|Birth name||William Gaither Crudup|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 183 cm
in meters- 1.83 m
in feet & inches- 6’ 0”
|Hair Colour||Salt and Pepper|
|Debut||Film: Everyone Says I Love You (1996) as Ken
TV: General College (1987–1991) as Jason Matthews
Broadway: Arcadia (1995)
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• 1995: Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Debut of an Actor for the broadway Arcadia
• 1998: National Board of Review Award for 'Breakthrough Performance of the Year' for the film Without Limits
• 1999: Best Actor Award at Paris Film Festival for his performance in the movie “Jesus’ Son”
• 2007: Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor for his role in Tom Stoppard’s “The Coast of Utopia”
• 2020: Primetime Emmy Award for the show The Morning Show
|Date of Birth||8 July 1968 (Monday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||55 Years|
|Birthplace||Manhasset, New York, U.S.|
|Hometown||Manhasset, New York, U.S.|
|School||Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1986)|
|College/University||• University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina
• New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
|Educational Qualification(s) PBS||• Bachelor of Arts
• Master of Fine Arts (1994)
Note: He received an undergraduate acting course at LAB! Theatre.
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||• Mary-Louise Parker (actress) (1996-2003)
• Claire Danes (actress) (2004-2006)
• Naomi Watts (actress) (2017-2023)
|Marriage Date||9 June 2023
|Wife/Spouse||Naomi Watts (actress)|
|Children||Son- William Atticus Parker
|Parents||Father- Thomas Henry Crudup III
• Tommy Crudup (film producer)
• Brooks Crudup (film producer)
|Other Relatives||Paternal Grandfather- Josiah Crudup (Congressman of North Carolina)
Maternal Grandfather- William Cotter "Billy" Gaither Jr (Florida trial lawyer)
Step-Maternal Grandfather- James Duncan (Episcopal bishop)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Billy Crudup
- Billy Crudup is an American actor who is known for appearing in leading and supporting roles in films including Almost Famous (2000), Big Fish (2003), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Watchmen (2009), Public Enemies (2009), The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015), Jackie (2016), and Alien: Covenant (2017).
- When he was a child, his parents went through a divorce. However, they later remarried, only to divorce again later.
- In an interview, he talked about his father who passed away in 2005 and said that his father was an “incessant gambler and hustler salesman” who had a persistent desire to “hit the jackpot” throughout his life. In the interview, he further said that his grandfather fought in World War II and thought the most loving thing he could do was toughen up his son by telling him he was not good enough. That created a feature in his father that he was never going to be good enough.
- When he was eight years old, he left New York with his family and located to Texas. They later moved again to Florida.
- During his school years, he used to get roles in school pageants. He used to do funny impersonations to entertain his family and friends.
- Crudup was a member of the Beta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity.
- While he was pursuing an undergraduate acting course at LAB! Theatre, he played “Schroeder” in the children’s musical “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown!.”
- He appeared in the films Inventing the Abbotts (1997) and Without Limits (1998), where he played the role of Olympian Steve Prefontaine.
- In 1999, he appeared in the English release of the animated film Princess Mononoke in which he starred as Ashitaka.
- In 2000, he was offered the role of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho but he turned it down.
- In 2000, the film ‘Almost Famous’ received an Academy Award in which he played the role of a rock guitarist. He was the second choice for the film because the first choice was Brad Pitt, who decided to appear in the film Fight Club (1999).
- In 2006, he appeared in the film The Good Shepherd where he played a British spy Arch Cummings.
- In 2006, he played a supporting role in Mission: Impossible III.
- In 2007, he did the leading role of Henry Roth in the film Dedication.
- In 2009, he appeared in the film Watchmen in which he portrayed the superhero Doctor Manhattan.
- In 2011, he portrayed the role of former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner Too Big to Fail.
- Crudup starred in the Apple TV+ series The Morning Show. In an interview, he talked about his character Cory in the TV series The Morning Show (2019) and said that it is a mixture of different personalities. In an interview, he said,
There was the CEO of a major corporation at 37. He shat sunshine. Wherever he went, there was never going to be a problem because he was there, because the world had not told him about complexities and failures. He had had nothing but the thrill of his own imagination in real time. There was the pro poker player who would “talk to you constantly to get information, doing social calculus and poker calculus at the same time. That’s how you see Cory do a sideways glance in the middle of something, checking to see if there’s any information he needs to get to add to his ever-changing algorithm.”
- In 2002, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in The Elephant Man.
- In 2003, he declined the offer to play Bruce Banner in the film Hulk.
- In 2005, he received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Katurian in the Broadway production of The Pillowman.
- In 2005, he underwent a screen test and was considered for the title role in the film Batman Begins.
- In 2007, he appeared on Broadway The Coast of Utopia.
- He starred in the Broadway The Metal Children in 2010.
- In 2010, he was replaced by actor Michael Hayden in the Lincoln Center Theatre production of Henry IV.
- In 2011, he received a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Play for his role in the Broadway Arcadia.
- In August 2013, he appeared in the play No Man’s Land as well as in Waiting for Godot at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
- In November 2017, he starred in the play Harry Clarke at Vineyard Theatre.
- He appeared as Zartan in the 2009 video The Ballad of G.I. Joe on the website Funny or Die.
- In 2023, he worked as an executive producer in the TV Series Hello Tomorrow!
- He used to work as a voice-over actor to reach a wide audience through advertising and promotional campaigns. He was the voice of MasterCard’s ad campaign. He used to say the word “Priceless.” He repeated that line for seven years.
- He did the 1996 Broadway “Bus Stop” where he met his longtime girlfriend, Mary-Louise Parker. They broke up in 2004. When his ex-wife Mary-Louise Parker was seven months pregnant with their son, Crudup ended his relationship with her and started dating actress Claire Danes. After Claire started dating Crudup, she faced a lot of criticism for being a homewrecker. In an interview, Claire talked about her relationship with him and said that she was just 24 years old at that time and was madly in love.
- In 2014, Selena Gomez revealed that she had a crush on Billy.
- In 2023, Billy Crudup and Terry Crews found out that they were distant cousins. They shared a common ancestor. On the set of the PBS show Finding Your Roots they found out that 15% of Crews’ ancestors from the past five centuries were from Scotland, Ireland, and England, where Crudup’s family was from.
- In an interview, he said that at one point in his career, he worked as a historical interpreter at Roanoke Island Festival Park located in Manteo, North Carolina. As a historical interpreter, Crudup would have engaged with visitors by providing information, demonstrations, and reenactments related to the historical significance of the park.
- He likes to play golf and often practices with his partners’ director Bart Freundlich.