Skeet Ulrich

Skeet Ulrich (born Bryan Ray Trout; January 20, 1970) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in popular 1990s films, including roles as Billy Loomis in Scream and Chris Hooker in The Craft. Since 2017, he has starred as FP Jones on The CW's Riverdale. His other television roles include Paul Callan in the short-lived ABC drama Miracles, Johnston Jacob "Jake" Green, Jr. in the television series Jericho, and L.A.P.D. Detective Rex Winters, a Marine veteran from the Law & Order franchise.

Skeet Ulrich
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Ulrich at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Bryan Ray Trout

(1970-01-20) January 20, 1970 (age 50)
Years active1989–present
(m. 1997; div. 2005)

Amelia Jackson-Gray
(m. 2012; div. 2015)

Early lifeEdit

Bryan Ray Trout was born on January 20, 1970, in Lynchburg, Virginia. His mother, Carolyn Elaine Wax (née Rudd), owns the special events marketing agency Sports Management Group, and his father is a restaurateur.[1] His first stepfather was D. K. Ulrich, a NASCAR driver and team owner. His mother has since remarried to Edward Lewis Wax.[2][3] However, he still regards D. K. Ulrich as his father.[4] Ulrich's maternal uncle is retired NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd,[5] and his maternal grandfather was Alvin Ray Rudd, Sr., the president of Al Rudd Auto Parts.[6]

Ulrich claims his father kidnapped him and his brother when he was six years old, and they spent the next three years moving from Florida to New York and then to Pennsylvania. They were reunited with their mother in North Carolina, where his father disappeared from his life.[7]

The nickname "Skeet" originated from the nickname "Skeeter" he was given by his Little League coach because of his small stature.[7] Along with his slight frame, he had poor health, including numerous bouts with pneumonia; he underwent open heart surgery to repair a defective ventricle at the age of 10.[8] Ulrich graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School. After enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study Marine Biology, he switched to New York University, where he was noticed by playwright David Mamet.[9]


In his earliest screen appearances, Ulrich was an uncredited extra in films Weekend at Bernie's (1989) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). After joining the Atlantic Theater Company as an apprentice, Ulrich performed with the group, which got him noticed by director Stacy Cochran. She cast him in a CBS Schoolbreak Special. With her help he also received his first notable role on screen in 1996 as the loutish boyfriend of Winona Ryder in Boys. That same year he appeared in The Craft opposite Robin Tunney and Neve Campbell. He was also cast that same year to star alongside Neve Campbell, again, in Wes Craven's hit slasher film Scream.

In 1997, he had a small role as an emotionally conflicted gay hustler in As Good as It Gets (along with fellow Scream actor Jamie Kennedy). He appeared in films like The Newton Boys (1998) and Chill Factor (1999).[10] He starred as Juvenal, a young man with stigmata and healing powers in the Paul Schrader film Touch (1997), and he appeared in Ride with the Devil (1999), an American Civil War drama directed by Ang Lee. In 2000, he played computer hacker Kevin Mitnick in the film Takedown.

On television, Ulrich starred in the short-lived ABC series Miracles and appeared in TNT's multiple Emmy-nominated miniseries Into the West (2005 in the US, 2006 in the UK). Also in 2005, Ulrich acted with Keri Russell in the television film The Magic of Ordinary Days. Ulrich starred as Jake Green on the CBS post-apocalyptic drama Jericho, which premiered on September 20, 2006 and ended its run on March 25, 2008.

Ulrich is a recurring guest voice actor on the Adult Swim animated stop-motion sketch comedy series Robot Chicken. In sketches based on G.I. Joe, Ulrich voices the character Duke.

Ulrich guest starred in three episodes of CSI: NY as a complex and disturbed killer. The episodes began airing October 7, 2009.[11]

He signed on to star in Law & Order: LA as LAPD Detective Rex Winters[12] but was released from his contract. His character was killed in a drive-by shooting of his house in the ninth episode.[13]

As of 2017, he stars as Forsythe Pendleton Jones II, the father of Jughead Jones, in Riverdale on The CW, loosely based on the Archie comic book series. On February 23, 2020, Ulrich announced that he would be leaving Riverdale ahead of its fifth season, making season four his last on the show.[14]

Ulrich appeared in the 2017 Lifetime film I Am Elizabeth Smart as Brian David Mitchell, based on the 2002 abduction and captivity of Elizabeth Smart. He also played as Brice in the horror movie Escape Room (2017).

