William Sanderson

William Sanderson

Born: January 10, 1944
Age: 74
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
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William Sanderson (born January 10, 1944) is an American character actor famous for his roles in Blade Runner, Deadwood, True Blood, and as a cast member in the long-running 1980s television series Newhart.


Early life

William J. Sanderson was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to an elementary school teacher mother and a landscape designer father. He volunteered for the army when he was 18 and attended college after his discharge using the G.I. Bill. He holds business (BBA, 1968) and law (J.D., 1971) degrees from the University of Memphis (then known as Memphis State University), though he did not take the bar exam.


Sanderson has appeared in many movies, and is known for his role in the 1982 classic science fiction film Blade Runner as J. F. Sebastian. Sanderson appeared as one of the mechanics, regulars of the diner in The Rocketeer, who defies Nazi agents looking for the top secret rocket pack. He also portrayed a character named Deuce in an episode of the science fiction television series Babylon 5, and later reprised the role in the television movie Babylon 5: Thirdspace. He also voiced the recurring character Dr. Karl Rossum in Batman: The Animated Series. Sanderson starred in the controversial film Fight for Your Life, which has a strict ban in the United Kingdom.

As a guest, he has made appearances in television shows, and his credits include The Pretender ,The X-Files, Knight Rider, Married... with Children, Babylon 5, ER, Coach and Walker, Texas Ranger. He plays a key role in an audio dramatization of Ursula K. Le Guin's Vaster than Empires and More Slow in NPR's 2000X series. In 2001, Sanderson played the courageous bartender Dewey in the TNT film Crossfire Trail.

Sanderson played Larry in Newhart from 1982 to 1990, famous for the catchphrase, "Hi. I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl. This is my other brother Darryl."

Sanderson returned to television playing E. B. Farnum in the HBO television series Deadwood from 2004 to 2006. His role is a tragicomic hotelier and first mayor of Deadwood. In 2008, Sanderson joined the cast of True Blood playing Sheriff Bud Dearborne. He later played "Oldham", the resident interrogation expert of the DHARMA Initiative in the 10th episode of the fifth season of ABC's series Lost.

Selected filmography

  • Fight For Your Life (1977) as Jessie Lee Kane
  • Proof of the Man (1977) as Gun Dealer
  • Blue Nude (1978) as Guy in Next Cell (uncredited)
  • Savage Weekend (1979) as Otis
  • The Onion Field (1979) as Young Con
  • Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) as Lee Dollarhide
  • Seed of Innocence (1980) as Randy Webb
  • The Dukes of Hazzard (1980, TV Series) as Russ Collins
  • Death Hunt (1981) as Ned Warren
  • Raggedy Man (1981) as Calvin
  • The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) as Cowboy
  • Blade Runner (1982) as J.F. Sebastian
  • Newhart (1982-1990, TV Series) as Larry
  • Knight Rider (1982, TV Series) as The Rev
  • Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) as Snow
  • Nightmares (1983) as Gas Station Attendant (segment "Terror in Topanga") (uncredited)
  • City Heat (1984) as Lonnie Ash
  • Fletch (1985) as Jim Swarthout
  • Black Moon Rising (1986) as Tyke Thayden
  • Dead Aim (1987) as Brennan
  • Last Man Standing (1987) as Casper
  • The Twilight Zone (1988, TV Series) as Norman Blane
  • Lonesome Dove (1989, TV Mini-Series) as Lippy Jones
  • Thunderground (1989) as Ratman
  • Deadly Weapon (1989) as Reverend Smith
  • Mirror, Mirror (1990) as Mr. Veze
  • The Giant of Thunder Mountain (1991) as Percey Crow
  • Sometimes They Come Back (1991, TV Movie) as Carl Mueller (age 44)
  • The Rocketeer (1991) as Skeets
  • Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1994, TV Series) - Dr. Karl Rossum
  • Skeeter (1993) - Gordon Perry
  • Man's Best Friend (1993) - Ray
  • Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance (1994) as Roger
  • Babylon 5 (1994, TV Series) as Deuce
  • The Client (1994) as Wally Boxx
  • Wagons East (1994) as Zeke
  • The X-Files (1994, TV Series) as Edward Funsch
  • Phoenix (1995) as Miro
  • Andersonville (1996, TV Movie) as Munn
  • Last Man Standing (1996) as Joe Monday
  • The Pretender (1996, TV Series) as Roy Abbot
  • Forest Warrior (1996) as Paul Carpio
  • ER (1996, TV Series) as Mr. Percy
  • The Utilizer (1996) as Leek
  • Critics and Other Freaks (1997) as Chef Bernie
  • Babylon 5: Thirdspace (1998, TV Movie) as Deuce
  • Nice Guys Sleep Alone (1999) as Rufus
  • Stanley's Gig (2000) as Stanley Myer
  • Stageghost (2000) as Jack Butler
  • Dying on the Edge (2001) as Tommy
  • Monkey Love (2002) as Bradley Chalmers
  • Never Get Outta the Boat (2002) as Clarence
  • Monte Walsh (2003, TV Movie) as Skimpy Eagens
  • Gods and Generals (2003) as Gen. A. P. Hill
  • The Low Budget Time Machine (2003) as The Prospector
  • Promised Land (2004) as Clark
  • Avatar (2004) as Riley
  • Deadwood (2004-2006, TV Series) as E.B. Farnum
  • Wit's End (2005) as Jedediah Cross
  • Disappearances (2006) as Rat Kinneson
  • Beyond the Wall of Sleep (2006) as Joe Slaader
  • The Treasure of Painted Forest (2006) as Paul
  • Life (2007, TV Series) as Holt Easley
  • Pretty Ugly People (2008) as Sam
  • True Blood (2008-2012, TV Series) as Sheriff Bud Dearborne
  • Lost (2009, TV Series) as Oldham
  • Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2010, TV Series) as Jim
  • Bar Karma (2011, TV Series) as James
  • Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011, TV Series) as Leonard Keane
  • Mike & Molly (2011, TV Series) as Dennis
  • Bones (2012, TV Series) as Norbert Mobley
  • Bravest Warriors (2013, TV Series) as Alien Perkalus
  • A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014) as Father Juge

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