William Sadler (actor)

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William Sadler
BornWilliam Thomas Sadler
(1950-04-13) April 13, 1950 (age 63)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1977–present
Website
www.williamsadler.com
 
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William Sadler
BornWilliam Thomas Sadler
(1950-04-13) April 13, 1950 (age 63)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1977–present
Website
www.williamsadler.com

William Thomas Sadler (born April 13, 1950) is an American film and television actor. His television and motion picture roles have included Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller in The Pacific, Luther Sloan in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sheriff Jim Valenti in Roswell, convict Heywood in The Shawshank Redemption, and the Grim Reaper in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, a role for which he won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor,[1] and his role as the villainous Colonel Stuart opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2. He played the President of the United States in Iron Man 3.

Early life[edit]

Sadler was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Jane and William Sadler.[2] From an early age, he took to performing in front of an audience. Armed with a variety of stringed instruments, Sadler found hometown success during his high school years at Orchard Park High School. He took on the persona as Banjo Bill Sadler,[3] a banjo wielding singer who could crack jokes while playing. Both students and teachers enjoyed his performances immensely, which led Sadler to audition for the senior play under English teacher Dan Larkin's persuasion. He won the role, which brought about his personal discovery of wanting to become an actor. After graduating high school, he enrolled in SUNY Geneseo. Following that, he spent two years at Cornell University where he earned his Master's degree in Acting with a minor in Speech Communications. He is a certified speech teacher and particularly skilled at accents. When his studies were done, Sadler began his auditions.

Career[edit]

Sadler took his first post-school role in Florida and soon relocated to Boston, moving in with his sister while scrubbing the floors of a lobster boat by day and cutting his acting chops at night. Slowly working up the nerve to take a shot at the big time in New York, a chance meeting with an old schoolmate on a trip into the city resulted in Sadler's casting in an off-off-Broadway production of Chekhov's Ivanov. After a brief turn at the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, Sadler moved back to New York and rented an apartment in the East Village, beginning a grueling 12 years in which he appeared in over 75 productions, including originating the role of "Sgt. Toomey" in the Broadway run of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues, opposite Matthew Broderick in 1985.

Sadler is best known for his roles in the 1990 action film Die Hard 2 as Colonel Stuart,[4] as Heywood in the 1994 prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, the Grim Reaper in the 1991 comedy Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and as Brayker in Demon Knight. He was also a series regular on the television series Roswell as Sheriff Jim Valenti and in Wonderfalls as Darrin Tyler. Other film credits include Trespass, K-9, Project X, Disturbing Behavior, Kinsey, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Purple Heart and Jimmy and Judy.

Sadler's TV guest appearances include In the Heat of the Night, Roseanne, Tru Calling, CSI, Numb3rs, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He had a recurring role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Luther Sloan, a member of a covert organization called Section 31. He appeared in three episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in its final two seasons. In 2007, he played Carlton Fog on ABC's Traveler, and in 2008 he appeared in both NBC's Medium as well as Fox Television's Fringe. The 1989 pilot episode of the HBO horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt featured Sadler in its lead role. In March 2011, Sadler made a guest appearance in NBC's Chase.[5]

Sadler portrayed Julius Caesar in the contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar on Broadway alongside Denzel Washington at the Belasco Theatre. Recently, he finished shooting with American independent filmmakers Dylan Bank and Morgan Pehme on the film Nothing Sacred. Sadler portrayed the robot Victor in the 2010 video game Fallout: New Vegas. Sadler played Lee Underwood in Greetings from Tim Buckley, a film on Tim and Jeff Buckley, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.[6][7]

