The Almanac

The weekly UPI Almanac package for July 3-9, 2006.
By United Press International

Stars join cast of epic play

NEW YORK, June 21 (UPI) -- A production of the epic "The Coast of Utopia" at New York's Lincoln Center Theater has drawn a number of Hollywood actors into its ensemble.

Moore, Crudup star in romantic comedy

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Billy Crudup will play a misogynistic children's writer forced to collaborate with Mandy Moore in the romantic comedy, "Dedication."

Fox Searchlight gets 'Trust the Man'

TORONTO, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Fox Searchlight grabbed distribution rights to writer/director Bart Freundlich's "Trust the Man" within hours of its screening at the Toronto Film Festival.

Billy Crudup in 'Mission: Impossible III'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Actor Billy Crudup will star alongside Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Keri Russell in "Mission: Impossible III."

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 8, the 189th day of 2005 with 176 to follow.
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Tony Awards feature tough male competition

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- Competition for the men's categories in this year's Tony Awards, to be presented June 5 in New York, is emerging as unusually fierce.

British playwright to return to Broadway

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Popular British playwright Martin McDonagh, best known for "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" and "The Lonesome West," returns to New York's Broadway next spring.

Claire stunned by Billy's 'beauty'

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Claire Danes admits it took some time to get used to seeing her boyfriend Billy Crudup dressed as a woman in the new film "Stage Beauty."

Danes: 'Stage Beauty' shoot was HOT!

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Actress Claire Danes says last summer's European heat wave nearly ruined her performance in the new British period comedy, "Stage Beauty."

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, July 8, the 190th day of 2004 with 176 to follow.
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Harris, Harrelson cast in '3000 Degrees'

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson will star in "3000 Degrees," a film based on Sean Flynn's book about a 1999 Worcester, Mass., fire that killed six firefighters.

It's a boy for Mary-Louise

NEW YORK, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- "Angels in America" star Mary-Louise Parker has given birth to a baby boy.

'Big Fish' 4th film for DeVito, Burton

NEW YORK, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Danny DeVito recently stumped a room full of film reporters when he challenged them to name the four movies he made with director Tim Burton.

Few CGI effects in 'Big Fish'

NEW YORK, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton says he wanted to use as few computer-generated special effects as possible in his fanciful new drama "Big Fish."
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Billy Crudup
Actors Claire Danes and Billy Crudup who became lovers on the set of their latest film "Stage Beauty" have tried not to be photographed together during promotional stints for their film however due to limited lobby space at new York's Paris theatre during the Oct. 4, 2004 premiere danes had to walk pass Crudup for a film cast shot. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

William Gaither "Billy" Crudup (pronounced /ˈkruːdəp/; born July 8, 1968) is an American Tony Award-winning actor of film and stage. He is well known for his roles as guitarist Russell Hammond in Almost Famous, Will Bloom in Big Fish, and Ashitaka in Princess Mononoke. He also starred in the 2007 romantic comedy film "Dedication (film)", alongside of Mandy Moore. He appeared as Doctor Manhattan in the 2009 film Watchmen.

Crudup was born in Manhasset, New York, the grandson of Billy Gaither, a well-known Florida trial lawyer. His parents divorced during his childhood, and later remarried, before divorcing a second time. Crudup has two brothers: Tommy, an executive producer, and Brooks, also a producer. He left New York with his family when he was about eight years old, first living in Texas, then in Florida. He graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1986.

Crudup attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received an undergraduate degree, and he continued his passion for acting with the undergraduate acting company, Lab!Theatre. He was a member of the Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He then studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1994. A year after graduating, he made his debut on Broadway in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.

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