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BILLY CRUDUP (J. Edgar Hoover) was most recently seen playing Dr. Manhattan in the smash-hit adaptation of the graphic novel "Watchmen,” for direc tor Zack Snyder.

Crudup was seen in the third installment of Mission: Impossible, for director J.J. Abrams, and Trust the Man, with Julianne Moore. He starred in Columbia Pictures' comic-fantasy Big Fish, for director Tim Burton. He also starred in Charlotte Gray, opposite Cate Blanchett, and World Traveler, with Julianne Moore. Prior to that, Crudup starred in the critically acclaimed Jesus'Son, opposite Samantha Morton, Holly Hunter and Denis Leary, which earned him a Best Actor Award from the Paris Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. He was also seen in Cameron Crowe's Academy Award®- winning Almost Famous, with Frances McDormand and Kate Hudson, and in the acclaimed Waking the Dead, with Jennifer Connelly. He also starred in Dedication, opposite Mandy Moore, and in Robert DeNiro's The Good Shepherd, alongside Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.

He made his motion picture debut in Barry Levinson's Sleepers, opposite Robert DeNiro, Brad Pitt and Jason Patric. He was featured in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You and starred in Pat O'Connor's Inventing the Abbotts. Crudup played the leading role in the critically acclaimed Without Limits, the story of legendary long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine. He also starred in The Hi-Lo Country, with Woody Harrelson. For the role, he won the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance.

Equally successful on the stage and screen, Crudup won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his role in the Broadway production of The Coast of Utopia, which opened in October 2006. In 2005, he was seen in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Play. Crudup also starred in The Elephant Man at the Royale Theatre, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. He made his Broadway debut as Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, directed by Trevor Nunn, for which he won several awards, including the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Debut of an Actor and a Theatre World Award. He was also honored with the Clarence Derwent Award from the Actors' Equity Association for Outstanding Broadway Debut.

Crudup has appeared on Broadway in William Inge's Bus Stop and in the Roundabout Theatre's production of Three Sisters, which earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination.

Crudup also appeared in Oedipus, with Frances McDormand, starred in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Measure for Measure at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park and starred in the off-Broadway run of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, opposite Al Pacino and Steve Buscemi.

Crudup received his master of fine arts from New York University and also attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He resides in New York City.

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