Billy Crudup: Now That He Won An Emmy, What’s He Doing Next?

By Ross Bonaime | 1 month ago

Billy Crudup

This week Billy Crudup won his first Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, alongside such formidable nominees as Better Call Saul’s Giancarlo Espositio, Succession’s Kieran Culkin, Matthew Macfadyen, and Nicholas Braun, The Handmaid’s Tale’s Bradley Whitford, Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright and Crudup’s own The Morning Show co-star, Mark Duplass.

Despite receiving eight nominations, Crudup was the only winner from The Morning Show and with Apple+ receiving 18 nominations from their first-year contention, the sole award for the new network went to Crudup.

With the 2020 Emmys and Billy Crudup’s win, let’s take a look at what’s next for the prolific actor.

Billy Crudup Now

Billy Crudup

Now 52-years-old, Billy Crudup is married to Naomi Watts. They tied the knot in 2017. He has one son, William Atticus Parker whom he had with his ex-girlfriend, actress Mary-Louise Parker. In a scandalous turn, Crudup left Parker in 2003 when she was seven months pregnant with their son back in

So his dating life is busy, but it doesn’t seem like his acting career is. There don’t seem to be many confirmed products for Billy Crudup in the near future, but there do seem to be some likely projects coming up. That will probably change now that he’s won an Emmy, but here’s what he had lined up as of Emmy night.

Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup

Obviously, the most likely is The Morning Show’s second season. Only a week after its debut, Apple renewed its flagship show and stated that it would return in November 2020. The show began production but then had to shut down in mid-March after filming only two episodes. While it’s unknown when the show will now return, with production for film and television starting back up, it’s likely production on the rest of season two could restart soon.

One of Crudup’s most recent performances was in 2017’s Justice League, a brief role as Henry Allen, the father of The Flash’s Barry Allen. His short scene at the very least set up that Henry Allen is in jail, wrongfully accused of the murder of his wife. With DC’s The Flash film set for release in 2022, it would be extremely unlikely for a film about Barry Allen to not include his imprisoned father. It’s probably safe to say that we’ll see Crudup’s return to the DC Universe.

Billy Crudup in Justice League
Billy Crudup in Justice League

In a relatively small period of time, Crudup has amassed an impressive lineup of work, in film, television, and the stage. Crudup might not always be the star of whatever project he’s working on, but he always stands out, even in his earliest projects alongside some of the biggest stars in the world. With Crudup now an Emmy winner, certainly, his upcoming projects will be even bigger and more impressive than his already incredible resume of work. 

Where He Started Out

Billy Crudup

Predating his career in film and TV, Billy Crudup has had a tremendously impressive career on the stage. A year after earning his Master of Fine Arts at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Crudup made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. With over twenty years of stage experience, Crudup has played such varied characters as Oedipus, John Merrick in The Elephant Man and Lucky in Waiting for Godot.

Billy Crudup won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Vissarion Belinsky in The Coast of Utopia. Crudup has also been Tony-nominated for his roles in 2002’s The Elephant Man, 2005’s The Pillowman and in a 2011 version of Arcadia, the show that Crudup began his Broadway career with.

Billy Crudup On Film

Billy Crudup

Billy Crudup’s film career began with a trifecta of substantial roles. His first performance was in the 1996 Barry Levinson-directed crime drama, Sleepers, with such actors as Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and Brad Pitt. He would then appear in Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You, and in his first starring role, 1997’s c, with Liv Tyler and Joaquin Phoenix.

At the end of the 90s, Billy Crudup’s career featured two critically-acclaimed performances, first in Stephen Frears’ The Hi-Lo Country, which earned Crudup the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance, and 1999’s Jesus’ Son, a performance which earned him the Festival du Film de Paris Best Actor Award and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.

Almost Famous
Billy Crudup in Almost Famous

However, Crudup’s breakthrough role was in the 2000s Almost Famous, the auto-biographical Cameron Crowe film, in which Billy Crudup played lead guitarist Russell Hammond in the fictional band, Stillwater. 

The rest of the 2000s gave Billy Crudup a slew of memorable performances in major releases in such films as Tim Burton’s Big Fish, J.J. Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III and in the Robert De Niro-directed, The Good Shepherd. In 2009, Crudup starred in arguably his biggest film to date, playing the man-turned-blue-god Dr. Manhattan in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen

Watchmen
Billy Crudup in Watchmen

For the 2010s, Billy Crudup mixed work in major feature films with great performances in smaller independent films. Every Alien: Covenant and Justice League had a The Stanford Prison Experiment, Jackie and 20th Century Women. In 2015, Crudup would appear in the 2015 Best Picture Winner at the Academy Awards, Spotlight. The film would also earn Crudup an Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award and a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Most recently, Billy Crudup appeared in a pair of 2019 films: After the Wedding, in which Crudup starred with Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams, and the latest film from Richard Linklater, his adaptation of the Maria Semple novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

Billy Crudup On TV

Billy Crudup

Billy Crudup has a surprisingly small amount of television work on his resume, yet his projects are impressive nonetheless. His first television performance came in HBO’s Curtis Hanson-directed TV movie, Too Big to Fail, from 2011. Crudup played Timothy Geithner, the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Too Big to Fail would be nominated for ten Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

Billy Crudup on The Morning Show
Billy Crudup on The Morning Show

Crudup’s first television series was 2017’s Netflix thriller, Gypsy. While the show was canceled after only one season, he met his current partner Naomi Watts on the set, playing Watts’ husband, Michael Holloway.

Yet Billy Crudup would win his Emmy for The Morning Show, where he plays Cory Ellison, a television executive who takes over the eponymous Morning Show’s news operations. Beyond his Emmy for this performance, Crudup previously won a Critics’ Choice TelevisionAward for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.

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