William McNamara

William West McNamara (born March 31, 1965) is an American film and television actor.

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McNamara in 2014
William West McNamara

(1965-03-31) March 31, 1965 (age 56)
Years active1987–present

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Dallas, Texas, McNamara is the son of a Ford Motor Company employee and an interior designer. He attended Salisbury School, Columbia University, and studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.[1]


He appeared in the feature films Texasville, Stella, Copycat, Surviving the Game, and Stealing Home. On television, he portrayed Montgomery Clift in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story[2] and Ricky Nelson in Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, had a regular role on the Showtime series Beggars and Choosers, was featured in the television movies Doing Time on Maple Drive and Wildflower (CableACE Award nomination), and appeared in NYPD Blue and Law & Order: SVU, among other television series.


McNamara is an animal rights activist and vegan. He got his start rescuing cats, dogs, and horses, and now travels the world advocating animal rights. McNamara has produced several documentaries, including the Nat Geo Wild Network: Animal Intervention, an exposé on the exotic animal industry in the United States.[3]




  1. ^ Naab, Kathy (September 20, 1988). "You Asked..." Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  2. ^ McCarthy, John P. (May 24, 1995). "Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story". Variety.
  3. ^ BarbiTwins. "Animal Activist and Star of Copycat William McNamara: On Killing Dolphins and Eating Sushi". Origin – The Conscious Culture Magazine. Origin Magazine. Retrieved January 20, 2016.

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