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John Billingsly

John Billingsly began acting in the fifth grade as a particularly ferocious (albeit gap-toothed and lisping) Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Weston Elementary School. He attended Bennington College where he studied theatre, literature and political science. He moved to Seattle after graduation and ended up staying for 15 years, appearing on every notable Northwest stage. He has played in The Nerd, Candide, Mamet's Bobby Gould in Hell, The Seagull, The Birthday Party, and Great Expectations. His most recent stage appearance was with The Actor's Gang in Ugly's First World.

In 1990, Billingsly founded a Seattle-based theatre company, Bookit, devoted to adapting fiction for the stage. John has directed and appeared in a multitude of adaptations by such authors as Woody Allen, John Cheever, James Joyce, Chekhov, Bernard Malamud, Dorothy Allison and Dorothy Parker. Billingsly also helped found a Seattle acting studio called Freehold where he taught for seven years and helped establish the company's theatrical production arm.

Billingsly moved to LA in 1996 and in 1997 was cast in NYPD Blue. Other guest star roles followed, including The Practice, Profiler, Pretender, Martial Law, The X-Files, and Malcolm and Eddie, among others. In 1999, Stephen Spielberg cast him in NBC's The Others. He has also appeared on The West Wing, Six Feet Under, Family Law, Judging Amy, Gideon's Crossing, Diagnosis Murder, Touched by an Angel.

There have been a few movies along the way, most recently The Glass House, White Oleander, and High Crimes.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

John Billingsly Facts

BirthdayMay 20, 1960 (62)
BirthplaceMedia, Pennsylvania, USA

Selected Filmography

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