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$3 Million

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Brad Dourif Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

Bradford Claude Dourif was born on 18 March 1950, in Huntington, West Virginia USA, to Joan Mavis Felton, an actress, and Jean Henri Dourif, an art collector and owner of a dye factory and of French descent. He is an actor, probably best known for his roles in the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, as well as for his voice role of Chucky in the “Child’s Play” franchise.

A noted actor, how rich is Brad Dourif? According to sources, Dourif’s wealth reaches $3 million, as of late 2016, acquired during his acting career which now spans more than 40 years.

Brad Dourif Net Worth $3 Million

Dourif’s father died when he was three years old, and he and his five siblings were raised by their mother who eventually remarried the famous golfer William C. Campbell. He attended the Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, and upon matriculating in 1968 he enrolled at Marshall University in Huntington, becoming involved in school stage productions. He also joined the community theater, performing with the Huntington Community Players. However, he eventually dropped out of Marshal and moved to New York City to study acting with the acclaimed drama teacher Sanford Meisner.

Dourif performed in a number of off-Broadway plays during the early ’70s. It was in one of these plays that he was discovered by Miloš Forman, who offered him a role in his adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975. Dourif won rave reviews for his performance of Billy Bibbit, earning a Golden Globe Award and a British Academy Award, as well as an Academy Award nomination. His net worth started to rise. However, despite the film paving his way to stardom, Dournif returned to New York and began teaching acting and directing classes at Columbia University.

His portrayal of Billy served as an ideal showcase for his remarkable talent of playing such eccentric, idiosyncratic and disturbed characters, something which he couldn’t break away from for the remainder of his career. More such roles came in late ’70s and early ’80s films, including “Eyes of Laura Mars”, “Wise Blood”, “Ragtime” and “Istanbul”. His other notable roles of the ’80s were in “Dune”, “Red Velvet”, “Fatal Beauty” and “Mississippi Burning”. His net worth was rising steadily.

In 1988 he moved to Hollywood; the same year he provided his voice for the evil doll Chucky in the horror “Child’s Play”, the first in the popular franchise, and which he went on to in numerous sequels, which significantly improved his status as a Hollywood star, and considerably adding to his wealth.

Many opportunities came Dourif’s way during the ’90s. He landed roles in horrors such as “The Exorcist III” and “Death Machine”, while also appearing in films like “Chaindance”, “Hidden Agenda”, “London Kills Me” and “Body Parts”. All contributed to his net worth.

In the early 2000s, Dourif had numerous supporting parts in big-screen projects, most notable being that of Gríma Wormtongue in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, which earned him an Online Film Critics Society Award and Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. In the years since, he has landed parts in numerous films, and is currently filming “Chucky 7”, announced to be released in 2017.

Aside from films, Dourif has also been active on television, having guest starred in a number of series such as “The Equalizer”, “Miami Vice”, “Murder: She Wrote”, “The X-Files” and “Tales of the Unexpected”. He had recurring roles in the series “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Ponderosa”, before being cast as a regular in the series “Deadwood”, playing Dr. Amos ‘Doc’ Cochran from 2004 to 2006, the role earning him a nomination for Emmy, Satellite and Screen Actors Guild Awards. He later appeared in the series “Law & Order”, “Psych”, “Once Upon a Time” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. All added to his net worth.

