Willaim "Billy" Nolan is one of the characters and the secondary antagonist in the novel Carrie who alongside his gilrfiend Chris Hargensen hurt and humilated Carrie White and later another victim of her telekinetic powers.
William "Billy" Nolan was Chris Hargensen's boyfriend and the leader of a dangerous gang in Chamberlain, Maine. He did not seem to really care anything about Chris and acted more as though she were his enemy rather than his girlfriend. Like Henry Bowers, Buddy Repperton and Ace Merrill, he is the leader of a gang of bullies.
Billy was one of the conspirators who helped in setting up the prom night prank against fellow classmate Carrie White, with whom Chris had harbored a bitter grudge after losing her prom privileges. Chris had approached Billy and "convinced" him to help her get even with Carrie. So Billy and several other friends (perhaps fellow gang members) raided a pig farm one night and mercilessly butchered two pigs. Billy then broke into the Ewan High School gymnasium and poured the pigs' blood into two buckets, which he then placed high upon a rafter and tied with a rope. When prom night arrived, Chris and Billy waited for Carrie and her date Tommy Ross to arrive onstage and be crowned, and then pull the rope, drenching the pair with the blood.
For a while, this scheme worked without a hitch. But after a while, Carrie ran from inside the gym, crying. The next moment, faculty and students were dying left and right, and no one could figure out what was going on. Of course, Billy and Chris weren't bothering themselves with figuring out the mystery, for right after Chris pulled the rope, both made their way back to a local bar to an upstairs room, where Billy was rearing to have sex in celebration of submitting Carrie to the "ultimate humiliation." But he got no farther than undoing Chris' blouse.
Later, Billy's fellow classmate Jackie Talbot banged on the door to the room where Chris and Billy were sleeping and told them that most of the town was on fire, and Carrie caused it all.
Billy and Chris hurriedly put their clothes on and left the roadhouse, not before Billy saying that if the police found out about what happened at school, he was going to California. Although he gested that he would take Chris if he went, it was revealed that he honestly would not. So, as he and Chris left the bar he said, "This place sucks anyway."
The pair got into Billy's car, engine stared, high beam blaring, Chris let out a scream that seemed to send mental signals to Billy, and that's when they saw the battered Carrie right in front of the car. Wasting no time, Billy put the car into full throttle towards Carrie. Before the car could make contact, Carrie mentally took control of it away from Billy and sent it hurdling right into the roadhouse, killing them both.
1976 Film Edit
John Travolta began his motion picture career by playing as the apathic Billy Nolan in this movie. No mention was made of him having a gang.
Unlike the novel, where Billy saw and treated Chris more like an archnemesis, this Billy was dismissive.
During the scene where he and Chris were driving around, he made jokes about Chris being scared that he was going to cause an accident. Chris, however, had a way for calling Billy stupid or "dumb shit." Billy did not take well to being called either.
Chris manages to "convince" Billy to help her exact revenge on someone named "Carrie White." Billy had no idea what Chris was talking about, but decides to help her anyway. Him, Chris, Freddie DeLois and Kenny Garson raid a pig farm to butcher a pig or two. Then Billy and Chris hurry over to the Bates High gymnasium and pour the blood into a bucket, which is then hoisted up to one of the overhead rafters. When the time comes, someone would pull a rope attached to the bucket and drench Carrie with the blood when she comes onto the stage to be crowned prom queen.
The plan worked, but then something happened that neither Billy or Chris expected: Carrie snapped and uses her hidden telekinetic powers to dish out some revenge of her own.
Carrie's revenge did not end until later as she was walking home. Billy and Chris drove up behind her in Billy's car (with Chris at the wheel here), intending to run her over and cap their scheme. Carrie being who she is felt the car coming up behind her at high speed, and mentally veered the car into a clearing, tossing Billy and Chris with it. It then explodes a minute later.
2002 Remake Edit
Actor Jesse Cadotte portrayed Billy in this version.
In this version Billy is Chris Hargensen's boyfriend, however he is portrayed to be a mentally unstable, malicious deliquent with a very dark sense of humor and he shows more signs of malevolence then Chris as he slaughtered a pig without a second thought and even pressured Chris to go along with the plot drench Carrie with pig's blood as she was thinking of redeeming herself when she saw how happy Carrie was.
Billy's insanity and malice ultimately proved to be his downfall when he attempted to run over the now telekinetic-crazed Carrie with his truck as Chris pleas for him to stop, however Carrie sends the truck crashing to a tree, crushing both Billy and Chris to death.
- The 2002 version of Billy is similar to Victor Zsasz as they both kill without giving a second thought