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Billy Crudup

  • American actor
  • Born July 8, 1968

William Gaither "Billy" 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 The Coast of Utopia in 2007. He has starred in numerous high-profile films, including Without Limits, 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 also starred in the Netflix original series Gypsy opposite Naomi Watts.


My parents were really encouraging. But I had to teach them the proper way you respond to an actor after seeing a play - regardless of whether you like their performance you tell them how great they are because they have to go on again the next night.




I have never indulged our society's misguided notion that my personal life is relevant to my work, so any reporting surrounding that is necessarily hearsay, speculation or fantasy.




I put a lot of time and energy and thought behind what I do and the characters that I create, and I don't want to do anything peripheral that is going to make an audience see me up there on the screen rather than who I'm playing.




I don't think actors should have to do anything but come in and act.




I wish I could say that when I didn't agree with a director I defer to him, but I think sometimes I'm a little self-righteous.




Interest in certain themes doesn't mandate a personal stake or personal experience of those themes. I've killed people in plays, but no one asks me what it's like to kill people.




I don't want to expose the intricacies of my work so people can understand how I did it.




I feel the film companies should pay for proper advertising to see that the movie will sell, instead of putting it on our backs.




I always end up taking people that are morally ambiguous.




Every time I do a movie, I think it's going to be a huge hit.




I wish I had more of the hero gene, but I don't think I'd be very good at playing one.




My limits are limitless. I find my limits every time I act.




If I had done 'Titanic,' it would have made, probably, $200,000 - worldwide. So I think my life would have been very, very similar.




That's what I always enjoyed about acting, the real adrenalin rush. My heart - still before I go on stage - crashing out of my chest. That's thrilling to me.



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