Brad Dourif Biography

Birthday: 1950-03-18
Place of Birth: Huntington, West Virginia USA
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: Character actor Brad Dourif was born on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia, where his father owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, after which his mother married Bill Campbell, a champion golfer, who helped raise Brad, his brother, and his four sisters. From 1963 to 1965, Dourif attended Aiken Preparatory School in Aiken, South Carolina, where he pursued his interests in art and acting. Although he briefly considered becoming a professional artist, he finally settled on acting as a profession, inspired by his mother's participation as an actress in community theater. Starting in school productions, he progressed to community theater, joining up with the Huntington Community Players, while attending Marshall University of Huntington. At age 19, he quit his hometown college and headed to New York City, where 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 Milos 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 big-screen appearance with a bit part in W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975). Nevertheless, his portrayal of the vulnerable Billy Bibbit in Forman's film was undoubtedly his big break, earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut, a British Academy Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, and an Oscar nomination 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. Despite his attempts to avoid typecasting, his intensity destined him to play demented, deranged, or disturbed characters, starting in Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), John Huston's Wise Blood (1979) (arguably his best performance to date), and Milos Forman's Ragtime (1981). Dourif then teamed up with director David Lynch for Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986). His high-strung style also served him well in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of the evil doll Chucky in Child's Play (1988) and its sequels. Dourif broke from the horror genre with roles in Fatal Beauty (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), Hidden Agenda (1990), and London Kills Me (1991). Recent film work includes the role of Grima Wormtongue in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since his television debut in the PBS film The Mound Builders (1976) (TV), Dourif has made sporadic appearances in a number of television series, such as "The X-Files" (1993), "Babylon 5" (1994), "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) and "Ponderosa" (2001) (in the recurring role of Frenchy).

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Dune Piter De Vries 1984 Action
Wild Palms Chickie Levitt 1993 Drama
Deadwood Doc Cochran 2004 - Crime
Nightwatch Duty Doctor 2015
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Wise Blood 1980 Comedy, Drama
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones David Langtree 1980 Drama
Ragtime 1982 Drama
Dune Piter De Vries 1984 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi
Istanbul Martin Klamski 1985 Thriller, Drama
Blue Velvet Raymond 1986 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Impure Thoughts Kevin Harrington 1986 Comedy
Fatal Beauty 1987 Action, Comedy, Crime
Child's Play Charles Lee Ray / Chucky 1988 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Mississippi Burning Deputy Clinton Pell 1989 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Horseplayer Bud Cowan 1990 Drama, Thriller
Spontaneous Combustion Sam 1990 Horror, Sci Fi, Thriller
The Exorcist III The Gemini Killer 1990 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Hidden Agenda 1990
Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror Farley 1990 Horror
Graveyard Shift Tucker Cleveland 1990 Horror
Sonny Boy Weasel 1990 Action, Drama, Thriller
Body Remo Lacey 1991
Chaindance Johnny 1991 Crime, Drama
Murder Blues John Barnes 1991 Thriller, Drama
Body Parts Remo Lacey 1991 Horror, Thriller
Cerro Torre: Schrei aus Stein Fingerless 1991 Drama
London Kills Me 1991 Comedy, Drama
Critters 4 Al Bert 1992 Comedy, Horror, Sci Fi
Trauma Dr. Lloyd 1993 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Color of Night Clark 1994 Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Murder in the First Byron Stamphill 1995 Drama, Thriller
Death Machine Jack Dante 1995 Action, Horror, Sci Fi
Phoenix Reiger 1995
A Step Toward Tomorrow Kirby 1996
Common Bonds 1997
Sworn to Justice Teddy 1997 Action, Drama
Alien: Resurrection Dr. Jonathan Gediman 1997 Action, Sci Fi, Thriller
Alien Resurrection Dr. Jonathan Gediman 1997 Action, Sci Fi, Thriller
Senseless 1998 Comedy, Romance
Bride of Chucky Chucky 1998 Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Progeny Dr. Bert Clavell 1999 Sci Fi, Horror
Interceptor Force Weber 1999 Action, Drama
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent Zealot 2000 Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Silicon Towers Alton 2000 Action, Thriller, Drama
Soulkeeper Mr. Pascal 2001
The Body Remo Lacey 2001
The Ghost Lt. Garland 2001 Action, Thriller
Cypress Edge Colin McCammon 2001 Drama, Thriller
Shadow Hours Roland Montague 2001 Drama, Thriller
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Grima Wormtongue 2002 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The Box Stan 2003 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Vlad Radescu 2004 Horror, Thriller
Seed of Chucky Chucky 2004 Comedy, Horror, Romance
Dead Scared Professor Kapps 2005 Comedy, Horror
El padrino Cyrus 2005 Action, Crime, Drama
The Wild Blue Yonder 2005 Sci Fi
Playing Patti Michael Salesman 2006 Comedy
Sinner Caddie 2007
The Wizard of Gore Dr. Chong 2007 Horror, Mystery
The List 2008
Born of Earth Mayor 2008 Horror
Humboldt County Jack 2008 Comedy, Drama
Halloween II Sheriff Lee Brackett 2009 Horror
Medium Rare Mitch 2010
Junkyard Dog Sheriff Holk 2010 Thriller
Touching Home Clyde Winston 2010 Drama
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Uncle Ted 2010 Drama, Thriller
Death and Cremation Stan 2010 Thriller
Chain Letter Mr. Smirker 2010 Horror, Thriller
Priest Salesman 2011 Action, Horror, Sci Fi
Few Options Chris Pendler 2011 Crime, Drama
Last Kind Words Waylon 2012 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Blood Shot Bob 2013 Action, Comedy, Horror
Gingerclown Worm Creature 2013 Comedy, Horror
Avarice Tom 2013
Malignant The Man 2013 Horror, Thriller
Curse of Chucky Chucky 2013 Horror, Thriller
Lock and Roll Forever Zee 2013 Comedy
Twisted Inspector 2014 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
The Control Group Dr. Broward 2014 Action, Horror
Cut Off Herman Diggs 2016 Thriller