Billy Campbell biography
Date of Birth: July 7, 1959
Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Campbell attended military school and had a great interest in rugby and drawing, becoming the school newspaper's cartoonist. His love of acting was discovered at Western Albemarle High School. After taking the lead role in a school production of The Man Who Came to Dinner, he left the world of acting for several years.
After high school, he moved to Chicago to attend the American Academy of Art. Campbell picked up the acting bug shortly after accompanying a friend to an acting class, and as a result, he dumped his art classes to become a full-time drama student at The Ted Liss Studio For the Performing Arts. While taking classes at the acclaimed Second City in Chicago, he landed his first acting job—performing in an improvisational sword and sorcery theatre extravaganza called Dungeon Master.
Just before his 25th birthday, his agent advised him to move to the West Coast to pursue his career. Campbell took the advice and two weeks later he found himself as a guest-star on Family Ties and Hotel. Before long, he had a regular stints on the daytime drama Dynasty, playing Luke Fuller, and Crime Story, playing Joey Indeli.
Though he had made his first appearance on the big screen in 1989's Call From Space, it wasn't until 1991 that he received national recognition for the lead role inf the Disney film, The Rocketeer . He quickly followed up that performance with another starring role in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).
The rest of the '90s was spent in relative obscurity. Later he become better known for his starring roles in television series, Moon over Miami, Once and Again and The 4400.
Campbell, who currently resides in Los Angeles, has dated many actresses including his The Rocketeer co-star Jennifer Connelly and Virginia Madsen but remains a die-hard bachelor.
Billy Campbell Filmography