Brad Dourif

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"

Biography

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

Known For

TradeMarks

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

Trivia

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).

Quotes

[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.

Filmography

Saturday Night Live Saturday Night Live Chucky(uncredited)(1episode,1998)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest  BillyBibbit
Tales of the Unexpected Tales of the Unexpected Hitch-hiker(1episode,1984)
Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force  Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force  Sgt.LeonardMatlovich
Studs Lonigan Studs Lonigan DannyO'Neill(3episodes,1979)
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones  Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones  DavidLangtree
Deadly Nightmares Deadly Nightmares BillyBaltimoreJr.(1episode,1987)
Miami Vice Miami Vice JoeyWyatt(1episode,1987)
Murder, She Wrote Murder, She Wrote Dr.WarrenOverman(1episode,1989)
Dune  Dune  PiterDeVries
The Equalizer The Equalizer Fenn(1episode,1986)
Moonlighting Moonlighting FatherMcDonovan(1episode,1986)
Spenser: For Hire Spenser: For Hire MaxieLyons(1episode,1986)
Impure Thoughts  Impure Thoughts  KevinHarrington
Istanbul  Istanbul  MartinKlamski
Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo  Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo  LamarSands
Fatal Beauty  Fatal Beauty  LeoNova
Tales from the Crypt Tales from the Crypt Virgil(1episode,1993)
Desperado: The Outlaw Wars  Desperado: The Outlaw Wars  CamillusFly
Law & Order Law & Order Dr.DavidLingard(1episode,2008)
Child's Play 2  Child's Play 2  Chucky(voice)
Graveyard Shift  Graveyard Shift  TheExterminator
Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror  Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror  Farley
Sonny Boy  Sonny Boy  Weasel
Critters 4  Critters 4  AlBert
Jungle Fever  Jungle Fever  Leslie
London Kills Me  London Kills Me  HemingwaytheRestaurantManager
Cerro Torre, le cri de la roche  Cerro Torre, le cri de la roche  Fingerless
Child's Play 3  Child's Play 3  Chucky(voice)
Babylon 5 Babylon 5 BrotherEdward(1episode,1995)
Wild Palms Wild Palms ChickieLevitt(3episodes,1993)
The X-Files The X-Files LutherLeeBoggs(1episode,1994)
Color of Night  Color of Night  Clark
Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story  Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story  SheriffBillDouglass
Bless This House Bless This House Jimmy(1episode,1995)
Star Trek: Voyager Star Trek: Voyager CrewmanLonSuder(3episodes,1996)
Midnight Heat  Midnight Heat  ThomasPayne
Murder in the First  Murder in the First  ByronStamphill
Phoenix  Phoenix  Reiger
Millennium Millennium DennisHoffman(1episode,1997)
A Step Toward Tomorrow  A Step Toward Tomorrow  Kirby
The Hunger The Hunger Manno(1episode,1999)
Alien: Resurrection  Alien: Resurrection  Gediman
Nightwatch  Nightwatch  DutyDoctor
Senseless  Senseless  Dr.Wheedon
The Magnificent Seven The Magnificent Seven RupertBrauner(1episode,1999)
The Ghost  The Ghost  Lt.Garland
Urban Legend  Urban Legend  MichaelMcDonnell,gasstationattendant(uncredited)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  Wormtongue(extendededition)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  Wormtongue
The Mike Douglas Show The Mike Douglas Show Himself-Actor(1episode,1976)
Norm Norm TheDevil(1episode,1999)
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent  The Prophecy 3: The Ascent  Zealot
The Diary of the Hurdy-Gurdy Man  The Diary of the Hurdy-Gurdy Man  Gabriel
The Storytellers  The Storytellers  TheProfessor
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr.IggyDrexel(1episode,2010)
Hidden Agenda  Hidden Agenda  PaulSullivan
The Directors The Directors Himself(1episode,2003)
Myst III: Exile  Myst III: Exile  Saavedro
The Calling  The Calling  B.B.Gallen
Ponderosa Ponderosa Maurice"Frenchy"Devereaux/...(8episodes,2001-2002)
Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation  Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation  Chucky/CharlesLeeRay(Child'sPlay2)(voice)
Empire of the Censors  Empire of the Censors  Himself(voice)(archivefootage)
The 48th Annual Academy Awards  The 48th Annual Academy Awards  Himself-Nominee:BestActorinaSupportingRole
Visions Visions RobertMcEvoy(1episode,1977)
Deadwood Deadwood DocCochran(36episodes,2004-2006)
Dead Scared  Dead Scared  ProfessorKapps
Halloween  Halloween  SheriffLeeBrackett
One Step Beyond: The Making of 'Alien: Resurrection'  One Step Beyond: The Making of 'Alien: Resurrection'  Himself
Drop Dead Sexy  Drop Dead Sexy  Herman
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age  The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age  GrimaWormtongue(archivefootage)
The Wild Blue Yonder  The Wild Blue Yonder  TheAlien
Criminal Minds Criminal Minds AdamRain(1episode,2012)
Pulse  Pulse  ThinBookishGuy
Cameras in Middle-Earth  Cameras in Middle-Earth  Himself
Weta Workshop  Weta Workshop  Himself
Gun  Gun  ReverendReed(voice)
Psych Psych BernieBethel(1episode,2011)
Passing Through Gethsemane Passing Through Gethsemane BrotherEdward
A Two-Headed Beast A Two-Headed Beast DocCochran
A Rich Find A Rich Find DocCochran(creditonly)
Unauthorized Cinnamon Unauthorized Cinnamon DocCochran
Leviathan Smiles Leviathan Smiles DocCochran
A Lie Agreed Upon: Part I A Lie Agreed Upon: Part I DocCochran
Boy-the-Earth-Talks-To Boy-the-Earth-Talks-To DocCochran
Childish Things Childish Things DocCochran
True Colors True Colors DocCochran
Deep Water Deep Water DocCochran
Here Was a Man Here Was a Man DocCochran
Jewel's Boot Is Made for Walking Jewel's Boot Is Made for Walking DocCochran
Mister Wu Mister Wu DocCochran
New Money New Money DocCochran
No Other Sons or Daughters No Other Sons or Daughters DocCochran
Plague Plague DocCochran
I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For DocCochran
Reconnoitering the Rim Reconnoitering the Rim DocCochran
Requiem for a Gleet Requiem for a Gleet DocCochran
Sold Under Sin Sold Under Sin DocCochran
Suffer the Little Children Suffer the Little Children DocCochran
Tell Your God to Ready for Blood Tell Your God to Ready for Blood DocCochran
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    Bradford Claude "Brad" Dourif (/ ˈ d ɔːr ᵻ f /; born March 18, 1950) is an American stage, film, and voice actor, best known for playing Billy Bibbit ...

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    Brad Dourif, Actor: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia.

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    Brad Dourif est un acteur américain né le 18 mars 1950 à Huntington en Virginie-Occidentale. Il est notamment connu pour avoir joué Billy Bibbit dans Vol au ...

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    Brad Dourif; Información personal; Nombre de nacimiento: Bradford Claude Dourif: Nacimiento: 18 de marzo de 1950 (66 años) Huntington (Virginia Occidental)

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    Brad Dourif: Brad Dourif (2002) Algemene informatie: Volledige naam: Bradford Claude Dourif: Geboren: 18 maart 1950: Land Verenigde Staten: Werk: Jaren actief

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