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William Forsythe



Moving easily from comedies to drama, character actor William "Bill" Forsythe has been busy in feature films since the early '80s, when he debuted with a small role in Smokey Bites the Dust (1981). In addition, he frequently appears on television and on stage, where he launched his career. The stocky, moon-faced, and gap-toothed Brooklyn native began acting in local productions in his early teens and by age 16, had become a professional, appearing on and off Broadway. As a young man, Forsythe moved to Southern California. Shortly after his film debut, he also made his first television appearance in the TV-movie The Miracle of Kathy Miller. This started him on a series of guest-starring roles on shows ranging from CHiPS to Fame. At this early stage, Forsythe was usually cast in villainous roles, as in his breakthrough feature Once Upon a Time in America (1984), in which he played the sweet-faced but ruthless gangster Cockeye. One of Forsythe's most memorable performances was also his first lead, that of a rebellious wheelchair-bound patient who turns a hospital ward topsy-turvy, in the ensemble piece The Waterdance (1991). The same year, Forsythe starred as Al Capone in the short-lived television resurrection of The Untouchables. His other television credits include a leading role opposite Emilio Estevez, in Gene Quintano's tribute to spaghetti Westerns A Dollar for the Dead (1998). The actor stayed busy throughout the 2000s, appearing in Scary Movie 3 (2003), Hammerhead (2005), and Freedomland (2006). In 2007 he took on a supporting role in Rob Zombie's reboot of Halloween, and continued to find work (mainly in the horror genre) throughout the late 2000s.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Check Point
  • Producer
  • Sheriff Thomas Hancock
2017
No Score Yet The Bronx Bull
  • Jake LaMotta
2017
No Score Yet Hidden in the Woods
  • Uncle Costello
2016
No Score Yet The Hollow
  • Big John Dawson
2016
No Score Yet The Midnight Man
  • Fairbanks
2016
No Score Yet The Midnight Man
  • Fairbanks
2016
No Score Yet The Midnight Man
  • Actor
2016
31% Echoes of War
  • Randolph McClluskey
2015
No Score Yet Road To Juarez
  • Doug Hermann
2015
33% Laugh Killer Laugh
  • Frank Stone
2015
No Score Yet The Witching Hour
  • Devlin Deeds
2015
No Score Yet Slip & Fall
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Happy in the Valley
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Ghost Club: Spirits Never Die
  • Actor
2013
19% Loosies
  • Captain Tom Edwards
2012
No Score Yet Infected
  • Dr. Edward Dennehey
2012
No Score Yet Inkubus
  • Ret. Detective Gil Diamante
2011
No Score Yet Born To Ride
  • Steele
2011
No Score Yet L.A., I Hate You
  • Uncle Rip
2011
No Score Yet Jesse
  • Vince the Godfather
2011
No Score Yet The Rig
  • Jim
2010
No Score Yet Dear Mr. Gacy
  • John Wayne Gacy
2010
No Score Yet The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone
  • Massimo
2009
No Score Yet iMurders
  • Actor
2008
5% 88 Minutes
  • Frank Parks
2008
No Score Yet Stiletto
  • Alex
2008
No Score Yet Southern Gothic
  • Pitt
2008
No Score Yet Final Approach
  • Silas Jansen
2008
25% Halloween
  • Ronnie White
2007
No Score Yet Hack!
  • Willy
2007
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Buster
2007
48% Coastlines
  • Fred Vance
2006
No Score Yet Jam
  • Ted
2006
23% Freedomland
  • Boyle
2006
No Score Yet Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy
  • Tom
2005
53% The Devil's Rejects
  • Sheriff Wydell
2005
29% The L.A. Riot Spectacular
  • George Holliday
2005
No Score Yet Larva
  • Jacob Long
2005
No Score Yet The Last Letter
  • Mr. Griffith
2004
36% Scary Movie 3
  • Actor
2003
60% The Technical Writer
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Malicious Intent
  • Andrew
2002
48% City by the Sea
  • Spyder
2002
0% Run for the Money
  • Bo Young
2002
No Score Yet Strike Force
  • Screenwriter
  • Agent Simon
2001
No Score Yet G-Men From Hell
  • Dean Crept
2001
No Score Yet Sicilian Code
  • Tommy
2001
No Score Yet Blue Hill Avenue
  • Det. Torrance
2001
No Score Yet Luck of the Draw
  • Max Fenton
2000
No Score Yet Camouflage
  • Alton Owens
2000
No Score Yet Row Your Boat
  • Gil
2000
40% Hell's Kitchen N.Y.C.
  • Lou
1999
23% Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
  • Det. Fowler
1999
No Score Yet Big City Blues
  • Producer
  • Hudson
1999
No Score Yet The Last Marshal
  • DeClerc
1999
36% Blue Streak
  • Hardcastle
1999
No Score Yet Four Days
  • Milt
1999
No Score Yet Paradise Lost
  • Mike Stark
1999
No Score Yet Dollar for the Dead
  • Dooley
1998
No Score Yet Ambushed
  • Mike Organski
1998
No Score Yet Soundman
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Pass
  • Charles Duprey
1998
No Score Yet Row Your Boat
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet First Time Felon
  • Actor
1997
12% Firestorm
  • Earl Shaye
1997
No Score Yet Pass
  • Actor
1997
60% Gotti
  • Sammy Gravano
1996
66% The Rock
  • Eddie Paxton
1996
No Score Yet Beyond Desire
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet For Which He Stands
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Snitch
  • Actor
1996
33% Things to Do in Denver...When You're Dead
  • Franchise
1995
No Score Yet The Immortals
  • Tim James
1995
33% Virtuosity
  • William Cochran
1995
41% The Substitute
  • Hollan
1995
64% Palookaville
  • Sid
1995
No Score Yet Beyond Desire
  • Ray
  • Executive Producer
1994
No Score Yet Relentless 3
  • Walter Hilderman
1993
No Score Yet Those Bedroom Eyes
  • Det. Stoller
1993
No Score Yet Direct Hit
  • Hatch
1993
No Score Yet A Kiss to Die For
  • Det. Mike Stoller
1993
14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag
  • Beaudeen
1992
93% The Waterdance
  • Bloss
1992
75% American Me
  • J.D.
1992
No Score Yet Final Approach
  • Actor
1991
29% Stone Cold
  • Ice
1991
19% Out for Justice
  • Richie Madano
1991
38% Career Opportunities
  • Custodian
1991
64% Dick Tracy
  • Flattop
1990
No Score Yet Torrents of Spring
  • Polozov
1990
33% Dead Bang
  • Arthur Kressler
1989
38% Patty Hearst
  • Toko
1988
80% Weeds
  • Burt the Booster
1987
No Score Yet Baja Oklahoma
  • Tommy Earl Browner
1987
71% Extreme Prejudice
  • Sgt. Buck Atwater
1987
90% Raising Arizona
  • Evelle
1987
No Score Yet The Lightship
  • Gene
1986
No Score Yet Savage Dawn
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Long Hot Summer
  • Isaac
1985
60% Cloak and Dagger
  • Morris
1984
89% Once Upon a Time in America
  • Cockeye
1984
No Score Yet The Man Who Wasn't There
  • Pug Face Crusher
1983
No Score Yet King of the Mountain
  • Big Tom
1981
No Score Yet Smokey Bites the Dust
  • Kenny
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Chris Sutter
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Steve Rigsby
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Manny Horvitz
23% The Mob Doctor
2012-2013
  • Constantine Alexander
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Harry Brown

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