In his personal life, Dourif was married twice, firstly to Jonina Bernice with whom he had one child, while also adopting her child. In 1980 he married Janet Stephanie Charmatz and has a child with her too, but they also divorced.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Halloween 2007 Sheriff Lee Brackett
The Wizard of Gore 2007 Doctor Chong
The List 2007/II Johan Gabini
Sinner 2007 Caddie
Deadwood 2004-2006 TV Series Doc Cochran
Pulse 2006/I Thin Bookish Guy
The Great War of Magellan 2005 Short Swan
Gun 2005 Video Game Reverend Reed (voice)
The Wild Blue Yonder 2005 The Alien
Drop Dead Sexy 2005 Herman
The Devil's Due at Midnight 2004 Video short The Dark One
Seed of Chucky 2004 Chucky (voice)
El padrino 2004 Cyrus
Dead Scared 2004 Professor Kapps
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 Wormtongue (extended edition)
Vlad 2003 Radescu
The Box 2003/I Stan
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Wormtongue
The Calling 2002/I B.B. Gallen
Run Like Hell 2002 Video Game Fred (voice)
Soulkeeper 2001 Pascal
The Ghost 2001 Lt. Garland
Myst III: Exile 2001 Video Game Saavedro
Cypress Edge 2000 Colin McCammon
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent 2000 Video Zealot
Shadow Hours 2000 Roland Montague
The Diary of the Hurdy-Gurdy Man 1999 Gabriel
The Storytellers 1999 The Professor
Silicon Towers 1999 Alton
The Hunger 1999 TV Series Manno
Norm 1999 TV Series The Devil
Interceptor Force 1999 Weber
The Magnificent Seven 1999 TV Series Rupert Brauner
Playing Patti 1998 Michael Salesman
Brown's Requiem 1998 Edwards
Saturday Night Live 1998 TV Series Chucky
Bride of Chucky 1998 Chucky (voice)
Urban Legend 1998 Michael McDonnell, gas station attendant (uncredited)
Progeny 1998 Dr. Bert Clavell
Senseless 1998 Dr. Wheedon
Jamaica Beat 1997 Tom Peterson
Alien: Resurrection 1997 Gediman
Best Men 1997 The Vet
Millennium 1997 TV Series Dennis Hoffman
Nightwatch 1997 Duty Doctor
A Step Toward Tomorrow 1996 Kirby
Sworn to Justice 1996 Teddy
Star Trek: Voyager 1996 TV Series Crewman Lon Suder
If Looks Could Kill 1996 TV Movie Gene Hanson
Midnight Heat 1996 TV Movie Thomas Payne
Babylon 5 1995 TV Series Brother Edward
Bless This House 1995 TV Series Jimmy
Phoenix 1995/I Reiger
Escape to Witch Mountain 1995 TV Movie Luther / Bruno
Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story 1995 TV Movie Sheriff Bill Douglass
Murder in the First 1995 Byron Stamphill
A Worn Path 1994 Hunter
Death Machine 1994 Jack Dante
Color of Night 1994 Clark
The X-Files 1994 TV Series Luther Lee Boggs
Tales from the Crypt 1993 TV Series Virgil
Wild Palms 1993 TV Mini-Series Chickie Levitt
Trauma 1993 Dr. Lloyd
Amos & Andrew 1993 Officer Donnie Donaldson
Critters 4 1992 Al Bert
Final Judgement 1992 Video Father Tyrone
London Kills Me 1991 Hemingway the Restaurant Manager
Cerro Torre: Schrei aus Stein 1991 Fingerless
Child's Play 3 1991 Chucky (voice)
Body Parts 1991 Remo Lacey
Jungle Fever 1991 Leslie
Chaindance 1991 Johnny
Murder Blues 1991 John Barnes
Child's Play 2 1990 Chucky (voice)
Graveyard Shift 1990 The Exterminator
Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror 1990 Farley
The Exorcist III 1990 The Gemini Killer
Hidden Agenda 1990 Paul Sullivan
Spontaneous Combustion 1990 Sam
Terror on Highway 91 1990 TV Movie Keith Evans
Horseplayer 1990 Bud Cowan
Desperado: The Outlaw Wars 1989 TV Movie Camillus Fly
Sonny Boy 1989 Weasel
Murder, She Wrote 1989 TV Series Dr. Warren Overman
Mississippi Burning 1988 Deputy Clinton Pell
Child's Play 1988 Charles Lee Ray Chucky (voice)
Medium Rare 1987 Mitch Marlowe
Fatal Beauty 1987 Leo Nova
The Hitchhiker 1987 TV Series Billy Baltimore Jr.
Miami Vice 1987 TV Series Joey Wyatt
Moonlighting 1986 TV Series Father McDonovan
Rage of Angels: The Story Continues 1986 TV Movie Seymour Bourne
Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo 1986 TV Movie Lamar Sands
Blue Velvet 1986 Raymond
Spenser: For Hire 1986 TV Series Maxie Lyons
The Equalizer 1986 TV Series Fenn
Impure Thoughts 1985 Kevin Harrington
Istanbul 1985 Martin Klamski
Dune 1984 Piter De Vries
Tales of the Unexpected 1984 TV Series Hitch-hiker
Desire, the Vampire 1982 TV Movie Paul
Kennedy's Children 1982 TV Movie Mark
Ragtime 1981 Younger Brother
Heaven's Gate 1980 Mr. Eggleston
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones 1980 TV Movie David Langtree
Wise Blood 1979 Hazel Motes
Studs Lonigan 1979 TV Mini-Series Danny O'Neill
Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force 1978 TV Movie Sgt. Leonard Matlovich
Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 Tommy Ludlow
Group Portrait with a Lady 1977 Boris Koltowski
Visions 1977 TV Series Robert McEvoy
The Mound Builders 1976 TV Movie Chad Jasker
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 Billy Bibbit
W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings 1975 uncredited
Re-Animator: Evolution 2017 pre-production Dr. William Blackmore
Twisted/aka The Last Party 2017 pre-production Captain
Wildling 2017 post-production Daddy
Cut Off 2016 post-production Diggs
Perish of Angels pre-production Andrew Thurman
The Abiku pre-production Father Luc Daniel (rumored)
This Shining City announced Wally Gibbs (rumored)
The Wilding 2016 TV Movie David Stearns
Rosemont 2015 Abe
Young Like Us 2014 TV Series Larry
The Control Group 2014 Dr. Broward
Once Upon a Time 2012-2014 TV Series Zoso
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2014 TV Series Thomas Nash
Blood and Guts with Scott Ian 2013 TV Series Chucky
Malignant 2013 The Man
Curse of Chucky 2013 Charles Lee Ray Chucky (voice)
Blood Shot 2013 Bob
Gingerclown 2013 Worm Creature
Santa Monica 2013 Short Stan
End of the World 2013 TV Movie Dr. Walter Brown
Criminal Minds 2012 TV Series Adam Rain
Dishonored 2012 Video Game Piero Joplin (voice)
Wilfred 2012 TV Series P.T.
Last Kind Words 2012 Waylon
Black Box 2012/II Tom
Catch .44 2011 Sheriff Connors
Miami Magma 2011 TV Movie Jacob Capilla
Psych 2011 TV Series Bernie Bethel
Few Options 2011 Chris Pendler
Fringe 2011 TV Series Moreau
Priest 2011 Salesman
Death and Cremation 2010 Stan
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 TV Series Dr. Iggy Drexel
Junkyard Dog 2010 Sheriff Holk
Medium Rare 2010 TV Series Mitch Malone
Turbulent Skies 2010 TV Movie Richard Devain
Chain Letter 2009 Mr. Smirker
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2009 Uncle Ted
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009 Ned Schoenholtz
Halloween II 2009 Sheriff Lee Brackett
Lock and Roll Forever 2008 Zee
Born of Earth 2008 Mayor
Touching Home 2008 Clyde Winston
Humboldt County 2008 Jack
Law & Order 2008 TV Series Dr. David Lingard
Fading of the Cries 2008 Mathias
The Boneyard Collection 2008

