Billy Crudup

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7/8/1968 , Manhasset, New York, USA

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Billy Crudup (born July 8, 1968) is an American film and stage actor, best known for his role as rock star Russell Hammond on "Almost Famous." After graduating with an MFA from New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Crudup quickly made a name for himself in theatre. He won the Outstanding Newcomer Award from the Out Critics Circle for "Arcadia." He also appeared in Broadway productions of "Bus Stop" and "The Three Sisters." By 1997, Crudup began appearing in featured roles in films, such as "Sleepers" (1996), "Everyone Says I Love You" (1996) and "Inventing the Abbotts." He landed his first leading role in "Without Limits" (1998), the tragic story of runner Steve Prefontaine. After his critically acclaimed role in "Almost Famous" (2000), he also starred in "Waking the Dead," "Big Fish," and "Public Enemies." While maintaining his film career, he has also continued to perform on the New York stage with Broadway productions of "The Elephant Man," "The Pillow Man," and "The Coast of Utopia."