John Billingsley was born in Media, PA, and lived for a time in Huntsville, Alabama and Slidell, Louisiana. His family eventually settled down in Weston, Connecticut and John had his thick Southern drawl beaten out of him by vicious Yankee children. 

He began to act in school plays at the tender age of 9. In A Christmas Carol, John played a particularly ferocious (if gap-toothed and lisping) Ebenezer Scrooge. The attention went to his head and he swore off the career he had planned in international finance.

He graduated from Bennington College, in Bennington, VT, where he studied theatre with Nicholas Martin and literature with Bernard Malamud, but where (mostly) he chased girls (fairly unsuccessfully).

He moved to Seattle, WA, upon graduation, where, over a fifteen year period, he appeared on regional stages both well and ill-regarded. He toured Europe and portions of the US with a Milwaukee-based experimental theatre company (Theatre X), whose production of A History of Sexuality featured him in such disparate roles as Sigmund Freud and the Marquis De Sade's valet. The tour went on for waaaay too long, but at least he got to party with Swedes, Finns, Germans, Danes, and Russkies.

His theatre credits include Candide, David Mamet's Bobby Gould in Hell, The Seagull, Pinter's The Birthday Party, Great Expectations, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, The Nerd, The Country Wife, Richard III, Nothing Sacred (directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes), Sam Shepherd's The Unseen Hand & The Tooth of Crime, Saroyan's The Time of Your Life, Harry Kondoleon's The Tooth Fairy, Much Ado About Nothing, Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius and Bitter Bierce, a one man show he produced in 2002 about the life and times of that infamous churl, Ambrose Bierce. 

This is a partial list, there are other shows he has repressed. 

It should also be noted that John played a Berber taxi-cab driver in Ugly's First World at the acclaimed Actor's Gang Theatre some years back, appearing opposite his lovely and talented wife, Bonita (Bonnie) Friedericy, who played Lady Jane Greystroke (aka Mrs. Tarzan). John has had the great good fortune to appear with Ms. F. on multiple occasions. Most recently they played a distraught couple on a TV show called Fear Itself: Bonnie was required to slap John resoundingly across the face, which is why John eats mostly pureed food-stuffs these days.

In l989 John founded a Seattle based theatre company called Book-It, which was devoted to adapting fiction for the stage and which still flourishes in the Pacific Northwest. Between l990 and 1994, John either directed or acted in over 50 adaptions of stories by a diverse range of authors: Woody Allen, John Updike, John Cheever, Anton Chekhov, Jeannette Winterston, Tobias Wolfe, James Joyce, Raymond Carver, Eudora Welty, etc. Book-it performed it's work in it's own home space, but John is particularly proud of Book-It's numerous tours of the Northwest's prisons, libraries, schools, senior citizen centers and colleges.

John also helped to found an acting studio in Seattle called Freehold, also still flourishing, where he taught for seven years. He helped establish and run the company's theatrical production arm. Always active in a limited way in Seattle based film and TV in the '80's, he decided to move to Los Angeles in l995 to pursue those mediums more aggressively because (1) he was broke and (2) refer back to (1).

After a brief and disastrous stint as a cotton candy spinner (tufts of cotton candy refused to adhere to the paper cones and instead plastered themselves on the faces and garments of frightened children), John caught a break in l997 when he was cast in ABC's NYPD Blue as a pathetic and addled child molester.

Other guest star roles followed: The Pretender, The Practice, Martial Law, LA Doctors, Profiler, Family Law, X-Files, Judging Amy, Nash Bridges, Time of Your Life, among others. Films from this period include Eden, Born to Be Wild, I Love You to Death, Eat Your Heart Out, Whilte Oleander, The Glass House and Breathing Hard (the latter was a film he helped develop about his experiences squiring a randy, misanthropic 94 year old expat British actress around Los Angeles: another notable day job).

