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Biography



Full Name: Skeet Ulrich
Birth Name: Bryan Ray Trout
Birthday: January 20, 1970
Birthplace: Lynchburg, VA
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Deep Brown
Education: New York University, New York, New York
Family: Twins, Naiia Rose and Jakob Dylan (b. March 9, 2001)
with ex-wife,
Georgina Cates (m. 1997-2005).

 


See also: Filmography|Pictures|Skeet Quotes|Press Archive|Videos|Audio



A strikingly handsome and intense leading man, Skeet Ulrich’s natural talent and depth of character quickly put him on the map of young actors to watch. With chiseled cheekbones and an ardent stare, Ulrich made his mark early on as crazed teen killer Billy Loomis in Wes Craven’s “Scream” (1996) and as bank robber Joe Newton in “The Newton Boys” (1998). A former stage actor and member of David Mamet’s Atlantic Theater Company, Ulrich went on to bring depth and acuity to his performances on screen. Taking on the medium of television in 2006, Ulrich landed a starring role in the CBS drama “Jericho.”






Born Bryan Ray Trout on January 20, 1970 in Lynchburg, VA, Ulrich was raised in Concord, NC. At age 10 he had to undergo open-heart surgery to repair a congenital defect. Earning the childhood nickname “Skeeter” from a Little League coach for being small and quick, Ulrich later shortened his name to Skeet and adopted his step-father's, DK Ulrich, surname. Though he was not particularly interested in academics while attending Northwest Cabarrus High School, Ulrich did go on to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he studied marine biology. While working as an extra in the films “Weekend at Bernie’s” (1989) and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (1990) during college, Ulrich developed an interest in acting. Switching majors, he soon transferred to New York University to study drama, where he was asked to join David Mamet’s Atlantic Theater Company. Performing in a number of off-Broadway plays with the company, including Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” and Craig Lucas’ “Reckless,” Ulrich began to build a solid resume.

Appearing in his first television role of a teen whose relationship with a girl from another cultural background causes problems for their families in the 1994 ABC After-School Special “Same Difference,” doors began to open up for Ulrich. Landing a string of parts in feature films, all of which opened within a week of each other in 1996, Ulrich quickly became one of Hollywood’s new faces to watch. Turning in a number of performances, Ulrich portrayed Winona Rider’s boyfriend in the drama “Boys” (1996), appeared as death row inmate Sharon Stone’s brother in “Last Dance” (1996), and as a hostage in Kevin Spacey’s “Albino Alligator” (1996). That same year, Ulrich became a familiar face to younger audiences – particularly a favorite of the female sect – in the teen witchcraft flick “The Craft” (1996), as a smart-mouthed football player whose girlfriend becomes involved in witchcraft and, more importantly, as Neve Campbell’s murderous boyfriend Billy Loomis in Wes Craven’s horror-genre revival flick, “Scream” (1996). Exhibiting a natural talent on camera, Ulrich went on to land roles in Paul Schrader’s “Touch” (1997) and James L. Brooks’ Oscar-nominated, “As Good As It Gets” (1997), though a number of his scenes in the latter film were eventually cut. The film roles kept coming, with Ulrich portraying real-life bank robber Joe Newton opposite Ethan Hawke and Matthew McConaughey in Richard Linklater’s “The Newton Boys” (1998), starring in the thriller “Chill Factor” (1999) opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., and working with award-winning director Ang Lee in the civil war-era drama, “Ride with the Devil” (1999).


Starring in his first series television role in 2003, Ulrich portrayed Paul Callan, an investigator of modern miracles, in the series “Miracles” (ABC, 2003). Though the series revolved around an intriguing premise, it was cancelled after only 13 episodes. To this day the series maintains a large fan base.




 



Ulrich went on to star in the television movie “The Magic of Ordinary Days” (2005) opposite Kerri Russell and in the highly touted ensemble TNT mini-series, “Into the West” (2005). Returning to series television in 2006, Ulrich landed the lead role on the CBS series “Jericho,” portraying a man who returns to his hometown in Kansas just before it becomes isolated due to a mysterious explosion.


















Career Milestones
2008 Appeared in episode #1.3 of "On The Bench"
2007 Cast in "Armored" as Dobbs
2007 Cast in "For Sale By Owner" as Junior
2006 Cast in the CBS apocalyptic drama "Jericho"
2005 Appeared in TNT's Emmy-nominated miniseries, "Into the West"
2005 Starred with Kerri Russell in "The Magic of Ordinary Days" as Ray Singleton
2003 Starred in the short-lived ABC series "Miracles"
2001 Starred as Kevin Manley in "Chilly Dogs"
2001 Starred in "Soul Assassin" as Kevin Burke
2001 Cast opposite Gary Oldman in the comedy "Nobody's Baby"
2000 Starred as Kevin Mitnick in "Takedown"
1999 Starred in Ang Lee's Civil War drama "Ride with the Devil"
1999 Starred with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in "Chill Factor"
1998 Starred in "A Soldier's Sweetheart" with Georgina Cates
1998 Won rave reviews for his turn as Joe, the youngest of "The Newton Boys"
1997 Appeared as a street hustler in the comedy "As Good as It Gets"
1996 Appeared in "Albino Alligator" as Danny Boudreaux
1996 Played Neve Campbell's boyfriend in Wes Craven's "Scream"
1996 Cast in first leading role in Paul Schrader's "Touch"
1996 First substantial film roles: "Boys", "Last Dance" and "The Craft"
1994 Appeared as Vinnie DiFazio in "CBS Schoolbreak Special" - "Same Difference
Worked in off-off-Broadway theater productions in NYC
Studied acting with David Mamet at New York University 
Played bit parts in films shot in North Carolina including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Everybody Wins" and "Chattahoochee"
Raised in Concord, North Carolina

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