Brad Dourif

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Brad Dourif
Brad Dourif.jpg
Dourif at Ring*Con 2002 in Bonn, Germany
Born Bradford Claude Dourif
(1950-03-18) March 18, 1950 (age 64)
Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, voice artist, and comedian
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) Janet Dourif (now Eskow) (divorced)
Joni Dourif (divorced)

Bradford Claude "Brad" Dourif (/ˈdɔrɨf/; born March 18, 1950) is an American actor, voice artist, and comedian who gained early fame for his portrayal of Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and has since appeared in a number of memorable roles. He is best known for portraying Charles Lee Ray / Chucky (both live-action and voiceover) in the Child's Play franchise, Deputy Clinton Pell in Mississippi Burning, Younger Brother in Ragtime, Piter De Vries in David Lynch's Dune, Gríma Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings and Doc Cochran in Deadwood.

Dourif has also worked with renowned film director Werner Herzog on many occasions, appearing in Scream of Stone, The Wild Blue Yonder, The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?. From June through September, 2013, Dourif starred alongside Amanda Plummer in an Off Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play, his first stage appearance in 29 years.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dourif was born Bradley Claude Dourif in Huntington, West Virginia on March 18, 1950, the son of Jean Henri Dourif, an art collector who owned and operated a dye factory, and Joan Mavis Felton (née Bradford), an actress.[2][3] His paternal grandparents emigrated from France, and his paternal grandfather co-founded the Standard Ultramarine and Color Company in Huntington.[4] After Dourif's father died in 1953, his mother remarried champion golfer William C. Campbell, who helped raise Dourif and his five siblings (four sisters and one brother). From 1963 to 1965, Dourif attended the private Aiken Preparatory School in Aiken, South Carolina. There, he pursued his interests in art and acting. Although he briefly considered becoming a flower arranger, he was eventually inspired to become an actor by his mother's participation as an actress in a community theater called "Give me Shelter." After Aiken Prep, Dourif attended another private school, Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduating in 1968. Dourif attended Marshall University for a time, before quitting college and moving to New York City to study acting on the advice of actress Conchata Ferrell.[5]


Starting in school productions, Dourif progressed to community theater, joining up with the Huntington Community Players while attending Marshall. In New York, he studied with Sanford Meisner, and worked with Marshall Mason and Lanford Wilson at the Circle Repertory Company. During the early 1970s, Dourif appeared in a number of plays, off-Broadway and at Woodstock, New York, including The Ghost Sonata, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, and When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, in which he was spotted by director Miloš Forman[5] who cast him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

Although One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is frequently cited as his film debut, in fact, Dourif made his first appearance in a low-budget film called Split, which was never released.[6] His first studio film was W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975) but his bit part was cut. Nevertheless, his portrayal of the vulnerable Billy Bibbit in Cuckoo's Nest was his big break, earning him a Golden Globe Award (Best Actor Debut) and a British Academy Award (Supporting Actor); he was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[5] Skeptical of his instant stardom, Dourif returned to New York, where he continued in theater and taught acting and directing classes at Columbia University until 1988, when he moved to Hollywood.

In 1981, Vincent Canby listed Dourif as one of twelve actors to watch, calling Dourif "one of the most intense, most interesting young film actors of his generation".[7]


Though Dourif is a prolific screen actor who hasn't been on stage in nearly 3 decades, he chose to star alongside Amanda Plummer in the Off Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play that played to critical-acclaim at the New World Stages. He explained, in a filmed interview released by the producers, why he broke his 29-year hiatus from acting in live theater: "I hated the stage, did not want to do it. And then somebody said, 'Will you do a play? It's with Amanda Plummer', and I said, 'Oh shit! No. Oh God, I'm gonna have to do this...'".[8] It opened on June 10, 2013 and closed on September 29, 2013.[9]

Film and television[edit]

Despite his attempts to avoid typecasting, Dourif frequently plays eccentric or disturbed characters, starting in Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), John Huston's Wise Blood (1979), Forman's Ragtime (1981) and Marc Didden's Istanbul. Dourif then teamed up with director David Lynch for Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986). He also appears in the 1984 music video for the single "Stranger in Town" by Toto.

