William Sadler

William Sadler

Birth name: William Thomas Sadler
Born: April 13, 1950
Age: 71
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, U.S.
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William Thomas Sadler (born April 13, 1950) is an American film and television actor. His television and motion picture roles have included Chesty Puller in The Pacific, Luther Sloan in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sheriff Jim Valenti in Roswell, convict Heywood in The Shawshank Redemption, Senator Vernon Trent in Hard to Kill, 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 Colonel Stuart opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2. He played the character of President of the United States, Matthew Ellis, in Iron Man 3, in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and in WHIH Newsfront. He also recurs as Steve McGarrett's murdered father, John McGarrett, in the 2010 remake of the 1968 television series, Hawaii Five-O. In 2015, Sadler had an appearance in the TV series Z Nation.

Sadler was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Jane and William Sadler.[2] He is of mostly Scottish descent, with smaller amounts of English and German ancestry.[3][4]

From an early age, he took to performing in front of an audience. Playing 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,[5] a banjo-playing singer who cracked jokes while playing.

After graduating from 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 practiced in accents.[citation needed]



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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.[citation needed]

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 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, 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, Jimmy and Judy and August Rush.

Sadler's TV guest appearances include In the Heat of the Night, Roseanne, Tru Calling, Tour of Duty, 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.[6]

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.[7][8]

