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Also Known As: William Campbell, Bill Campbell, William Oliver Campbell, William O Campbell Died:
Born: July 7, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA Profession: actor

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Though he engaged audiences in a variety of onscreen roles, actor Billy Campbell won his biggest acclaim on the small screen, particularly as the divorced father Rick Sammler on the drama "Once & Again" (ABC, 1999-2002). Prior to that role, Campbell earned a small degree of notoriety for being only one of two characters killed off in the infamous "Moldavian Massacre" cliffhanger during the season five finale of "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-1989). He went on to play a rookie cop on the gritty, but short-lived "Crime Story" NBC, 1986-88) before making the jump to features with the titular role in "The Rocketeer" (1991). Following supporting parts in Francis Ford Coppola adaptation of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) and the Civil War epic "Gettysburg" (1993), Campbell went returned to the stage for a variety of acclaimed roles before appearing on "Once & Again." Once that show left the air, he went back to features to play the heavy in the revenge drama "Enough" (2002) and General George Pickett in "Gods and Generals" (2003). Returning to television in 2004, Campbell appeared on the sci-fi series "The 4400" (USA Network, 2004-07) and the teen-angst drama "The OC" (Fox, 2003-07), before earning more critical...

Though he engaged audiences in a variety of onscreen roles, actor Billy Campbell won his biggest acclaim on the small screen, particularly as the divorced father Rick Sammler on the drama "Once & Again" (ABC, 1999-2002). Prior to that role, Campbell earned a small degree of notoriety for being only one of two characters killed off in the infamous "Moldavian Massacre" cliffhanger during the season five finale of "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-1989). He went on to play a rookie cop on the gritty, but short-lived "Crime Story" NBC, 1986-88) before making the jump to features with the titular role in "The Rocketeer" (1991). Following supporting parts in Francis Ford Coppola adaptation of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) and the Civil War epic "Gettysburg" (1993), Campbell went returned to the stage for a variety of acclaimed roles before appearing on "Once & Again." Once that show left the air, he went back to features to play the heavy in the revenge drama "Enough" (2002) and General George Pickett in "Gods and Generals" (2003). Returning to television in 2004, Campbell appeared on the sci-fi series "The 4400" (USA Network, 2004-07) and the teen-angst drama "The OC" (Fox, 2003-07), before earning more critical adulation for his role on "The Killing" (AMC, 2011- ), once again proving the actor's versatility in just about any medium.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Operation Rogue (2014)
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 Red Knot (2014)
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 Scribbler, The (2013)
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 Killing Lincoln (2013)
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 Copperhead (2013)
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 Disappeared, The (2012)
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 Meteor (2009)
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1979:
Acted in high school production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner"
1980:
Moved to Chicago to live with divorced father and took acting classes
1981:
Professional acting debut in "Dungeon Master," a sword and sorcery improvisational production
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Performed in regional theater
1984:
Moved to Los Angeles to act in films
1984:
First TV guest shots, episodes of the NBC sitcom "Family Ties"
1984:
Landed recurring role of Luke Fuller, lover to Steven Carrington (Jack Coleman) on the ABC primetime soap "Dynasty"; billed as William Campbell
1985:
TV-movie acting debut "First Steps" (CBS); billed as Bill Campbell
1986:
Played regular role of rookie detective Joey Indelli on the NBC series "Crime Story"
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Appeared as Petruchio in an abridged version of "The Taming of the Shrew" performed at the annual Southern California Renaissance Faire
1989:
Film acting debut, "Call From Space"; billed as William Campbell
1990:
Had first prominent role in "Delta Force"; credited as Bill Campbell
1991:
Played the title role in the feature "The Rocketeer"
1992:
Cast in supporting role of Quincy Morris in "Bram Stoker's Dracula," directed by Francis Ford Coppola
1992:
Played Laertes in an off-Broadway production of "Hamlet," starring Stephen Lang
1993:
Starred in "Moon Over Miami," a short-lived detective romantic comedy series on ABC
1994:
Cast as Dr Jon Fielding in "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City" (PBS)
1997:
Starred in "Fortinbras" on the L.A. stage
1998:
Reprised role of Jon Fielding in the Showtime miniseries "Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City"
1998:
Appeared in the British ensemble drama "The Brylcreem Boys"
1999:
Starred opposite Sela Ward on the ABC family drama "Once and Again"; credited as Billy Campbell
2001:
Once again played Jon Fielding in the Showtime miniseries "Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City"
2002:
Played an abusive husband opposite Jennifer Lopez in "Enough"
2003:
Cast in the historical drama "Gods and Generals"
2003:
Portrayed serial killer Ted Bundy in USA Network movie "Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me"
2005:
Landed recurring role as a magazine editor on Fox teen drama "The O.C."
2004:
Cast in a featured role on "The 4400" (USA Network)
2008:
Cast in a supporting role opposite Ricky Gervais in "Ghost Town"
2011:
Cast as politician Darren Richmond on crime drama series "The Killing" (AMC)
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Education

Baptist Military Academy: Fort Union , Virginia -
Ted Liss Studio for the Performing Arts: Chicago , Illinois -
Second City Players Workshop: Chicago , Illinois -
Western Albemarle High School: Charlottesville , Virginia - 1979
American Academy of Art: Chicago , Illinois - 1980

Notes

Campbell and Peter Geiger have collaborated on screenplays.

Not to be confused with the American actor William Campbell (born 1926).

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companion:
Jennifer Connelly. Actor. Had five-year relationship (c. 1990-95); at one time engaged; no longer together; met during filming of "The Rockateer" (1991).

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half-brother:
David. Actor.
half-brother:
John. Screenwriter.

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