Bryan Ray Trout (best known as Skeet Ulrich) (born January 20, 1970) is an American actor best known for starring in the CBS drama Jericho as Jake Green and for portraying Billy Loomis in Scream. He starred in the police and courtroom drama Law & Order: Los Angeles for only eleven episodes before being let go due to a creative overhaul.
Ulrich was born Bryan Ray Trout in Lynchburg, Virginia and was raised in Concord, North Carolina by his mother, Carolyn Elaine Wax (née Rudd), who owns the special-events marketing agency Sports Management Group. Ulrich's father is a restaurateur and his first stepfather was former NASCAR driver and team owner D. K. Ulrich. His mother has since re-married to Edward Lewis Wax. Ulrich's uncle is NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ricky Rudd (who is his mother's brother) and his maternal grandfather was Alvin Ray Rudd, Sr., the president of Al Rudd Auto Parts. The nickname "Skeet" originated from the nickname "Skeeter" he was given by his Little League coach because of his small stature. Along with his slight frame he had poor health, including numerous bouts with pneumonia, and underwent open heart surgery at the age of 10.
Ulrich graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School, where he was a soccer standout. After initially enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study Marine Biology, he switched to New York University, and was subsequently noticed by playwright David Mamet.