Bill Moseley

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Bill Moseley
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Moseley in January 2006
Born
William Moseley

(1951-11-11) November 11, 1951 (age 69)
Stamford, Connecticut, United States
OccupationActor
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2017)
[1]
Children2

William Moseley (born November 11, 1951) is an American film actor and musician who has starred in a number of cult classic horror films, including House of 1000 Corpses, Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Devil's Rejects. His first big role was in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 as Chop Top. On the HBO TV series Carnivàle Moseley had a recurring role as camp cook Possum. He has also released records with guitarist Buckethead in the band Cornbugs, as well as featuring on the guitarist's solo work.

Career[edit]

For a period of time, Moseley operated as a journalist, writing for such magazines as Omni,[2] National Lampoon and Psychology Today. At the age of 29, Moseley got his first film role in Alan Rudolph's Endangered Species as a cab driver. In 1985's Osa he played a character named "Quilt Face." His third role has become one of his most well known; he appeared as Chop Top in Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, after Tobe Hooper saw him in the independent short, The Texas Chainsaw Manicure.[2] In 2000 he reprised his role as Chop Top in All American Massacre, which was directed by Tobe Hooper's son William, but the film was never released to the public.[3]

Two years after TCM 2, he played Frank in 1988's Mamba. Also in 1988 appeared as a soldier in the remake of the Steve McQueen film The Blob. He next played Darrell in the film Pink Cadillac starring Clint Eastwood.[4] He then played the lead role of Ricky Caldwell in Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!.[5]

In 1990, Moseley appeared in four films: Crash and Burn, The First Power, The End of Innocence, and, playing Johnny, in Tom Savini's remake of George A. Romero's 1968 zombie film, Night of the Living Dead.[5] In 1993, he had a small role in the cult hit Army of Darkness as the Deadite Captain.[5] A year later, he was featured in the video game Corpse Killer. In 1997 he did voiceover work, for the film, Anders Jacobsson's Evil Ed.

He would not, however, have a role as popular as Chop Top until 2003, when he starred as the maniacal Otis B. Driftwood (named after Groucho Marx's character from A Night at the Opera) in Rob Zombie's directorial debut House of 1000 Corpses. As Otis, he again became an icon in the horror community. In 2005, he reprised the role of Otis in the sequel The Devil's Rejects and in 2009 he played Otis in a voice cameo in Rob Zombie's animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.[6] Moseley's performance in Rejects inspired an independent campaign for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, which failed. He played in other Rob Zombie films such as Halloween and the Grindhouse fake trailer segment Werewolf Women of the SS.

In 2008, Moseley played the role of Luigi Largo in Repo! The Genetic Opera.[6] In this futuristic, genetic opera, he was able to network with Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy and ohGr, subsequently appearing on ohGr's new album Devils in my Details. He mainly speaks at the beginning or ending of the songs in vivid, poetic rants. He appears on Eyecandy, Feelin' Chicken, Psychoreal, Timebomb, Smogharp, and Witness. Additionally, in 2008, Moseley appeared as a telemarketer in the music video for Combichrist's Sent to Destroy".

Moseley contributed songs to the 2008 soundtrack of Vampira: The Movie, a documentary by Kevin Sean Michaels on Maila Nurmi, in which he also stars. It was released on Collectables Records, a division of Alpha Video.

He appears as Kozlowski in Robert Lieberman's 2009 thriller film The Tortured,[7] and in 2012 played as The Magician in The Devil's Carnival.[8]

Moseley has also provided voice-over recordings for the Florida-based heavy metal band – Generichrist and also British goth-metal band Sinnergod on the track "Overture" which features on their 2013 debut album Seven Deadly Sinphonies.

He later made appearances in Texas Chainsaw 3D and American Exorcist.[6]

In 2019 Moseley appears in Gothic Harvest with Lin Shaye and Sofia Mattsson, directed by Ashley Hamilton. He also reprised his role as Otis B. Driftwood in 3 From Hell.

