Date of Birth : Jul 1st 1968
Crudup (pronounced CROO-dup) was born in Manhasset, New York, the grandson of Billy Gaither, a well-known Florida trial lawyer. His parents divorced during his childhood, and later remarried, before divorcing a second time. Crudup has two brothers: Tommy, an executive producer, and Brooks, also a producer. He left New York with his family when he was about eight years old, first living in Texas, then in Florida. He graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1986.
Crudup attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received an undergraduate degree, and he continued his passion for acting with the undergraduate acting company, Lab!Theatre. He was a member of the Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He then studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1994. A year after graduating, he made his debut on Broadway in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.
Crudup received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in The Elephant Man on Broadway, as well as for his role in the Broadway production of The Pillowman, also starring Jeff Goldblum, which closed on September 18, 2005. From October 2006 through May 2007, he was featured in the first two parts of The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard at Lincoln Center, playing literary critic Vissarion Belinsky, for which he received another Tony Award nomination and subsequent win.
From 1996 to November 2003, Crudup dated actress Mary-Louise Parker, with whom he had a son, William Atticus, born on January 7, 2004. He received negative publicity because they broke up while she was seven months pregnant. In 2004, Crudup and his Stage Beauty co-star Claire Danes confirmed that they were dating, but denied press reports that they were together at the time of Crudup’s split with Parker. In December 2006 the couple split after Danes was seen together with her Evening co-star Hugh Dancy.