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Remembering 'Ragtime' 2004 Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alien Encounters: Superior Fan Power Since 1979 2014 Documentary Himself
Bonus Content 2013 TV Series Himself
Playing with Dolls: The Making of Curse of Chucky 2013 Video documentary short Himself
Criminal Minds: Season 8 - The Profiler's Handbook: Peter Pan Syndrome 2013 Video short Himself
Undead Noise 2012 TV Series Himself
Tattoos: A Scarred History 2009 Documentary Himself
Evil Comes in Small Packages 2008 Video documentary Himself
It's Hard Being Evil 2008 Video documentary short Himself
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Conceiving the 'Seed of Chucky' 2005 Video documentary short Himself / Chucky
Making 'Deadwood': Season Two 2005 TV Short documentary Himself
Remembering 'Ragtime' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate 2004 Documentary Himself
Making 'Deadwood': The Show Behind the Show 2004 TV Short documentary Himself
One Step Beyond: The Making of 'Alien: Resurrection' 2003 Video documentary Himself
Weta Workshop 2003 Video documentary short Himself - Wormtongue
The Directors 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The 'Alien' Saga 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Ring Con 2002 2002 Video documentary Himself
The Horror Hall of Fame II 1991 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
The Horror Hall of Fame 1990 TV Movie documentary Chucky - Presenter (voice)
The 48th Annual Academy Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Mike Douglas Show 1976 TV Series Himself - Actor