Personal life[edit]

Moseley was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and grew up in Barrington Hills, Illinois.[9] He is the son of Virginia Gillette (Kleitz), a journalist, and S. D. Moseley (Spencer Dumaresq Moseley), who was a member of the Yale Corporation, captain and center of the 1942 Yale football team, and chairman and chief executive of the Railway Express Agency.[10][11][12] His grandfather, George Moseley, also played football at Yale.

Moseley is a graduate of Yale University. He has two daughters, Marion Moseley and Jane Moseley.

Moseley (as Chop Top) was the lead singer of Cornbugs, a three-man band he had between 1999 and 2007 with avant-garde rock/metal guitarist Buckethead and Deli Creeps' drummer, Pinchface. He also contributed vocal parts to the songs I Come in Peace (as a news reporter) and Onions Unleashed (as Onions) from Buckethead's album Giant Robot (1994) and Jowls from Buckethead's album Monsters and Robots (1999), also as Chop Top.

Moseley, along with Rani Sharone, released the album No Way Down, calling themselves Spider Mountain.[13]

In popular culture[edit]

A sample of Moseley shouting "dog will hunt!" in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is used in the hit Primus song "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver".

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Endangered Species Cab Driver
1986 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Chop-Top
1986 Osa Quilt Face
1987 Nightmare Angel Dr. William de Freis Short Film
1988 The Blob Soldier #2 (in sewer)
1988 Fair Game Frank
1989 Pick Cadillac Darrell
1989 Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! Ricky (Video)
1990 The First Power Bartender
1990 Crash and Burn Quinn (Video)
1990 The End of Innocence Man on the Hill
1990 Night of the Living Dead Johnny
1991 White Fang Luke
1992 Inside Out 2 Dave (Segment "I've Got A Crush On You")
1992 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Federal Marshal
1992 Army of Darkness Deadite Captain
1993 Mr. Jones Worker
1995 Prehysteria 3! Director (Video)
1995 Evil Ed Voice of the Killer in "Loose Limbs" (Voice)
2000 The Convent Officer Ray
2000 All American Massacre Bloody Bobby (Never Released to the Public
2002 Essence of Echoes Dr. Hilcott
2003 House of 1000 Corpses Otis B. Driftwood
2003 Vicious Walace (Video)
2005 The Devil's Rejects Otis B. Driftwood
2006 Evil Bong Bong World Patron
2006 Fallen Angels Westin
2006 Thr3e Slater
2006 A Dead Calling Chief Murken (Video)
2007 Grindhouse Dr. Heinrich Von Strasser (Segment, "Werewolf Women of the SS")
2007 Home Sick Mr. Suitcase
2007 Halloween Zach 'Z-Man' Garrett
2008 A Perfect Place Eddie (Short Film)
2008 Babysitter Wanted Chief Dinneli
2008 Repo! The Genetic Opera Luigi Largo
2008 Alone in the Dark II Dexter (Video)
2008 The Alphabet Killer Carl Tanner
2008 House Stewart
2009 The Devil's Tomb Prof. Duncan
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Otis Driftwood (Voice)
2009 Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet Graveyard Gus
2009 Dead Air Logan
2009 The Graves Caleb 'Cookie' Atwood
2010 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams Mayor George W. Buckman
2010 Anderson's Cross Mr. Daniels
2010 Godkiller: Walk Among Us Dr. West (Voice)
2010 The Tortured John Kozlowski
2011 Spider Mountain: No Way Down Ranger Bill (Video Short)
2011 Exit Humanity General Williams
2011 Night of the Little Dead Kickstand (Short Film)
2012 Rogue River Jon
2012 Highway to Hell Lemmas (Video)
2012 The Devil's Carnival The Magician
2012 The Inflicted Mr. O'Hara
2012 Dead Souls Sheriff Depford
2013 House of the Witchdoctor Peter Van Hooten
2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D Drayton Sawyer
2014 Disciples Dread
2014 Charlie's Farm John Wilson
2015 Almost Mercy Pastor Johnson
2015 Old 37 Darryl
2015 The Art of Villainy M?ster Nobody (Short Film)
2015 Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D Johnny (Voice)
2016 Smothered Soggy Christian
2016 The Devil's Carnival: Alleluia! The Magician
2016 Alcoholist Grey Speckled Man
2016 The Horde Jacob Sutter (Video)
2016 The Possession Experiment Father Mark Campbell
2016 Slayer: Pride in Prejudice Nazi Father (Video Short)
2017 Death House (2017) Giger
2017 Boar Bruce
2018 Minutes to Midnight Gimple
2018 Cynthia Buttercup
2018 The Church Pastor James
2018 Crepitus Crepitus
2018 American Exorcist Mr. Snowfeather
2019 Shed of the Dead Doc
2019 Exorcism at 60,000 Feet Garvan
2019 * Malevolent Pavel (Voice)
2019 3 From Hell Otis B. Driftwood
2019 In Search of Darkness Himself (Documentary)
2019 Gothic Harvest Detective Hollis
2019 Big Top Evil Mr. Kharver
2019 Slayer: The Repentless Killogy Nazi Dad
2020 I Am Fear Steve Mcreedy
2020 In Search of Darkness: Part II Himself (Documentary)
2021 Prisoners of the Ghostland The Governor (Post-production)
TBA The Fourth Horseman Luke (Pre-production)
TBA Junction Murders Sal Bernando (Pre-production)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Freddy's Nightmares Buzz Episode: Black Tickets
1989 Tour of Duty Sgt. Jones Episode: Terms of Enlistment
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Kane / Larry Webster Episode: The Priest Killer Mystery
1993 Up All Night Himself (Uncredited) Episode: Vice Academy/Vice Academy Part 2
1994 Blood Run Hank (TV Movie)
1995 Fallen Angels Customer #1 Episode: A Dime a Dance
1996 Unsolved Mysteries David Young Episode: #9.9
2002 Point of Origin Task Force Officer (TV Movie)
2002 Live from Baghdad Rex (TV Movie)
2003 The Practice Jake Spooner Episode: Victims' Rights
2004 ER Charlie Episode: Forgive and Forget
2003–2005 Carnivàle Possum 8 Episodes
2007 Days of Our Lives Joel 3 Episodes
2010–2019 Without Your Head Himself 4 Episodes
2012–2013 Holliston Crazy Max 5 Episodes
2014 Z Nation General McCandles Episode: Full Metal Zombie
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bernie Episode: In Dreams
2015–2017 Adam Green's Scary Sleepover Himself 3 Episodes
2017 Uncle Grandpa Additional Voices Episode: Uncle Grandpa's Odd-yssey
2019 Slasher Homeless Guy 2 Episodes
Moseley at the 2007 Scream Awards for his work on Repo! The Genetic Opera

