Brad Dourif

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Brad Dourif
Brad Dourif.jpg
Dourif at Ring*Con 2002 in Bonn, Germany
BornBradford Claude Dourif
(1950-03-18) March 18, 1950 (age 64)
Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice artist, and comedian
Years active1975–present
Spouse(s)Janet Dourif (now Eskow) (divorced)
Joni Dourif (divorced)
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Brad Dourif
Brad Dourif.jpg
Dourif at Ring*Con 2002 in Bonn, Germany
BornBradford Claude Dourif
(1950-03-18) March 18, 1950 (age 64)
Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice artist, and comedian
Years active1975–present
Spouse(s)Janet Dourif (now Eskow) (divorced)
Joni Dourif (divorced)

Bradford Claude "Brad" Dourif (/ˈdɔrɨf/; born March 18, 1950) is an American actor, voice artist, and comedian who gained early fame for his portrayal of Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and has since appeared in a number of memorable roles. He is best known for portraying Charles Lee Ray / Chucky (both live-action and voiceover) in the Child's Play franchise, Deputy Clinton Pell in Mississippi Burning, Younger Brother in Ragtime, Piter De Vries in David Lynch's Dune, Gríma Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings and Doc Cochran in Deadwood.

Dourif has also worked with renowned film director Werner Herzog on many occasions, appearing in Scream of Stone, The Wild Blue Yonder, The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?. From June through September, 2013, Dourif starred alongside Amanda Plummer in an Off Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play, his first stage appearance in 29 years.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dourif was born Bradley Claude Dourif in Huntington, West Virginia on March 18, 1950, the son of Jean Henri Dourif, an art collector who owned and operated a dye factory, and Joan Mavis Felton (née Bradford), an actress.[2][3] His paternal grandparents emigrated from France, and his paternal grandfather co-founded the Standard Ultramarine and Color Company in Huntington.[4] After Dourif's father died in 1953, his mother remarried champion golfer William C. Campbell, who helped raise Dourif and his five siblings (four sisters and one brother). From 1963 to 1965, Dourif attended the private Aiken Preparatory School in Aiken, South Carolina. There, he pursued his interests in art and acting. Although he briefly considered becoming a flower arranger, he was eventually inspired to become an actor by his mother's participation as an actress in a community theater called "Give me Shelter." After Aiken Prep, Dourif attended another private school, Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduating in 1968. Dourif attended Marshall University for a time, before quitting college and moving to New York City to study acting on the advice of actress Conchata Ferrell.[5]


Starting in school productions, Dourif progressed to community theater, joining up with the Huntington Community Players while attending Marshall. In New York, he studied with Sanford Meisner, and worked with Marshall Mason and Lanford Wilson at the Circle Repertory Company. During the early 1970s, Dourif appeared in a number of plays, off-Broadway and at Woodstock, New York, including The Ghost Sonata, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, and When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, in which he was spotted by director Miloš Forman[5] who cast him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

Although One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is frequently cited as his film debut, in fact, Dourif made his first appearance in a low-budget film called Split, which was never released.[6] His first studio film was W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975) but his bit part was cut. Nevertheless, his portrayal of the vulnerable Billy Bibbit in Cuckoo's Nest was his big break, earning him a Golden Globe Award (Best Actor Debut) and a British Academy Award (Supporting Actor); he was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[5] 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.

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".[7]


Though Dourif is a prolific screen actor who hasn't been on stage in nearly 3 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...'".[8] It opened on June 10, 2013 and closed on September 29, 2013.[9]

Film and television[edit]

Despite his attempts to avoid typecasting, Dourif frequently plays eccentric or disturbed characters, starting in Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), John Huston's Wise Blood (1979), Forman's Ragtime (1981) and Marc Didden's Istanbul. Dourif then teamed up with director David Lynch for Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986). He also appears in the 1984 music video for the single "Stranger in Town" by Toto.

Dourif has appeared in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of Chucky in the Child's Play franchise. He portrayed the Gemini Killer in The Exorcist III (1990), Death Machine (1994), but has broken from the horror genre with roles in Fatal Beauty (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), Hidden Agenda (1990), and London Kills Me (1991). Dourif also played Gríma Wormtongue in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

On television, Dourif appeared in The X-Files episode "Beyond the Sea" as the psychic serial killer Luther Lee Boggs. He also portrayed Lon Suder in a 3-episode story arc on Star Trek: Voyager and has guest starred as a troubled monk haunted by visions in Babylon 5. In 1984, Dourif played a suspected serial killer in the episode "Number Eight" of Tales of the Unexpected.