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Terrordrome: Rise of the Boogeymen 2015 Video Game Chucky
No Sleep TV3 2015 TV Series The Gemini Killer
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2009-2013 TV Series documentary Dr. Jonathan Gediman / Sheriff Lee Brackett / Sam / ...
Once Upon a Time: Journey to Neverland 2013 TV Movie documentary Zoso, the Dark One (uncredited)
Welcome to the Basement 2013 TV Series Uncle Ted
Le Fossoyeur de Films 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary
Lego the Lord of the Rings: The Video Game 2012 Video Game Grima Wormtongue
I Am 2010/III Documentary Billy Bibbet (uncredited)
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest 2010 Video Game Grima Wormtongue
A Child's Play Story: Chucky's Revenge 2006 Short Chucky
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age 2004 Video Game Grima Wormtongue
The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth 2003 Video documentary short Wormtongue
I Don't Know Jack 2002 Documentary Himself
Empire of the Censors 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 1994 TV Series Chucky

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Best Actor Beverly Hills Film Festival Santa Monica (2013)
2008 Lifetime Achievement Award Asheville Film Festival
2003 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) · Sean Austin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Bernard Hill
· Ian Holm
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Noble
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Karl Urban
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2003 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Bernard Hill
· Christopher Lee
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2003 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Bernard Hill
· Christopher Lee
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
1991 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor Body Parts (1991)
1977 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actor One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
1976 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - Male One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Deadwood (2004) · Jim Beaver
· Powers Boothe
· Sean Bridgers
· W. Earl Brown
· Dayton Callie
· Brian Cox
· Kim Dickens
· Anna Gunn
· John Hawkes
· Jeffrey Jones
· Paula Malcomson
· Gerald McRaney
· Ian McShane
· Timothy Olyphant
· Molly Parker
· Leon Rippy
· William Sanderson
· Brent Sexton
· Bree Seanna Wall
· Robin Weigert
· Titus Welliver
2005 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Deadwood (2004)
2004 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Deadwood (2004)
2004 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Deadwood (2004)
2003 DVDX Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Elijah Wood
· Sean Astin
· John Rhys-Davies
· Billy Boyd
· Dominic Monaghan
· Orlando Bloom
· Christopher Lee
· Sean Bean
· Bernard Hill
· Miranda Otto
· David Wenham
· Karl Urban
· John Noble
· Craig Parker
· Andy Serkis
2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Bernard Hill
· Christopher Lee
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2002 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Bernard Hill
· Christopher Lee
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
1995 Best Actor Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Death Machine (1994)
1991 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor The Exorcist III (1990)
1991 Genie Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Chaindance (1991)
1989 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Mississippi Burning (1988)
1976 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979 Best Actor San Sebastián International Film Festival Wise Blood (1979)