Personal lifeEdit

In 1997, Ulrich married English actress Georgina Cates, whom he met at an Academy Awards party. Their wedding was a small ceremony held on their farmland in Madison County, Virginia, with only the preacher and their canine companions as guests. Together, the couple have twins, son Jakob Dylan and daughter Naiia Rose, born in 2001.[15] Skeet and Georgina divorced in 2005, citing irreconcilable differences. In February 2013, Ulrich was in court for a contempt hearing in which it was alleged he owed his former wife $284,861.84 in missed child support payments, to which he pled not guilty.[16]

He married Amelia Jackson-Gray in 2012, and they divorced in 2015. In 2016, Ulrich became engaged to model Rose Costa but the couple split in November 2017.[citation needed]

Ulrich avoided walking red carpets in the past as he hates getting his picture taken, and he felt ambivalent to the fame claiming it was "...not something I was interested in, I was really interested in doing things that challenged me."[17]

Throughout his life he was into building things such as a tree house and furniture, which he enjoys as, "...with woodworking, I'm in control. That's something I don't get in acting."[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Weekend at Bernie's Extra Uncredited
1990 Chattahoochee[18] Extra Uncredited
Everybody Wins Extra Uncredited
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Thug Uncredited
1996 The Craft Chris Hooker
Last Dance Billy
Boys Bud Valentine
Albino Alligator Danny Boudreaux
Scream Billy Loomis
1997 Touch Juvenal / Charlie Lawson
As Good as It Gets Vincent
1998 The Newton Boys Joe Newton
1999 Chill Factor Tim Mason
Ride with the Devil Jack Bull Chiles
2000 Track Down Kevin Mitnick
2001 Nobody's Baby Billy Raedeen
Soul Assassin Kevin Burke
Kevin of the North Kevin Manley
2005 The Magic of Ordinary Days Ray Singleton
2009 For Sale by Owner Junior
Armored Dobbs
2014 50 to 1 Chip Woolley
The Girl on the Roof N/A Short film; director
2017 Austin Found Billy Fontaine
Escape Room Brice
2021 Bios Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special Vinnie DiFazio Episode: "Same Difference"
1998 A Soldier's Sweetheart Mark Fossie Television film
2003 Miracles Paul Callan 13 episodes
2005 The Magic of Ordinary Days Ray Singleton Television film
Into the West Jethro Wheeler TV miniseries
2006–2008 Jericho Jake Green 29 episodes
2007–2014 Robot Chicken Various voices 9 episodes
2009 Back Richard Miles Television film
CSI: NY Hollis Eckhart 3 episodes
2010 Gimme Shelter Billy Jost Television film
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Rex Winters Episode: "Behave"
2010–2011 Law & Order: LA Det. Rex Winters 14 episodes
2013 Anatomy of Violence Adrian Raines Television film
2015–2016 Unforgettable Eddie Martin 2 episodes
2017 I Am Elizabeth Smart Brian David Mitchell Television film
2017–present Riverdale FP Jones[19] Recurring role (season 1)
Main role (seasons 2–present)
2020 #FreeRayshawn Sgt. Mike Trout

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
1997 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Supporting Actor Scream Nominated
2006 Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards N/A The Magic of Ordinary Days Won
Western Heritage Awards Television Feature Film Into the West Won


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  10. ^ Henley, Ken W. (2011-01-11). ""SCREAM", "THE CRAFT" Actor Skeet Ulrich To Make Convention Debut at Texas Frightmare Weekend!". Fangoria. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  11. ^ Tim Molloy (5 August 2009). "Exclusive: Skeet Ulrich Joins CSI: NY for Killer Arc". Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  12. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Joins Law & Order: Los Angeles".
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-01-11). "More 'LOLA' Shakeup – Skeet Ulrich Out Too –". Deadline. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  14. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (February 23, 2020). "Skeet Ulrich And Marisol Nichols To Depart 'Riverdale' After Four Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  15. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Is Trying to Kill Me With His Dad Comments on Insta". Cosmopolitan. 2017-08-30. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  16. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Charged With Contempt Of Court For Not Paying Child Support!". RadarOnline. 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  17. ^ "Skeet Ulrich Went From '90s Heartthrob to Struggling TV Actor. Now He's Back". Cosmopolitan. 2017-10-17. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
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  19. ^ @CWRiverdaleNews (December 12, 2016). "Episode 10 is called 'The Lost Weekend' It confirms Ulrich's character's name" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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