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.
JESSE JOHNSON “JOHN WILKES BOOTH”
Jesse Johnson most recently completed work as a series regular on the hit Spanish television comedy Con El Culo Al Aire (With Your Ass in the Air) for the Antena 3 network in Spain. A Spanish language hybrid of Modern Family and Shameless, Con El Culo Al Aire posted record ratings in its freshman season. Johnson played Bobby, a fun loving, neo-hippy/hipster ex-patriot who abandons his wealthy life in the USA to live amongst a community of down-on-their-luck Spaniards in a camping “resort” outside of Madrid.
Immediately prior, Johnson starred in Chapman, an indie filmed on location in and around his hometown of Aspen, Colorado. Chapman is a searing glimpse at adolescent love, wounded relationships, and facing the wreckage of a checkered past as Johnson’s character Alex Fletcher returns home to face the demons left behind after a tragic incident that scarred a childhood relationship. Johnson stars alongside Chris Masterson and Christine Woods and is also a co-producer on the film.
The spring of 2011 delivered Johnson his first role in a major network pilot, playing top real estate agent Adam Mann in NBC’s A Mann’s World, written and directed by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City). In late 2010 Johnson filmed ¿Para qué sirve un oso? (What’s a Bear for?) Which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival and was released theatrically in the spring of 2011. Co-starring alongside Javier Cámara (Hable con ella) and Geraldine Chaplin, Johnson stars as “Vincent,” the naive assistant to a reclusive and passionate zoologist. Shot entirely on location in northern Spain, the film not only showcases Johnson's versatility and comedic timing, but his fluency in Spanish.
Johnson also rounded out the ensemble cast of the Paramount Digital Entertainment production of Circle of 8, which ran exclusively on Myspace.com. The Mountain Dew sponsored webisodes aired over a series of weeks, resulting in a noticeable spike in return visits for the site and has since been licensed to several television markets worldwide.
Johnson’s additional credits include The Back-Up Bride, as Bubba, a character that provides comic relief as the best friend of the groom, Dreamtime’s Over, a supernatural thriller shot over two plus months on location in Melbourne, Australia, and directed by George Miller (The Man from Snowy River), the lead in the drama, My Life: Untitled and the major motion picture Redline. His television appearances include Nash Bridges, Law & Order and a role in the 2003 TNT Award Winning original drama Word of Honor.
GRAHAM BECKEL “EDWIN STANTON”:
Graham Beckel has made a rich career playing rough and tough character roles since he turned to acting in the 1970’s. In that vein, Beckel most recently portrayed Ellis Wyatt in Paul Johansson’s feature “Atlas Shrugged: Part I,” opposite Taylor Schilling, which received its release in April 2011.
Several feature highlights include “Peacock,” directed by Michael Lander and opposite Susan Sarandon, Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page; “The Astronaut Farmer” directed by Michael Polish; the Michael Bay helmed “Pearl Harbor;” and perhaps most notably his roles as L.D. Newsome in director Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain” and as Detective Sgt. Dick Stensland opposite Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey and Guy Pearce in Curtis Hanson’s award winning “L.A. Confidential.” Other film appearances include “Vegas Baby;” “Hardball;” “Point of Origin;” “True Crime;” “Bulworth;” “Leaving Las Vegas;” and “The Paper Chase.”
Beckel’s recent television credits include guest starring turns on “Longmire;”“Scandal,” “CSI: New York;” “Castle;” “The Cleaner;” “CSI: Miami;” “Heroes;” “Raines;” “Grey’s Anatomy;” and “Wanted.” Beckel has also starred in over fifteen television movies, which include “In From the Night;” “Helter Skelter;” “The Pennsylvania Miner’s Story;” “The Other Mother;” “My Brother’s Keeper;” “Murder of Innocence” and “Amerika.”
GERALDINE HUGHES “MARY TODD LINCOLN”
Geraldine Hughes is originally from West Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television. Hughes received the Los Angeles Ovation, Garland and Drama Critics Circle Awards and a Drama League Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance for her solo play Belfast Blues, which she also wrote.
She most recently starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Cyrano De Bergerac opposite Douglas Hodge. Her other recent stage credits include the West End production of Jerusalem opposite Tony award winner Mark Rylance after performing in the Broadway production this past year. Other theatre credits include: Molly Sweeney (Irish Repertory Theatre), Pumpgirl (MTC), Translations (MTC), Orson’s Shadow, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Weir, The Architect.
Hughes’ television credits include: Nurse Jackie, Mercy, The Good Wife, Law and Order CI, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order, Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle, ER. She has starred in several features including Warner Bros.’Gran Torino, MGM’s Rocky Balboa and the upcoming Dead Souls for Chiller Network and National Geographic Channel’s Killing Lincoln opposite Billy Hopkins.