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#Fact
1 Was considered to play the Joker in Batman (1989).
2 In 1981, Vincent Canby listed Dourif as one of twelve actors to watch, calling Dourif "one of the most intense, most interesting young film actors of his generation".
3 He was Michael Cimino's choice to play Steven in The Deer Hunter (1978). The role went to John Savage, though Cimino would cast Dourif in his next film, Heaven's Gate (1980).
4 He played the role of Stephen in a stage production of the play "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder". Dourif was asked to reprise the role for the film version, but turned said offer down because he didn't want to work with Marjoe Gortner. The role went to Peter Firth.
5 Though Dourif had not been on stage in nearly three decades, he chose to star alongside Amanda Plummer in the Off-Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play that played to critical acclaim at the New World Stages. He explained, in a filmed interview released by the producers, why he broke his 29-year hiatus from acting in live theater: "I hated the stage, did not want to do it. And then somebody said, 'Will you do a play? It's with Amanda Plummer', and I said, 'Oh shit! No. Oh God, I'm gonna have to do this...'". It opened on June 10, 2013 and closed on September 29, 2013. The play was subject to a number of performance cancellations, one relating to Dourif's absence, due to a death in the family. Plummer refused to perform without Dourif, notwithstanding the presence of an understudy.
6 Parents are Jean Henri Dourif and Joan Mavis Felton.
7 Has appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
8 Has worked with director Werner Herzog in four films: Cerro Torre: Schrei aus Stein (1991), The Wild Blue Yonder (2005), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) and My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009).
9 His father was born in France, and was of three quarters French and one quarter English ancestry. His mother was born in New York, to parents from Virginia, who also had English ancestry (including deep colonial American roots).
10 Moved to Los Angeles, California in 1988.
11 Attended and graduated from Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado (1968).
12 Taught acting and directing classes at Columbia University in the City of New York.
13 Out of all the Child's Play films - Bride of Chucky (1998) is his favorite.
14 Attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia in 1969 but dropped out.
15 His father, who owned and operated a dye factory, died when Brad was three.
16 Moved to New York City at age 19 and worked with the Circle Repertory Company, appearing in many off-Broadway and Woodstock, New York productions.
17 Has appeared with Samuel L. Jackson in four films: Ragtime (1981), The Exorcist III (1990), Jungle Fever (1991) and Amos & Andrew (1993).
18 Was considered for the role of Max Cady in the remake Cape Fear (1991), which went to Robert De Niro.
19 Many of his co-stars in the Lord of the Rings trilogy were under the impression that he was actually English because of the British accent he used as Grima Wormtongue throughout filming. As a method actor, he kept the accent even when he was not filming. They were shocked to hear him speak in an American accent after filming was complete. Bernard Hill believed Dourif was speaking in the worst American accent he "had ever heard in [his] life".
20 Grandchild: Caden Kalani Kahalewai Dourif-Tanoue (born 2001).
21 Has two daughters: Fiona Dourif and Kristina Dourif Tanoue.
22 Made five trips to New Zealand while the Lord of the Rings trilogy was being filmed. He had to shave his eyebrows off each time.
23 Was considered for the role of the Scarecrow in Batman Forever (1995).
24 Has heard his own movie Dune (1984) described as "science fiction's answer to Heaven's Gate (1980)" (which Dourif also starred in), and he agrees totally with this summation.

