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Billy Campbell

Biography

Actor who also played the part of Rick Sammler on ABC’s long-running series Once and Again and in addition appeared while Jordan Collier within the 4400T. Before you begin his acting profession, he performed on many rugby club groups. He was the runner-up for the part of William Riker on Celebrity Trek: ANOTHER Era. His parents divorced in 1961. He performed Jennifer Lopez’s abusive spouse inside a 2001 thriller entitled Enough.

Quick Facts


Full Name Billy Campbell
Date Of Birth July 7, 1959
Place Of Birth Charlottesville, VA
Height 1.98 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Fork Union Military Academy
Nationality American
Siblings David Campbell, John Campbell
Awards People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Movies The Rocketeer, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Enough, Killing Lincoln, Gods and Generals, Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, The Scribbler, Fat Kid Rules the World, Ghost Town, The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo, Gettysburg, Menno's Mind, Red Knot, The Rising Place, Copperhead, The Brylcreem Boys, The Disappeared, The Circuit, Under the Hula Moon, In the Beginning, Monday After the Miracle, The Wheeler Boys, The Night We Never Met, Roger Corman's Operation Rogue, Ann Rule's: Stranger Beside Me, Call from Space, Dickwad, How Sleep the Brave, Checkered Flag, Max Q, 10 Things I Hate About Life, The Cold Equations, Crime Story, Red, White, Black And Blue, Out There, Lover's Knot, After Earth, Meteor - Part One
TV Shows Helix, The Killing, Killing Lincoln, Meteor, The 4400, Once and Again, Moon Over Miami, Crime Story, Tales of the City, Cardinal, In the Beginning
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1He and Stephen Lang appeared together in Gettysburg (1993) as Lt. Pitzer and Gen. Picket, respectively, and were both all set to play those same characters in the prequel, Gods and Generals (2003). However, a suitable actor could not be found to play lead character Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, so Lang was given that role and Campbell stepped into the role of Picket.
2Second cousin of Burn Notice (2007) actor Bruce Campbell.
3Is a rugby enthusiast, having played rugby with the Chicago Lions RFC, the Santa Monica Rugby Club, and the Las Vegas Rugby Club.
4Has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program.
5Appeared in a high school production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner" and played Petruchio once in an outdoor production of "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Southern California Renaissance Faire.
6Attended Fork Union Military Academy.
7The character Billy Campbell on Melrose Place (1992) was named after him.
8In early 2005, he took 13 months off from acting to circumnavigate the globe on a sailing trawler. He joined the crew of The Picton Castle which set sail from Nova Scotia to deliver charitable donations of school essentials, clothing and supplies throughout the South Pacific. The creators of 'the 4400' coped with his planned absence by having his character Jordan Collier assassinated.
9Rick Sammler, Campbell's character on Once and Again (1999), was ranked #36 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
10Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world [2000]
11He was the second choice for the role of Commander William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), but Jonathan Frakes won the part. However, he guest-starred as Captain Thadiun Okona in the episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Outrageous Okona (1988), on 10 December 1988.
12Heir to the Champion spark plug fortune
13He has six half-siblings including David Campbell and John Campbell.
14Parents divorced when he was two years old. He shuttled between his mother in Virginia and his father in Chicago.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cardinal2016TV Mini-SeriesJohn Cardinal
Helix2014-2015TV SeriesDr. Alan Farragut
Operation Rogue2014Military Newscaster (as Ollie Campbell)
The Killing2011-2014TV SeriesDarren Richmond
Delirium2014TV MovieThomas Fineman
Red Knot2014Captain Emerson
The Scribbler2014/ISinclair
Lizzie Borden Took an Ax2014TV MovieAndrew Jennings
10 Things I Hate About Life2014
Full Circle2013TV SeriesTrent Campbell
Copperhead2013Abner Beech
Killing Lincoln2013TV MovieAbraham Lincoln
The Disappeared2012Mannie
Fat Kid Rules the World2012Mr. Billings
Almost Kings2010Ron
Melrose Place2010TV SeriesBen Brinkley
Revolution2009TV MovieTom Hart (as Bill Campbell)
Eureka2009TV SeriesDr. Bruce Manlius
Meteor2009TV Mini-SeriesDetective Jack Crowe
Ghost Town2008/IRichard
The Circuit2008TV MovieAl Shines (as Bill Campbell)
Shark2007-2008TV SeriesWayne Callison
The 44002004-2007TV SeriesJordan Collier
The O.C.2005TV SeriesCarter Buckley
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2004TV SeriesRon Polikoff
Century City2004TV Series
The Practice2003TV SeriesTom Bartos
Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me2003TV MovieTed Bundy
Gods and Generals2003Gen. George Pickett
Enough2002/IMitch Hiller
Once and Again1999-2002TV SeriesRick Sammler
Further Tales of the City2001TV Mini-SeriesDr. Jon Fielding
The Rising Place2001Streete Wilder (as Bill Campbell)
In the Beginning2000TV Mini-SeriesMoses
Dead Man's Gun1999TV SeriesJohn Slattery
Max Q1998TV MovieClay Jarvis (as Bill Campbell)
Monday After the Miracle1998TV MovieJohn Macy (as Bill Campbell)
Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City1998TV Mini-SeriesJon Fielding
The Brylcreem Boys1998Miles Keogh (as Bill Campbell)
Frasier1998TV SeriesDr. Clint Webber
Automatic Avenue1997TV Movie as Bill Campbell
Last Chance Love1997Robert (as Bill Campbell)
The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo1997Harrison (as Bill Campbell)
The Naked Truth1997TV SeriesLuke
Menno's Mind1997Menno (as Bill Campbell)
Elissa1997ShortWill (as Bill Campbell)
The Cold Equations1996TV MovieLt. John Barton (as Bill Campbell)
Lover's Knot1995Steve Hunter (as Bill Campbell)
Out There1995TV MovieDelbert Mosley (as Bill Campbell)
Under the Hula Moon1995Marvin (as Bill Campbell)
Dickwad1994ShortChet (as Bill Campbell)
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City1993TV Mini-SeriesJon Fielding
Gettysburg1993Lieut. Pitzer (as William Campbell)
The Night We Never Met1993Shep (as Bill Campbell)
Moon Over Miami1993TV SeriesWalter Tatum / Walter
Dracula1992Quincey P. Morris (as Bill Campbell)
Checkered Flag1991Tommy Trehearn (as Bill Campbell)
The Rocketeer1991Cliff (as Bill Campbell)
Call from Space1989ShortYoung Man (as Bill Campbell)
CBS Summer Playhouse1989TV SeriesWayne
Star Trek: The Next Generation1988TV SeriesCapt. Thadiun Okona
Crime Story1986-1988TV SeriesDet. Joey Indelli Det. Joey Indeli
Shattered If Your Kid's on Drugs1986TV Movie as Bill Campbell
Dream West1986TV Mini-SeriesLt. Gaines
Dynasty1984-1985TV SeriesLuke Fuller
First Steps1985TV MovieDwayne (as Bill Campbell)
Family Ties1984TV SeriesLyle
How Sleep the Brave1982Strickner (as Bill Campbell)
The Rookies1973TV SeriesGordan

