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William Sadler

Highest Rated:   100% Premium (2007)
Lowest Rated:   0% Freedom (2015)
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Birthplace:   Buffalo, New York, USA
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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Hollow
  • Sheriff Beau McKinney
2016
26% The Duel
  • Governor Ross
2016
64% Ava's Possessions
  • Bernard
2016
48% Freeheld
  • Peter Santucci
2015
11% Frank The Bastard
  • Actor
2015
0% Freedom
  • Plimpton
$0.2M 2015
No Score Yet Age Of The Gunslinger
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Historian
  • Valerian Hadley
2014
No Score Yet The Suspect
  • Sheriff Dixon
2014
28% Machete Kills
  • Sheriff Doakes
$5.7M 2013
71% Greetings From Tim Buckley
  • Lee
2013
80% Iron Man 3
  • President Ellis
$409M 2013
No Score Yet See Girl Run
  • Marty Carey
2013
92% Future Weather
  • Ed
2013
No Score Yet Riddle
  • Jack Abel
2013
52% Being Flynn
  • Ray
$0.6M 2012
31% Man on a Ledge
  • Valet
$18.4M 2012
No Score Yet Nothing Sacred
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt
  • Gino Fish
2012
No Score Yet Restitution
  • George
2011
81% The Last Mountain
  • Narrator
$0.2M 2011
No Score Yet Open Gate
  • Robert
2011
No Score Yet Silent But Deadly
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost
  • Gino Fish
2011
17% Last Day of Summer
  • Mr. Crolick
2010
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: No Remorse
  • Gino Fish
2010
No Score Yet Shadowheart
  • Thomas Conners
2009
57% The Hills Run Red
  • Wilson Wyler Concannon
2009
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Thin Ice
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Red & Blue Marbles
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Good Student
  • Honest Phil Palmer
2008
27% Eagle Eye
  • Jerry's dad
$101.2M 2008
33% A New Wave
  • Roger DeWitt
2007
37% August Rush
  • Thomas Novacek
$31.6M 2007
72% The Mist
  • Jim Grondin
$25.5M 2007
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Sea Change
  • Gino Fish
2007
100% Premium
  • Cole Carter
2007
43% Jimmy and Judy
  • Uncle Rodney
2006
No Score Yet Mr. Gibb
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Unspoken
  • Dad
2006
No Score Yet Confess
  • Roger Lampert
2005
20% Devour
  • Ivan Reisz
2005
No Score Yet Purple Heart
  • Colonel Allen
2005
90% Kinsey
  • Kenneth Braun
$10.3M 2004
No Score Yet Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption'
  • Actor
2004
41% The Battle of Shaker Heights
  • Abe Ernswiler
2003
No Score Yet Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Stealth Fighter
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Witness Protection
  • Sharp
1999
80% The Green Mile
  • Klaus
1999
71% Rush
  • Monroe
1999
38% Reach the Rock
  • Quinn
1998
35% Disturbing Behavior
  • Dorian Newberry
1998
No Score Yet Ambushed
  • Jim Natter
1998
24% RocketMan
  • Overbeck
1997
6% Solo
  • Col. Frank Madden
1996
12% Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood
  • Mummy
1996
38% Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight
  • Brayker
1995
91% The Shawshank Redemption
  • Heywood
1994
No Score Yet Roadracers
  • Sarge
1994
No Score Yet Jack Reed: Badge of Honor
  • David Anatole
1993
47% Freaked
  • Dick Brian
1993
68% Trespass
  • Don
1992
54% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
  • Grim Reaper
1991
No Score Yet The Last to Go
  • Actor
1991
71% The Hot Spot
  • Frank Sutton
1990
No Score Yet The Face of Fear
  • Actor
1990
69% Die Hard 2
  • Col. Stuart
1990
33% Hard to Kill
  • Vernon Trent
1990
No Score Yet Tagget
  • Actor
1990
22% K-9
  • Salesman, Don
1989
No Score Yet Tales from the Crypt
  • Actor
1989
78% Project X
  • Dr. Carroll
1987
No Score Yet Off Beat
  • Dickson
1986
38% Hanky Panky
  • Hotel Clerk
1982
No Score Yet Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet The Great Wallendas
  • Actor
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
81% When We Rise
2016
  • Chuck Cooper
  • 2017
95% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013
  • President Ellis President Matthew Ellis
  • 2016
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Armin Janko
  • 2015
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • George Peters George
  • 2015
  • 2014
95% The Flash
2014
  • Simon Stagg
  • 2014
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • John McGarrett Jack McGarrett
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
58% 666 Park Avenue
2012-2013
  • Nate McKenny
  • 2013
95% Elementary
2012
  • Ian Gale
  • 2013
58% Golden Boy
2013
  • Dowdell Commissioner Jack Dowdell
  • 2013
87% Homeland
2011
  • Mike Higgins
  • 2013
46% Chase
2010-2011
  • Annie's Father
  • 2011
92% Person Of Interest
2011-2016
  • Anton's Father
  • 2011
89% Fringe
2008-2013
  • Dr. Sumner
  • 2011
  • 2008
29% Mercy
2009-2010
  • Nate Ramsey
  • 2010
89% The Pacific
2010
  • Lewis 'Chesty' Puller
  • 2010
25% Three Rivers
2009-2010
  • Michael Zelasko Michael
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Ray Finnegan
  • 2009
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Richard Tuttle
  • 2007
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Karl Cooper
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Richard Drucker
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Kyle Devlin
  • 2003
No Score Yet Roswell
1999-2002
  • Director
  • Valenti Sheriff Valenti
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Voice
  • 2001
85% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Sloan
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Dwight
  • 1995
  • 1989

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