Bill Heck Biography

Birth Place:
Phoenix, AZ

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Birth Place: Phoenix, AZ
Gender: Male

Born in Phoenix, AZ. Moved to the Chicago suburbs at age 10. Started theatre junior year at Libertyville High School as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd. BFA at the University of Evansville. MFA at NYU's Grad Acting. First jobs out of school were an ensemble role in Shakespeare in the Park, and a Bud Light spot that bombed. Did more theatre, moved to LA for a while, did theatre/film/tv. Returned to New York to play the central role in Horton Foote's 9-hour epic The Orphans' Home Cycle (Signature Theatre) opposite his eventual wife, Maggie Lacey, and directed by Michael Wilson. Nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards in addition to winning a Theatre World Award and Equity's Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Actor. Went on to star as Joe Pitt opposite Zachary Quinto in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, played opposite Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice for The Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park, explored the world of crack addiction in the 2012 Pulitzer play Water By the Spoonful, and has continued working apace while becoming the father of two boys. Film/tv credits available at

Bill Heck Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

Drama Desk Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bill Heck, The Orphans' Home Cycle
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bill Heck, The Orphans’ Home Cycle