William Sadler

William Sadler

  • Highest Rated: 100% VFW (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Freedom (2015)
  • Birthday: Apr 13, 1950
  • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA
  • If you're a fan of movies, you've no doubt seen William Sadler's face countless times. With a versatile career that has spanned from long-haired, small-town rock star to banjo-plucking entertainer to Shakespearean actor to his role as Death in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (1991), William Sadler attacks all roles with equal gusto with his characters never ceasing to leave an impression on viewers, even if they can't recall the name of "that guy in that movie."Born in April of 1950 in Buffalo, NY, Sadler's imagination was fueled from a young age on his family's sprawling farm where he would pass the time with friends reenacting scenes from their favorite television and radio programs. Around the age of eight, Sadler's father's interest in music sparked a passion in the young boy as well with his father's gift of a ukulele. The two frequently performed at family functions together: Sadler Sr. on the guitar and Jr. on the uke. Later taking interest in a number of stringed instruments, after following in his father's footsteps and taking up the guitar, Sadler quickly learned that the mystique of the musician's life was difficult to resist. Forming a cover band with his Orchard Park High schoolmates, he began to gain popularity and a surprising amount of attention from the opposite sex. Armed with a banjo and a fistful of jokes, Sadler soon took on the persona of "Banjo Bill Sadler" for the school's annual variety show, and the result was an instant success. The students and teachers loved the performance, and English teacher Dan Larkin soon persuaded Sadler to audition for a role in Harvey, the senior play. Winning the lead and igniting a fire within the young performer, Sadler would soon follow his dreams and enroll in the drama program at State University College in Geneseo, NY. After spending two intense years in Cornell University's Fine Arts following his tenure at State University College, Sadler was finally prepared to be humbled in the grueling trials of the aspiring actor.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, RI, 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. It was here that Sadler would meet Marni Bakst, the woman who would soon become his wife, and a young actor named Matthew Broderick, in a Broadway production of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues, who would kick-start Sadler's film career with a role in Project X (1987).After memorable turns in such films as Die Hard 2 (1990), Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, and The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Sadler found himself becoming one of the most sought-after character actors working in Hollywood. His friendly demeanor and warm sense of humor standing in stark contrast to his usually villainous onscreen antics, Sadler has gained a reputation among actors as a helpful and good-natured craftsman, always willing to offer advise and assistance without being pushy or overbearing. Increasingly busy in both television and films in the latter '90s, Sadler gained widespread recognition with his film roles in Disturbing Behavior (1998) and The Green Mile (1999) and on television with his role as Sheriff Jim Valenti on Roswell.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Grudge Actor 2020
100% VFW Actor 2019
14% Living Among Us Samuel 2018
No Score Yet Deadly Crush Sheriff Dusty Hawkins 2018
No Score Yet The Hollow Sheriff Beau McKinney 2016
26% The Duel Governor Ross 2016
64% Ava's Possessions Bernard 2016
49% Freeheld Peter Santucci 2015
11% Frank The Bastard Actor 2015
0% Freedom Plimpton $0.2M 2015
No Score Yet Age Of The Gunslinger Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Historian Valerian Hadley 2014
No Score Yet The Suspect Sheriff Dixon 2014
30% Machete Kills Sheriff Doakes $5.7M 2013
72% Greetings From Tim Buckley Lee 2013
79% Iron Man 3 President Ellis $409M 2013
No Score Yet See Girl Run Marty Carey 2013
93% Future Weather Ed 2013
No Score Yet Riddle Jack Abel 2013
51% Being Flynn Ray $0.6M 2012
32% Man on a Ledge Valet $18.5M 2012
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt Gino Fish 2012
No Score Yet Nothing Sacred Actor 2012
No Score Yet Restitution George 2011
81% The Last Mountain Narrator $0.2M 2011
No Score Yet Open Gate Robert 2011
No Score Yet Silent But Deadly Actor 2011
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost Gino Fish 2011
17% Last Day of Summer Mr. Crolick 2010
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: No Remorse Gino Fish 2010
No Score Yet Shadowheart Thomas Conners 2009
57% The Hills Run Red Wilson Wyler Concannon 2009
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Thin Ice Actor 2009
No Score Yet Red & Blue Marbles Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Good Student Honest Phil Palmer 2008
27% Eagle Eye Jerry's dad $101.2M 2008
33% A New Wave Roger DeWitt 2007
36% August Rush Thomas Novacek $31.6M 2007
72% The Mist Jim Grondin $25.5M 2007
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Sea Change Gino Fish 2007
100% Premium Cole Carter 2007
43% Jimmy and Judy Uncle Rodney 2006
No Score Yet The Path to 9/11 Neil Herman 2006
No Score Yet Mr. Gibb Actor 2006
No Score Yet Unspoken Dad 2006
No Score Yet Confess Roger Lampert 2005
20% Devour Ivan Reisz 2005
No Score Yet Purple Heart Colonel Allen 2005
90% Kinsey Kenneth Braun $10.3M 2004
No Score Yet Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption' Actor 2004
40% The Battle of Shaker Heights Abe Ernswiler 2003
No Score Yet Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature Actor 2001
No Score Yet F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams Actor 2001
No Score Yet Stealth Fighter Actor 2000
60% Witness Protection Sharp 1999
79% The Green Mile Klaus 1999
71% Rush Monroe 1999
38% Reach the Rock Quinn 1998
34% Disturbing Behavior Dorian Newberry 1998
No Score Yet Ambushed Jim Natter 1998
21% RocketMan Overbeck 1997
6% Solo Col. Frank Madden 1996
12% Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood Mummy 1996
38% Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight Brayker 1995
90% The Shawshank Redemption Heywood 1994
No Score Yet Roadracers Sarge 1994
No Score Yet Jack Reed: Badge of Honor David Anatole 1993
47% Freaked Dick Brian 1993
69% Trespass Don 1992
54% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Grim Reaper 1991
No Score Yet The Last to Go Actor 1991
73% The Hot Spot Frank Sutton 1990
No Score Yet The Face of Fear Actor 1990
68% Die Hard 2 Col. Stuart 1990
33% Hard to Kill Vernon Trent 1990
No Score Yet Tagget Actor 1990
22% K-9 Salesman, Don 1989
No Score Yet Tales from the Crypt Actor 1989
75% Project X Dr. Carroll 1987
No Score Yet Off Beat Dickson 1986
33% Hanky Panky Hotel Clerk 1982
No Score Yet Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase Actor 1982
No Score Yet The Great Wallendas Actor 1978

