Bill Heck Biography

Gender: Male

Heck garnered notable attention upon his return 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. His work was 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. Bill 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, and explored the world of crack addiction in the 2012 Pulitzer play Water By the Spoonful. Other NYC theatre includes Pig Farm for Roundabout, Brooklyn Boy (MTC), and Much Ado About Nothing (NYSF, The Public). Heck recently wrapped as a series regular on "Taxi Brooklyn", Gary Scott Thompson's international television series for Europacorp, directed by Olivier Megaton. Bill's other screen work this year includes Damon Lindelof's “The Leftovers” opposite Liv Tyler (HBO, dir. Peter Berg), the lead in Stephen Elliot’s upcoming independent film Happy Baby, and a featured role in summer 2014 release The Amazing Spiderman 2 (dir. Marc Webb). 2013 has also seen Heck tour the film festival circuit as the lead in Yen Tan's Pit Stop (OutFestLA award for Best Actor), which premiered earlier this year at Sundance. Other TV/film credits include: “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “Pan Am,” “The Big C,” “The Closer,” Nonames.

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