Name:
Skeet Ulrich
Birth Date:
January 20, 1970
Birth Place:
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Height:
6' 1''
Nationality:
American
Profession:
actor
Education:
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (majored in Marine Biology)
BIOGRAPHY
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Scream’s Killer

Background:

“I’m disappointed in acting as a craft. I want everything to go back to Orson Welles and fake noses and changing your voice. It’s become so much about personality.” Skeet Ulrich

An American actor, Skeet Ulrich, born Bryan Ray Ulrich, is probably best-remembered for his physical likeness to Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp. The former member of David Mamet’s prestigious Atlantic Theater Company started out as a film extra before crafting notable work on stage, TV and film. He became one of Hollywood’s young hottest stars after portraying the assassin in the box office smash hit horror Scream (1996). The handsome actor is known for his fine supporting performances in such films as As Good as It Gets (1997), The Newton Boys (1998), Chill Factor (1999) and Ride with the Devil (1999). He also had leads in several movies, including one the David Seltzer-directed Nobody’s Baby (2001).

On the small screen, Ulrich made his debut in the 1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special Same Difference and did not resurface until he starred in the short-lived series “Miracles” (2003). He will play Jake Green in drama series “Jericho,” which will premiere in Fall, this year.

As for his private life, the 6’ 1” actor married English actress Georgina Cates from 1997 until they divorced in 2005. They share twins, son Jakob Dylan and daughter Naiia Rose, born in 2001. Before the marriage, Ulrich was romantically involved with Leonora Scelfo, the daughter of actress Deborah Winters (dated in 1995-1997).


Skeeter

Childhood and Family:

Son to a restaurateur, Bryan Ray Ulrich, better known as Skeet Ulrich, was born on January 20, 1970, in Lynchburg, Virginia. His parents divorced when he was still a little child. He had since moved quite often, before finally settling down in Concord, North Carolina, where he and his older brother, Geoff, were raised by their mom. Ulrich’s mother was married to NASCAR driver D.K. Ulrich, but later divorced to marry Edward L Wax. Ulrich had poor health as a youth. He often collapsed with pneumonia and had to undergo an open heart surgery at the age of 10 to correct a ventricle defect. Despite the ailments, he grew up becoming an implausible athlete. It was while playing basketball that Ulrich earned the nickname “Skeeter” (it was later shortened “Skeet”) from his little league coach because he was tiny like a mosquito.

Ulrich, who also carried such nicknames as Chester and Mosquito, was educated at Northwest Cabarrus High School and was an excellent soccer player. Upon graduation, he went to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study Marine Biology, but later switched his major to theater and transferred to New York University.

In November 1997, Ulrich married actress Georgina Cates (born in 1975), whom he met at an Oscar party. The couple had their small wedding ceremony in Virginia, with the only guests being the priest and their close friends. They welcomed twins, a daughter named Naiia Rose, and a son named Jakob Dylan, on March 9, 2001. Unfortunately, Ulrich and Georgina called it quits in 2005.


Jericho

Career:

Skeet Ulrich was studying marine biology at the University of North Carolina, when he got his start as an extra in local movie productions such as Weekend at Bernie’s (1989), Everybody Wins, Chatahoochie, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). He soon developed a love for acting, changed his major to drama at the New York University, and joined the Atlantic Theater Company, a New York off-Broadway theater company founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy. During his five years stints with the company, he performed in numerous plays, including Craig Lucas’ “Reckless” and Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler.”

His stage work caught the attention of director Stacy Cochran, who cast Ulrich in his first television role, as a teenager whose bond with a girl from another cultural background generates problems for their families in the CBS Schoolbreak Special Same Difference (1994). With the help of Cochran, Ulrich also received his early significant film role as Winona Ryder’s ill-mannered lover Bud Valentine in the director’s drama/mystery Boys (1996). The same year, he also appeared as Sharon Stone’s brother in the drama Last Dance, had a supporting role opposite Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk and Neve Campbell as a date rapist in Andrew Fleming’s horror-comedy The Craft and teamed up with Kevin Spacey for his directorial debut in Albino Alligator, which starred Matt Dillon.

However, it was the Wes Craven surprise hit Scream (1996) that made Ulrich a star. His role as the murderer Billy Loomis successfully launched him as one of the hottest young star in Hollywood. The horror flick also starred David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan and Matthew Lillard, among others.

After the big screen success, Ulrich received the offer to star in Paul Schrader’s Touch (1997). Playing a former Franciscan pastor who finds he has therapeutic powers, he was the only lead and expected to carry the film. Unfortunately, the comedy/drama was not a hit. Moving to supporting roles, the raising star proved he was outstanding in such films as the James L. Brooks-helmed comedy As Good as It Gets (1997, opposite Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson), Richard Linklater’s period comedy The Newton Boys (1998, as the youngest brother with an ethics), the action-thriller Chill Factor (1999, along side Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Ang Lee’s Civil War drama Ride with the Devil (1999, starred Tobey Maguire). In 1998, he also supported Kiefer Sutherland and Georgina Cates in the war film A Soldier’s Sweetheart.

Ulrich returned to film in a leading role when director Joe Chappelle cast him as Kevin Mitnick in Takedown (2000). It was followed by other starring roles like in the comedy film Nobody’s Baby (2001, opposite Gary Oldman) for director-writer David Seltzer, the crime-thriller Soul Assassin (2001, with Kristy Swanson) and the adventure Kevin of the North (2001, with Natasha Henstridge).

Vanishing from the spotlight for a short time, the actor made his way back to the business by taking on the starring role of Paul Callan in the Emmy-nominating series “Miracles” (2003). The show, however, was soon canceled. Two years later, Ulrich costarred with Keri Russell in the made-for-TV film The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005), before being tapped to play the supporting role of Jethro Wheeler in the Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries “Into the West” (2005). He is set to play the role of Jake Green in the CBS drama “Jericho,” which is slated to release in Fall, this year.


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