Sadler appeared as the President of the United States of America in the third installment of the Iron Man movie franchise, Iron Man 3, released in May 2013.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1982Hanky PankyHotel Clerk
1986Off BeatDickson
1987Project XDr. Carroll
1989K-9Car Salesman Don
1990Hard to KillSenator Vernon Trent
1990Die Hard 2Colonel Stuart
1990Hot Spot, TheThe Hot SpotFrank Sutton
1991Bill & Ted's Bogus JourneyGrim Reaper/English Family MemberSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1991RushMonroe
1992TrespassDon Perry
1993Freaked*** Brian
1994Shawshank Redemption, TheThe Shawshank RedemptionHeywood
1995Tales form the Crypt: Demon KnightBrayker
1996Bordello of BloodThe Mummy
1996SoloColonel Frank Madden/Improved Solo
1997RocketManWild Bill' Overbeck
1998AmbushedJim Natter
1998Disturbing BehaviorDorian Newberry
1998Reach the RockQuinn
1999Stealth FighterAdm. Frank Peterson
1999Green Mile, TheThe Green MileKlaus Detterick
2001SkippyRingo
2002Another LifeManShort film
2003The Battle of Shaker HeightsAbraham 'Abe' Ernswiler
2004KinseyKenneth Braun
2005Purple HeartColonel Allen
2005DevourIvan Reisz
2005ConfessRoger Lampert
2006UnspokenDad
2006Jimmy and JudyUncle Rodney
2006PremiumCole Carter
2006Wine Bar, TheThe Wine BarBartenderShort film
2007New Wave, AA New WaveMr. Dewitt
2007August RushThomas Novacek
2007Mist, TheThe MistJim Grondin
2008Eagle EyeWilliam Shaw
2008Good Student, TheThe Good StudentHonest Phil Palmer
2009StreamDr. ShelbyShort film
2009ShadowheartThomas ConnersDirect-to-video
2009Hills Run Red, TheThe Hills Run RedWilson Wyler Concannon
2009Last Day of SummerMr. Crolick
2009Beyond All BoundariesLt. Col. Lewis "Chesty" PullerVoice Role
Short film
2009Red & Blue MarblesJohn
2010Melvin SmartyBob
2011Silent But DeadlyJohn Capper
2012Man on a LedgeFrank Cassidy and Valet
2012Greetings from Tim BuckleyLee Underwood
2013Iron Man 3President Ellis
2013Machete KillsSheriff Doakes
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1977CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People, TheThe CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young PeopleEpisode: "Henry Winkler Meets William Shakespeare"
1978Great Wallendas, TheThe Great WallendasDieter SchmidtTelevision film
1981Charlie and the Great Balloon ChaseJoeyTelevision film
1981NurseDr. George BradfordEpisode: "Margin for Error"
1982The NeighborhoodTelevision film
1983NewhartGuestEpisode: "Lady & the Tramps"
1985Assaulted NutsVarious
1986Equalizer, TheThe EqualizerRick Dillon/Kevin MooreEpisode: "Shades of Darkness"
1987Private EyeCharlie FontanaTelevision film/pilot
1987Tour of DutyMajor RigbyEpisode: "Dislocations"
1987–88Private EyeLieutenant Charlie Fontana7 episodes
1988In the Heat of the NightRitchie EpmanEpisode: "Blind Spot" 1 & 2
1988St. ElsewhereEpisode: "The Abby Singer Show"
1988CadetsColonel Tom Sturdivant
1988Dear JohnBenEpisode: "The Younger Girl"
1989RoseanneDwightEpisodes: "Dan's Birthday Bash & "Saturday"
1989HoopermanLanny HardinEpisode: "Look Homeward, Dirtbag"
1989UnconqueredTelevision film
1989Murphy BrownColonel FitzpatrickEpisode: "Off the Job Experience"
1989Hard Time on Planet EarthOfficer RollmanEpisode: "The Way Home"
1989Gideon OliverFranklin FinneyEpisode: "By the Waters of Babylon"
1989
1994
Tales from the CryptNiles Talbot
The Grim Reaper
Epiosde: "The Man Who Was Death"
Episode: "The Assassin"
1990The Face of FearAnthony PrineTelevision film
1991Two-Fisted TalesMr. Rush (Presenter)Television pilot
1991The Last to GoTreatTelevision film
1991TaggetYuri ChelenkoffTelevision film
1993Night DrivingEddyTelevision short film
1993Jack Reed: Badge of HonorAnatoleTelevision film
1994Bermuda GraceSam GraceTelevision film
1994RoadracersSargeTelevision film
1995Omen, TheThe OmenDr. LinusTelevision pilot
1995Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsFrank HellnerEpisode: "Valerie 23"
1996Poltergeist: The LegacyShamus BloomEpisode: The Fifth Sepulcher
1998–99Star Trek: Deep Space NineLuther SloanEpisodes: "Inquisition", "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" & "Extreme Measures"
1999Witness ProtectionSharpTelevision film
1999–2002RoswellSheriff Jim Valenti58 episodes
2003EdLee LeetchEpisode: "The Case"
2003Law & Order: Criminal IntentKyle DevlinEpisode: "Graansha"
2003Project GreenlightHimselfSeason 2; unknown episodes
2004WonderfallsDarrin TylerThirteen episodes
2004JAGSaul WainwrightEpisode: "Retrial"
2005Third WatchScotty MurrayEpisode: "Forever Blue"
2005Tru CallingTravisEpisode: "Enough"
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryPaul RiceEpisode: "Blue Wall"
2005Law & OrderKevin DruckerEpisode: "Life Line"
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationKarl CooperEpisode: "Killer"
2006Path to 9/11, TheThe Path to 9/11Neil HermanMiniseries
2007Numb3rsJ. Everett TuttleEpisode: "Democracy"
2007Black Donnellys, TheThe Black DonnellysMunstEpisode: "All of Us Are in the Gutter"
2007Jesse Stone: Sea ChangeGino FishTelevision film
2007TravelerCarlton Fog7 episodes
2008MediumJohn EdgemontEpisode: "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble"
2008, 2011FringeDoctor SumnerEpisodes: "The Equation", "Alone in the World"
2009Jesse Stone: Thin IceGino FishTelevision film
2009Jesse Stone: No RemorseGino FishTelevision film
2009Criminal MindsRay FinneganEpisode: "Reckoner"
2010Pacific, TheThe PacificLt. Col. Lewis "Chesty" Burwell Puller, USMCMiniseries
2010, 2013, 2014Hawaii Five-0John McGarrettPilot episode (2010), Hookman (2013) & The Favor (2014)
2011Jesse Stone: Innocents LostGino FishTelevision film
2012Jesse Stone: Benefit of the DoubtGino FishTelevision film
2013666 Park AvenueNate McKennyEpisodes: "The Elysian Fields", "Lazarus"
2013HomelandMichael HigginsEpisode: "The Yoga Play"
2013The BlacklistSamEpisode: "General Ludd (No. 109)"

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