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Birthday: April 13, 1950
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York
Biography from 1991 Bogus Journey Press Kit
WILLIAM SADLER (Grim Reaper) recently co-starred as evil terrorist leader
Colonel Stuart in "Die Hard 2" and as a backwoods extortionist in
Dennis Hopperís "The Hot Spot." He has also appeared in featured
roles in "Hard to Kill," "Project X," "Ragtime"
and "Hanky Panky."
In the theatre, Sadler was in the original Broadway and Los Angeles cast of
Neil Simonís "Biloxi Blues" as Sergeant Toomey, a role that won him
a Dramalogue award, Clarence Dewert Award and Drama Desk nomination. In 1981 he
won the Obie and Villager Awards for his role in the off-off-Broadway play
On television, Sadler co-starred in the recent ABC-TV movie "The Last to
Go," with Tyne Daly. His numerous TV movie credits include starring and
co-starring roles in "Tagget," "Face of Fear," "Gideon
Oliver," "The Great Wallendas" and "Charlie and the Great
Balloon Chase." On series television, he has had recurring roles in the
situation comedies "Dear John" and "Roseanne," and appeared
as the lead in episodes of such dramatic shows as "Tales From the
Crypt" and "In the Heat of the Night."
Sadler has also been featured in more than 75 stage productions, including
Joseph Pappís New York Shakespeare Festival versions of "Measure for
Measure" and "New Jerusalem" and La Jolla Playhouse versions of
"Romeo and Juliet" and "A Mad World, My Masters."
He is a graduate of Cornell University with a masters degree in fine arts.
William Sadler is one of those actors who always makes an
impression no matter what role he's playing. His extensive training on the
stage shines through on film and he's never less than fascinating to watch.
The part of the Grim Reaper in Bogus Journey was a
pivotal one . . . a part that could easily make or break the film. Bill
Sadler made this part all his own, paying tribute to the classic personification
of Death brought to life in Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece The Seventh Seal.
There's little doubt much of the character given to Grim was of Bill's own
making; he performed as Death in the same manner in an sketch comedy series
called Assaulted Nuts some years before, right
down to the accent and insecurities. He would also make a guest appearance
as Death on an episode of Tales From the Crypt entitled The Assassin.
(And watch for a cameo by Bill Sadler near the end of Bogus Journey . . .
he plays the British man who says "My word!" along with his wife
during De Nomolos' worldwide televised speech.)
Because Bill had played so many bad guys and killers in previous
films (most notably the villainous Colonel Stuart in Die Hard 2 and a
terrific appearance as a jaded executioner named Niles Talbot in The Man Who
Was Death, another episode of Tales From the Crypt) he joked that now
he had played Death he had "killed everyone who ever lived" and had,
in essence, "peaked."
Far from peaking, Bill Sadler continues to show that he still
has a lot more to give. Roles in movies like Rush, Trespass, The
Shawshank Redemption (an outstanding performance!) and The Green Mile made
him one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. Bill and Ted fans were
excited to see Bill Sadler, Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves in the same film once
again when Sadler played the evil corporate mogul and head of the Everything
Except Shoes corporation in Alex's movie classic Freaked.
William Sadler has also won many fans in the science fiction
genre by taking on a regular role in the sci-fi television series Roswell
(he also directed an episode) and making guest appearances on Star Trek: Deep
Space Nine. He played a role in the imaginative Fox
series Wonderfalls and has also recently made appearances on the shows JAG,
Third Watch, Tru Calling, Law & Order and CSI.
A little known fact about Bill Sadler is that he's also a singer
/ songwriter and an excellent banjo and guitar player. During an interview
for Bogus Journey in 1991, he began playing one of his own compositions
entitled The Blushing Panty Slave.
Bill Sadler has recently appeared in the films Kinsey, Confess,
Devour, Mr. Gibb, Jimmy and Judy, Premium and A New Wave. He
also made an appearance in the controversial made-for-TV film The Path to
9/11. He also appears in a comedy short film called The Wine Bar and made
an appearance on the television series The Black Donnellys.
More recent television appearances include a
regular role on the short lived ABC series Traveler and in the TV movie
Jesse Stone: Sea Change. On the big screen he appeared in the
adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist and in the film August Rush.
In 2008, he appeared on the series Medium and Fringe and in the
film Eagle Eye.
Sadler continues to be one of the hardest working actors in
Hollywood, having made recent appearances on television in a
recurring role in the very popular Jesse Stone telefilms with Tom
Selleck, and in the shows Criminal Minds, The Pacific, Mercy and Three
Rivers, on videos such as The Hills Run Red and Shadowheart
and movies such as Last Day of Summer.
His recent films
include Silent But
Deadly, Restitution, Red & Blue Marbles, Future
Weather, Open Gate, Riddle, Being Flynn, Nothing Sacred and Man
On a Ledge. On television he has appeared as McGarrett's
father in the series Hawaii Five-0. Upcoming films
include Frank the Bastard, Greetings from Tim Buckley, Melvin
Smarty and Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt.
For a list of William's acting and
please visit the Internet Movie Database