Dourif has appeared in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of Chucky in the Child's Play franchise. He portrayed the Gemini Killer in The Exorcist III (1990), Death Machine (1994), but has broken from the horror genre with roles in Fatal Beauty (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), Hidden Agenda (1990), and London Kills Me (1991). Dourif also played Gríma Wormtongue in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

On television, Dourif appeared in The X-Files episode "Beyond the Sea" as the psychic serial killer Luther Lee Boggs. He also portrayed Lon Suder in a 3-episode story arc on Star Trek: Voyager and has guest starred as a troubled monk haunted by visions in Babylon 5. In 1984, Dourif played a suspected serial killer in the episode "Number Eight" of Tales of the Unexpected.

He played a role as a villain by the name of Wyatt in the Miami Vice episode "Theresa."

Dourif is also a fan of video games and voiced Saavedro in Myst III: Exile and Reed in GUN. He also voiced Piero Joplin in Dishonored.

Dourif was cast as the Scarecrow in Batman Forever while Tim Burton was attached to the project. However, Joel Schumacher eventually took over the project and instead cast Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face and Jim Carrey as the Riddler.

Other roles Dourif has played are Doc Cochran in Deadwood, receiving a 2004 Emmy Award nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series." He also appeared in Sinner and portrayed Sheriff Lee Brackett in Halloween and Halloween II.

In 2013, Dourif reprised his voice role as Chucky in Curse of Chucky, which has just finished filming. His daughter Fiona Dourif starred with him in the 6th installment of the Child's Play franchise.

Dourif guest starred in the third-season finale of Fringe.[10]

He also had a brief scene in one episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Dourif has been married twice.[citation needed] He had one daughter Fiona Dourif with his ex-wife Joni and adopted Joni's daughter Kristina Dourif Tanoue.


Year Title Role Notes
1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings uncredited
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Billy Bibbit BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1976 The Mound Builders Chad Jasker (made for television)
1977 Group Portrait with Lady Boris Koltowski
The Gardener's Son Robert McEvoy (made for television)
1978 Eyes of Laura Mars Tommy Ludlow
Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich (made for television)
1979 Studs Lonigan Danny O'Neill (made for television)
Wise Blood Hazel Motes 2nd Place—San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones David Langtree (made for television)
Heaven's Gate Mr. Eggleston
1981 Ragtime Younger Brother
1982 Desire, the Vampire Paul (made for television)
1984 Dune The Mentat Piter De Vries
1985 Istanbul Martin Klamski (Belgian movie)
1986 Blue Velvet Raymond
Rage of Angels Seymour Bourne (made for television)
Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo Lamar Sands (made for television)
Impure Thoughts Kevin Harrington
1987 Fatal Beauty Leo Nova
1988 Child's Play Charles Lee Ray (Chucky) (character and voice of Chucky)
Mississippi Burning Deputy Clinton Pell
1989 Desperado: The Outlaw Wars Camillus Fly (made for television)
Sonny Boy Weasel
Terror on Highway 91 Keith Evans (made for television)
1990 Child's Play 2 Chucky (voice only)
Spontaneous Combustion Sam
Horseplayer Bud Cowan
Graveyard Shift Tucker Cleveland
The Exorcist III James Venamun Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Hidden Agenda Paul Sullivan
Chaindance Johnny Reynolds Nominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Grim Prairie Tales Farley
1991 Murder Blues John Barnes a.k.a. Dead Certain
Child's Play 3 Chucky (voice only)
Jungle Fever Leslie
Body Parts Remo Lacey Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor
Scream of Stone Fingerless
London Kills Me Hemingway the Restaurant Manager
1992 Final Judgement Father Tyrone
Critters 4 Al Bert
1993 Wild Palms Chickie Levitt television miniseries
Trauma Dr. Lloyd
Amos & Andrew Officer Donnie Donaldson
1994 The X-Files Luther Lee Boggs Episode "Beyond the Sea"
Color of Night Clark
A Worn Path Hunter (Made for Television)
1995 Death Machine Dante Nominated—Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Murder in the First Byron Stamphill
Babylon 5 Charles Dexter/Brother Edward Episode "Passing Through Gethsemane"
Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story Sheriff Bill Douglass (Made for Television)
Escape to Witch Mountain Luther/Bruno (Made for Television)
Phoenix Reiger
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Lon Suder Episodes "Meld" and "Basics"
Blackout Thomas Payne (Made for Television)
If Looks Could Kill M. Eugene 'Gene' Hanson (Made for Television)
Sworn to Justice Teddy
A Step Toward Tomorrow Kirby
1997 Jamaica Beat Tom Peterson
Nightwatch Duty Doctor
Best Men The Vet
Alien Resurrection Dr. Gediman
Millennium Dennis Hoffman Episode "Force Majeure"
1998 Brown's Requiem Edwards
Senseless Dr. Wheedon
Progeny Dr. Bert Clavell
Urban Legend Michael McDonnell, gas station attendant (uncredited)
Bride of Chucky Chucky (voice only)
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
1999 The Diary of the Hurdy-Gurdy Man Gabriel
Cypress Edge Colin McCammon
Interceptors David M. Webber
Silicon Towers Alton
2000 Shadow Hours Roland Montague
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent Zealot
2001 The Ghost Lt. Garland a.k.a. Code of the Dragon
Soulkeeper Mr. Pascal
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gríma Wormtongue Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—DVD Exclusive Award – Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003 The Box Stan
Vlad Radescu
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Gríma Wormtongue (extended version only)
2004 Seed of Chucky Chucky (voice only)
The Devil's Due at Midnight The Dark One
Deadwood Dr. Amos 'Doc' Cochran Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Hazing Professor Kapps
El Padrino Cyrus
2005 Drop Dead Sexy Herman
The Wild Blue Yonder The Alien
Man of Faith B. B. Gallen
2006 Pulse Thin Bookish Guy
2007 Sinner Caddie
The List Johan Gabini
The Wizard of Gore Dr. Chong
Halloween Sheriff Lee Brackett
2008 Law & Order Dr. David Lingard Special Guest Star Season 18, Episode "Called Home"
Touching Home Clyde Winston
Humboldt County Jack
2009 Born of Earth Mayor
Lock and Roll Forever Zee
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Ned Schoenholtz
Halloween II Sheriff Lee Brackett
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Uncle Ted
2010 Chain Letter Mr. Smirker
Junkyard Dog Sheriff Holk
Law and Order: SVU Dr. Iggy Drexel Special Guest Star Season 11, Episode "Torch"
2011 Blood Shot Bob
Fading of the Cries Mathias
Priest Salesman
Once Upon a Time Old Beggar / Zoso the Dark One
Catch .44 Sheriff Connors
Fringe Moreau Guest Star, episode "The Day We Died"
Death and Cremation Stan
Psych Bernie Bethel Special Guest Star, episode "Shawn, Interrupted"
2012 Wilfred P.T. Guest Star, episode "Questions"
Last Kind Words Wylon
Criminal Minds Adam Rain Guest Star, Season 8 - Episode 10 "The Lesson"
2013 Curse of Chucky Chucky/Charles Lee Ray (character and voice of Chucky), Direct-to-video
The Two Character Play (Stage: Off Broadway) Felice Leading man in revival of Tennessee Williams play, NYC
End of the World Dr. Walter Brown
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Thomas Nash
Once Upon a Time Zoso the Dark One


