John Billingsley was born in Media, Pennsylvania, to a family that moved frequently in his early years. When they settled in Weston, Connecticut, Billingsley appeared in school plays and went on to study theatre at Bennington College in Vermont. After graduating in 1982, he spent fifteen years pursuing a stage career, most notably in and around Seattle, WA. In 1990, John founded a Seattle based theatre company called Book-It, which was devoted to adapting fiction for the stage and which still flourishes in the Pacific Northwest. John also helped found an acting studio in Seattle called Freehold, where he taught for seven years.
An LA resident since 1995, Billingsley's Los Angeles stage credits include productions at the theatre company A Noise Within in such plays as "The Winter's Tale," "Twelfth Night," "Great Expectations" and "The Country Wife." With the Los Angeles company The Actors' Gang, he performed in "Ugly's First World," and he toured in Europe with Milwaukee's Theatre X in "A History of Sexuality." He also trod the boards of the prestigious Seattle Repertory Theatre in "Nothing Sacred."
John was a Series Regular on “The Others”, “Star Trek: Enterprise” and “The Nine”. He recurred for a number of years on “True Blood”, and has had recurring roles on several other series, as well (“Prison Break”, “NYPD Blue”, “Nikita”, etc.). He has guest starred on approximately 60 TV shows (“Revenge”, “The Mentalist”, “Suits”, “Southland”, Scrubs, Nip/Tuck, 6 Feet Under, The Closer, The West Wing, NCIS, Stargate, CSI:NY, “Criminal Minds”, “Gilmore Girls”, “Cold Case”, etc.). Notable feature films include Out Of Time (in which he starred opposite Denzel Washington), High Crimes, 2012, and approximately 30 others, including recently released indies Trade Of Innocents, A Green Story, Red Line, Sironia, and Losing Control.
On a personal note, John is a voracious reader, and he is blissfully married to the accomplished actress, Bonita Friedericy, who has appeared on stage and on screen with him on multiple occasions.