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Billy Campbell
Born William Oliver Campbell
July 7, 1959 (1959-07-07) (age 50)
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present
Domestic partner(s) Jennifer Connelly (1991-1996)

William Oliver "Billy" Campbell[1] (born July 7, 1959) is an American film and television actor.



Campbell is probably most famous for his portrayal of Rick Sammler on the ABC series Once and Again for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. Among his other well-known roles are a gay gynecologist, Dr. Jon Philip Fielding, in all three of the television miniseries adaptations of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novels, and as Carter Buckley in the television series The O.C.. He had a recurring role as Jordan Collier on the USA Network original series The 4400. His film credits include The Rocketeer, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Enough. He was also known for his recurring role as Detective Joey Indelli on the 1986-88 NBC series Crime Story.

Campbell was the second choice of the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation to play the role of William Riker, but lost the role to Jonathan Frakes. Campbell would later appear as a guest star in the second season episode "The Outrageous Okona". His first prominent role was that of Luke Fuller, Steven Carrington's lover on Dynasty.

In 2000, he was named one of the "World's 50 Most Beautiful People" by People magazine.

Recently, he has made a successful career out of playing villains, such as a college professor accused of raping a student who lied about it in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, serial killer Ted Bundy in the made-for-TV movie The Stranger Beside Me, and accused serial killer who defends himself in the television series Shark.

Personal life

Campbell was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program. He is good friends with actor and Crime Story co-star Stephen Lang. Campbell recently portrayed General George Pickett in Gods and Generals, a part previously played by Lang in the film Gettysburg.

Campbell is a rugby enthusiast, having played rugby with the Chicago Lions RFC and the Santa Monica Rugby Club.


Year Film/Television Series Role Notes
1984 Dynasty Luke Fuller 20 episodes
1986 Crime Story Det. Joey Indelli 44 episodes
1991 The Rocketeer Cliff Secord Main Role
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula Quincy Morris
1993 Tales of the City Dr. Jon Philip Fielding
Gettysburg Lt. Pitzer
Moon Over Miami Walter Tatum 5 episodes
1998 More Tales of the City Dr. Jon Philip Fielding
Max Q Clay Jarvis TV movie
1999 Once and Again Rick Sammler 63 episodes
2001 Further Tales of the City Dr. Jon Philip Fielding TV mini-series
2002 Enough Mitch Hiller
2003 Gods and Generals General George Pickett
The Stranger Beside Me Ted Bundy TV movie
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ron Polikoff 1 episode
The 4400 Jordan Collier 26 episodes
2005 The O.C. Carter Buckley 7 episodes
2007 Shark Wayne Robert Callison 3 episodes
2008 Ghost Town Richard
2009 Meteor Jack Crowe 2 episodes
Revolution Tom Hart post-production
Melrose Place Barrett McMillan

See also

  • List of Star Trek: The Next Generation actors


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