William Gaither Crudup ( born July 8, 1968) known professionally as Billy Crudup, is an American actor. He is a four-time Tony Award nominee, winning once for his performance in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia in 2007. He has starred in numerous high-profile films, including Without Limits, Almost Famous, Big Fish, Mission: Impossible III, Watchmen, Public Enemies, Spotlight, Jackie, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Justice League, and Alien: Covenant, in both lead and supporting roles. He has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for his performance in Jesus' Son, and received two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations as part of ensemble cast for Almost Famous and Spotlight, winning for the latter. Crudup starred in the Netflix original series Gypsy in 2017. In 2019, he began playing Cory Ellison in the Apple TV+ drama series The Morning Show, which earned him the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a nomination for the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.