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Skeet Ulrich Bio

Skeet Ulrich Biography

Skeet Ulrich

Date of Birth: January 20, 1969

Skeet Ulrich has said that his biggest fear is "being labeled the next Keanu Reeves." But he doesn't have to worry about that because he's actually being compared to Johnny Depp. What with the high cheekbones, the clear eyes and the gaunt figure, he's a bit of a Depp clone. There are even career similarities—both had early big screen moments in horror films (Depp in Wes Craven's Nightmare on Elm Street and Ulrich in Scream) and both have had moments with Winona Ryder (Depp in Edward Scissorhands and Ulrich in Boys)—although Depp continued his dalliance with Ryder off-screen while Ulrich did not.

Ulrich moved around a lot as a kid until his mother—the father wasn't around—settled down in Concord, North Carolina. Ulrich was not a well child, suffering through numerous bouts of pneumonia and having to undergo open-heart surgery at age 10 to correct a ventricle defect. But he still managed to become something of an athlete, playing both soccer and baseball, the latter of which gave him the name Skeet after his coach dubbed him "Skeeter," because he looked like a "skinny little mosquito."

After college, Ulrich spent five years doing stage work in New York, taking the odd construction job to stay afloat. In 1994, he landed a part in Same Difference, the story of a Catholic boy who falls in love with a Jewish girl. While working on that film he met director Stacy Cochran, who cast him as Winona Ryder's one-night-stand in Boys. And suddenly, Ulrich was hot, hot, hot, appearing in a total of five films the following year. "I think that it all happened at the same time for a reason," he says. "And believing that, in a way, is believing in a God."

Things cooled down somewhat after that, and Ulrich turned to television for work, appearing in series such as Miracles and Jericho, but returning to the big screen in 2009 opposite Matt Dillon in Armored.

Filmography

Armored(2009)
For Sale by Owner (2009)
Kevin of the North (2001)
Soul Assassin (2001)
Nobody's Baby (2001)
Takedown (2000)
Ride With The Devil(1999)
Chill Factor(1999)
A Soldier's Sweetheart (1998)
The Newton Boys(1998)
Albino Alligator(1996)
The Craft(1996)
Last Dance (1996)
Scream(1996)
Touch(1996)
Boys (1995)
Chill Factor(1999)
Ride With The Devil(1999)
Takedown (1999)

Filmography

ActorArmored (2009)
ActorChill Factor (1999)
ActorThe Newton Boys (1998)
ActorAs Good As It Gets (1997)