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Brad Dourif
Dourif in 2002
Bradford Claude Dourif

(1950-03-18) March 18, 1950 (age 73)
Years active1973–present
Janet Stephanie
(m. 1974; div. 1980)
Jonina Dourif
(m. 1981; div. 1986)
Children2, including Fiona Dourif
AwardsSee awards

Bradford Claude Dourif[1] (/ˈdɔːrɪf/[citation needed]; born March 18, 1950)[2] is an American actor. He is best known for voicing Chucky in the Child's Play franchise (1988–present), portraying Gríma Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings film series and his Oscar nominated role as Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

Brad Dourif's other film roles include Wise Blood (1979), Ragtime (1981), Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Mississippi Burning (1988), The Exorcist III (1990), Alien Resurrection (1997), and the 2007 remake of Halloween and its sequel. He also appeared in many television series, notably Deadwood (2004–2006, 2019), for which he received Primetime Emmy and Satellite Award nominations for his portrayal of Amos "Doc" Cochran.

Early life[edit]

Bradford Claude 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][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).[5] 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,[citation needed] 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, 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."[6] 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.[7]



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[7] 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.[8] 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...'".[9] It opened on June 10, 2013, and closed on September 29, 2013.[10] 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.[11]


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.[citation needed] 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.[12] 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.[7]

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."[13] Dourif returned to New York, where he continued in theater and taught acting and directing classes at Columbia University until 1988 (Don Mancini[14] and Yves Lavandier were among his students), when he moved to Hollywood.[citation needed]

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),[15] 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, most notably as the voice of Chucky in the Child's Play franchise. He portrayed the Gemini Killer in The Exorcist III (1990) and appeared in Death Machine (1994), Sworn to Justice with Cynthia Rothrock 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. 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 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).


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[16] and, in 2014, appeared in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "End of the Beginning".

In 2021, Dourif reprised his role as Chucky in the television series adaption of the Child's Play franchise titled Chucky.[17]


In 2012, Dourif contributed spoken word vocals to three songs on the album Misery Together by the Norwegian duo Thinguma*jigSaw.[18] 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;[19] first to Janet Stephanie, with whom he had daughter Kristina/Christina Dourif (born c. 1976),[2][1] and then to the late[20] Jonina Dourif,[1][21] with whom he had another daughter, actress Fiona Dourif (born 1981).[22][20]



