Cast Bio: Billy Campbell (Abraham Lincoln)

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“Abraham Lincoln”:

Billy Campbell starred in the critically acclaimed AMC television series, “The Killing” through its 2-season run from 2011-2012. 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.”

Upcoming, Campbell will star as Abraham Lincoln in “Killing Lincoln.” 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 is comprised of a stellar team that includes showrunner Erik Jendresen (Emmy Award winner for “Band of Brothers”), director Adrian Moat (Emmy-nominated for “Gettysburg”), and Ridley and Tony Scott who are executive producing along with O’Reilly, David Zucker, Mary Lisio, and Mark Herzog. National Geographic Channel will air the program in February 2013.

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 Favourite Male Performer in a New Television Series category. The show was also nominated in 1999 for a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series.

Currently, Campbell stars 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 is currently being launched through TUGG. The pic also stars Jacob Wysocki and Matt O’Leary.

This summer, Campbell completed production on the Civil War era movie “Copperhead,” which also stars Peter Fonda and Angus MacFadyen. For the film, based on Harold Frederic’s 1883 novel about a family feud during the Civil War, Campbell was reunited with “God and Generals” director, Ron Maxwell. Also this summer, Campbell filmed the independent thriller, “The Scribbler” with director John Suits. The film also stars Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon and Michael Imperioli. Campbell recently 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.

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, as well as “Backbone of America,” “Hamlet,” “Guys & Dolls” and “The Best Man.”

Billy’s other true passion in life is sailing. From 2005 to June 2006, Campbell served as part of the crew on the 179-foot tall ship, the Picton Castle, to circumnavigate the globe. During this trip, sailing over 50,000 miles to more than 20 countries around the world, he and the crew delivered supplies and educational materials to islands in the South Pacific. Billy also served in the stunning Norwegian full-rigger, the Sorlandet, on voyages all around the North Sea and Europe.

Campbell 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 and the Players Workshop of Second City in Chicago and Howard Fine in Los Angles. 

Campbell currently resides in Los Angeles.

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