The Orange County California suburb of Tustin is not the sort of town you ordinarily think of as fertile ground for acting talent, but it was just the place to spawn Lillard’s performing career. As far back as high school, he found a way to get in front of a camera starting with his hosting gig Nickelodeon’s “SK8 TV.”
Soon after graduation, he landed his first movie role in “Hackers”. But it was his part as Stu in the horror classic, “Scream,” that got audiences really noticing him. He’s proved his acting range mastering a variety of characters from the ongoing role as Shaggy in the kid-friendly “Scooby-Doo” film and TV series to guest-starring parts on adult-oriented shows like “House” and “Criminal Minds.” However, the hallmark of his acting career was his co-starring role alongside George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s critically acclaimed comedy-drama, “The Descendants.”
Now, he’s made an auspicious directorial debut on the indie coming-of- age feature, “Fat Kid Rules the World.” Not only is it a beautiful adaptation of an award-winning young adult novel, it’s a significant demonstration of directorial talent for the newest member of the First Wave family.
It’s a hard-to-top list of accomplishments, but we should note Lillard’s participation in a “Dungeons & Dragons” mini tournament opposite the Quest Club gaming organization staged at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.
He’s married to Heather Helm, the mother of their three children.