Sadler appeared as President of the United States of America Matthew Ellis in Iron Man 3 that was released in May 2013.[citation needed] In 2015, he was part of the Texas Frightmare Weekend,[9] and starred in Ava's Possessions, which was screened at SXSW.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Hanky Panky Hotel Clerk
1986 Off Beat Dickson
1987 Project X Dr. Carroll
1989 K-9 Car Salesman Don
1990 Hard to Kill Senator Vernon Trent
Die Hard 2 Colonel Stuart
The Hot Spot Frank Sutton
1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Grim Reaper / English Family Member Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Rush Monroe
1992 Trespass Don Perry
1993 Freaked Dick Brian
1994 The Shawshank Redemption Heywood
1995 Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight Brayker
1996 Bordello of Blood The Mummy
Solo Colonel Frank Madden / Improved Solo
1997 RocketMan William "Wild Bill" Overbeck
1998 Ambushed Jim Natter
Disturbing Behavior Dorian Newberry
Reach the Rock Quinn
1999 Stealth Fighter Adm. Frank Peterson
The Green Mile Klaus Detterick
2001 Skippy Ringo
2002 Another Life Man Short film
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Abraham 'Abe' Ernswiler
2004 Kinsey Kenneth Braun
2005 Devour Ivan Reisz
Confess Senator Roger Lampert
Purple Heart Colonel Allen
2006 Jimmy and Judy Uncle Rodney
Premium Cole Carter
Unspoken Dad
The Wine Bar Bartender Short film
2007 A New Wave Mr. Dewitt
August Rush Thomas Novacek
The Mist Jim Grondin
2008 Eagle Eye William Shaw
The Good Student Honest Phil Palmer
2009 Stream Dr. Shelby Short film
Shadowheart Thomas Conners Direct-to-video
The Hills Run Red Wilson Wyler Concannon
Last Day of Summer Mr. Crolick
Beyond All Boundaries Lt. Col. Lewis "Chesty" Puller Voice Role
Short film
Red & Blue Marbles John
2010 Melvin Smarty Bob
Fallout: New Vegas Victor Video game, Voice
Switchback Tom O'Roarke
2011 Silent But Deadly John Capper
Open Gate Robert
2012 Man on a Ledge Frank Cassidy and Valet
See Girl Run Marty
Greetings from Tim Buckley Lee Underwood
2013 Iron Man 3 President Matthew Ellis
Machete Kills Sheriff Doakes
The Suspect Sheriff Dixon
2014 Freedom Plimpton
2016 The Duel Lawrence Sullivan Ross, Governor of Texas
The Hollow Sheriff Beau McKinney
2017 Living Among Us Samuel
2019 Grudge
The Highwaymen Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1977 The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People Episode: "Henry Winkler Meets William Shakespeare"
1978 The Great Wallendas Dieter Schmidt Television film
1981 Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase Joey Television film
Nurse Dr. George Bradford Episode: "Margin for Error"
1982 The Neighborhood Television film
1983 Newhart Guest Episode: "Lady & the Tramps"
1983 AfterMash Joe Warner
1985 Assaulted Nuts Various
1986 The Equalizer Rick Dillon/Kevin Moore Episode: "Shades of Darkness"
1987 Private Eye Charlie Fontana Television film/pilot
Tour of Duty Major Rigby Episode: "Dislocations"
1987-88 Private Eye Lieutenant Charlie Fontana 7 episodes
1988 In the Heat of the Night Ritchie Epman Episodes: "Blind Spot: Part 1" & "Blind Spot: Part 2"
St. Elsewhere Episode: "The Abby Singer Show"
Cadets Colonel Tom Sturdivant
Dear John Ben Episode: "The Younger Girl"
1989 Roseanne Dwight Episodes: "Dan's Birthday Bash", "Saturday"
Hooperman Lanny Hardin Episode: "Look Homeward, Dirtbag"
Unconquered Television film
Murphy Brown Colonel Fitzpatrick Episode: "Off the Job Experience"
Hard Time on Planet Earth Officer Rollman Episode: "The Way Home"
Gideon Oliver Franklin Finney Episode: "By the Waters of Babylon"
Tales from the Crypt Niles Talbot
The Grim Reaper
Episode: "The Man Who Was Death"
Episode: "The Assassin"
1990 The Face of Fear Anthony Prine Television film
1991 Two-Fisted Tales Mr. Rush (Presenter) pilot
The Last to Go Treat Television film
Tagget Yuri Chelenkoff Television film
1993 Night Driving Eddy Television short film
Jack Reed: Badge of Honor Anatole Television film
1994 Bermuda Grace Sam Grace Television film
Roadracers Sarge Television film
1995 The Omen Dr. Linus pilot
The Outer Limits Frank Hellner Episode: "Valerie 23"
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Shamus Bloom Episode: The Fifth Sepulcher
1998-99 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Luther Sloan Episodes: "Inquisition", "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", "Extreme Measures"
1999 Witness Protection Sharp Television film
1999-2002 Roswell Sheriff Jim Valenti 58 episodes
2003 Ed Lee Leetch Episode: "The Case"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kyle Devlin Episode: "Graansha"
Project Greenlight Himself Season 2; unknown episodes
2004 Wonderfalls Darrin Tyler Thirteen episodes
JAG Saul Wainwright Episode: "Retrial"
2005 Third Watch Scotty Murray Episode: "Forever Blue"
Tru Calling Travis Episode: "Enough"
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Paul Rice Episode: "Blue Wall"
Law & Order Kevin Drucker Episode: "Life Line"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Karl "Red" Cooper Episode: "Killer"
The Path to 9/11 Neil Herman Miniseries
2007 Numb3rs J. Everett Tuttle Episode: "Democracy"
The Black Donnellys Munst Episode: "All of Us Are in the Gutter"
Jesse Stone: Sea Change Gino Fish Television film
Traveler Carlton Fog 7 episodes
2008 Medium John Edgemont Episode: "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble"
2008, 2011 Fringe Doctor Sumner Episodes: "The Equation", "Alone in the World"
2009 Jesse Stone: Thin Ice Gino Fish Television film
Jesse Stone: No Remorse Gino Fish Television film
Criminal Minds Ray Finnegan Episode: "Reckoner"
2010 The Pacific Lt. Col. Lewis "Chesty" Burwell Puller, USMC Miniseries
2010-2015 Hawaii Five-0 John McGarrett Various episodes: seasons 1-5
2011 White Collar Brett Gelles Season 3: Episode "Where There's a Will"
2011 Person of Interest Seamus O'Mara Episode: "Pilot"
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost Gino Fish Television film
2012 Damages Helmut Torben 6 episodes
Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt Gino Fish Television film
2013 666 Park Avenue Nate McKenny Episodes: "The Elysian Fields", "Lazarus - Part 1"
Elementary Ian Gale Episode: "Blood Is Thicker"
Homeland Michael Higgins Episode: "The Yoga Play"
The Blacklist Sam Episode: "General Ludd (No. 108)"
2014 Madam Secretary George Peters Episode: "Pilot"
The Flash Simon Stagg Episode: "Fastest Man Alive"
2015 WHiH Newsfront - With Christine Everhart President Matthew Ellis 2 episodes; Web series
Edge Big Bill Television film
Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise Gino Fish Television film
Z Nation Sam Custer Episode: "Zombie Road"
Blue Bloods Armin Janko Episode: "Absolute Power"[11]
2015-2016 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. President Matthew Ellis 3 episodes
2017 When We Rise Chuck Cooper
2017-present Power Tony Teressi

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2016 WHIH Newsfront President Matthew Ellis 2 episodes
2017 Day 5 Sandman

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