Billy Magnussen

Tony-nominated actor Billy Magnussen found success on both stage and screen, winning critical praise for Christopher Durang's comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" and in film and television projects as "Into the ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1985 in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

American Crime Story 2016 (Tv Show)

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The Great Gilly Hopkins 2016 (Movie)

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The Meddler 2016 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Bridge of Spies 2015 (Movie)

Doug Forrester (Actor)

The Big Short 2015 (Movie)

Mortgage Broker (Actor)

The Good Wife 2015 (Tv Show)

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Into the Woods 2014 (Movie)

Rapunzel's Prince (Actor)

Revenge of the Green Dragons 2014 (Movie)

Detective Boyer (Actor)

The Olivia Experiment 2014 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

The Brass Teapot 2013 (Movie)

Arnie (Actor)

The East 2013 (Movie)

Porty McCabe (Actor)

Blue Bloods 2012 (Tv Show)

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Boardwalk Empire 2012 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2012 (Tv Show)

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Damsels In Distress 2012 (Movie)

Thor (Actor)

In Plain Sight 2011 (Tv Show)

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Happy Tears 2010 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

NCIS: Los Angeles 2010 (Tv Show)

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The Beautiful Life 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Twelve 2010 (Movie)

Claude (Actor)

The Unusuals 2009 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 2008 (Tv Show)

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The Lost Valentine (TV Show)

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Biography

Tony-nominated actor Billy Magnussen found success on both stage and screen, winning critical praise for Christopher Durang's comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" and in film and television projects as "Into the Woods" (2014), "Bridge of Spies" (2015) and "American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson" (FX, 2016). Born William Gregory Magnussen on April 20, 1985 in the Woodhaven neighborhood of Queens, New York, he came from athletic parents: his father, Greg, was a professional bodybuilder, while his mother, Daina, was an aerobics instructor. When Magnussen was 10 years old, his family relocated to Cumming, Georgia, where he became involved in the wrestling program at South Forsyth High School. But he was forced to give it up after suffering an injury, and turned his interests to acting, which he pursued as a major at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He performed in several New York productions until earning his Broadway debut in a 2007 revival of Terrence McNally's comedy "The Ritz," which was soon followed by bit roles in features like "Happy Tears" (2009) with Demi Moore and Parker Posey. From 2008 to 2010, he played troubled teen Casey Hayes on the daytime soap "As the World Turns"  (CBS, 1956-2010), before finding steady work as a guest player and supporting actor on episodic series like "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-2011) and in independent features like Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress" (2011). His breakout role came the following year in Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," playing Sigourney Weaver's slow-witted boyfriend Spike, who was prone to stripping down and displaying his toned body at the slightest provocation. For his performance, Magnussen netted a 2013 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play, which gave a considerable boost to his profile. Guest appearances on series like "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 2010-14) and "The Leftovers" (HBO, 2014- ) preceded his turn as Rapunzel's prince in Rob Marshall's screen version of "Into the Woods." From there, Magnussen was in demand as a supporting player, playing young, self-assured professionals like his junior lawyer in Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" and a mortgage broker in Adam McKay's Oscar-nominated "The Big Short" (2015). In 2016, Magnussen was cast as Kato Kaelin in the first season of Ryan Murphy's "American Crime Story" series, "The People vs. O.J. Simpson."

EDUCATION

North Carolina School of the Arts

Milestones

2016

Supporting turn as Kato Kaelin in "The People vs. O.J. Simpson"

2015

Played a junior lawyer in Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies"

2014

Cast as Rapunzel's Prince in "into the Woods"

2012

Tony nomination for "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

2008

Two-year stint as Casey Hughes on "As the World Turns"

2007

Broadway debut in a revival of "The Ritz"

Bonus Trivia

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Played bass in the New York -based band The Dash and guitar in Reserved for Rondee, which also featured his "As the World Turns" co-star Tom Degnan.

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According to Magnussen, Meryl Streep had lobbied for him to play Rapunzel's Prince in "Into the Woods" after seeing him in "Vanya and Sonia…"

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