2012 "Misery Together" (DV45/did002) LP and Download. Dourif contributed spoken words to three songs on this album by the Norwegian duo Thinguma*jigsaw. He also featured in the video to "Drinking from the Bottle" by Calvin Harris feat Tinie Tempah. [12]

Video games[edit]


  1. ^ Dourif (on camera interview), Brad (May 7, 2013). "Video: Press" (Video). Amanda Plummer & Brad Dourif in Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play. TwoCharacterPlayNYC. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Brad Dourif Biography (1950-)
  3. ^ "Bradford-Dourif". The New York Times. 1944-06-11. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  4. ^ Baptista, Robert J. (2006-09-22). "Henry Dourif Biography". Colorants Industry History. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  5. ^ a b c Roberts, Jerry (1990-10-26). "CRAZED - With two Hollywood films opening today and seven more in the can, Brad Dourif may just be Hollywood's busiest actor". Daily Breeze. p. E3. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Brett (Summer 2004). "From Cuckoo Patient to Deadwood Doc: An Interview with Brad Dourif". Shock Cinema (25): 32–34, 47. 
  7. ^ Canby, Vincent (1981-01-18). "Film View - Speculating on Talent: 12 Actors to Watch in 1981". New York Times. p. D19. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  8. ^ Dourif (on camera interview), Brad; Two Character Play LLC (7 May 2013). "Amanda Plummer & Brad Dourif in Tennessee Williams' Two Character Play" (Video). Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  9. ^ 'Two Character Play, starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, will end run in September', Playbill, 28 August 2013, Andrew Gans. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  10. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (2011-04-05). "Fringe's Latest Casting Told You To Take The Wizard's Staff". UGO Networks. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  11. ^ Ocampo, Shane. /episode-16-end-of-the-beginning-guide/ "Agents of SHIELD Episode 16". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
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