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Guest
  • 2019
96% When They See Us
2019
Michael Sheehan
  • 2019
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
Armin Janko
  • 2019
  • 2015
No Score Yet Bull
2016
Father Andy
  • 2018
82% When We Rise
2016-2017
Chuck Cooper
  • 2017
94% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013
President Ellis President Matthew Ellis
  • 2016
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
George Peters George
  • 2015
  • 2014
89% The Flash
2014
Simon Stagg
  • 2014
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
John McGarrett Jack McGarrett
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
57% 666 Park Avenue
2012-2013
Nate McKenny
  • 2013
58% Golden Boy
2013
Dowdell Commissioner Jack Dowdell
  • 2013
85% Homeland
2011-2018
Mike Higgins
  • 2013
96% Elementary
2012
Ian Gale
  • 2013
  • 2012
46% Chase
2010-2011
Annie's Father
  • 2011
92% Person Of Interest
2011
Anton's Father
  • 2011
No Score Yet Vigilados: Person of Interest
2011-2016
Anton's Father
  • 2011
90% Fringe
2008-2013
Dr. Sumner
  • 2011
  • 2008
25% Mercy
2009-2010
Nate Ramsey
  • 2010
91% The Pacific
2010
Lewis 'Chesty' Puller
  • 2010
31% Three Rivers
2009-2010
Michael Zelasko Michael
  • 2010
  • 2009
44% Traveler
2007
Carlton Fog
  • 2010
  • 2007
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Ray Finnegan
  • 2009
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
Richard Tuttle
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Karl Cooper
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Richard Drucker
  • 2005
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
Scotty
  • 2005
75% Wonderfalls
2004
Darrin Tyler Darrin
  • 2005
  • 2004
42% Tru Calling
2003-2005
Travis Duffy
  • 2005
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Kyle Devlin
  • 2003
No Score Yet Roswell
1999-2002
Valenti Sheriff Valenti Director
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Voice
  • 2001
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Sloan
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
  • 1995
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Dwight
  • 1995
  • 1989
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Col. Fitzpatrick
  • 1989
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
Rick Dillon
  • 1986

QUOTES FROM William Sadler CHARACTERS

Bernard
"Are you uh... are you still smoking marijuana?"
Bernard
Are you uh... are you still smoking marijuana?
Ava
"Are you seriously blaming me for being possessed?"
Ava
Are you seriously blaming me for being possessed?
Bernard
"I mean, it's a gateway drug, okay?"
Bernard
I mean, it's a gateway drug, okay?