William Gaither Crudup (//; born July 8, 1968) is an American actor. He is a four-time Tony Award nominee, winning once for his performance in Tom Stoppard's play The Coast of Utopia in 2007. He has starred in numerous high-profile films, including Without Limits, Princess Mononoke, Almost Famous, Big Fish, Mission: Impossible III, Watchmen, Public Enemies, Spotlight, Jackie, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Justice League, and Alien: Covenant, in both lead and supporting roles. He has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for his performance in Jesus' Son, and received two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations as part of an ensemble cast for Almost Famous and Spotlight, winning for the latter.
William Gaither Crudup
July 8, 1968
Manhasset, New York, U.S.
|Education||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA)|
New York University (MFA)
|Partner(s)||Mary-Louise Parker (1996–2003)|
Naomi Watts (2017-present)
Crudup was born in Manhasset, New York. His parents, Georgann (née Gaither) and Thomas Henry Crudup III, divorced during his childhood, and later remarried, before divorcing a second time. On his father's side, he is a descendant of Congressman Josiah Crudup of North Carolina. His maternal grandfather was William Cotter "Billy" Gaither, Jr., a well-known Florida trial lawyer, and his maternal grandmother later remarried to Episcopal bishop James Duncan. Born second of three boys, Crudup has two brothers: Tommy, an executive producer, and Brooks, also a producer. He left New York with his family when he was about eight years old, first living in Texas, then in Florida. He graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1986.
Crudup attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received an undergraduate degree, and he continued his passion for acting with the undergraduate acting company, LAB! Theatre. He also acted for UNC-STV's most popular show, General College. He was a member of the Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He then studied at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts graduate acting program, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1994.
Film and television actingEdit
Crudup began acting in films such as 1996's Sleepers, 1997's Inventing the Abbotts, and 1998's Without Limits, where he played the role of running legend and Olympian Steve Prefontaine. His first role in an animated feature was in 1999's English release of Princess Mononoke, in which he starred as Ashitaka. He then played lead guitarist Russell Hammond from Stillwater, the fictional band at the center of Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous (2000). In 2006's The Good Shepherd, he played British spy Arch Cummings, a stand-in for Kim Philby. The same year, he played a supporting role in Mission: Impossible III. In 2007, he played the leading role of Henry Roth in the film Dedication.
Crudup completed filming Watchmen with director Zack Snyder in Vancouver, British Columbia. He portrayed the superhero Doctor Manhattan. He portrayed former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner in a TV film about 2008's financial crisis, Too Big to Fail (2011). Crudup stars in the Apple TV+ series The Morning Show, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2020.
Crudup received a 2002 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as the title character in The Elephant Man on Broadway, as well as a 2005 nomination for his role as Katurian in the Broadway production of The Pillowman, also starring Jeff Goldblum, which closed on September 18, 2005. From October 2006 through May 2007, he was featured in the first two parts of The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard at Lincoln Center, playing literary critic Vissarion Belinsky, for which he received a 2007 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
In 2011, Crudup received a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Play for his role in the Broadway revival of Arcadia.
In August 2013, he co-starred with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in the Harold Pinter play No Man's Land as well as in Waiting for Godot at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The shows transferred to The Cort Theatre in New York City, where they ran in repertory until March 2014.
From 1998 to 2005, Crudup was the narrator for the U.S. television ad campaign "Priceless" for MasterCard. In the ads, the narrator (Crudup) lists the prices of two goods or services, then lists some third, intangible benefit gained from those purchases and concludes, "priceless". He said in 2005 that appearing in the ads "changed my life", in that they gave him the financial freedom to pursue the acting work that he wanted to do.
From 1996 to November 2003, Crudup was in a relationship with actress Mary-Louise Parker. Parker was seven months pregnant with their son, born in January 2004, when Crudup ended their relationship and began dating actress Claire Danes. Crudup and Danes separated in 2006. Crudup began dating Naomi Watts in October 2017.