In l999 Stephen Spielberg cast him as Prof. Miles Ballard in NBC's The Others. This short lived 'thriller' about ghost-hunters managed to be both behind the curve and ahead of it's time. After it's demise, more guest work: Gilmore Girls, Arli$$, Angel, Touched by an Angel, Diagnosis: Murder, The Huntress, Malcolm and Eddie, Stargate, Martial Law, etc, plus a few more films: Room 6, High Crimes, Crocodile Dundee 3.

In 2000, John was cast as Dr. Phlox in Star Trek: Enterprise. Dr. Phlox was an eccentric alien with a whimsical sense of humor, and John wore the requisite rubber head for four seasons. During hiatus(es), John pursued other film opportunities. In addition to a few indies that never surfaced (mercifully), John appeared opposite Denzel Washington in Carl Franklin's film Out of Time, playing a larcenous but warm-hearted small town coroner. Upon the conclusion of Enterprise's run, John returned to guesting on on TV: NCIS, West Wing, various CSI's, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, The Closer, Gideon's Crossing, Six Feet Under, NYPD Blue (again), Ghost Whisperer, and, in a recurring role, the evil Vice-President's hapless (and toothless) brother on Prison Break.

In 2006, John was cast as a series regular for the third (and hopefully not the final) time on the ABC show The Nine. He played Egan Foote, a depressed underachiever thrust into the spotlight when his heroic actions help foil a bank robbery. The Nine, albeit critically acclaimed, was not received rapturously by the great unwashed. RIP.

Since then, more TV (Criminal Minds, Without A Trace, Journeyman, Scrubs, Eli Stone, 24, Grey's Anatomy), more movies (2012, The Least of These, 26 Miles, The Last Word, The Ripple Effect) a little bit of stage work and a smattering of naval gazing. He is currently recurring on True Blood, Alan Ball's hit show about saucy vampires. If you watch the show, you saw quite a bit more of John than you might have wished to in 2009, as the town's participation in a massive (season-long) orgy required him to simulate doing things that are illegal in 27 states, and the Virgin Islands. John signed a nudity waiver, at the producer's behest, and it has been duly framed and now hangs in the guest bathroom.

John's also participated, down the years, in a number of pilots that didn't get picked up, including Lee and Me, Suspect, Atlanta, SIS, and The Wolrd According to Barnes. Apologies are due to the producers of all of those pilots: he's sure it was all his fault. 

Upcoming features: Losing Control and Sidonia.

John is blissfully married, which he can't stress enough, especially in light of Bonnie's aforementioned propensity for violence; he is a voracious reader and he could certainly afford to lose 20 pounds (but in his heart of hearts he knows he never will). 

Management and Fan Mail Address:

Muse Management
1541 Ocean Ave, Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(attention John Billingsley)

 

John's Chosen Charity:

The Aids Service Center
1030 South Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA  91105
Phone: (626) 441-8495
LINK 

 

 

Actor - Filmography
 

Losing Control 
(2010) (post-production)
Character: Prof. Straub 
24
(2009)
- Day 7: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 
- Day 7: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
- Day 7: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Character: Michael Latham
2012 (2009) Movie
Character: Professor West
Scrubs (2009) TV 
- Our Drunk Friend aka "Scrubs: Med School" 
Character: Alan Evans 