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hollywood Beach Murders1992key grip - as Bill Campbell
Bonnie & Clyde: The Real Story1992electrician - as Bill Campbell

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cold Equations1996TV Movie co-executive producer - as Bill Campbell

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frasier1998TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Red White Black & Blue2012Documentary voice
An Autopsy of The Killing2012Video shortHimself
Making 'Ghost Town'2008Video shortHimself (as Bill Campbell)
The Blood Is the Life: The Making of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'2007Video documentary shortHimself (as Bill Campbell)
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself
The View2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Liquid Assets2004TV Series documentaryHimself
More Than Enough2003Video documentary shortHimself (as Bill Campbell)
Intimate Portrait2001-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
CMT: 40 Greatest Women of Country Music2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Bill Campbell)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Leute heute2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999-2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The Daily Show2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series Drama
Past Into Present1996Himself (as Bill Campbell)
The 5th Annual GLAAD Media Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Rocketeer: Excitement in the Air1991TV Special documentaryHost (as Bill Campbell)
The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic1991TV Movie documentary as Bill Campbell
The 11th Annual People's Choice Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Dramatic Television Program (as Bill Campbell)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bettie Page Reveals All2012DocumentaryCliff (as Bill Campbell)
The 44002005-2006TV SeriesJordan Collier
Brilliant But Cancelled2002TV Movie documentary as Bill Campbell
Dynasty1985TV SeriesLuke Fuller

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Performer in a New Television SeriesOnce and Again (1999)
2000Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFictional Television DramaDead Man's Gun (1997)· Ed Spielman (creator/executive producer)
· Howard Spielman (creator/executive producer)
· Larry Sugar (producer)
· Paul Etherington (director)
· Rogers Turrentine (writer)
· Heather Hanson (actor)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionFurther Tales of the City (2001)
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesOnce and Again (1999)
2000Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaOnce and Again (1999)
2000OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a New Drama SeriesOnce and Again (1999)
2000TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFavorite Actor in a New SeriesOnce and Again (1999)


