Skeet Ulrich

Skeet Ulrich


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.


Awards:
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Any time I got in emotional turmoil, I felt sick all the time, like at any minute I would die.More Skeet Ulrich quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My mom's been married three times; my dad has been married a lot. I didn't really see my dad that much.More Skeet Ulrich quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think people could justify labeling me if they saw a pattern in what I do, but right now that's impossible.More Skeet Ulrich quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
“The thing that impresses me is that she doesn't stand apart from the film. It all works as a whole.”More Skeet Ulrich quotes [06/29/2006 12:06:00]
I feel like I want to crawl out of my skin, especially when people start questioning me.More Skeet Ulrich quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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