Billy Crudup, born as William Gaither Crudup, is an eminent actor from the USA. He is best known for his lead roles in the films ‘Jesus' Son’, ‘Without Limits’ and ‘Dedication’ as well as for his supporting roles in the movies ‘Almost Famous’, ‘Watchmen’, ‘Spotlight’, ‘Big Fish’, ‘Public Enemies’ and ‘Mission: Impossible III’. Besides these, Crudup has appeared in the animated movie ‘Princess Mononoke’. He has also appeared on television in ‘Too Big to Fail’ and ‘Gypsy’. The actor has done some theatre works as well. Some of the plays Crudup was a part of are ‘Arcadia’, ‘The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 – Voyage’, ‘The Pillowman’, ‘The Elephant Man’, ‘Measure for Measure’, ‘America Dreaming’, ‘Bus Stop’ and ‘The Three Sisters’, to name a few. Talking about the American star’s awards and achievements, he has been honoured with the Tony Award for his work in ‘The Coast of Utopia’. He has also won the OFCS Award, the Western Heritage Award, and the NBR Award over the course of his career.
Career in Films & Television
Billy Crudup first appeared on the big screen in 1996, in the flick ‘Sleepers’. He then appeared in ‘Everyone Says I Love You’, ‘Inventing the Abbotts’, ‘Without Limits’ and ‘The Hi-Lo Country’. The actor’s first role in an animated movie came in 1999 when he became a part of ‘Princess Mononoke’. After this, he was cast in the movie ‘Jesus' Son’. From 2000 to 2010, Crudup did numerous big screen projects such as ‘Waking the Dead’, ‘Almost Famous’, ‘Charlotte Gray’, ‘Big Fish’, ‘Stage Beauty’, ‘Mission: Impossible III’, ‘The Good Shepherd’, ‘Pretty Bird’, ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Eat Pray Love’, to name a few.
In 2011, he did the television film titled ‘Too Big to Fail’. After this, the American actor starred in the 2014 flick ‘Rudderless’. The same year, he worked in ‘The Longest Week’ and ‘Glass Chin’. He then did the movies ‘Youth in Oregon’, ‘Jackie’ and ‘20th Century Women’. In 2017, Crudup appeared in the flicks ‘Alien: Covenant’. The same year, he was cast in the TV series ‘Gypsy’.
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Billy Crudup made his debut in theatre in the 1994 play ‘America Dreaming’. He then appeared in the play ‘Arcadia’ that was staged at the Lincoln Center Theatre. After this, he did the plays ‘Bus Stop’ and ‘The Three Sisters’. In 2001, the actor became a part of the play ‘Measure for Measure’. A year later, he portrayed the character of John Merrick in ‘The Elephant Man’. He then appeared as Katurian in the 2005 play ‘The Pillowman’. The following year, he was cast in ‘The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 – Voyage’. Then in 2011, Crudup once again joined the team of ‘Arcadia’. Two years later, he went on to do the play ‘Waiting for Godot’.
From 1998 to 2005, Billy Crudup served as the narrator for ‘Priceless’ TV ads for MasterCard. In 2009, he appeared in the parody video titled ‘The Ballad of G.I. Joe’. Then the actor narrated a 5-part TV series on the first stage of renovation of the Madison Square Garden.
Billy Crudup was born as William Gaither Crudup on July 8, 1968 in Manhasset, New York, U.S.A, to parents Georgann and Thomas Henry Crudup III. He studied at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and later on attended University of North Carolina. Crudup then learnt acting from Tisch School of the Arts and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree. Coming to the actor’s love life, he started dating actress Mary-Louise Parker in 1996. She gave birth to his son, William Atticus Parker, in 2004. Crudup left Parker while she was pregnant and started dating actress Claire Danes. He broke up with her four years later.