American Summer

(2009)
- The Pool Boys
Character: Prof. James Kellogg 
Without a Trace (2008) 
- Rewind
Character: Harry
The Least of These (2008)
Character: Father Alfred McKavee
Twentysixmiles (2008) TV 
- Family Affair 
- The Flying Nun 
Character: Dennis
AM1200 (2008)
Character: Jonah Henry 
True Blood (2008- 2010) TV Series
- The First Taste 
- Escape from Dragon House 
- Cold Ground 
- The Fourth Man in the Fire 
- Nothing But the Blood 
- Scratches 
- Shake and Fingerpop 
- Hard-Hearted Hannah 
- Timebomb 
- I Will Rise Up 
- New World in My View 
- Frenzy 
- Beyond Here Lies Nothin' 
Character: Mike Spencer, The Coroner
Fear Itself Community (2008) TV episode
Character: Phil (1 episode, 2008)
Women's Murder Club Never Tell (2008) TV episode
Character: John Harris (1 episode, 2008)
Eli Stone  Waiting for That Day (2008) TV episode
Character: Daniel Foote (1 episode, 2008)
Finding Red Cloud  (2008) 
Character: Moira's Boss 
The Least of These (2008) Movie
Character: Father Alfred McKavee
American Summer  (2008) Movie
Character: Professor James Kellogg 
Grey's Anatomy Crash Into Me: Part 2 (2007) TV episode
Crash Into Me: Part 1 (2007) TV episode
Character: Jacob Nolston 
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation The Case of the Cross-Dressing Carp (2007) TV episode
Character: Paul Cydon 
Journeyman Game Three (2007) TV Episode
Character: Alan Pratt 
Standoff Ex-Factor (2007) TV Episode 
Character: Dennis Ryker 
Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service In the Dark (2007) TV Episode
Character: Jackson Scott 
The World According to Barnes (2007) (TV)
Character: Scully 
Ghost Whisperer Children of Ghosts (2007) TV Episode 
Character: Mike
Dead & Deader (2006) (TV) 
Character: Langdon 
The Man from Earth
aka Jerome Bixby's The Man from Earth 
(2006)
Character: Harry 
Ripple Effect  (2006)
Character: Brad
The Closer Aftertaste (2006) TV Episode
Character: Tom Newman 
Prison Break Flight (2006) TV Episode .... Terrence Steadman
The Key (2006) TV Episode .... Terrence Steadman
Brother's Keeper (2006) TV Episode .... Terrence Steadman 
CSI: NY Risk (2006) TV Episode
Character: Cecil Arthur 
Room 6 (2006) 
Character: Harrison 
Alive Trapped Under a Boulder (2006) TV episode
Lost on a Mountain (2006) TV episode
Character: Pastor Mordecai Webb 
The Nine (2006 - 2007) TV Series 
Character: Egan Foote 
The 12 Dogs of Christmas (2005) Movie
Character: Dogcatcher Doyle
Nip/Tuck Ben White (2005) TV Episode 
Character: Ben White 
Ultimate Spider-Man (2005) (VG) 
(voice) .... Bolivar Trask
Cold Case - The Woods (2005) TV Episode
- Mindhunters (2004) TV Episode
Reoccurring Character: George 
Enterprise
aka Star Trek: Enterprise
(2001-2005) TV Series
Character: Dr. Phlox 
The Nickel Children (2005) 
Character: The Killer 
Duck Dodgers
aka Duck Dodgers in the 24th Century
Of Course You Know, This Means War and Peace: Part 1 (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... Dr. Psy-Q Hi
Of Course You Know, This Means War and Peace: Part 2 (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... Dr. Psy-Q Hi 
A Cinderella Story (2004) Movie
Character: Mr. Rothman 
Hollywood Hospital (TV Documentary) 
(2004)
Angel Unleashed (2003) TV Episode .... 
Character: Dr. Royce 
Out of Time (2003) Movie
Character: Chae
White Oleander (2002) Movie
Character: Paramedic 
Stargate SG-1 The Other Guys (2002) TV Episode 
Character: Simon Coombs 
High Crimes (2002) 
Character: Lie Detector Coach 
NYPD Blue Gypsy Woe's Me (2002) TV Episode
Character: Ryan Lipe
Oh, Mama! (2002) TV Episode
Character: Ryan Lipe
It Takes a Village (1997) TV Episode
Character: Glenn Farley 
The Glass House  (2001) Movie
Character: Driving Instructor 
Just Ask My Children (2001) (TV)
Character: Andrew Gindes 
Six Feet Under The New Person (2001) TV Episode 
