Will Sampson

Will Sampson

  • Highest Rated: 94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  • Lowest Rated: 8% Firewalker (1986)
  • Birthday: Sep 27, 1933
  • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
  • A full-blooded Muscogee-Creek Indian, Will Sampson spent most of his adult life as a successful artist. The towering Sampson was spotted at an art show by an assistant to actor/producer Michael Douglas; Douglas then cast Sampson in the important role of enigmatic sanitarium inmate Chief Bromden in the 1976 Oscar-winner One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It was the beginning of a ten-year acting career that would embrace both films (Buffalo Bill and the Indians, The Outlaw Josey Wales) and television. In the latter medium, Will Sampson had a recurring role on the Robert Urich private eye series Vegas (1978-1981), and starred as a taciturn Native American police officer in the 1977 TV pilot film Relentless.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

8% Firewalker Tall Eagle 1986
37% Poltergeist II: The Other Side Taylor 1986
69% Insignificance Elevator Attendant 1985
No Score Yet Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Clarence's Father 1980
No Score Yet Fish Hawk Fish Hawk 1979
No Score Yet Standing Tall Actor 1978
No Score Yet Vega$ Actor 1978
10% Orca - The Killer Whale Umilak 1977
17% The White Buffalo Crazy Horse / Worm 1977
No Score Yet The Hunted Lady Actor 1977
90% The Outlaw Josey Wales Ten Bears 1976
67% Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson William Halsey 1976
94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Chief Bromden 1975

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Wingina

QUOTES FROM Will Sampson CHARACTERS

Chief Bromden
Ah, Juicy Fruit...
Chief Bromden
I knew you wouldnt leave without me
Chief Bromden
I knew you wouldnt leave without me.