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      Billy Magnussen

      Billy Magnussen

      Highest Rated: 91% Bridge of Spies (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 3% Twelve (2010)

      Birthday: Apr 20, 1985

      Birthplace: Woodhaven, New York, USA

      Tony-nominated actor Billy Magnussen found success on both stage and screen, winning critical praise for Christopher Durang's comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" and in film and television projects as "Into the Woods" (2014), "Bridge of Spies" (2015) and "American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson" (FX, 2016). Born William Gregory Magnussen on April 20, 1985 in the Woodhaven neighborhood of Queens, New York, he came from athletic parents: his father, Greg, was a professional bodybuilder, while his mother, Daina, was an aerobics instructor. When Magnussen was 10 years old, his family relocated to Cumming, Georgia, where he became involved in the wrestling program at South Forsyth High School. But he was forced to give it up after suffering an injury, and turned his interests to acting, which he pursued as a major at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He performed in several New York productions until earning his Broadway debut in a 2007 revival of Terrence McNally's comedy "The Ritz," which was soon followed by bit roles in features like "Happy Tears" (2009) with Demi Moore and Parker Posey. From 2008 to 2010, he played troubled teen Casey Hayes on the daytime soap "As the World Turns" (CBS, 1956-2010), before finding steady work as a guest player and supporting actor on episodic series like "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-2011) and in independent features like Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress" (2011). His breakout role came the following year in Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," playing Sigourney Weaver's slow-witted boyfriend Spike, who was prone to stripping down and displaying his toned body at the slightest provocation. For his performance, Magnussen netted a 2013 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play, which gave a considerable boost to his profile. Guest appearances on series like "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 2010-14) and "The Leftovers" (HBO, 2014- ) preceded his turn as Rapunzel's prince in Rob Marshall's screen version of "Into the Woods." From there, Magnussen was in demand as a supporting player, playing young, self-assured professionals like his junior lawyer in Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" and a mortgage broker in Adam McKay's Oscar-nominated "The Big Short" (2015). In 2016, Magnussen was cast as Kato Kaelin in the first season of Ryan Murphy's "American Crime Story" series, "The People vs. O.J. Simpson." Co-starring roles in dysfunctional-family comedy-drama "The Meddler" (2016), Bruce Lee biopic "Birth of the Dragon" (2016) and Aubrey Plaza drama "Ingrid Goes West" (2017) followed.

      Highest rated movies

      Bridge of Spies
      Coup!
      The Big Short The Survivor Game Night Ingrid Goes West No Time to Die
      The East

      Photos

      Billy Magnussen Billy Magnussen, wearing Brooks Brothers at arrivals for TELL ME A STORY Premiere on CBS All Access, Metrograph, New York, NY October 23, 2018. Photo By: Jason Smith/Everett Collection Billy Magnussen at arrivals for MANIAC Season One Premiere on NETFLIX, Center 415, New York, NY September 20, 2018. Photo By: RCF/Everett Collection Bill Magnussen at arrivals for INGRID GOES WEST Premiere, Arclight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA July 27, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Billy Magnussen at arrivals for American Museum Of Natural History's 2016 Museum Gala, The American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY November 17, 2016. Photo By: Jason Smith/Everett Collection Billy Magnussen at arrivals for HBO''s DIVORCE Series Premiere, The School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre, New York, NY October 4, 2016. Photo By: Steven Ferdman/Everett Collection Billy Magnussen at arrivals for INTO THE WOODS World Premiere - Part 2, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY December 8, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Billy Magnussen at arrivals for INTO THE WOODS World Premiere - Part 2, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY December 8, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Billy Magnussen at arrivals for INTO THE WOODS World Premiere - Part 2, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY December 8, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection GAME NIGHT, BILLY MAGNUSSEN, 2018. PH: HOPPER STONE. ©WARNER BROS. BRIDGE OF SPIES, from left: Billy Magnussen, Mark Rylance, Tom Hanks, 2015. ph: Jaap Buitendijk/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures GAME NIGHT, FROM LEFT, BILLY MAGNUSSEN, JASON BATEMAN, 2018. PH: HOPPER STONE. ©WARNER BROS. GAME NIGHT, FROM LEFT, BILLY MAGNUSSEN, SHARON HORGAN, 2018. PH: HOPPER STONE. ©WARNER BROS. GAME NIGHT, FROM LEFT, RACHEL MCADAMS, LAMORNE MORRIS, BILLY MAGNUSSEN, JASON BATEMAN, KYLIE BUNBURY, 2018. PH: HOPPER STONE. ©WARNER BROS. GAME NIGHT, BILLY MAGNUSSEN, 2018. PH: HOPPER STONE. ©WARNER BROS. THE BIG SHORT, front, from left: Billy Magnussen, Max Greenfield, 2015. ph: Jaap Buitendijk/©Paramount INTO THE WOODS, Billy Magnussen, 2014. ph: Peter Mountain/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures INTO THE WOODS, from left: Billy Magnussen, Chris Pine, 2014. ph: Peter Mountain/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures INTO THE WOODS, from left: Mackenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, 2014. ph: Peter Mountain/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, from left: Carrie MacLemore, Billy Magnussen, 2011. ph: Kerry Brown/©Sony Pictures Classics

