Character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, after...
Born on March 18, 1950
Huntington, West Virginia, USA
Height 1.75m / 5' 9"
Character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, after which his mother married Bill Campbell, a champion golfer, who helped raise Brad, his brother, and his four sisters. From 1963 to 1965, Dourif attended Aiken Preparatory School in Aiken, South Carolina, where he pursued his interests in art and acting. Although he briefly considered becoming a professional artist, he finally settled on acting as a profession, inspired by his mother's participation as an actress in community theater.Starting in school productions, he progressed to community theater, joining up with the Huntington Community Players, while attending Marshall University of Huntington. At age 19, he quit his hometown college and headed to New York City, where he worked with the Circle Repertory Company. During the early 1970s, Dourif appeared in a number of plays, off-Broadway and at Woodstock, New York, including Milos Forman who cast him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Although this film is frequently cited as his film debut, in fact, Dourif made his first big-screen appearance with a bit part in W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975). Nevertheless, his portrayal of the vulnerable Billy Bibbit in Forman's film was undoubtedly his big break, earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut, a British Academy Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.Skeptical of his instant stardom, Dourif returned to New York, where he continued in theater and taught acting and directing classes at Columbia University until 1988 when he moved to Hollywood. Despite his attempts to avoid typecasting, his intensity destined him to play demented, deranged, or disturbed characters, starting in Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), John Huston's Wise Blood (1979) (arguably his best performance to date), and Milos Forman's Ragtime (1981). Dourif then teamed up with director David Lynch for Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986). His high-strung style also served him well in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of the evil doll Chucky in Child's Play (1988) and its sequels.Dourif broke from the horror genre with roles in Fatal Beauty (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), Hidden Agenda (1990), and London Kills Me (1991). Recent film work includes the role of Grima Wormtongue in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since his television debut in the PBS film The Mound Builders (1976), Dourif has made sporadic appearances in a number of television series, such as The X-Files (1993), Babylon 5 (1994), Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Ponderosa (2001) (in the recurring role of Frenchy).Read More
Deep raspy ominous voice
Gaunt features and wild blue eyes
The voice of Chucky in the Child's Play films
Frightening, expressive interpretations
Often plays eccentric or deranged characters
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.
His father, who owned and operated a dye factory, died when Brad was three.
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.
Has appeared with Samuel L. Jackson in four films: Ragtime (1981), The Exorcist III (1990), Jungle Fever (1991) and Amos & Andrew (1993).
Was considered for the role of Max Cady in the remake Cape Fear (1991), which went to Robert De Niro.
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".
Grandchild: Caden Kalani Kahalewai Dourif-Tanoue (born 2001).
Has two daughters: Fiona Dourif and Kristina Dourif Tanoue.
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.
Was considered for the role of the Scarecrow in Batman Forever (1995).
[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.
(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.
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.
[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!
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.
I am the type of person that once I make a decision, I must execute. Maybe I am a perfectionist in this way.
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.
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.
I prefer film to the stage. I always like the rehearsal better than I like performing.
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.
|Saturday Night Live||Chucky(uncredited)(1episode,1998)|
|One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||BillyBibbit|
|Tales of the Unexpected||Hitch-hiker(1episode,1984)|
|Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force||Sgt.LeonardMatlovich|
|Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones||DavidLangtree|
|Murder, She Wrote||Dr.WarrenOverman(1episode,1989)|
|Spenser: For Hire||MaxieLyons(1episode,1986)|
|Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo||LamarSands|
|Tales from the Crypt||Virgil(1episode,1993)|
|Desperado: The Outlaw Wars||CamillusFly|
|Law & Order||Dr.DavidLingard(1episode,2008)|
|Child's Play 2||Chucky(voice)|
|Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror||Farley|
|London Kills Me||HemingwaytheRestaurantManager|
|Cerro Torre, le cri de la roche||Fingerless|
|Child's Play 3||Chucky(voice)|
|Color of Night||Clark|
|Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story||SheriffBillDouglass|
|Bless This House||Jimmy(1episode,1995)|
|Star Trek: Voyager||CrewmanLonSuder(3episodes,1996)|
|Murder in the First||ByronStamphill|
|A Step Toward Tomorrow||Kirby|
|The Magnificent Seven||RupertBrauner(1episode,1999)|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||Wormtongue(extendededition)|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Wormtongue|
|The Mike Douglas Show||Himself-Actor(1episode,1976)|
|The Prophecy 3: The Ascent||Zealot|
|The Diary of the Hurdy-Gurdy Man||Gabriel|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr.IggyDrexel(1episode,2010)|
|Myst III: Exile||Saavedro|
|Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation||Chucky/CharlesLeeRay(Child'sPlay2)(voice)|
|Empire of the Censors||Himself(voice)(archivefootage)|
|The 48th Annual Academy Awards||Himself-Nominee:BestActorinaSupportingRole|
|One Step Beyond: The Making of 'Alien: Resurrection'||Himself|
|Drop Dead Sexy||Herman|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age||GrimaWormtongue(archivefootage)|
|The Wild Blue Yonder||TheAlien|
|Cameras in Middle-Earth||Himself|
|Passing Through Gethsemane||BrotherEdward|
|A Two-Headed Beast||DocCochran|
|A Rich Find||DocCochran(creditonly)|
|A Lie Agreed Upon: Part I||DocCochran|
|Here Was a Man||DocCochran|
|Jewel's Boot Is Made for Walking||DocCochran|
|No Other Sons or Daughters||DocCochran|
|I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For||DocCochran|
|Reconnoitering the Rim||DocCochran|
|Requiem for a Gleet||DocCochran|
|Sold Under Sin||DocCochran|
|Suffer the Little Children||DocCochran|
|Tell Your God to Ready for Blood||DocCochran|
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