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Brad Dourif
Brad Dourif.jpg
Dourif in 2002
BornBradford Claude Dourif
(1950-03-18) March 18, 1950 (age 68)
Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)Janet Stephanie Charmatz (divorced)
Jonina Bernice Dourif (divorced)
Children2 including Fiona Dourif

Bradford Claude Dourif (/ˈdɔːrɪf/; born March 18, 1950) is an American actor. He was nominated for an Oscar, as well as winning a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for his supporting role as Billy Bibbit in the critically acclaimed film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

Dourif's other notable film roles were in Dune (1984), Mississippi Burning (1988), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and Child's Play franchise. He also appeared in many television series, notably Deadwood (2004–2006, 2019), for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Early life[edit]

Dourif was born in Huntington, West Virginia, on March 18, 1950, to Joan Mavis Felton (née Bradford), an actress, and Jean Henri Dourif, an art collector who owned and operated a dye factory.[1][2] His stepfather was golfer William C. Campbell.[3]

His paternal grandparents emigrated from France, and his paternal grandfather co-founded the Standard Ultramarine and Color Company in Huntington.[4] After Aiken, he attended Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduating in 1968. Dourif appeared as an amateur at the Fountain Valley Film Festival in 1969, taking second place in the 8 mm film category with his 10-minute entry "Blind Date."[5] 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.[6]

Career[edit]

Stage[edit]

Starting in school productions, Dourif progressed to community theater, joining up with the Huntington Community Players while attending Marshall University. In New York City, 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[6] who cast him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

In 2013, after a three-decade absence from the stage, Dourif 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.[7] 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] The play was subject to a number of performance cancellations, one relating to Dourif's absence, due to a death in the family. Plummer refused to perform without Dourif, notwithstanding the presence of an understudy.[10]

Film[edit]

Dourif in 1991

Although One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is frequently cited as Dourif's film debut, his first acting for screen was in a low-budget film called Split, which was never released. He followed this with a role in the film W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), but his bit part was omitted from the final cut of the film.[11] His portrayal of the vulnerable Billy Bibbit in Cuckoo's Nest ended up being his big break, earning him a Golden Globe Award (Best Actor Debut) and a British Academy Award (Supporting Actor) as well as a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[6]

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."[12] 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.

Dourif has often played eccentric or disturbed characters[citation needed], starting with Cuckoo's Nest and continuing with Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), John Huston's Wise Blood (1979),"[13] Forman's Ragtime (1981), Marc Didden's Istanbul (1985) and David Lynch's Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986).

Dourif has appeared in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of Chucky in the Chucky franchise. He portrayed the Gemini Killer in The Exorcist III (1990) and appeared in Death Machine (1994) and Alien Resurrection (1997). He later appeared as Sheriff Lee Brackett in Rob Zombie's Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009). In 2013, Dourif reprised his role as Chucky in the sixth installment of the Child's Play franchise, Curse of Chucky, and then again in the 2017 sequel, Cult of Chucky, both of which were straight-to-DVD releases. His daughter, Fiona Dourif, also starred with him in both films.

Other notable film roles include Gríma Wormtongue in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and supporting roles in Fatal Beauty (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), Hidden Agenda (1990), London Kills Me (1991) and Sinner (2007).

Dourif was initially cast as the Scarecrow in Batman Forever (1995) while Tim Burton was attached to the project (Burton had also wanted to cast Dourif as The Joker in "Batman" (1989), but the studio refused[14]). However, the script was later heavily rewritten and the character was eventually removed. Joel Schumacher eventually took over the project and cast Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face and Jim Carrey as the Riddler.

Dourif has worked with director Werner Herzog on many occasions, appearing in Scream of Stone (1991), The Wild Blue Yonder (2005), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), and My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? (2009).

Television[edit]

In 1984, Dourif played a suspected serial killer in the episode "Number Eight" of Tales of the Unexpected. In 1994, he appeared in The X-Files episode "Beyond the Sea" as the psychic serial killer Luther Lee Boggs. He also portrayed Lon Suder in a three episode story arc on Star Trek: Voyager and guest starred as a troubled monk haunted by visions in Babylon 5. Dourif later gained acclaim as Doc Cochran in Deadwood, receiving a 2004 Emmy Award nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series."

In 2011, he guest starred in the third-season finale of Fringe[15] and in 2014 he made a brief cameo in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "The End of the Beginning."[16]

Music[edit]

In 2012, Dourif contributed spoken word vocals to three songs on the album Misery Together by the Norwegian duo Thinguma*jigSaw.[17] Dourif also appears in the music videos for "Stranger in Town" (1984) by Toto and "Drinking from the Bottle" (2012) by Calvin Harris.

