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Billy Magnussen Biography

Birth Name:
William Gregory Magnussen
Birth Place:
Woodhaven, Queens, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, musician

Fast Facts

  • Wrestled in high school until a hamstring injury forced him to quit and drop out of gym class during his senior year; enrolled in a drama course instead and fell in love with acting
  • Made Broadway debut in the 2007 revival of The Ritz
  • Big break came in 2008 being cast as Casey Hughes on As the World Turns
  • Meryl Streep caught his Tony-nominated performance in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and recommended him to director Rob Marshall for the film adaptation of Into the Woods; landed the role of Rapunzel's prince
  • Plays bass in the New York City-based band Reserved for Rondee
  • Appears in two movies (Bridge of Spies; The Big Short) nominated for 2015 Best Picture Oscars

Awards

    Relationships

    • Dane Magnussen -- Brother
    • Jesse Magnussen -- Brother
    • Greg Magnussen -- Father
    • Daina Magnussen -- Mother