McNamara, William 1965–

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McNamara, William 1965–

(Billy McNamara)


Full name, William West McNamara; born March 31, 1965, in Dallas, TX; father, a professional race car driver; mother, an interior designer. Education: Attended Columbia University; studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute; studied acting with Kim Stanley.


Agent—Ellis Talent Group, 4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village, CA 91607. Manager—Entertainment Management Group, 8265 West Sunset Blvd., Suite 203, West Hollywood, CA 90046.


Actor. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, member of Act I theatre group, c. 1986. Appeared in advertisements. Worked as a production assistant at Twentieth Century-Fox.

Awards, Honors:

Annual CableAce Award nomination, actor in a movie or miniseries, National Cable Television Association, 1993, for Wildflower.


Film Appearances:

Stefano (some sources cite Urbano), Opera (also known as Terror at the Opera), 1987, South Gate Entertainment, 1991.

Billy Kane, The Beat (also known as The Conjurer), Vestron Pictures, 1988.

Teenage Billy Wyatt, Stealing Home, Warner Bros., 1988.

Joel, Dream a Little Dream (also known as Long before Tomorrow), Vestron Pictures, 1989.

Dickie Jackson, Texasville, Columbia, 1990.

Pat Robbins, Stella (also known as A minha mae Stella and Stella—ensam mor), Buena Vista, 1990.

Dave Ritchie, Aspen Extreme (also known as Aspen—Dinheiro, seducao e perigo, Aspen extreme, Aspen—miljonaarien paratiisi, Aspen—Sci estremo, Fuera de pistas, Ski radical, and Zwei Asse im Schnee), Buena Vista, 1993.

(Uncredited) Mark Franklin, Extreme Justice (also known as S.I.S.—Extreme Justice), Trimark Pictures, 1993.

Derek Wolfe, Jr., Surviving the Game, New Line Cinema, 1994.

Eddie Devane, Chasers, Warner Bros., 1994.

Peter Foley, Copycat (also known as Copykill and Imitator), Warner Bros., 1995.

Prince Arthur, Storybook (animated; also known as Adventure Land), PM Entertainment Group, 1995.

Rick Davis, Girl in the Cadillac, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1995.

Damon, Dead Girl, Cinetel Films, 1996.

Sam Gunn, The Brylcreem Boys, Downtown Pictures, 1996.

Shakley, Snitch, Cargo Films, 1996.

Kevin, The Deli, Golden Monkey Pictures, 1997.

Sonny Daye, Glam (also known as Gangster Glam), 1997, Storm Entertainment, 2001.

Mike Lewis, Something to Believe in, Warner Bros., 1998.

Stan Bleeker, Sweet Jane, Phaedra Cinema, 1998.

Troy Davenport, Ringmaster (also known as Jerry Springer: Ringmaster and Springers), Artisan Entertainment, 1998.

Daniel, Just Sue Me, Award Entertainment, c. 1999.

Laurence McCoy, Paper Bullets (also known as American Samurai), 2000.

Michael DeMarco, Knockout, Legacy Releasing, 2000.

Clayton Pirce, Time Lapse (also known as Past Tense), Trimark Video, 2001.

Bobby Murky, The Calling (also known as Man of Faith), Sabeva Film Distribution, 2002.

Chris Parmel, The Kings of Brooklyn (also known as License to Steal), 2004.

Gerard, The Iron Man, Karim Movies, 2006.

David, April Moon, April Moon Productions, 2007.

Hugh Babcock, The Grift (also known as The Fallen), Hemisphere Entertainment, 2007.

James Fisher, A Dance for Bethany, Raise the Bar Productions, 2007.

Teacher, The Still Life, Polychrome Pictures, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Sam "Pono" Kulani, Island Son (also known as The Hawaiian and Kahuna), CBS, 1989-90.

Brad Advail, Beggars and Choosers (also known as TV business), Showtime, 1999-2001.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Philip, Il segreto del Sahara (also known as The Secret of the Sahara, Das Geheimnis der Sahara, and El secreto del Sahara), multiple networks, 1989.

Montgomery Clift, Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (also known as Liz Taylor Story), NBC, 1995.

Ricky Nelson, "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band" segment, Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, TNT, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sammy Perkins, Wildflower, Lifetime, 1991.

Chris Pritchard, Honor Thy Mother, CBS, 1992.

Matt Carter, Doing Time on Maple Drive (also known as Faces in the Mirror), Fox, 1992.

(As Billy McNamara) Michael Burke, Sworn to Vengeance (also known as Careless Whispers and Secret Vows), CBS, 1993.

Matthew Anderson, Radio Inside, Showtime, 1994.

Jeremy Harper, Natural Enemy, 1997.

Jon DiCapri, Stag, 1997.

Tom Baker, Implicated, 1998.

C. Whitmore Evans, Trapped, USA Network, 2001.

Tony Harriman, McBride: Murder Past Midnight, The Hallmark Channel, 2005.

Wilford, American Black Beauty, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Jay Medford, "Soldier Boys," CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1987.

"Indian Poker," The Edge, HBO, 1989.

Johnny Dumont, "It's Only Rock & Roll," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1991.

Judge, The 2000 Miss Teen USA Pageant, CBS, 2000.

Himself, Shooting the Police: Cops on Film, Starz!, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Clay Edwards, "The Brotherhood," Silk Stalkings, CBS and USA Network, 1992.

Nick Boyer, "Given the Heir," Perversions of Science, HBO, 1997.

Gilbert "Gil" Jax, "Encore," Brimstone (also known as Brimstone: el pacto and Le damne), Fox, 1998.

Q. M., "Blue Champagne Resort," Welcome to Paradox (also known as Betaville), Sci-Fi Channel, 1998.

Kimble, "Better Luck Next Time," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits), Showtime, Sci-Fi Channel, and syndicated, 1999.

Kent Johanssen, "Approaching Desdemona," The Hunger, Showtime, 2000.

(As Billy McNamara) Detective Sam Bishop, "Pandora," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2003.

Richard Pencava, "Old Man Quiver," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2005.

Richard, "Waving Goodbye," Beyond the Break (also known as Boarding School), The N (Noggin), 2006.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Mikey Wyatt, The Wyatts, Fox, 1994.

Stage Appearances:

Affiliated with productions of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1986.



Himself, Living the Still Life (short), Polychrome Pictures, 2007.



William McNamara Official Website,, October 12, 2007.

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