You might recognize Bill Heck from any of his numerous TV roles over the years. He’s made appearances on shows such as “CSI:NY,” “NCIS,” “The Unit,” “The Americans,” and many more. He held a recurring role on the brief series “Taxi Brooklyn” where he portrayed Special Agent Gregg James of the FBI, who also happened to be the ex-husband of the main character, Detective Caitlin “Cat” Sullivan (Chyler Leigh). The series followed Cat as she investigated the death of her father at the hands of a major crime family, despite being forbidden to do so by NYPD leadership.
In 2018, Heck appeared in the western anthology film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” That movie was written and directed by the Coen brothers and starred various actors across its five segments including James Franco, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Kazan, Heck and many others. In the segment “The Gal Who Got Rattled,” Heck plays Billy Knapp, a wagon train leader who has fallen in love with one of the wagon train’s passengers, Alice Longabaugh. He seeks to marry her and she accepts, though, tragedy strikes, obliterating the couple’s happy moment.
Heck would later appear in a recurring role in Netflix’s 2020 series “Locke & Key,” where he’d play the part of Rendell Key, the deceased husband and father of two children who ultimately discover secret, magical keys within their own old family home. The first season of the show has earned the praise of critics and audiences. Many of Heck’s projects have focused on his characters’ misfortunes, a trend that seems likely to continue with “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”