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Brad Dourif

Bradford Claude "Brad" Dourif (born March 18, 1950) is an American film and television 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 RagtimePiter 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: Voyagerserial 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 Herzogon many occasions, appearing in Scream of StoneThe Wild Blue YonderThe Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?

Early life[]

Dourif was born in Huntington, West Virginia, the son of Joan Felton (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 worked with 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 SonataThe 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 this film 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.

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".

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.

Dourif guest starred in the third-season finale of Fringe.[7]


Films and televisions[]

Year Film Role Notes
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

Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year

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

2nd Place - San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actor

1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones David Langtree (made for television)
Heaven's Gate Mr. Eggleston
1981 Ragtime Younger Brother
1982 Desire, the Vampire Paul (made for television)
1984 Dune The MentatPiter De Vries
1985 Istanbul Martin Klamski (Belgian movie)
1986 Blue Velvet Raymond
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)
Sonny Boy Weasel
Terror on Highway 91 Keith Evans (made for television)
1990 Child's Play 2 Chucky (voice only)
Spontaneous Combustion Sam
Horseplayer Bud Cowan
Graveyard Shift Tucker Cleveland
The Exorcist III James Venamun

Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor

Hidden Agenda Paul Sullivan
Chaindance Johnny Reynolds

Nominated - Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Grim Prairie Tales Farley
1991 Murder Blues John Barnes a.k.a. Dead Certain
Child's Play 3 Chucky (voice only)
Jungle Fever Leslie
Body Parts Remo Lacey

Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor

Scream of Stone Fingerless
London Kills Me Hemingway the Restaurant Manager
1992 Final Judgment Father Tyrone
Critters 4 Al Bert
1993 Wild Palms Chickie Levitt television miniseries
Trauma Dr. Lloyd
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)
1995 Death Machine Dante

Nominated - Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Award for Best Actor

Murder in the First Byron Stamphill
Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story Sheriff Bill Douglass (Made for Television)
Escape to Witch Mountain Luther/Bruno (Made for Television)
Phoenix Reiger
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
Nightwatch Duty Doctor
Best Men The Vet
Alien Resurrection Dr. Gediman
Millennium Dennis Hoffman Episode Force Majeure
1998 Brown's Requiem Edwards
Senseless Dr. Wheedon
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
Silicon Towers Alton
2000 Shadow Hours Roland Montague
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent Zealot
2001 The Ghost Lt. Garland a.k.a. Code of the Dragon
Soulkeeper Mr. Pascal
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gríma Wormtongue

Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast

Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast

Nominated - DVD Exclusive Award – Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD)

Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2003 The Box Stan
Vlad Radescu
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

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

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 Lee Brackett
2008 Law & Order Dr. David Lingard Special Guest Star Season 18, Episode "Called Home"
Touching Home Clyde Winston
Humboldt County Jack
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"
2011 Blood Shot Bob
Fading of the Cries Mathias
Priest Salesman
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


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[8]

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