Billy Magnussen is establishing himself as one of the most promising and versatile rising actors, having worked with directors including Steven Spielberg, Dan Gilroy, and Guy Ritchie, among others.
Currently, Magnussen is in production of Velvet Buzzsaw, a horror thriller set in the art world written and directed by Dan Gilroy. Next up, he’ll be seen in the highly anticipated Cary Fukunaga limited series Maniac, in which he stars opposite Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. Then, Magnussen will star in Ike Barinholtz’s independent feature The Oath, opposite Tiffany Haddish, John Cho, and Carrie Brownstein, and in the live action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin as Prince Anders, directed by Guy Ritchie.
Earlier this year, Magnussen appeared in Warner Bros.’ Game Night with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.
Previously, Magnussen was seen in Matt Spicer’s Ingrid Goes West, which won the 2018 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, as well as George Nolif’s martial arts drama Birth of the Dragon.
On the small screen, Magnussen appeared in season four of Netflix’s acclaimed series Black Mirror and Davey Holmes’ EPIX series Get Shorty, opposite Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano. In 2015 he played Kato Kaelin in Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, and he had a role in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
In addition to his onscreen roles, Magnussen has starred in various Broadway performances. Most notably, he garnered a Tony Award nomination for his role as Sigourney Weaver’s love interest, Spike, in the Tony-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, Magnussen has been acting since 2007.