William Gregory Magnussen|
April 20, 1985
Woodhaven, Queens, New York
|Education||North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA)|
Magnussen was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the son of Daina, an aerobics instructor, and Greg Magnussen, a professional bodybuilder and kickboxer. He has two younger brothers. His maternal grandparents were Lithuanian immigrants. He grew up in Woodhaven until the age of 10, when he moved with his family to Cumming, Georgia. Magnussen graduated from South Forsyth High School in 2003 and later graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
In 2012, he was cast alongside David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver in Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, premiering at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jesey, prior to its move to Lincoln Center in New York City. It then moved to the John Golden Theatre, where it was nominated for six Tony Awards. Magnussen was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role as Spike.
Magnussen appeared in the films Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet and Happy Tears, which stars Demi Moore and Parker Posey. He stars as Claude in the film Twelve, which was released July 30, 2010.
He played Neil Thomas, a World War II hero, in the 2011 film The Lost Valentine, based on the book The Last Valentine by James Michael Pratt. The Lost Valentine aired on January 30, 2011, on CBS as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. In 2011, he also played Thor in Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress. In 2012, he starred in the indie feature Surviving Family.
In 2016 Billy appeared in THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS, opposite Kathy Bates, as Ellis, the social worker in charge of Gilly Hopkins, played by Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse. The role was originally written for a female in the novel and stage play.
He guest-starred on Boardwalk Empire as Roger McAlister, Gillian Darmody's lover, and was the stand-in for Jimmy Darmody's corpse.
He also has guest-starred on The Divide in 4 episodes.
He also has guest-starred on NCIS: Los Angeles in episode 3 of season 2,titled "Borderline" for his role,Corporal Allen Reed.
- Twelve (2010)
- Damsels in Distress (2011)
- The Lost Valentine (2011)
- Surviving Family (2012)
- The Brass Teapot (2012)
- Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014)
- Into the Woods (2014) as Rapunzel's Prince
- The Divide (2014) as Eric Zale
- Bridge of Spies (2015)
- The Big Short (2015)
- The Meddler (2016)
- Birth of the Dragon (2016)
- Ingrid Goes West (2017)
- Matthew Blank. "PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Tony Nominee Billy Magnussen". Playbill.
- Billy Magnussen Joins 'As the World Turns'
- Charles Isherwood,Reading Between the Sheets: Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen Star in ‘Sex With Strangers’,New York Times, July 30, 2014,retrieved May 6, 2015
- Billy Magnussen: As The World Turns on CBS
- Billy Magnussen | Daytime Confidential
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-04-24.