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Dourif at Ring*Con 2002 in Bonn, Germany
|Born||Bradford Claude Dourif
March 18, 1950
Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Joni Dourif (divorced)|
Bradford Claude "Brad" Dourif (//; 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 his leading role as 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 the HBO television series 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 twenty-nine years.
Dourif was born in Huntington, West Virginia, the son of Joan Mavis Felton (née Bradford), an actress, and Jean Henri Dourif, an art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His paternal grandparents emigrated from France, and his paternal grandfather co-founded the Standard Ultramarine and Color Company in Huntington. 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, he attended another private school, Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduating in 1968. He 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.
Starting in school productions, he 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 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. 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. 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.
Though Dourif is a prolific screen actor who has not been on stage in nearly three 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 twenty-nine 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...' "  It opened on June 10, 2013 closing on September 29th.
Film and television
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 the rock band Toto.
Dourif has appeared in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of the evil killer doll Chucky in Child's Play (1988) (Dourif also appeared onscreen as Chucky's human progenitor, serial killer Charles Lee Ray). Dourif voiced Chucky in the six Child's Play sequels. Dourif played the Gemini Killer in The Exorcist III (1990), Death Machine (1994), but he has broken from the horror genre with roles in Fatal Beauty (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), Hidden Agenda (1990) and London Kills Me (1991). He also played Gríma Wormtongue in Peter Jackson's 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 played Lon Suder, a murderous Betazoid psychopath who eventually redeems himself, in a three-episode story arc on Star Trek: Voyager, and has guest-appeared in shows such as Babylon 5. In 1984, he played a suspected serial killer in the episode "Number Eight" of the British television series Tales of the Unexpected.
He played a role as a bad guy by the name of Wyatt in the Miami Vice episode titled "Theresa" which aired February 13, 1987 (Season 3 - Episode 16).
He is a fan of video games and appeared as Saavedro in Myst III: Exile (2001), the third game in the popular Myst franchise, and as the sadistic preacher Reed in GUN (2005). He also voiced inventor Piero Joplin in the 2012 stealth action-adventure video game 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 the HBO series Deadwood, receiving a 2004 Emmy Award nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series". He also appeared in the film Sinner, and played Sheriff Lee Brackett in 2007 in Rob Zombie's version of Halloween and its sequel in 2009, Halloween II.
In 2013, Dourif reprised his voice role as Chucky in the sixth installment of the Child's Play series, Curse of Chucky, which has just finished filming. His daughter Fiona Dourif starred with him in the sixth installment of the Child's Play series.
Films, television and stage
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. 
- Myst III: Exile (2001) - as Saavedro
- Run Like Hell (2002) - as Fred (voice only)
- GUN (2005) - as Reverend Josiah Reed (voice only)
- Dishonored (2012) - as Piero (voice only)
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