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BILLY CRUDUP (Jon Osterman/Dr. Manhattan) has tackled a diverse mix of roles on both the stage and screen. He most recently starred in the independent films "Pretty Bird,” which screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and "Dedication,” opposite Mandy Moore. In 2006, he was seen in Robert De Niro's drama "The Good Shepherd,” with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie, and in J.J. Abrams' "Mission: Impossible III,” starring Tom Cruise. He next portrays J. Edgar Hoover in the 1930s-set crime drama "Public Enemies,” directed by Michael Mann.

Crudup made his motion picture debut in Barry Levinson's 1996 drama "Sleepers,” with Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon and Brad Pitt. He was then featured in Woody Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You” and starred in Pat O'Connor's "Inventing the Abbotts.” In 1998, Crudup garnered praise for his portrayal of runner Steve Prefontaine in the biopic "Without Limits” and for his performance in Stephen Frears' drama "The Hi- Lo Country,” winning a National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year for the latter. He went on to star in the acclaimed independent film "Jesus' Son,” for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Paris Film Festival and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

In 2000, Crudup starred in Keith Gordon's "Waking the Dead,” and in Cameron Crowe's award-winning, semi-autobiographical film "Almost Famous,” with Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand. His additional film credits include Bart Freundlich's "World Traveler” and "Trust the Man,” both with Julianne Moore; Gillian Armstrong's "Charlotte Gray,” opposite Cate Blanchett; Tim Burton's fantasy drama "Big Fish”; and Richard Eyre's "Stage Beauty.”

An accomplished stage actor, Crudup won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in the 2006 Broadway production of "The Coast of Utopia.” He has also been honored with two Tony Award nominations in the category of Best Leading Actor in a Play, the first for his performance in the 2002 revival of "The Elephant Man,” and another for his role in the 2005 production of Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman.”

He made his Broadway bow in 1995 in Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia,” directed by Trevor Nunn, for which Crudup won an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Theatre World Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. Crudup has also appeared on Broadway in William Inge's "Bus Stop,” and Chekhov's "Three Sisters,” for which he earned a Drama Desk Award nomination. His stage work also includes the 2001 New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Measure for Measure,” and recent off-Broadway presentations of "Oedipus,” with Frances McDormand, and "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” with Al Pacino.

Crudup graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.


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