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William Oliver Campbell (born July 7, 1959) is an American film and television actor. He first gained recognition for his recurring role as Luke Fuller in the TV series Dynasty. Since then, he became known for playing Rick Sammler on Once and Again, Det. Joey Indelli on Crime Story, Jordan Collier on The 4400, and Dr. Jon Fielding on the Tales of the City miniseries. His most notable films include The Rocketeer, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Enough. He portrayed Darren Richmond on the AMC television series The Killing, and played Dr. Alan Farragut in the SyFy series Helix.
Campbell in 2013
William Oliver Campbell
July 7, 1959
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After an appearance in an episode of the hit 1980s sitcom Family Ties, Campbell's first prominent role was that of Luke Fuller, Steven Carrington's lover on Dynasty. Campbell appeared in the show's fifth season (1984–85) when Dynasty was the number one show on American television. Following this, he had a regular role as Detective Joey Indelli on the 1986–88 NBC series Crime Story. Campbell was the first choice of the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation to play the role of William Riker, but lost the role to Jonathan Frakes.
In 1991, Campbell played the lead role in The Rocketeer. He went on to appear as "Quincey Morris", a vampire hunter in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). In 1993, he starred in the short-lived detective series Moon Over Miami, and won the role of Dr. Jon Fielding in the television adaptation of Tales of the City. He appeared in the sequels More Tales of the City in 1998, and Further Tales of the City in 2001.
In 1999, Campbell began his role as Rick Sammler on Once and Again, opposite Sela Ward. The series ran for three seasons until 2002, during which time Campbell received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. Campbell then had a regular role as Jordan Collier on the sci-fi series The 4400, which aired for four seasons on the USA Network between 2004–2007. In 2005, he had a recurring role in the teen soap The O.C.
After his role in the 2002 film Enough, in which he played the abusive husband of Jennifer Lopez's character, he portrayed serial killer Ted Bundy in the 2003 made-for-TV movie The Stranger Beside Me. He then played a college professor accused of raping a student in a 2004 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and also played an accused serial killer who defends himself in the 2007 television series Shark. In 2010, Campbell had a recurring role in the short-lived revival of Melrose Place. Following this, Campbell took a prominent role in the AMC series The Killing, an American remake of the Danish series of the same name.
In 2012, Campbell played the stern but kindly father in the independent film, Fat Kid Rules the World. In 2000, Campbell was named one of the "World's 50 Most Beautiful People" by People magazine. In 2013, he played Abraham Lincoln in the National Geographic television adaptation of the Bill O'Reilly/Martin Dugard book, Killing Lincoln.
In 2017 and 2018, he starred in the Canadian television drama series Cardinal, for which he won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Television Film at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards in 2018 and at the 7th Canadian Screen Awards in 2019.
By the end of filming of 1991's The Rocketeer, the 31-year-old Campbell was in a romance with 20-year-old co-star Jennifer Connelly. They were involved for five years before they broke up in 1996. He has a Norwegian wife and child who live mainly in Copenhagen, Denmark, and at her family's farm in southern Norway.
|Year 2000||Title In the Beginning||Role Moses||Notes|
|1982||How Sleep the Brave||Strickner|
|1989||Call from Space||Young Man||Short film|
|1991||The Rocketeer||Cliff Secord|
|Checkered Flag||Tommy Trehearn|
|1992||Bram Stoker's Dracula||Quincey Morris|
|1993||The Night We Met||Shep|
|1995||Under the Hula Moon||Marvin|
|1996||Lover's Knot||Steve Hunter|
|The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo||Harrison|
|Last Chance Love||Robert|
|1998||The Brylcreem Boys||Miles Keogh|
|2001||The Rising Place||Streete Wilder|
|2003||Gods and Generals||Maj. Gen. George Pickett|
|2012||Fat Kid Rules the World||Mr. Billings|
|2014||Red Knot||Capt. Emerson|
|Operation Rogue||Military Newscaster|
|20??||Breaking Code||Lt. Fisk||Announced|
|1984||Family Ties||Lyle||"Best Man"|
|1984-85||Dynasty||Luke Fuller||Recurring role|
|1985||First Steps||Dwayne||TV film|
|1986||Dream West||Lt. Gaines||TV miniseries|
|1986-88||Crime Story||Det. Joey Indelli||Regular role|
|1988||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Capt. Thadiun Okona||"The Outrageous Okona"|
|1989||CBS Summer Playhouse||Wayne||"The Heat"|
|1993||Moon Over Miami||Walter Tatum||Main role|
|Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City||Jon Fielding||TV miniseries|
|1995||Out There||Delbert Mosley||TV film|
|1996||The Cold Equations||Lt. John Barton|
|1997||The Naked Truth||Luke||"A Year in the Life"|
|1998||Frasier||Dr. Clint Webber||"The Perfect Guy"|
|Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City||Jon Fielding||TV miniseries|
|Monday After the Miracle||John Macy||TV film|
|Max Q||Clay Jarvis|
|1999||Dead Man's Gun||John Slattery||"The Regulator"|
|1999-2002||Once and Again||Rick Sammler||Main role|
|2000||In the Beginning||Moses||TV miniseries|
|2001||Further Tales of the City||Dr. Jon Fielding|
|2003||The Stranger Beside Me||Ted Bundy||TV film|
|The Practice||Tom Bartos||"Goodbye"|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ron Polikoff||"Doubt"|
|2004-07||The 4400||Jordan Collier||Main role|
|2005||The O.C.||Carter Buckley||Recurring role|
|2007-08||Shark||Wayne Callison||"Wayne's World: Parts 1, 2 & 3"|
|2008||The Circuit||Al Shines||TV film|
|2009||Meteor||Det. Jack Crowe||TV miniseries|
|Eureka||Dr. Bruce Manlius||"Shower the People"|
|Revolution||Tom Hart||TV film|
|2010||Melrose Place||Ben Brinkley||"Oriole", "Stoner Canyon", "Mulholland"|
|2011-14||The Killing||Darren Richmond||Regular role|
|2013||Killing Lincoln||Abraham Lincoln||TV film|
|Full Circle||Trent Campbell||"Cliff & Trent", "Trent & Trisha", "Celeste & Tim"|
|2014||Lizzie Borden Took an Ax||Andrew Jennings||TV film|
|Delirium||Thomas Fineman||Unsold TV pilot|
|2014-15||Helix||Dr. Alan Farragut||Main role|
|2017||Modus||Dale Tyler||Recurring role (season 2)|
|2017-present||Cardinal||John Cardinal||Main role|
|2019||The Rocketeer||Dave Secord||Main role|
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