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Bill Sadler

Highest Rated: 90% The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Lowest Rated: 90% The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

If you're a fan of movies, you've no doubt seen William Sadler's face countless times. With a versatile career that has spanned from long-haired, small-town rock star to banjo-plucking entertainer to Shakespearean actor to his role as Death in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (1991), William Sadler attacks all roles with equal gusto with his characters never ceasing to leave an impression on viewers, even if they can't recall the name of "that guy in that movie."Born in April of 1950 in Buffalo, NY, Sadler's imagination was fueled from a young age on his family's sprawling farm where he would pass the time with friends reenacting scenes from their favorite television and radio programs. Around the age of eight, Sadler's father's interest in music sparked a passion in the young boy as well with his father's gift of a ukulele. The two frequently performed at family functions together: Sadler Sr. on the guitar and Jr. on the uke. Later taking interest in a number of stringed instruments, after following in his father's footsteps and taking up the guitar, Sadler quickly learned that the mystique of the musician's life was difficult to resist. Forming a cover band with his Orchard Park High schoolmates, he began to gain popularity and a surprising amount of attention from the opposite sex. Armed with a banjo and a fistful of jokes, Sadler soon took on the persona of "Banjo Bill Sadler" for the school's annual variety show, and the result was an instant success. The students and teachers loved the performance, and English teacher Dan Larkin soon persuaded Sadler to audition for a role in Harvey, the senior play. Winning the lead and igniting a fire within the young performer, Sadler would soon follow his dreams and enroll in the drama program at State University College in Geneseo, NY. After spending two intense years in Cornell University's Fine Arts following his tenure at State University College, Sadler was finally prepared to be humbled in the grueling trials of the aspiring actor.Sadler took his first post-school role in Florida and soon relocated to Boston, moving in with his sister while scrubbing the floors of a lobster boat by day and cutting his acting chops at night. Slowly working up the nerve to take a shot at the big time in New York, a chance meeting with an old schoolmate on a trip into the city resulted in Sadler's casting in an off-off-Broadway production of Chekhov's Ivanov. After a brief turn at the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, RI, Sadler moved back to New York and rented an apartment in the East Village, beginning a grueling 12 years in which he appeared in over 75 productions. It was here that Sadler would meet Marni Bakst, the woman who would soon become his wife, and a young actor named Matthew Broderick, in a Broadway production of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues, who would kick-start Sadler's film career with a role in Project X (1987).After memorable turns in such films as Die Hard 2 (1990), Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, and The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Sadler found himself becoming one of the most sought-after character actors working in Hollywood. His friendly demeanor and warm sense of humor standing in stark contrast to his usually villainous onscreen antics, Sadler has gained a reputation among actors as a helpful and good-natured craftsman, always willing to offer advise and assistance without being pushy or overbearing. Increasingly busy in both television and films in the latter '90s, Sadler gained widespread recognition with his film roles in Disturbing Behavior (1998) and The Green Mile (1999) and on television with his role as Sheriff Jim Valenti on Roswell.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
90% The Shawshank Redemption Heywood 1994

TV

Credit
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Sloan 1999
1998

QUOTES FROM Bill Sadler CHARACTERS

Jim Grondin says: I'm sorry, but should I have known what ment.. You said you saw something, I thought you ment a big bird or-

Jim Grondin says: I'm sorry, but should I have known what ment.. You said you saw something, I thought you ment a big bird.

David Drayton says: Are you going to let this kid die over something that dosen't matter

David Drayton says: Are you going to let this kid die over something that dosen't matter?

Norm says: Would you just shut the fuck up

Norm says: Would you just shut the fuck up.

Ollie says: Be nice

Ollie says: Be nice.

Jim Grondin says: I'll do it then

Jim Grondin says: I'll do it then.

David Drayton says: It dosen't matter who dose it, it-

David Drayton says: It dosen't matter who dose it.

Jim Grondin says: What? You don't think I could do it?

Norm says: Hey. I want to it, it was my idea

Norm says: Hey. I want to it, it was my idea.

Heywood says: The Count of Monte Crisco...

Floyd says: It's CRISTO ya dumb shit.

Heywood says: By Alexandre Dumas...dumb ass.

Andy Dufresne says: Dumas. Ya know what that's about?

Heywood says: Huh uh...

Andy Dufresne says: You'll like it, it's about a prison break.

Ellis Boy "Red" Redding says: Well we oughta file that under educational too, oughtn't we??

Ellis Boy "Red" Redding says: Well we oughta file that under educational too, oughtn't we?

Heywood says: Yes...Richmond Virginia!

Floyd says: Smell my ass...

Grim Reaper says: [to God] They Melvined me.

Bill S. Preston / Evil Bill / Granny Preston says: [Dead Bill] Ted?

Ted "Theodore" Logan says: [Dead Ted] What?

Bill S. Preston / Evil Bill / Granny Preston says: [Dead Bill] Don't "Fear the Reaper"! [both of them do an air guitar]

Grim Reaper says: I heard that.

Dorian Newberry says: (after hitting the cop over the head and knocking him out) - That's a big rat!

Dorian Newberry says: (after hitting the cop over the head and knocking him out) That's a big rat!

Dorian Newberry says: You like Kurt Vonnegut?

Steve Clark says: I don't get it.

Dorian Newberry says: Haven't you ever wanted to just disappear, lunch boy? Poof, you're gone? You'd be surprised how interesting people become when they think you're "really" stupid.

Dorian Newberry says: Haven't you ever wanted to just disappear, lunch boy? Poof, you're gone? You'd be surprised how interesting people become when they think you're 'really' stupid.

Dorian Newberry says: This town sucks for heroes.

Dorian Newberry says: Evening Officer!

Officer Cox says: What are you doing?

Dorian Newberry says: Oh, I'm getting rid of rats!

Steve Clark says: Don't do this! Maybe they can be helped!

Dorian Newberry says: No they can't. And neither can I. (shows the gunshot wound to his stomach)

Dorian Newberry says: Do good things, lunch boy.

Dorian Newberry says: (before driving off a cliff) - Hey, teacher...leave them kids alone!!

Dorian Newberry says: (before driving off a cliff) Hey, teacher leave them kids alone!