Year Title Role Notes
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Billy Bibbit
1977 Group Portrait with a Lady Boris Koltowski
1978 Eyes of Laura Mars Tommy Ludlow
1979 Wise Blood Hazel Motes
1980 Heaven's Gate Mr. Eggleston
1981 Ragtime Younger Brother
1984 Dune Piter De Vries
1985 Istanbul Martin Klamski
1986 Blue Velvet Raymond
Impure Thoughts Kevin Harrington
1987 Fatal Beauty Leo Nova
1988 Child's Play Charles Lee Ray / Chucky
Mississippi Burning Deputy Clinton Pell
1989 Sonny Boy Weasel
Grim Prairie Tales Farley
1990 Child's Play 2 Chucky (voice)
Spontaneous Combustion Sam
Horseplayer Bud Cowan
Graveyard Shift Tucker Cleveland
The Exorcist III James "Gemini" Venamun
Hidden Agenda Paul Sullivan
Chaindance Johnny Reynolds
1991 Murder Blues John Barnes
Child's Play 3 Chucky (voice)
Jungle Fever Leslie
Body Parts Remo Lacey
Scream of Stone Fingerless
London Kills Me Hemingway
1992 Final Judgement Father Tyrone
Critters 4 Al Bert
1993 Trauma Dr. Lloyd
Amos & Andrew Officer Donnie Donaldson
1994 Color of Night Clark
Death Machine Dante
1995 Murder in the First Byron Stamphill
Phoenix Reiger
1996 Sworn to Justice Teddy
A Step Toward Tomorrow Kirby
1997 Jamaica Beat Tom Peterson
Nightwatch Duty Doctor
Best Men John "Gonzo" Coleman
Alien Resurrection Dr. Jonathan Gediman
1998 Brown's Requiem Edwards
Senseless Dr. Wheedon
Progeny Dr. Bert Clavell
Urban Legend Michael McDonnell Uncredited
Bride of Chucky Chucky (voice)
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
Soulkeeper Mr. Pascal
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gríma Wormtongue
2003 The Box Stan
Vlad Radescu
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Gríma Wormtongue Extended cut only
2004 Seed of Chucky Chucky (voice)
The Devil's Due at Midnight The Dark One
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 Leigh Brackett
2008 Touching Home Clyde Winston
Humboldt County Jack
2009 Born of Earth Mayor
Lock and Roll Forever Zee
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Ned Schoenholtz
Halloween II Sheriff Leigh Brackett
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Uncle Ted
2010 Chain Letter Mr. Smirker
Junkyard Dog Sheriff Holk
2011 Fading of the Cries Mathias
Priest Salesman
Catch .44 Sheriff Connors
Death and Cremation Stan
2012 Last Kind Words Wylon
Black Box Tom
2013 Santa Monica Stan Short film
Gingerclown Worm Creature (voice)
Blood Shot Bob
Curse of Chucky Charles Lee Ray / Chucky
Malignant The Man
2014 The Control Group Dr. Broward
2015 Rosemont Abe
2017 Cult of Chucky Chucky (voice)
Out to Lunch Man Short film
Cut Off Diggs
2018 Wildling Daddy/Gabriel Hanson
American Dream George
Ready Player One Chucky (voice) Archival audio[23]
2019 Obsession George
2021 The Shuroo Process Dr. Feinstein
2022 The Living Vlad Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Mound Builders Chad Jasker Television film
1977 The Gardener's Son Robert McEvoy
1978 Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich
1979 Studs Lonigan Danny O'Neill 3 episodes
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones David Langtree Television film
1982 I, Desire Paul
1984 Tales of the Unexpected Hitchhiker Episode: "Number Eight"
1986 The Equalizer Fenn Episode: "Out of the Past"
Spenser: For Hire Maxie Lyons Episode: "Rage"
Rage of Angels Seymour Bourne Television film
Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo Lamar Sands
1987 Moonlighting Father McDonovan Episode: "All Creatures Great...and Not So Great"
The Hitchhiker Billy Baltimore Jr. Episode: "The Legendary Billy B."
Miami Vice Joey Wyatt Episode: "Theresa"
1989 Murder, She Wrote Dr. Warren Overman Episode: "Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble"
Desperado: The Outlaw Wars Camillus Fly Television film
Terror on Highway 91 Keith Evans
1993 Wild Palms Chickie Levitt 3 episodes
Tales from the Crypt Virgil Episode: "People Who Live in Brass Hearses"
1994 The X-Files Luther Lee Boggs Episode: "Beyond the Sea"
A Worn Path Hunter Television film
1995 Babylon 5 Charles Dexter/Brother Edward Episode: "Passing Through Gethsemane"
Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story Sheriff Bill Douglass Television film
Escape to Witch Mountain Luther/Bruno
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Lon Suder 3 episodes
Blackout Thomas Payne Television film
If Looks Could Kill M. Eugene "Gene" Hanson
1997 Millennium Dennis Hoffman Episode: "Force Majeure"
1999 The Norm Show The Devil Episode: "Norm and Shelley"
The Magnificent Seven Rupert Brauner Episode: "Chinatown"
The Hunger Manno Episode: "Sin Seer"
2001–02 Ponderosa Maurice Deveraux 8 episodes
2004–06 Deadwood Dr. Amos "Doc" Cochran Main cast
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"
Psych Bernie Bethel Episode: "Shawn, Interrupted"
Miami Magma Jacob Capilla Television film
2012 Wilfred P.T. Episode: "Questions"
Criminal Minds Adam Rain Episode: "The Lesson"
Swamp Volcano Jacob Capilla Television film
2012–14 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"
2016 The Wilding David Stearns Television film
2019 Deadwood: The Movie Dr. Amos "Doc" Cochran
2021–present Chucky Chucky (voice) Main cast

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2001 Myst III: Exile Saavedro
2002 Run Like Hell Fred (voice)
2005 Gun Reverend Josiah Reed (voice)
2012 Dishonored Piero Joplin (voice)
2023 Dead by Daylight Chucky (voice) DLC

Awards and honors[edit]

Institution Year Category Nominated work Result
Academy Awards 1976 Best Supporting Actor One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Nominated
BAFTA Awards 1977 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Won
Beverly Hills Film Festival 2013 Best Actor Santa Monica Won
Chicago Film Critics Association 1989 Best Supporting Actor Mississippi Burning Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 1991 Best Supporting Actor Body Parts Won
1999 Hall of Fame Won
Genie Awards 1991 Best Supporting Actor Chaindance Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 1976 New Star of the Year – Actor One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Won
Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Deadwood Nominated
San Sebastián International Film Festival 1979 Best Actor Wise Blood Nominated
Satellite Awards 2005 Best Supporting Actor – Television Series Deadwood Nominated
Saturn Awards 1991 Best Supporting Actor The Exorcist III Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Nominated
2007 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Deadwood Nominated


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