Character: Boring Man 
The Huntress Ah, Wilderness (2001) TV Episode 
Character: Bill Irwin 
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles  (2001) Movie
Character: Barry
The Lot Stiffed (2001) TV Episode 
The West Wing Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail (2001) TV Episode
Character: Dr. John Fallow 
Jack & Jill Chivas & Lies (2001) TV Episode 
Character: Barto's Doctor 
Lessons for an Assassin (2001) 
Character: Mr. Jensen
Touched by an Angel Reasonable Doubt (2000) TV Episode 
Character: Peter Garfield
FreakyLinks Subject: Desert Squid! Myth or Legend? (2000) TV Episode 
Character: Joe
Gideon's Crossing The Race (2000) TV Episode (as John A. Billingsley) Character: Mayor of Boston 
Gilmore Girls The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton (2000) TV Episode 
Character: Mr. Remmy
Family Law One Mistake (2000) TV Episode .... 
Character: Edward Duke 
Judging Amy Not with a Whimper (2000) TV Episode
Character: Bebe's Attorney 
Diagnosis Murder Out of the Past: Part 1 (2000) TV Episode
Out of the Past: Part 2 (2000) TV Episode
Character: Eddie 
G vs E
aka Good vs Evil
Cougar Pines (2000) TV Episode .... 
Character: Bill Kaplan
The Others (2000) TV Series 
Character: Professor Miles Ballard 
Blood on the Backlot (2000) 
Character: John Waddington
Breathing Hard  (2000) 
Character: Hammond 
Tuesdays with Morrie
aka Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie
(1999) (TV)
Character: Sports Fan #1 
Time of Your Life The Time They All Came Over for Thanksgiving (1999) TV Episode .... 
Character: Jerome 'Jerry' Hagan 
Jimmy Zip (1999) 
Character: Irate Driver
The X Files  Three of a Kind (1999) TV Episode
Character: Timmy the Geek 
Kate's Addiction 
aka Circle of Deception
(1999)
Character: FBI Agent #1 
Malcolm & Eddie Badfellas (1999) TV Episode 
The Pretender Mr. Lee (1999) TV Episode 
Betrayal (1998) TV Episode 
Character: Janitor Kenny 
Profiler Perfect Helen (1998) TV Episode
Character: Clifford 
Martial Law Takeout (1998) TV Episode 
Character: Inspector Hotchkiss 
Felicity Boggled (1998) TV Episode 
Character: Delivery Guy
L.A. Doctors
aka L.A. Docs 
Under the Radar (1998) TV Episode 
Character: Mr. Snow 
Significant Others The Plan (1998) TV Episode 
Character: Actor
The Practice The Trial (1998) TV Episode 
Character: Revenue Officer Robert Schmidt 
The Sky's on Fire
aka Countdown: The Sky's on Fire
(1998) (TV)
Character: Dr. Andrew Pike 
Total Security TV Episode
Evasion of the Body Snatchers 
Eat Your Heart Out (1997) 
Character: Technician
Eden (1996) 
Character: Lee 
Born to Be Wild (1995)
Character: Daryl aka Katie 
Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again (1995) (TV) 
Character: Maitre 'D
Northern Exposure It Happened in Juneau (1992) TV Episode 
Character: Patient
Shredder Orpheus (1990)
Character: Linus
I Love You to Death (1990) 
Character: Jailhouse Informant 
Seven Hours to Judgment (1988) 
Character: Eddie 
   

 

Theatre

 

"Bitter Bierce"

or 

"The Friction We Call Grief"

 

Los Angeles

Zephyr Theatre

July/August 2004 -The West Coast premiere of New York Obie Award-winning playwright Mac Wellman's 

"The Winter's Tale" 

Los Angeles

A Noise Within Theatre Company

"Twelfth Night" 

Los Angeles

A Noise Within Theatre Company

"Great Expectations"

Los Angeles

A Noise Within Theatre Company

"The Country Wife" 

Los Angeles

A Noise Within Theatre Company

"Ugly's First World"

Los Angeles

The Actors' Gang

"A History of Sexuality"

Milwaukee

Theatre X (European Tour):

"Nothing Sacred"

Seattle   

Repertory Theatre

   

 

Voice Over

"Duck Dodgers"
aka Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century
(2005)
Playing Dr. Psy-Q Hi
   

 

Commercials

 

Circuit City 

(2000)
New York State Smokers' Quitline  (2001)
Verizon Phone Services