Kelly AuCoin is an American actor who has appeared in film, television, and theater. He has appeared in several American television series, and currently has the recurring roles of "Dollar" Bill Stearn on Billions (Showtime), Pastor Tim on The Americans (FX), and Hercules Mulligan on Turn: Washington's Spies (AMC), while also frequently appearing on stage in New York and venues around the country, such as Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, and La Jolla Playhouse. He has had supporting roles in the films The Kingdom, Julie & Julia, and All That I Am, which won the SXSW Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting.
AuCoin was born in the Portland, Oregon suburb of Hillsboro, the son of Les and Susan AuCoin, and grew up in Oregon and Washington, D.C., where his father served as a United States Congressman from 1975 to 1993. His first appearance on television was in one of his father's campaign commercials, in which he countered claims that his father was a tax-and-spend Democrat by washing the family car to illustrate how cheap his father actually was. AuCoin is a graduate of Georgetown Day School and Oberlin College.
Upon arriving in New York, AuCoin landed small roles in several soap operas, including Guiding Light and The City. In the early 2000s, AuCoin appeared in episodes of The Sopranos and the first of many episodes of Law & Order. has more recently had recurring roles in Netflix's House of Cards, The Americans, and the Showtime original series Billions. He has also appeared in other television series, such as Madam Secretary, the NBC miniseries The Slap, Unforgettable, Person of Interest, Forever, The Following, Elementary, The Good Wife, White Collar, Gossip Girl, Blue Bloods, among others. He played the regular recurring role of Peter Keatch in the CBS series Waterfront, which was canceled before ever airing, despite having shot five episodes.
For the 2012 presidential election, NPR's Planet Money team cast AuCoin as their "Fake Presidential Candidate" to give voice to "major economic policies they could all stand behind."
His first major film role came in 2007, where he played State Department official Ellis Leach in The Kingdom. In 2009's Julie & Julia, AuCoin played one of the executives for the Houghton Mifflin publishing company who declined to publish Julia Child's soon-to-be-legendary cookbook. He also starred in Complete Unknown, starring Rachel Weisz, and will appear in Drunk Parents, starring Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek, and Barry Levinson's The Wizard of Lies, starring Robert De Niro.
In 2005, AuCoin appeared as Octavius in a Broadway revival of Julius Caesar, which starred Denzel Washington. AuCoin has appeared in numerous other Off-Broadway stage productions, including Manhattan Theatre Club's 2015 production of Of Good Stock, and Signature Theatre's 2014 revival of A. R. Gurney's The Wayside Motor Inn, directed by Lila Neugebauer, which won him, and the rest of the cast, a special Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Ensemble". Other Off Broadway productions include 2008's premiere of Ernest Hemingway's The Fifth Column, 2009's Jailbait, by Deirdre O'Connor, directed by Suzanne Agins, 2010's Happy Now?, by Lucinda Coxon, the 2013 premiere of Tanya Barfield's The Call, directed by Leigh Silverman in a joint production by Primary Stages and Playwrights Horizons, He recently starred in two La Jolla Playhouse productions; J. T. Rogers' Blood And Gifts, directed by Lucie Tiberghien, and Arthur Kopit and Anton Dudley's world premier A Dram Of Drummhicit, directed by Christopher Ashley. AuCoin was a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company in the early 1990s.
AuCoin is married to dancer Carolyn Hall, winner of a 2002 Bessie Award for creative work in dance performance, and the couple lives in Brooklyn.