children in Lowell, Mass.
  • Camp has been married to actor Elizabeth Marvel since September 4, 2004, and has a child named Silas.
  • Camp started playing hockey when he was four and continued until he turned 18. He had played all the seasons except for one season when he broke his leg. Camp was on an intramural team at the 'University of Vermont.'
  • Camp quit hockey and did not play the game for 30 years. He then picked up skating for a while and quit that too. He, however, resumed skating while doing 'Death of a Salesman,' and since then, he has been skating on a couple of teams.

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