John Billingsley was born in Media, Pennsylvania, to a family that moved frequently in his early years. When they settled in Weston, Connecticut, Billingsley appeared in school plays and went on to study theatre at Bennington College in Vermont. Later, he moved to Seattle where his acting talents…more
John is represented by Muse Management.
John supports The Aids Service Center as his primary charity.
John is a founding partner of Freehold Theatre Lab Studio in Seattle, Washington.
Since the cancellation of "Enterprise" in 2005, Billingsley has kept busy performing on the stage, although he has had time to do some occasional film and TV work.
He appeared with "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star Jonathan Frakes in an episode of "The Lot". Billingsley and Frakes would go on to co-star together in a Trek-oriented episode of "Roswell" (with the two actors playing themselves while holding a casting call for a fictional episode of "Enterprise") in 2001 and in the "Enterprise" series finale, These Are the Voyages... in 2005.
He co-starred with future "Enterprise" guest actress Joanna Cassidy in a two-part episode of "Diagnosis Murder" and later in an episode of "Six Feet Under", which also guest-starred Robert Foxworth and Wendy Schaal.
He appeared in the acclaimed 1999 made-for-TV movie "Tuesdays with Morrie".
He ultimately broke into films, making his debut with a supporting role in the 1988 thriller "Seven Hours to Judgment", in which Tiny Ron also starred. He followed this with a small role in 1990's "I Love You to Death", featuring Jack Kehler.
(2006) He remains active in theater.
He would love to come back in Stargate SG-1 to do other episodes.
He appeared on the cover of Star Trek The Magazine in May 2002.
He has is own book club on his website.
He is a fan of the baseball team; Seattle Mariners.
In 1989, He founded "Book-It Repertory Theatre", a Seattle-based theatre company devoted to adapting fiction to the stage, where he spent five years directing and performing in shows.
One day, his wife suggested him that he wrote an essay comparing the Bush Administration to different alien species.
The charity he chosen to support is The Aids Service Center.
John co-founded the "Freehold" acting studio in Seattle, Washington.
He studied theatre at Bennington College in Vermont.
(2006) John lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Bonita Friedericy.
Asked about the weirdest gift he ever received from a fan, Billingsley recalled that it was a tin of escargot.
John Billingsley: (on the finale of Star Trek Enterprise) I'm all over the map on this one because I have a lot of different feelings about it. My problem with the final episode, ultimately, was that by jumping ahead however many years we jumped ahead, it was as if anything we did in the third and fourth seasons had no real weight. It seemed like the third and fourth seasons were being dismissed, which I'm sure was not the intention, but that was one of the things that bothered me.
John Billingsley: This is a silly story. I was at a train station on the southbound platform and on the northbound platform there was a big, thuggish looking guy. He had a woman pressed against the wall and he was speaking in a very ferocious manner. I thought he was assaulting her. There were not many people on the platform and nobody else seemed to be doing anything.
I thought, "What am I going to do?" This guy can beat the crap out of me, so I thought I'd act like a lunatic and distract him. I started yelling "Whoo, whoo, whoo!" I was acting like a train. They stopped, looked at me and burst out laughing. So clearly, I misread the situation. So it was both scary and mortifying at the same time.
John Billingsley: (About his role as Dr. Royce on Angel) It wasn't a particularly fleshed-out part. Everybody was very nice, and treated me well. I had nothing negative to say, but it wasn't something that was particularly memorable.
John Billingsley: (About Star Trek: Enterprise) Probably for me the best thing about the show is the fact that the crew has been together for over a decade, many of them having worked on Star Trek in all its incarnations going back to Next Gen. And there's a close and familial feeling. It's terrific to go to work and feel everybody cares for each other.
John Billingsley: (on what he knew about Stargate SG-1) Frankly, I didn't know the show at all. I had seen the movie when it first came out and I had dim memories of liking it, but that was all that I knew. When I found out I was going to be doing the show I watched a few episodes to familiarize myself with the series.
John Billingsley: (on making The Other Guys) I had a blast. Patrick McKenna was just a doll. I just enjoyed working with him so much. I didn't know him at all before we did the show, but we got on very well right away.
John Billingsley: (Speaking of Star Trek: Enterpriseand it's possible renewal) I mean, I don't know. Everybody has a different attitude towards it. My own sense of it [being] I'm an actor. The very essence of what we do is embrace unpredictability. The anomaly is that I actually had a job for three years. I mean that's the weirdest thing in the world.
John Billingsley: Given the fact that I'm a character actor, I don't really bring the qualities to the table they are looking for in an action and adventure show. They're not going to have me throwing punches and kissing babes.