Sanderson in 2019
|Born||January 10, 1944|
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
William Sanderson (born January 10, 1944) is an American character actor known for his work in feature films such as Blade Runner (1982), and in television series such as Newhart (1982–1990), Deadwood (2004–2006, 2019) and True Blood (2008–2010, 2012).
William J. Sanderson was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to an elementary school teacher mother and a landscape designer father. He volunteered for the U.S. Army when he was 18 and attended college after his discharge using the G.I. Bill. He holds business (BBA, 1968) and law (J.D., 1971) degrees from the University of Memphis (then known as Memphis State University), though he did not take the bar exam.
Sanderson has appeared in many movies, and is known for his role in the 1982 classic science fiction film Blade Runner as J. F. Sebastian. Sanderson appeared as one of the mechanics and regulars of the diner in The Rocketeer, who defies Nazi agents looking for the top secret rocket pack. He also portrayed a character named Deuce in an episode of the science fiction television series Babylon 5, and later reprised the role in the television movie Babylon 5: Thirdspace. He also voiced the recurring character Dr. Karl Rossum in Batman: The Animated Series. Sanderson starred in the controversial film Fight for Your Life, which has a strict ban in the United Kingdom.
As a guest, he has made appearances in television shows, and his credits include The Pretender, The X-Files, Knight Rider, Married... with Children, Babylon 5, ER, Coach, and Walker, Texas Ranger. He plays a key role in an audio dramatization of Ursula K. Le Guin's Vaster than Empires and More Slow in NPR's 2000X series. In 2001, Sanderson played the courageous bartender Dewey in the TNT film Crossfire Trail.
Sanderson played Larry in Newhart from 1982 to 1990, famous for the catchphrase, "Hi. I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl. This is my other brother Darryl."
Sanderson returned to television playing E. B. Farnum in the HBO television series Deadwood from 2004 to 2006, later reprising the role in its film continuation. Farnum is a tragicomic hotelier and the first mayor of Deadwood. In 2008, Sanderson joined the cast of True Blood playing Sheriff Bud Dearborne. He later played Oldham, the resident interrogation expert of the DHARMA Initiative in an episode of the fifth season of the ABC series Lost.
In May 2019, Sanderson released an autobiography about his career, Yes, I'm That Guy: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Character Actor. Following the release of his book, Sanderson and Nick "Saucey" Katsouros released a 6 Episode limited-run podcast, "Sanderson Says" to discuss and dive deeper into the autobiography.
Sanderson announced his retirement from acting on his Facebook page on 13 May 2020.
|1977||Fight for Your Life||Jessie Lee Kane|
|1977||Proof of the Man||Gun Dealer|
|1978||Blue Nude||Guy in Next Cell||Uncredited|
|1979||The Onion Field||Young Con|
|1980||Coal Miner's Daughter||Lee Dollarhide|
|1980||Seed of Innocence||Randy Webb|
|1981||Death Hunt||Ned Warren|
|1982||The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez||Cowboy|
|1982||Blade Runner||J.F. Sebastian|
|1983||Lone Wolf McQuade||Snow|
|1983||Nightmares||Gas Station Attendant||Segment: "Terror in Topanga"; uncredited|
|1984||City Heat||Lonnie Ash|
|1986||Black Moon Rising||Tyke Thayden|
|1987||Last Man Standing||Casper|
|1989||Deadly Weapon||Reverend Smith|
|1990||Mirror, Mirror||Mr. Veze|
|1991||The Giant of Thunder Mountain||Percey Crow|
|1993||Man's Best Friend||Ray|
|1994||Mirror, Mirror II: Raven Dance||Roger|
|1994||The Client||Wally Boxx|
|1996||Last Man Standing||Joe Monday|
|1996||Forest Warrior||Paul Carpio|
|1997||Critics and Other Freaks||Chef Bernie|
|1999||Nice Guys Sleep Alone||Rufus|
|2000||Stanley's Gig||Stanley Myer|
|2001||Dying on the Edge||Tommy|
|2002||Monkey Love||Bradley Chalmers|
|2002||Never Get Outta the Boat||Clarence|
|2003||Gods and Generals||Gen. A. P. Hill|
|2003||The Low Budget Time Machine||The Prospector|
|2005||Wit's End||Jedediah Cross|
|2006||Beyond the Wall of Sleep||Joe Slaader|
|2006||The Treasure of Painted Forest||Paul|
|2008||Pretty Ugly People||Sam|
|2014||A Merry Friggin' Christmas||Father Juge|
|2018||The Griddle House||Gus|
|1976||The Other Side of Victory||Unknown||Television film|
|1979||Starsky & Hutch||Weirdo||Episode: "Starsky vs. Hutch"|
|1980||Scared Straight! Another Story||Harlan||Television film|
|1980||The Dukes of Hazzard||Russ Collins||Episode: "Mrs. Roscoe P. Coltrane"|
|1980–1981||Palmerstown, U.S.A.||Merwin Noon / Henry Redmond||2 episodes|
|1981||Walking Tall||Stacy||Episode: "The Protectors of the People"|
|1982||Bret Maverick||Kenneth Broomick||Episode: "Hallie"|
|1982||Quincy, M.E.||Willie McCracken||Episode: "Guns Don't Die"|
|1982||The Executioner's Song||Gibbs||Television film; uncredited|
