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



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


No Score Yet American Playhouse


Chief Bromden says: Ah, Juicy Fruit...

Chief Bromden says: I knew you wouldnt leave without me

Chief Bromden says: I knew you wouldnt leave without me.