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bill Moseley". IMDB. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Jaworzyn, Stefan (2012). The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Companion. Titan Books. pp. 131–132. ISBN 9781781164976.
  3. ^ Squires, John (August 29, 2017). "Bill Moseley Played Chop Top in a 'Chainsaw 2' Sequel We May Never See". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  4. ^ McIntyre, Gina (January 4, 2013). "'Texas Chainsaw 3D': Bill Moseley reflects on a monster career". Hero Complex. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Squires, John (November 4, 2016). "Bill Moseley Clears Up Confusion About 'Army of Darkness' Role". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Bill Moseley Is an American Exorcist". FEARnet. January 31, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "AFM '09: Promo Trailer for Twisted Pictures' 'The Tortured'!". BloodyDisgusting.
  8. ^ "Two Tickets To 'The Devil's Carnival' Please | News Article". FEARnet. March 6, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  9. ^ "Horror Month: Interview with Bill Moseley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2)". June 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "Bill Moseley on Instagram: "A salute to my father, Spencer D Moseley, who loved skiing and first brought the family to @vailmtn in 1962. This run's for you, pop!"". Instagram.
  11. ^ Cook, Joan (May 24, 1991). "S. D. Moseley, 72, Football Star at Yale And Executive, Dies (Published 1991)" – via NYTimes.com.
  12. ^ "VIRGINIA MOSELEY - Obituary". www.legacy.com.
  13. ^ "Chop Top's BBQ Home Page". Choptopsbbq.com. Retrieved March 19, 2013.

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