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Timothy Geithner||Television film|
|2017||Gypsy||Michael Holloway||10 episodes|
|2019||At Home with Amy Sedaris||Dr. Raddish||Episode: "Halloween"|
|2019–present||The Morning Show||Cory Ellison||20 episodes|
|2009||The Ballad of G.I. Joe||Zartan|
|2017||Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper||Christopher Oram|
|1994||America Dreaming||Robert||Vineyard Theatre|
|1995||Arcadia||Septimus Hodge||Lincoln Center Theatre|
|1996||Bus Stop||Bo Decker||Circle in the Square Theatre|
|1997||The Three Sisters||Staff Captain Solyony||Roundabout Theatre|
|1998||Oedipus||Oedipus||Blue Light Theatre Company|
|2001||Measure for Measure||Angelo||Public Theatre||Shakespeare in the Park|
|2002||The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui||Flake / Defense Counsel||National Actors Theatre|
|The Elephant Man||John Merrick||Royale Theatre|
|2004||The 24 Hour Plays||Bobby||N/A||Staged reading|
|2005||The Pillowman||Katurian||Edwin Booth Theatre|
|2006–07||The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 – Voyage||Vissarion Belinsky||Lincoln Center Theatre|
|The Coast of Utopia: Part 2 – Shipwreck|
|2009||The 24 Hour Plays||Billy||N/A||Staged reading|
|2010||The Metal Children||Tobin Falmouth||Vineyard Theatre|
|2011||Arcadia||Bernard Nightingale||Ethel Barrymore Theatre|
|2013||No Man's Land||Foster||Berkeley Repertory Theatre|
|Waiting for Godot||Lucky||Berkeley Repertory Theatre|
|2017||Harry Clarke||Various||Vineyard Theatre|
|2018||Minetta Lane Theatre|
The following is a list of accolades Crudup has received or been nominated for throughout his film, television and theatre career:
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- Evertz, Mary (October 26, 2001). "Crudup family keeps busy in New York Series: PEOPLE". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
- "The Miami News – Google News Archive". July 17, 1966. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
- "Group works to save historic Crudup home site in Kittrell". Archived from the original on July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
- "Billy Crudup Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2008.
- Jesse Green (October 10, 2004). "Billy Crudup: Almost Infamous". The New York Times. Retrieved May 21, 2008.
- "Miami Herald: News Archive". Nl.newsbank.com. April 3, 1997. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
- Who's who in the South and Southwest – Marquis Who's Who, LLC – Google Books. 1959. Retrieved February 11, 2012 – via Google Books.
- Kahn, Robert (June 11, 2007). "It's 'Utopia' at the Tony Awards". Newsday. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
- Dziemianowicz, Joe (May 21, 2010). "New play tries to prove its 'Metal'". Daily News. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
- "2011 Tony Nominations Announced! THE BOOK OF MORMON Leads With 14!". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
- "カードローンの借り入れ条件の年収は重要?". www.twoplaysinrep.com.
- Windman, Matt (October 15, 2018). "'Sakina's' Feels Reheated". Newsday. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
- Hill, Logan (May 30, 2005). "Free Billy". New York magazine.
- Susman, Gary (January 14, 2004). "Mary-Louise Parker names son after Billy Crudup". Entertainment Weekly.
- Miller, Julie (October 5, 2015). "Claire Danes Opens Up About Billy Crudup/Mary-Louise Parker Scandal". Vanity Fair.
- Lee, Esther (November 10, 2015). "Mary-Louise Parker Addresses Billy Crudup Leaving Her for Claire Danes". Us Weekly.
- Nolfi, Joey (April 1, 2019). "Billy Crudup is a dreamy, delusional 'doctor' in At Home With Amy Sedaris sneak peek". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
- 20th Century Fox (February 22, 2017). "Alien: Covenant – Prologue: Last Supper – 20th Century FOX". Archived from the original on October 30, 2021 – via YouTube.
- "Billy Crudup – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". www.ibdb.com. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
- "The 7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards | Screen Actors Guild Awards". www.sagawards.org. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
- "The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards | Screen Actors Guild Awards". www.sagawards.org. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
- Sheehan, Daniel Montgomery,Chris Beachum,Marcus James Dixon,Joyce Eng,Zach Laws,Paul; Montgomery, Daniel; Beachum, Chris; Dixon, Marcus James; Eng, Joyce; Laws, Zach; Sheehan, Paul (September 16, 2020). "2020 Gold Derby TV Awards winners: 'Schitt's' sweeps, 'Succession' succeeds, Reese Witherspoon rules and much more". GoldDerby. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
- "Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series Nominees / Winners 2020". Television Academy. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
- "The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards | Screen Actors Guild Awards". www.sagawards.org. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
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