Personal life[edit]

Dourif has been married twice. He has one daughter with his first wife Janet, and another daughter, actress Fiona Dourif, with his second wife Joni.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings Unknown Uncredited
1975 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 – Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1977 Group Portrait with a Lady Boris Koltowski
1978 Eyes of Laura Mars Tommy Ludlow
1979 Studs Lonigan Danny O'Neill
1979 Wise Blood Hazel Motes
1980 Heaven's Gate Mr. Eggleston
1981 Ragtime Younger Brother
1984 Dune The Mentat Piter De Vries
1985 Istanbul Martin Klamski
1986 Blue Velvet Raymond
1986 Impure Thoughts Kevin Harrington
1987 Fatal Beauty Leo Nova
1988 Child's Play Chucky/Charles Lee Ray
1988 Mississippi Burning Deputy Clinton Pell Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
1989 Sonny Boy Weasel
1990 Child's Play 2 Chucky Voice
1990 Spontaneous Combustion Sam
1990 Horseplayer Bud Cowan
1990 Graveyard Shift Tucker Cleveland
1990 The Exorcist III James Venamun Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990 Hidden Agenda Paul Sullivan
1990 Chaindance Johnny Reynolds Nominated—Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor
1990 Grim Prairie Tales Farley
1991 Murder Blues John Barnes
1991 Child's Play 3 Chucky Voice
1991 Jungle Fever Leslie
1991 Body Parts Remo Lacey Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor
1991 Scream of Stone Fingerless
1991 London Kills Me Hemingway
1992 Final Judgement Father Tyrone
1992 Critters 4 Al Bert
1993 Trauma Dr. Lloyd
1993 Amos & Andrew Officer Donnie Donaldson
1994 Color of Night Clark
1994 Death Machine Dante
1995 Murder in the First Byron Stamphill
1995 Phoenix Reiger
1996 Sworn to Justice Teddy
1996 A Step Toward Tomorrow Kirby
1997 Jamaica Beat Tom Peterson
1997 Nightwatch Duty Doctor
1997 Best Men The Vet
1997 Alien Resurrection Dr. Jonathan Gediman
1998 Brown's Requiem Edwards
1998 Senseless Dr. Wheedon
1998 Progeny Dr. Bert Clavell
1998 Urban Legend Michael McDonnell Uncredited
1998 Bride of Chucky Chucky Voice
1999 The Diary of the Hurdy-Gurdy Man Gabriel
1999 Cypress Edge Colin McCammon
1999 Interceptors David M. Webber
1999 Silicon Towers Alton
2000 Shadow Hours Roland Montague
2000 The Prophecy 3: The Ascent Zealot
2001 The Ghost Lt. Garland
2001 Soulkeeper Mr. Pascal
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gríma Wormtongue Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003 The Box Stan
2003 Vlad Radescu
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Gríma Wormtongue Extended Edition only
2004 Seed of Chucky Chucky Voice
2004 The Devil's Due at Midnight The Dark One
2004 The Hazing Professor Kapps
2004 El Padrino Cyrus
2005 Drop Dead Sexy Herman
2005 The Wild Blue Yonder The Alien
2005 Man of Faith B. B. Gallen
2006 Pulse Thin Bookish Guy
2007 Sinner Caddie
2007 The List Johan Gabini
2007 The Wizard of Gore Dr. Chong
2007 Halloween Sheriff Lee Brackett
2008 Touching Home Clyde Winston
2008 Humboldt County Jack
2009 Born of Earth Mayor
2009 Lock and Roll Forever Zee
2009 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Ned Schoenholtz
2009 Halloween II Sheriff Lee Brackett
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Uncle Ted
2010 Chain Letter Mr. Smirker
2010 Junkyard Dog Sheriff Holk
2011 Fading of the Cries Mathias
2011 Priest Salesman
2011 Catch .44 Sheriff Connors
2011 Death and Cremation Stan
2012 Last Kind Words Wylon
2012 Black Box Tom
2013 Santa Monica Stan Short film
2013 Gingerclown Worm Creature Voice
2013 Blood Shot Bob
2013 Curse of Chucky Chucky/Charles Lee Ray
2013 Malignant The Man
2014 The Control Group[citation needed] Dr. Broward
2015 Rosemont Abe
2017 Cult of Chucky Chucky Voice
2018 Wildling Daddy/Gabriel Hanson

