William Sanderson Biography

Birthday: 1944-01-10
Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki Biography: Prolific and versatile character actor William Sanderson was born on January 10, 1944, in Memphis, Tennessee. His mother was an elementary school teacher and his father was a landscape designer. William served two years in the US Army. Following his military service he attended Southern Methodist University. He earned both a BBA degree and a JD law degree from Memphis State University. William went to New York to try his luck as an actor. He studied his craft with Herbert Berghof and William Hickey. Sanderson began his acting career in off-Broadway stage productions and appeared in several independent pictures. He gave a superbly lively and intense performance as vicious racist and escaped convict Jessie Lee Kane in the brutal exploitation feature Fight for Your Life (1977). William was likewise marvelous as gentle toymaker J.F. Sebastian in the fantastic science-fiction cult favorite Blade Runner (1982). He has played his fair share of loathsome bad guys (he refers to these particular characters as "prairie scum"), such as nasty lout Calvin in Raggedy Man (1981), lowlife hick Lee Dollarhide in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) and weaselly criminal Snow in Lone Wolf McQuade (1983). Not surprisingly, considering his distinctive Southern drawl, he has also appeared in such westerns as the comedy Wagons East (1994), Crossfire Trail (2001) (TV), Monte Walsh (2003) (TV), Andersonville (1996) (TV), Gods and Generals (2003) and the acclaimed TV mini-series "Lonesome Dove" (1989) (one of several projects in which Sanderson has acted alongside Tommy Lee Jones). Sanderson gave a lovely and touching portrayal in a rare lead role as emotionally dysfunctional recovering alcoholic ukulele minstrel Stanley Myer in the poignant indie drama Stanley's Gig (2000). He achieved his greatest popularity, however, as flaky backwoodsman Larry on the hit sitcom "Newhart" (1982) on which he uttered the memorable catchphrase, "I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl." More recently Sanderson had a terrific role as conniving hotel proprietor E.B. Farnum on the sensationally gritty cable western TV series "Deadwood" (2004). Among the TV shows William has done guest spots on are "The Practice" (1997), "The Pretender" (2005), "ER" (1994), "The X-Files" (1993), "Walker, Texas Ranger" (1993), "Sirens" (1993), "Matlock" (1986), "Babylon 5" (1994), "Married with Children" (1987), "The Twilight Zone" (1985), "Knight Rider" (1982), "Coach" (1989), "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979) and "Starsky and Hutch" (1975). He has also done voices for numerous cartoon characters, radio commercials and books on tape. Outside of his substantial film and TV credits, William has acted on stage in productions of such plays as "The Taming of the Shrew," "When Ya Comin' Back, Red Ryder?," "Insect Comedy," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Dutchman," "Fishing," "Authentic Life of Billy the Kid," "Tobacco Road," and "Scotch Rocks." William Sanderson lives in Burbank, California, with his wife Sharon Wix.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Newhart Larry 1982 - 1990
Dalton's Code of Vengeance Bobby Fuller 1986 - 1986
Deadwood E.B. Farnum 2004 Crime
True Blood Sheriff Bud Dearborne 2008 Drama
Bar Karma James 2010
Last Man Standing Joe Monday 2011 Action
Call the Midwife Lippy Jones 2019 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Savage Weekend 1979 Reality Tv
Fight For Your Life 1980 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Death Hunt 1981
Raggedy Man 1981
Blade Runner J.F. Sebastian 1982 Sport, 0, Game Show, 0
Lone Wolf McQuade Snow 1983 Game Show, Fantasy, 0, Comedy, 0
Black Moon Rising 1986 Sport, Game Show, 0
Dead Aim Brennan 1987 Action, Crime, Drama
Thunderground Ratman 1989 Action, Adventure
Last Man Standing Casper 1990
Sometimes They Come Back Carl Mueller (age 44) 1991
The Giant of Thunder Mountain 1991 Drama, Family
The Rocketeer 1991 Action, Adventure, Family
Man's Best Friend Ray 1993 Comedy, Horror
Skeeter Gordon Perry 1994 Horror, Thriller
Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance Roger 1994 Horror
Phoenix Miro 1995
Forest Warrior 1996
Last Man Standing Joe Monday 1996 0, Game Show, 0
The Utilizer Leek 1996
George Wallace 1997 Drama
Babylon 5: Thirdspace Deuce 1998 0, 0
Nice Guys Sleep Alone Rufus 1999 Romance, Comedy
Stanley's Gig Stanley Myer 2000 Drama, Music
Monkey Love Bradley Chalmers 2002 Comedy, Romance
Monte Walsh Skimpy Eagens 2003 0, Fantasy
The Low Budget Time Machine The Prospector 2003 Comedy
Never Get Outta the Boat Clarence 2003 Drama
Avatar Riley 2006 Action, Drama
Beyond the Wall of Sleep Joe Slaader 2006 Horror
Disappearances Rat Kinneson 2007 0, 0
Pretty Ugly People Sam 2008 Comedy
MIRROR MIRROR Mr. Veze 2012 0, 0, 0, 0, 0