#Quote
1 Of course, I would like to play the guy next door, but nobody's going to hire me for that kind of role.
2 The universe is dynamic. When we are creative, we are the most alive and in touch with it.
3 Gee, I certainly hope I'm not a scary person in real life. It's not like people run from me when they see me. People are usually pretty nice when they meet me. If they're scared, they keep their shuddering to themselves.
4 If it wasn't for the devil, we wouldn't be here, would we?
5 If it's stage, the two most important artists are the actor and the playwright. If it's film, THE most important person is the director. The director says where the camera goes.
6 You know, you try to be diverse, and try to have fun and round things out.
7 We all have an edge. We all are floating our psyche on top with a great ocean underneath.
8 I am good when there is something central about the character. There is always a human theme I attach myself to. I am really looking for something that is moving or enlightening or something with depth as an actor. I look for these kinds of roles.
9 (on getting involved in acting) Well, my mother was an actress. She married my father and moved to West Virginia where my grandfather had built a factory, and that was the end of her career. When I was young, she used to read to us all. She read Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer and King Arthur, and a bunch of really good books. She would always become all the characters; I just remember everything was very alive. I really felt I was wherever she said I was; she was very talented. She was in a play, and I went to a rehearsal and I watched her rehearse, she was doing Anastasia. She was incredible, and it just made me want to learn how to act.
10 (on the difference working on big budget and low budget films) Well, when I'm working well, there's no difference at all, because I don't care. Except, you know, the place you go to after and in between is nicer, a lot of times. Independents can be the best experience of them all, because you know the crew better, you know the cinematographer better, everybody's a lot less pretentious... You have less time, because independents don't have any money, so they shoot very fast. It used to be different, independents used to have nice, long shooting schedules. It was very common; 13 or 14 weeks was a very common shooting schedule. Now six weeks is pretty average, and that's very fast to make a movie.
11 (on filming Fatal Beauty (1987)) (Director) Tom (Holland) and Whoopi (Goldberg) hated each other, it was a tense set. I've never seen two people hate each other more. I don't think she liked him from the get-go, and second of all Whoopi wanted to do an anti-drug film and that's not what the film was.
12 (on his acting style) Normally, the way I work is I try to learn everything kind of mechanically, without any feeling, and I let that come as it goes along. That's the way I was taught. After a certain amount of time, you get better and better and better and then it just comes. What you can do unconsciously, when it's an accident and you don't mean to do it, is the best stuff. All (acting) technique is based on when it's not working.
13 Being a character actor is a very insecure life. You don't always get to do what you want. I guess the reason I've held on is because I love it.
14 When I take a role, the criteria is feeding my family. That comes first. I have to work with what's available, like everybody else.
15 (on working with John Huston in Wise Blood (1979)) I was very scared and uncomfortable. I was the lead. I was insecure. I didn't think I could act my way out of a paper bag, you know. Oddly enough, he was the one who left me alone the most.
16 I couldn't sit through a scary movie myself to save my life. When I was young, I really loved Halloween and I loved to tell spooky stories, but that didn't last.
17 [To Michael Cimino during post production in Heaven's Gate (1980)] I told Michael, you know man... This thing better be good, because if it isn't, they're gonna kill ya!
18 There is nothing wrong with horror films. Their existence has definitely had an impact on me. It is important to have scary demons in our world on film. We have them in the world. That is why we are afraid, it is nice to have a visual and to have a confrontation with it.
19 I am the type of person that once I make a decision, I must execute. Maybe I am a perfectionist in this way.
20 I am good when there is something central about the character. There is always a human theme I attach myself to. I am really looking for something that is moving or enlightening or something with depth as an actor. I look for these kinds of roles.
21 I'm a whore. If they have a check and camera and a script and stuff for me to say, I am mostly there, unless I just can't take it. No, really, I do like to work. It just depends on whether there is a whole lot of stuff for me to choose from, because if there is I am choosy. If there's not a lot of work, then I try to find some redeeming value in the parts being offered. If it is awful, then, of course, I can't do it. But I have to say, I am pretty lucky in that there are usually things coming in. That said, sometimes it is slow.
22 I prefer film to the stage. I always like the rehearsal better than I like performing.
23 I'm formally trained, I don't know what classically trained really means. I've worked with Sanford Meisner. And I've worked at Circle Rep with Marshall W. Mason and Lanford Wilson and some really good people. I was lucky. I had a lot of really good influences.
24 [on if he prefers to play edgier twisted characters] Well, I've been cast as them... and I like to work, so I take those roles. You know, you try to be diverse, and try to have fun and round things out.

#Trademark
1 Gaunt features and wild blue eyes
2 The voice of Chucky in the Child's Play films
3 Frightening, expressive interpretations
4 Often plays eccentric or deranged characters
5 Deep raspy ominous voice
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