|1982||Knight Rider||The Rev||Episode: "Trust Doesn't Rust"|
|1983||Who Will Love My Children?||Cleve Shelby||Television film|
|1983||It Takes Two||Earl||Episode: "Instinct"|
|1983||Women of San Quentin||Countee||Television film|
|1985||Streets of Justice||Weasel||Television film|
|1986||The Defiant Ones||Mason||Television film|
|1986||Dalton: Code of Vengeance II||Bobby Fuller||Television film|
|1987||The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains||Trump||Television film|
|1988||The Twilight Zone||Norman Blane||Episode: "The Call"|
|1989||Lonesome Dove||Lippy Jones||Miniseries; 4 episodes|
|1991||Sometimes They Come Back||Carl Mueller (age 44)||Television film|
|1991||Married... with Children||Cousin Eb||Episode: "Buck Has a Belly Ache"|
|1992||Dangerous Curves||Bobby Havens||Episode: "Auld Lang Syne"|
|1992||Mann & Machine||Dr. William Unzer||Episode: "Cold, Cold Heart"|
|1992||The Young Riders||Emmett Barnett||Episode: "The Debt"|
|1992–1994||Batman: The Animated Series||Dr. Karl Rossum (voice)||4 episodes|
|1993||Sirens||Male Store Owner||Episode: "Keeping the Peace"|
|1993||Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times||Unknown||Episode: "The Smink Brothers"|
|1993||Return to Lonesome Dove||Lippy Jones||Miniseries; 4 episodes|
|1994||Matlock||Mickey Sanders||Episode: "The Crook"|
|1994||Babylon 5||Deuce||Episode: "Grail"|
|1994||The X-Files||Edward Funsch||Episode: "Blood"|
|1995||The Marshal||Philbrick||Episode: "The Heartbreak Kid"|
|1995||Santo Bugito||Clem (voice)||Episode: "My Name Is Revenge"|
|1995–1997||Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||Various voices||2 episodes|
|1996||The Pretender||Roy Abbot||Episode: "Every Picture Tells a Story"|
|1996||ER||Mr. Percy||Episode: "No Brain, No Gain"|
|1996–1999||Jumanji||Professor J.S. Ibsen (voice)||14 episodes|
|1996–2001||Walker, Texas Ranger||Will Stanton / Mayor||3 episodes|
|1997||Coach||Jesse / Larry||3 episodes|
|1997||George Wallace||T.Y. Odum||Television film|
|1997||Cow and Chicken||Cowboy (voice)||Episode: "School Bully/Time Machine"|
|1997||George and Leo||Unknown||Episode: "The Cameo Episode"|
|1998||The Practice||Mr. Simmons||Episode: "Rhyme and Reason"|
|1998||Babylon 5: Thirdspace||Deuce||Television film|
|1998||Maximum Bob||Dicky Crowe||5 episodes|
|1998||The Angry Beavers||Ditto Otto / Clerk (voice)||Episode: "If You Insisters/Alley Oops!"|
|1999||L.A. Heat||The Monk||Episode: "The Monk"|
|2000||Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story||Helicopter Pilot||Television film|
|2000||Resurrection Blvd.||Clancy The Illegal Gun Dealer||Episode: "Suenos"|
|2000||Psyko Ferret||Stan Veinous (voice)||Television film|
|2001||Crossfire Trail||Dewey||Television film|
|2002||Dharma & Greg||Mike||Episode: "The Tooth Is Out There"|
|2003||Monte Walsh||Skimpy Eagens||Television film|
|2003||Without a Trace||Wally Sykes||Episode: "Kam Li"|
|2004||Monk||Joshua Skinner||Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Married"|
|2004–2006||Deadwood||E. B. Farnum||36 episodes|
|2007||Life||Holt Easley||Episode: "What They Saw"|
|2008–2012||True Blood||Sheriff Bud Dearborne||22 episodes|
|2009||Lost||Oldham||Episode: "He's Our You"|
|2009||Trauma||Captain Edward Smith||Episode: "Blue Balloon"|
|2010||Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Jim||Episode: "Choices"|
|2011||Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior||Leonard Keane||Episode: "Nighthawk"|
|2011||Mike & Molly||Dennis||2 episodes|
|2011||Bar Karma||James||12 episodes|
|2012||Bones||Norbert Mobley||Episode: "The Family in the Feud"|
|2013||Bravest Warriors||Alien Perkalus (voice)||Episode: "Mexican Touchdown"|
|2019||American Gods||The Bookkeeper||Episode: "The Greatest Story Ever Told"|
|2019||Deadwood: The Movie||E. B. Farnum||Television film|
- "UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 10, 2020". United Press International. January 10, 2020. Archived from the original on January 15, 2020. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
… actor William Sanderson in 1944 (age 76)
- King, Susan (June 11, 2006). "Reluctantly, He'll Find His Next Train". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 4, 2020.
- Acting most peculiar The University of Memphis Magazine, Jamie Peters, 2006. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
- Blade Zone Presents: An Interview with William Sanderson, BladeZone, Aaron Brinkley, 2000. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
- Speier, Michael (January 19, 2001). "Crossfire Trail". Variety. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
- Vakulskas, Brian (May 18, 2019). "Yes, I'm That Guy: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Character Actor". KSCJ 1360. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
- "Sanderson Says". SoundCloud. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
- Voisin, Scott, Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting. BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59393-342-5.