William "Billy" McNamara

Actor
With his wholesome good looks, the stage-trained McNamara has often played baby-faced 'boy-next-door' types in features and on TV. His parents sent him to boarding school in an effort to stymie his interest in acting ... Read more »
Born: 03/30/1965 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

Cut! 2015 (Movie)

Bryan Wolff (Actor)

High School Possession 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

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Medusa 2015 (Movie)

Dr. Gleason (Actor)

The Astronaut Wives Club 2015 (Tv Show)

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The Bleeding 2014 (Movie)

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Beyond the Farthest Star 2013 (Movie)

Calvin Clayman (Actor)

Day Of The Mummy 2013 (Movie)

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Doc Holliday's Revenge 2013 (Movie)

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A Dance for Bethany 2007 (Movie)

James Fisher (Actor)

Beyond The Break 2007 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Kings of Brooklyn 2002 (Movie)

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Beggars and Choosers 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Trapped 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Knockout 2000 (Movie)

Michael DeMarco (Actor)

Sweet Jane 2000 (Movie)

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The 2000 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Time Lapse 2000 (Movie)

Clayton Pierce (Actor)

Welcome to Paradox 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Glam 1998 (Movie)

Sonny Daye (Actor)

Perversions of Science 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Ringmaster 1998 (Movie)

Troy (Actor)

Dead Girl 1997 (Movie)

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Something to Believe In 1997 (Movie)

Mike Lewis (Actor)

The Deli 1997 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)

The Brylcreem Boys 1996 (Movie)

Sam Gunn (Actor)

Copycat 1995 (Movie)

Peter Foley (Actor)

Chasers 1994 (Movie)

Eddie Devane (Actor)

Girl in the Cadillac 1994 (Movie)

Rick Davis (Actor)

Storybook 1994 (Movie)

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Surviving the Game 1994 (Movie)

Wolf Jr (Actor)

The Wyatts 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Aspen Extreme 1993 (Movie)

Todd Pounds (Actor)

Island Son 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Stella 1990 (Movie)

Pat Robbins (Actor)

Texasville 1990 (Movie)

Dickie Jackson (Actor)

The Edge 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Dream A Little Dream 1989 (Movie)

Joel (Actor)

Soldier Boys 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Stealing Home 1988 (Movie)

Billy Wyatt--as a Teenager (Actor)

The Beat 1988 (Movie)

Billy Kane (Actor)

Opera 1987 (Movie)

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Brimstone (TV Show)

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Doing Time on Maple Drive (TV Show)

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Honor Thy Mother (TV Show)

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Implicated (TV Show)

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It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (TV Show)

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Natural Enemy (TV Show)

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Radio Inside (TV Show)

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Stag (TV Show)

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Sworn to Vengeance (TV Show)

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Wildflower (TV Show)

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Biography

With his wholesome good looks, the stage-trained McNamara has often played baby-faced 'boy-next-door' types in features and on TV. His parents sent him to boarding school in an effort to stymie his interest in acting, but McNamara won out. He spent a summer as an intern at the prestigious Williamstown Theater Festival before landing his first feature role in the youth-oriented drama "The Beat" (1987). He went on to appear as a younger version of Mark Harmon in "Stealing Home" (1988), Trini Alvarado's suitor in "Stella" and Jeff Bridges' chip-off-the-block profligate son in "Texasville" (both 1990) and a pivotal role in "Copycat" (1995). McNamara appears as a Hollywood star who, after joining the R.A.F. as a publicity stunt, is captured and held in an Irish prisoner of war camp in the WWII-era drama "The Brylcreem Boys", and as an adoptee who seeks revenge on his birth parents in "Natural Enemy" (both scheduled for release in 1996).

Relationships

Erika Eleniak Actor

Companion
met in 1994 on set of "Chasers" at one time engaged no longer together

EDUCATION

studied acting with Kim Stanley

Columbia University

New York , New York

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

New York , New York

attended boarding school in Connecticut

Milestones

1989

TV series debut as regular, "Island Son" (CBS)

1987

Film debut, "The Beat"

1987

TV debut "Soldier Boys", a CBS "Afterschool Special"

1986

Spent summer as intern at Williamstown Theatre Festival

1982

Banished from home at age 17 for alcohol and drug use

Moved to NYC to study acting and enroll at Columbia University

Fired from "Dead Bang" due to bad behavior; stopped drinking and using drugs after being arrested

Born in Dallas, Texas

Began appearing in commercials

Worked summers at Twentieth Century Fox as production assistant

Sent to boarding school in Connecticut by parents who wanted to discourage his desire to be an actor

Relocated with family to Los Angeles, California

Bonus Trivia

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McNamara was offered a modeling job by fashion designer Calvin Klein which he rejected.

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