Billy Campbell is best known for starring opposite Sela Ward in the beloved ABC drama “Once and Again.” In the series, Campbell portrayed single father Rick Sammler, a role for which he earned a 1999 Golden Globe Awards nomination in the Best Actor – Drama Series category, as well as a People’s Choice Award in the Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series category. The show was also nominated in 1999 for a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series.
Upcoming, Campbell will star as ‘Dr. Alan Farragut’ in the SyFy original series, “Helix.” The series, executive produced by Ronald D. Moore, follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control as they investigate a deadly disease outbreak. The series will premiere on Monday, January 13, 2014 on SyFy.
Additionally, Campbell will star as ‘Trent Campbell’ in DirecTV’s upcoming drama, “Full Circle.” The 10-episode series marks the television debut of screenwriter/playwright Neil LaBute. BAFTA award-winning Nick Hamm is the executive producer of the series, which observes human condition and relationships through a series of interactions between 11 people whose lives are intertwined. The series also stars David Boreanaz, Kate Walsh, Tom Felton, Minka Kelly, Ally Sheedy and Julian McMahon, among others, and will premiere on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 on DirecTV.
Campbell starred as ‘Abraham Lincoln’ in “Killing Lincoln” on National Geographic Channel. Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s New York Times best-seller, the two-hour television film details the conspiracy behind Lincoln’s assassination. The docu-drama consisted of a stellar team, including showrunner Erik Jendresen (Emmy Award winner for “Band of Brothers”), director Adrian Moat (Emmy-nominated for “Gettysburg”), and Ridley and Tony Scott who executive produced along with O’Reilly, David Zucker, Mary Lisio, and Mark Herzog.
Campbell starred in Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut, “Fat Kid Rules The World,” a comedy that won the Narrative Feature Spotlight Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. The film was launched through TUGG. The pic also starred Jacob Wysocki and Matt O’Leary.
In summer 2012, Campbell filmed the independent thriller, “The Scribbler” with director John Suits. The film also starred Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon and Michael Imperioli. Campbell also filmed “The Red Knot” in Antarctica with Olivia Thirlby and Vincent Kartheiser and “The Disappeared,” a story about six men lost at sea in the North Atlantic Ocean.
From 2011-2012, Campbell starred in the critically acclaimed AMC television series, “The Killing.” Campbell played the role of troubled mayoral candidate ‘Darren Richmond’ in the thrilling drama, which Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times described as “scary and suspenseful, but in a subdued, meditative way that is somehow all the more chilling.”
Campbell starred as ‘Jordan Collier’ on USA Network’s science fiction series, “The 4400.” His other television credits include NBC’s “Crime Story” and AMC’s “Moon over Miami.” Campbell appeared in two Armistead Maupin acclaimed miniseries, “Tales of the City” and “More Tales of the City,” with Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis, ABC’s “Max Q” and CBS’s “Monday After the Miracle,” with Roma Downey and Moira Kelly. He also starred as ‘Moses’ in the critically acclaimed NBC miniseries “In the Beginning,” co-starring Martin Landau and Jacqueline Bissett, and he played ‘Ted Bundy’ in the USA Network original movie “The Stranger Beside Me.”
Campbell is still recognized for the cult classic “The Rocketeer” with Jennifer Connelly. His feature film credits include “Gettysburg,” “The Night We Never Met,” Bram stoker’s Dracula” and “Enough,” opposite Jennifer Lopez.
Among his stage credits, Campbell starred in “Fortinbras,” for which he received a 1996 Ovation Award for best actor in LA theatre, as well as “Comedy of Errors” and “Much Ado about Nothing” with Dana Delaney, at the Old Globe, San Diego, “Backbone of America,” “Hamlet,” at the Roundabout Theatre on Broadway, and “The Best Man,” at the Cape Cod Playhouse.
Billy’s other passions in life include sailing. From June, 2005, Campbell served for 14 months as a crew-member of the 179-foot barque, the Picton Castle, visiting more than 20 countries, and sailing more than 50,000 blue-water miles in the ship’s circumnavigation of the globe. He and the crew delivered much-needed supplies and educational materials to remote islands throughout the South Pacific. Billy also served 4 seasons in the classic Norwegian full-rigger, Sørlandet, on voyages around the North Sea and Europe.
Campbell is a Rugby enthusiast, having played for Virginia RFC, Chicago Lions RFC, and his current club Santa Monica RFC, in Los Angeles. He grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he studied illustration. He was trained at the Ted Liss Studio for the Performing Arts, the Players Workshop of Second City in Chicago, and Howard Fine Studio in Los Angeles.
Campbell resides in Pacific Palisades, California, where he enjoys morning runs amongst the Ragweed and the Chaparral of his beloved Santa Monica Mountains.