Skeet was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and was raised in
Concord, North Carolina by his father (his parents were
divorced). Skeet's father reportedly misspelled Bryan's first
name on the birth certificate as "Brain". The nickname "Skeet"
originated from the nickname "Skeeter" he was given by his
Little League coach due to his small stature. Skeet Ulrich also
had nicknames such as "Chester" and "Mosquito." Along with his
slight frame he had poor health, including numerous bouts with
pneumonia, and had undergone open heart surgery at the age of
10. His stepfather is former NASCAR driver D.K. Ulrich.
Skeet graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School, where he was a soccer standout. Then he went to North Carolina. After initially enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study Marine Biology, Skeet Ulrich switched to New York University, and was subsequently noticed by playwright David Mamet.
After joining the Atlantic Theater Company as an apprentice, Skeet performed with the group, which got him noticed yet again, this time by director Stacy Cochran. She cast him in an ABC After School Special. With her help he also received his first notable role on screen in 1996 as the loutish boyfriend of Winona Ryder in Boys. Ulrich is perhaps best known for his role as Billy Loomis, Neve Campbell's boyfriend in Wes Craven's Scream.
In later years Skeet has not seen as much professional success, but has had a few memorable roles that attracted some notice. Skeet Ulrich had a small but pivotal role as an emotionally conflicted homos--ual hustler in As Good as It Gets, he starred as Juvenal, a young man with stigmata and healing powers in the film Touch, and he appeared in Ride with the Devil, an American Civil War drama directed by Ang Lee. He also played computer hacker Kevin Mitnick in the film Takedown.
On television, Skeet starred in the short-lived ABC series Miracles, and appeared in TNT's multiple Emmy-nominated miniseries, Into the West. Ulrich was recently cast in the CBS drama Jericho, which premiered on September 20, 2006.
In 1997 Skeet married English actress Georgina Cates, whom he met at an Academy Award party. Their wedding was a small ceremony held on their farmland in Virginia, with the only guests being the preacher and their canine companions. They have twins: a son Jakob Dylan, and a daughter, Naiia Rose, born on March 9, 2001. Skeet and Georgina are separated and have filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
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