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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 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 role as the voice of Chucky 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, the homicidal Lon Suder in the TV series Star Trek: Voyager, serial killer Charles Dexter/Brother Edward in the TV series Babylon 5, 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? Starting June 10, 2013, Dourif will star alongside Amanda Plummer in an Off Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play, which Dourif said will be his first stage appearance in twenty-nine years.
Early life 
Dourif was born in Huntington, West Virginia, the son of Joan Felton (née Bradford), an actress, and Jean Henri Dourif, an art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His paternal grandparents immigrated 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 an artist, he was eventually inspired to become an actor by his mother's participation as an actress in a community theater. After Aiken Prep, he attended another private school, Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduating in 1969. 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.
Early career 
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 (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.
Stage career 
Though a prolific screen actor and despite his early career theatrical roots, Dourif has not been seen on stage in nearly three decades, but he will appear in New York starting June 2013 in an Off Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play. 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..." 
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 Toto's single "Stranger in Town".
Dourif has appeared in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of the evil killer doll Chucky in 1988's Child's Play (Dourif also appeared onscreen as Chucky's human progenitor, serial killer Charles Lee Ray). Dourif voiced Chucky in the four Child's Play sequels. Dourif played the Gemini Killer in The Exorcist III (1990), 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 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 TV 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 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 nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series". He also appeared in the film Sinner, and played Sheriff 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 and he is expected to voice Chucky in the upcoming remake.
Films, television and stage 
|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
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|
|1980||Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones||David Langtree||(made for television)|
|Heaven's Gate||Mr. Eggleston|
|1982||Desire, the Vampire||Paul||(made for television)|
|1984||Dune||The Mentat Piter De Vries|
|1985||Istanbul||Martin Klamski||(Belgian movie)|
|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)|
|Terror on Highway 91||Keith Evans||(made for television)|
|1990||Child's Play 2||Chucky||(voice only)|
|Graveyard Shift||Tucker Cleveland|
|The Exorcist III||James Venamun||
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
|Hidden Agenda||Paul Sullivan|
|Grim Prairie Tales||Farley|
|1991||Murder Blues||John Barnes||a.k.a. Dead Certain|
|Child's Play 3||Chucky||(voice only)|
|Body Parts||Remo Lacey|
|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|
|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)|
|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)|
|1996||Star Trek: Voyager||Lon Suder||Episode Meld|
|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|
|Best Men||The Vet|
|Alien Resurrection||Dr. Gediman|
|Millennium||Dennis Hoffman||Episode Force Majeure|
|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|
|2000||Shadow Hours||Roland Montague|
|The Prophecy 3: The Ascent||Zealot|
|2001||The Ghost||Lt. Garland||a.k.a. Code of the Dragon|
|2002||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Gríma Wormtongue|
|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|
|The Hazing||Professor Kapps|
|2005||Drop Dead Sexy||Herman|
|The Wild Blue Yonder||The Alien|
|Man of Faith||B. B. Gallen|
|2006||Pulse||Thin Bookish Guy|
|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|
|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"|
|Fading of the Cries||Mathias|
|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"|
|Criminal Minds||Adam Rain||Guest Star, Season 8 - Episode 10 "The Lesson"|
|2013||Curse of Chucky||Chucky||Voice only, Direct-to-video|
|2013||The Two Character Play (Stage: Off Broadway play)||Felice||Leading man in revival of Tennessee Williams play, NYC|
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. 
Video games 
- 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)
- Dourif (on camera interview), Brad (May 7). "Video: Press" (Video). Amanda Plummer & Brad Dourif in Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play (in English). TwoCharacterPlayNYC. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Brad Dourif Biography (1950-)
- "Bradford-Dourif". The New York Times. 1944-06-11. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
- Baptista, Robert J. (2006-09-22). "Henry Dourif Biography". Colorants Industry History. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
- 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.
- Taylor, Brett (Summer 2004). "From Cuckoo Patient to Deadwood Doc: An Interview with Brad Dourif". Shock Cinema (25): 32–34, 47.
- Canby, Vincent (1981-01-18). "Film View - Speculating on Talent: 12 Actors to Watch in 1981". New York Times. p. D19.
- Dourif (on camera interview), Brad (07). "Amanda Plummer & Brad Dourif in Tennessee Williams' Two Character Play" (Video) (in English). Retrieved 11 May 2013. More than one of
- Fitzpatrick, Kevin (2011-04-05). "Fringe's Latest Casting Told You To Take The Wizard's Staff". UGO Networks. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
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- Brad Dourif at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)