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Road House Unknown (Character) - 2024
      29% 31% Lift Magnus (Character) - 2024
      54% 45% Spy Kids: Armageddon Rey "The King" Kingston (Character) - 2023
      89% No Score Yet Coup! Unknown (Character) - 2023
      76% No Score Yet Family Squares Robert (Character) - 2022
      86% 78% The Survivor Unknown (Character) - 2021
      83% 88% No Time to Die Logan Ash (Character) $160.8M 2021
      71% 59% The Many Saints of Newark Paulie Walnuts (Character) $8.2M 2021
      57% 94% Aladdin Prince Anders (Character) $355.6M 2019
      61% 36% Velvet Buzzsaw Bryson (Character) - 2019
      63% 39% The Oath Mason (Character) $387.4K 2018
      85% 78% Game Night Ryan (Character) $69.0M 2018
      85% 71% Ingrid Goes West Nicky Sloane (Character) $3.0M 2017
      23% 67% Birth of the Dragon Steve McKee (Character) $6.9M 2016
      65% 67% The Great Gilly Hopkins Ellis (Character) - 2016
      89% 88% The Big Short Mortgage Broker (Character) $70.2M 2015
      91% 87% Bridge of Spies Doug Forrester (Character) $72.3M 2015
      71% 49% Into the Woods Rapunzel's Prince (Character) $128.0M 2014
      77% 64% The East Porty (Character) $2.3M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 2nd Serve Lingo (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Surviving Family Alex D'Amico (Character) - 2012
      31% 51% The Brass Teapot Arnie (Character) $6.6K 2012
      No Score Yet 76% The Lost Valentine Neil Thomas (Character) - 2011
      76% 39% Damsels in Distress Thor (Character) $1.0M 2011
      40% 17% Choose Paul (Character) - 2010
      3% 32% Twelve Claude (Character) $181.6K 2010
      No Score Yet 18% Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet Eric (Character) - 2009
      29% 22% Happy Tears Ray (Character) $22.4K 2009

      TV

      Credit
      97% 81% Made for Love Byron Gogol (Character) 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 67% Tell Me a Story Nick (Character) 2018-2019
      89% 82% The Bold Type Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet TRL Guest 2018
      93% 90% The Good Wife Chris Fife (Guest Star) 2015
      91% 90% The Leftovers Marcus (Guest Star) 2014
      92% 95% Boardwalk Empire Roger McAllister (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 80% Blue Bloods Rand Hilbert (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 71% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Plain Sight Jonathan Collins / Yonni Peterschwim (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 67% NCIS: Los Angeles Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet As the World Turns Casey Hughes (Character) 2008-2010
      25% No Score Yet The Beautiful Life: TBL Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      72% 100% The Unusuals Bo Keebler (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2008