William "Billy" McNamara studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City while at the same time attended Ivy League School, Columbia University. Every summer Billy worked in production on numerous 20th Century Fox movies on location in New York City as well as at the studio in Los Angeles. Billy worked in production under producers Stanley Jaffe, James"Jimmy"Skotchdopole(recent winner of an Academy Award for Best Picture, BIRDMAN), Henry Bronchstein and many more. Billy transitioned to in front of the camera and has starred in over sixty-five film and TV appearances. One of his first roles was opposite Jodie Foster in Warner Bros' STEALING HOME(please see list of films and TV at htt://www.imidb.com/name/nm001530
It was during the nineties, however, that Billy - arguably - turned out some of his best performances. He gave a great performance as Derek Wolfe Jr in the Ernest R. Dickerson manhunt thriller Surviving the Game (1994), in which he worked with a cast of talented veteran actors including F. Murray Abraham, Gary Busey, Rutger Hauer, and John C. McGinley. That same year he was again teamed with Gary Busey - and Tom Berenger - in the Navy comedy Chasers (1994), directed by Dennis Hopper.
His most prized - and chilling - role, though, is that of Peter Foley the copycat serial killer in the psychological thriller Copycat (1995). The film also starred Sigourney Weaver, Dermot Mulroney, and jazz musician Harry Connick Jr.. He appeared with Andrew McCarthy and John Stockwell in Stag (1997), and made his way towards the millennium opposite Gabriel Byrne in the World War II drama The Brylcreem Boys (1998).
Billy's first feature film role was in acclaimed cult horror director Dario Argento's slasher classic, Opera (1987). But don't fear: the actor is actually a kind spiritualist and an avid animal rights activist, putting much time, energy, and money into the plight of the dolphins and small whales off the shores of Japan. In addition Billy involves himself in animal rescue in general, Kundalini, and Yoga! Like Henry Rollins, his co-star in Time Lapse (2001), Billy McNamara gets his own hands dirty while 'actively' pursuing causes that are close to his heart.
Billy turned his passion, animal rescue, into a show that he created, sold, produced and co-hosted with his producing partner, Alison Eastwood, entitled ANIMAL INTERVENTION for the National Geographic Channel. Billy has sold numerous non scripted shows into development and has had his first scripted show optioned by Queen Latifah and her company, Flavor Unit Productions. Billy has had great success shooting sizzle reels that sell. Billy has run a successful Kickstarter campaign so he knows the ins and outs of crowdfunding. Billy's relationships in front of the camera and behind the camera spans over 30 years