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Mound Builders Chad Jasker Television film
1977 The Gardener's Son Robert McEvoy Television film
1978 Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich Television film
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones David Langtree Television film
1982 I, Desire Paul Television film
1986 The Equalizer Fenn Episode: "Out of the Past"
1986 Spenser: For Hire Maxie Lyons Episode: "Rage"
1986 Rage of Angels Seymour Bourne Television film
1986 Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo Lamar Sands Television film
1987 Moonlighting Father McDonovan Episode: "All Creatures Great...and Not So Great"
1987 The Hitchhiker Billy Baltimore Jr. Episode: "The Legendary Billy B."
1987 Miami Vice Joey Wyatt Episode: "Theresa"
1989 Murder, She Wrote Dr. Warren Overman Episode: "Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble"
1989 Desperado: The Outlaw Wars Camillus Fly Television film
1989 Terror on Highway 91 Keith Evans Television film
1993 Wild Palms Chickie Levitt 3 episodes
1993 Tales from the Crypt Virgil Episode: "People Who Live in Brass Hearses"
1994 The X-Files Luther Lee Boggs Episode: "Beyond the Sea"
1994 A Worn Path Hunter Television film
1995 Babylon 5 Charles Dexter/Brother Edward Episode: "Passing Through Gethsemane"
1995 Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story Sheriff Bill Douglass Television film
1995 Escape to Witch Mountain Luther/Bruno Television film
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Lon Suder 3 episodes
1996 Blackout Thomas Payne Television film
1996 If Looks Could Kill M. Eugene "Gene" Hanson Television film
1997 Millennium Dennis Hoffman Episode: "Force Majeure"
1999 The Norm Show The Devil Episode: "Norm and Shelley"
1999 The Magnificent Seven Rupert Brauner Episode: "Chinatown"
1999 The Hunger Manno Episode: "Sin Seer"
2001–2002 Ponderosa Maurice Deveraux 8 episodes
2004–2006 Deadwood Dr. Amos "Doc" Cochran 33 episodes
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
2008 Law & Order Dr. David Lingard Episode: "Called Home"
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Iggy Drexel Episode: "Torch"
2011 Fringe Moreau Episode: "The Day We Died"
2011 Psych Bernie Bethel Episode: "Shawn, Interrupted"
2011 Miami Magma Jacob Capilla Television film
2012 Wilfred P.T. Episode: "Questions"
2012 Criminal Minds Adam Rain Episode: "The Lesson"
2012 Swamp Volcano Jacob Capilla Television film
2012–2014 Once Upon a Time Zoso 2 episodes
2013 End of the World Dr. Walter Brown Television film
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Thomas Nash Episode: "End of the Beginning"
2015 F Is for Family Principal Jay (voice) Episode: "Billy Murphy's Day Off"
2019 Deadwood Dr. Amos "Doc" Cochran Television film

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 Myst III: Exile Saavedro
2002 Run Like Hell Fred (voice)
2005 Gun Reverend Josiah Reed (voice)
2012 Dishonored Piero Joplin (voice)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Bradford-Dourif". The New York Times. June 11, 1944. Archived from the original on July 22, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.usga.org/articles/2013/08/william-c-campbell-us-amateur-champion-and-past-usga-president-dies-at-90-21474859634.html
  4. ^ Baptista, Robert J. (September 22, 2006). "Henry Dourif Biography". Colorants Industry History. Archived from the original on September 26, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "14 Apr 1968, Page 31 – Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph at Newspapers.com". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. April 14, 1968. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Roberts, Jerry (October 26, 1990). "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.
  7. ^ Dourif (on camera interview), Brad (May 7, 2013). "Video: Press" (Video). Amanda Plummer & Brad Dourif in Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play. TwoCharacterPlayNYC. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  8. ^ Dourif (on camera interview), Brad; Two Character Play LLC (May 7, 2013). "Amanda Plummer & Brad Dourif in Tennessee Williams' Two Character Play" (Video). Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  9. ^ 'Two Character Play, starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, will end run in September'[permanent dead link], Playbill, August 28, 2013, Andrew Gans. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  10. ^ Michael Riedel, Diva Amanda Plummer ‘a nightmare’ backstage Archived September 14, 2017, at the Wayback Machine.. New York Post, September 5, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  11. ^ Taylor, Brett (Summer 2004). "From Cuckoo Patient to Deadwood Doc: An Interview with Brad Dourif". Shock Cinema (25): 32–34, 47.
  12. ^ Canby, Vincent (January 18, 1981). "Film View – Speculating on Talent: 12 Actors to Watch in 1981". The New York Times. p. D19. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
  13. ^ "WISE BLOOD: Screening and Discussion with Michael Fitzgerald". CrossroadsCultural Center.org. Crossroads Cultural Center. November 11, 2017.
  14. ^ Acuna, Kirsten (October 14, 2013). "Tim Burton Originally Wanted 'Chucky' Voice Actor Brad Dourif To Play The Joker In 'Batman'". Business Insider. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  15. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (April 5, 2011). "Fringe's Latest Casting Told You To Take The Wizard's Staff". UGO Networks. Archived from the original on April 10, 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
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  17. ^ Profile Archived November 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., desertedvillage.bandcamp.com. Retrieved February 18, 2015.

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