He played a role as a villain by the name of Wyatt in the Miami Vice episode "Theresa."

Dourif is also a fan of video games and voiced Saavedro in Myst III: Exile and Reed in GUN. He also voiced Piero Joplin in Dishonored.

Dourif was cast as the Scarecrow in Batman Forever while Tim Burton was attached to the project. However, Joel Schumacher eventually took over the project and instead cast Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face and Jim Carrey as the Riddler.

Other roles Dourif has played are Doc Cochran in Deadwood, receiving a 2004 Emmy Award nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series." He also appeared in Sinner and portrayed Sheriff Lee Brackett in Halloween and Halloween II.

In 2013, Dourif reprised his voice role as Chucky in Curse of Chucky, which has just finished filming. His daughter Fiona Dourif starred with him in the 6th installment of the Child's Play franchise.

Dourif guest starred in the third-season finale of Fringe.[10]

He also had a brief scene in one episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Dourif has been married twice.[citation needed] He had one daughter Fiona Dourif with his ex-wife Joni and adopted Joni's daughter Kristina Dourif Tanoue.


1975W.W. and the Dixie Dancekingsuncredited
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBilly BibbitBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1976The Mound BuildersChad Jasker(made for television)
1977Group Portrait with LadyBoris Koltowski
The Gardener's SonRobert McEvoy(made for television)
1978Eyes of Laura MarsTommy Ludlow
Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air ForceSgt. Leonard Matlovich(made for television)
1979Studs LoniganDanny O'Neill(made for television)
Wise BloodHazel Motes2nd Place—San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
1980Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim JonesDavid Langtree(made for television)
Heaven's GateMr. Eggleston
1981RagtimeYounger Brother
1982Desire, the VampirePaul(made for television)
1984DuneThe Mentat Piter De Vries
1985IstanbulMartin Klamski(Belgian movie)
1986Blue VelvetRaymond
Rage of AngelsSeymour Bourne(made for television)
Vengeance: The Story of Tony CimoLamar Sands(made for television)
Impure ThoughtsKevin Harrington
1987Fatal BeautyLeo Nova
1988Child's PlayCharles Lee Ray (Chucky)(character and voice of Chucky)
Mississippi BurningDeputy Clinton Pell
1989Desperado: The Outlaw WarsCamillus Fly(made for television)
Sonny BoyWeasel
Terror on Highway 91Keith Evans(made for television)
1990Child's Play 2Chucky(voice only)
Spontaneous CombustionSam
HorseplayerBud Cowan
Graveyard ShiftTucker Cleveland
The Exorcist IIIJames VenamunNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Hidden AgendaPaul Sullivan
ChaindanceJohnny ReynoldsNominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Grim Prairie TalesFarley
1991Murder BluesJohn Barnesa.k.a. Dead Certain
Child's Play 3Chucky(voice only)
Jungle FeverLeslie
Body PartsRemo LaceyFangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor
Scream of StoneFingerless
London Kills MeHemingway the Restaurant Manager
1992Final JudgementFather Tyrone
Critters 4Al Bert
1993Wild PalmsChickie Levitttelevision miniseries
TraumaDr. Lloyd
Amos & AndrewOfficer Donnie Donaldson
1994The X-FilesLuther Lee BoggsEpisode "Beyond the Sea"
Color of NightClark
A Worn PathHunter(Made for Television)
1995Death MachineDanteNominated—Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Murder in the FirstByron Stamphill
Babylon 5Charles Dexter/Brother EdwardEpisode "Passing Through Gethsemane"
Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper StorySheriff Bill Douglass(Made for Television)
Escape to Witch MountainLuther/Bruno(Made for Television)
1996Star Trek: VoyagerLon SuderEpisodes "Meld" and "Basics"
BlackoutThomas Payne(Made for Television)
If Looks Could KillM. Eugene 'Gene' Hanson(Made for Television)
Sworn to JusticeTeddy
A Step Toward TomorrowKirby
1997Jamaica BeatTom Peterson
NightwatchDuty Doctor
Best MenThe Vet
Alien ResurrectionDr. Gediman
MillenniumDennis HoffmanEpisode "Force Majeure"
1998Brown's RequiemEdwards
SenselessDr. Wheedon
ProgenyDr. Bert Clavell
Urban LegendMichael McDonnell, gas station attendant(uncredited)
Bride of ChuckyChucky(voice only)
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
1999The Diary of the Hurdy-Gurdy ManGabriel
Cypress EdgeColin McCammon
InterceptorsDavid M. Webber
Silicon TowersAlton
2000Shadow HoursRoland Montague
The Prophecy 3: The AscentZealot
2001The GhostLt. Garlanda.k.a. Code of the Dragon
SoulkeeperMr. Pascal
2002The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersGríma WormtongueOnline Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—DVD Exclusive Award – Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003The BoxStan
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingGríma Wormtongue(extended version only)
2004Seed of ChuckyChucky(voice only)
The Devil's Due at MidnightThe Dark One
DeadwoodDr. Amos 'Doc' CochranNominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The HazingProfessor Kapps
El PadrinoCyrus
2005Drop Dead SexyHerman
The Wild Blue YonderThe Alien
Man of FaithB. B. Gallen
2006PulseThin Bookish Guy
The ListJohan Gabini
The Wizard of GoreDr. Chong
HalloweenSheriff Lee Brackett
2008Law & OrderDr. David LingardSpecial Guest Star Season 18, Episode "Called Home"
Touching HomeClyde Winston
Humboldt CountyJack
2009Born of EarthMayor
Lock and Roll ForeverZee
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New OrleansNed Schoenholtz
Halloween IISheriff Lee Brackett
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?Uncle Ted
2010Chain LetterMr. Smirker
Junkyard DogSheriff Holk
Law and Order: SVUDr. Iggy DrexelSpecial Guest Star Season 11, Episode "Torch"
2011Blood ShotBob
Fading of the CriesMathias
Once Upon a TimeOld Beggar / Zoso the Dark One
Catch .44Sheriff Connors
FringeMoreauGuest Star, episode "The Day We Died"
Death and CremationStan
PsychBernie BethelSpecial Guest Star, episode "Shawn, Interrupted"
2012WilfredP.T.Guest Star, episode "Questions"
Last Kind WordsWylon
Criminal MindsAdam RainGuest Star, Season 8 - Episode 10 "The Lesson"
2013Curse of ChuckyChucky/Charles Lee Ray(character and voice of Chucky), Direct-to-video
The Two Character Play (Stage: Off Broadway)FeliceLeading man in revival of Tennessee Williams play, NYC
End of the WorldDr. Walter Brown
2014Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Thomas Nash