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#Quote
1Vancouver is one of my favorite places on earth. It's gray and rainy there a lot of the time, but for some reason, even though it's gray and rainy, I feel like it's a sunny day.
2The kind of people that love 'The Rocketeer' are the kind of people that love good storytelling and innocence and a better world, so to speak, so they're almost always nice people to bump into.
3There have been times when I've been asked to do things and I've thought, 'This is great! This is a great script. But, I do not believe myself in this role.' I pretend I'm the producer and I think, 'If I was making this movie, would I cast myself in this part,' and if that doesn't feel right to me, then I don't even go audition for it.
4I've done some things that have been quite interesting, but as grateful as I am for having been on 'Dynasty,' it was just so cheesy. That's half the reason it was so much fun for people to watch, but it's not so fun to have to say those lines.
5Most sailing ships take what they call trainees, who pay to be part of the crew. The Picton Castle takes people who are absolutely raw recruits. But you can't just ride along. You're learning to steer the ship, navigation; you're pulling lines, keeping a lookout; in the galley you're cooking.
6Oh, I'm nerdy about science fiction and fantasy and graphic novels and reading, and I'm nerdy about board games. My favorite board game is a board game I'm working on right now. It's a game of Napoleonic era naval warfare, and it's going to be fun.
7Some of the best auditions I've ever had have been when my agent called and said, 'They want you 20 minutes ago, in an office in Century City, to see you for something.' I'm not sitting there thinking for a week and a half, before I'm supposed to go in front of a network president to do something. That just gives you time to be nervous.
8The feeling of being at sea has put me in touch with who I am to a greater degree than if I had been on land all these years. So, in a roundabout way, I imagine it does inform my acting.
9I grew up 60 minutes way from Richmond, in Charlottesville, Virginia and, as a child, I was obsessed with the Civil War. I used to do re-enactments and all that stuff.
10I sailed a bit as a child, but it wasn't until I was around 40, when I was halfway through Patrick O'Brian's 'Master and Commander' novels, that I had the sudden epiphany that I had to go sail on a square-rig ship.
11I shampoo only once a week or so, with tree tea oil shampoo. And when I slap moisturizer on my face - just some stuff I bought in the grocery store - I pile it through my hair.
12I tend to get comfortable with the dialogue and find out who the person is in the script and try to hit that. People are sort of independent of their occupations and their pastimes. You don't play a politician or a fireman or a cowboy - you just play a person.
13I would love to see a sequel to 'The Rocketeer.' I'd love to see that! I don't know that I would be in it. I may be a little long in the tooth to play 'The Rocketeer.' But I would love to be a part of that in some form or fashion.
14I can't say that I haven't done some bad acting in my time. I have. Usually that involves what we actors call 'indicating,' when you twirl your mustache.
15If you were to ask my agent, they would confirm this: I'm drawn to locations. What really drew me to 'The 4400,' aside from the fact that it was sci-fi, was the fact that it was shot in the city of my dreams: Vancouver.
16On land, you can walk away from people, from unpleasant situations. But when you're on a ship for 14 months with 49 other people, if you don't resolve your issues it literally could mean - and this would be an extreme circumstance - the sinking of the ship. You learn a lot about other people. You learn a lot about yourself.
17A great deal of my battle, as an actor, is to whittle away the things that make me self-conscious and try to trick myself into not being self-conscious. So, it's always a challenge, whether I'm lying in a hospital bed or flying around with a rocket pack on my back, or what have you. On the best of days, it's a challenge for me.
18I almost always do things that I like, in some form or fashion. Every once in awhile that means that I don't think the script is any good and I don't have any trust in the people, but the film is shooting in Sri Lanka, or somewhere like that, so I'm going.
19I'm not a big fan of CGI. I'm not a fan at all, unless they use it in a way that doesn't call attention to itself.
20The only thing better than going to Pitcairn in the first place, is going again.
21The South Downs of England reminded me a bit of my Old Virginia homeland.
22To me, the AMC brand is great storytelling - they call it slow-burn storytelling.
23When I first came to Hollywood, I used to dream of doing films and escaping television.
24Aside from what it teaches you, there is simply the indescribable degree of peace that can be achieved on a sailing vessel at sea. I guess a combination of hard work and the seemingly infinite expanse of the sea - the profound solitude - that does it for me.
25The first trip I remember taking was on the train from Virginia up to New York City, watching the summertime countryside rolling past the window. They used white linen tablecloths in the dining car in those days, and real silver. I love trains to this day. Maybe that was the beginning of my fixation with leisurely modes of travel.
26I don't have any complex plans for playing a character. I think all I try to do is not make too many bad guy faces and not ever try to seem too good. I just try to put it in the middle somewhere.
27I think it would be lovely to see some features on a disc of 'The Rocketeer,' with some reminiscing. I think that would be dynamite.
28I would make a horrible politician, because I wouldn't enjoy my work.

#Trademark
1Towering height and slender frame

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