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Also Known As: Billy Mcnamara, William West Mcnamara, William Mcnamara Died:
Born: March 31, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: actor

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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). McNamara is perhaps best known for his diverse TV roles. In his TV debut, "Soldier Boys" (CBS, 1987), he was one of several teens who confuse the fantasy of war games with reality. Diane Keaton directed him in "Wildflower" (Lifetime, 1991) as a 1930s teenager who discovers...

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).

McNamara is perhaps best known for his diverse TV roles. In his TV debut, "Soldier Boys" (CBS, 1987), he was one of several teens who confuse the fantasy of war games with reality. Diane Keaton directed him in "Wildflower" (Lifetime, 1991) as a 1930s teenager who discovers an epileptic (Patricia Arquette) being held captive by her stepfather. McNamara gave two memorable performances in 1992: as the perfect son who couldn't face telling his parents he is gay in "Doing Time on Maple Drive" (Fox) and as Sharon Gless' murderous son in the true crime-inspired "Honor Thy Mother" (CBS). He also gained some notice as Montgomery Clift in the TV biopic, "Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story" (NBC, 1995).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bleeding, The (2011)
3.
 Trapped (2001) C Whitmore Evans
4.
 Time Lapse (2001) Clayton Pierce
5.
 Knockout (2000) Michael Demarco
6.
 Ringmaster (1998) Troy
7.
 Stag (1997) Jon
8.
 Deli, The (1997) Kevin
9.
 Natural Enemy (1997) Jeremy
10.
 Dead Girl (1997)
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Born in Dallas, Texas
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Relocated with family to Los Angeles, California
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Sent to boarding school in Connecticut by parents who wanted to discourage his desire to be an actor
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Worked summers at Twentieth Century Fox as production assistant
1982:
Banished from home at age 17 for alcohol and drug use
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Moved to NYC to study acting and enroll at Columbia University
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Began appearing in commercials
1986:
Spent summer as intern at Williamstown Theatre Festival
1987:
Film debut, "The Beat"
1987:
TV debut "Soldier Boys", a CBS "Afterschool Special"
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Fired from "Dead Bang" due to bad behavior; stopped drinking and using drugs after being arrested
1989:
TV series debut as regular, "Island Son" (CBS)
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Education

Columbia University: New York , New York -
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: New York , New York -

Notes

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

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companion:
Erika Eleniak. Actor. Met in 1994 on set of "Chasers"; at one time engaged; no longer together.

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