2012 "Misery Together" (DV45/did002) LP and Download. Dourif contributed spoken words to three songs on this album by the Norwegian duo Thinguma*jigsaw. He also featured in the video to "Drinking from the Bottle" by Calvin Harris feat Tinie Tempah. [12]

Video games[edit]


  1. ^ Dourif (on camera interview), Brad (May 7, 2013). "Video: Press" (Video). Amanda Plummer & Brad Dourif in Tennessee Williams' The Two Character Play. TwoCharacterPlayNYC. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Brad Dourif Biography (1950-)
  3. ^ "Bradford-Dourif". The New York Times. 1944-06-11. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  4. ^ Baptista, Robert J. (2006-09-22). "Henry Dourif Biography". Colorants Industry History. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  5. ^ a b c Roberts, Jerry (1990-10-26). "CRAZED - With two Hollywood films opening today and seven more in the can, Brad Dourif may just be Hollywood's busiest actor". Daily Breeze. p. E3. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Brett (Summer 2004). "From Cuckoo Patient to Deadwood Doc: An Interview with Brad Dourif". Shock Cinema (25): 32–34, 47. 
  7. ^ Canby, Vincent (1981-01-18). "Film View - Speculating on Talent: 12 Actors to Watch in 1981". New York Times. p. D19. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  8. ^ Dourif (on camera interview), Brad; Two Character Play LLC (7 May 2013). "Amanda Plummer & Brad Dourif in Tennessee Williams' Two Character Play" (Video). Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  9. ^ 'Two Character Play, starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, will end run in September', Playbill, 28 August 2013, Andrew Gans. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  10. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (2011-04-05). "Fringe's Latest Casting Told You To Take The Wizard's Staff". UGO Networks. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  11. ^ Ocampo, Shane. /episode-16-end-of-the-beginning-guide/ "Agents of SHIELD Episode 16". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
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