Fast Facts

  • Studied illustration in college in hopes of becoming a comic-book artist.
  • Made his TV debut on an episode of Family Ties in 1984.
  • Big film break came with the lead role in 1991's cult classic The Rocketeer.
  • TV GUIDE ranked his Once and Again character Rick Sammler as number 36 on the list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time in 2004.
  • Took a year-long hiatus from acting in 2005 to circumnavigate the globe aboard the Picton Castle, a sail training ship.
  • Stands 6'4" tall, a feature used to his advantage when he portrayed Abraham Lincoln in National Geographic Channel's 2013 docudrama Killing Lincoln.


  • 2000, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series: Winner
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee


  • Virginia Madsen — Ex-fiancée
  • Jennifer Connelly — Ex-fiancée


  • Attended the American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL

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  • Birth Name: William Oliver Campbell
  • Birth Place: Charlottesville, VA
  • Profession: Actor, Producer

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