Brad Dourif

Biography

Date of Birth 18 March 1950, Huntington, West Virginia, USA Birth Name Bradford Claude Dourif Height 5' 9" (1.75 m) Mini Biography Character actor Brad Dourif was born on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia, where his father owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, after which his mother married Bill Campbell, a champion golfer, who helped raise Brad, his brother, and his four sisters. From 1963 to 1965, Dourif attended Aiken Preparatory School in Aiken, South Carolina, where he pursued his interests in art and acting. Although he briefly considered becoming a professional artist, he finally settled on acting as a profession, inspired by his mother's participation as an actress in community theater. Starting in school productions, he progressed to community theater, joining up with the Huntington Community Players, while attending Marshall University of Huntington. At age 19, he quit his hometown college and headed to New York City, where he worked with the Circle Repertory Company. During the early 1970s, Dourif appeared in a number of plays, off-Broadway and at Woodstock, New York, including Milos Forman who cast him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Although this film is frequently cited as his film debut, in fact, Dourif made his first big-screen appearance with a bit part in W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975). Nevertheless, his portrayal of the vulnerable Billy Bibbit in Forman's film was undoubtedly his big break, earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut, a British Academy Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. 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. Despite his attempts to avoid typecasting, his intensity destined him to play demented, deranged, or disturbed characters, starting in Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), John Huston's Wise Blood (1979) (arguably his best performance to date), and Milos Forman's Ragtime (1981). Dourif then teamed up with director David Lynch for Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986). His high-strung style also served him well in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of the evil doll Chucky in Child's Play (1988) and its sequels. Dourif broke from the horror genre with roles in Fatal Beauty (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), Hidden Agenda (1990), and London Kills Me (1991). Recent film work includes the role of Grima Wormtongue in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since his television debut in the PBS film The Mound Builders (1976) (TV), Dourif has made sporadic appearances in a number of television series, such as "The X-Files" (1993), "Babylon 5" (1994), "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) and "Ponderosa" (2001) (in the recurring role of Frenchy). IMDb Mini Biography By: Lyn Hammond Spouse Jonina Bernice ? (? - ?) (divorced) 1 child Janet Stephanie ? (? - 20 June 1980) (divorced) 1 child Trade Mark Deep raspy ominous voice Often plays demented or deranged characters Frightening, expressive interpretations The voice of the evil doll Chucky in the Child's Play films Wild light blue eyes Trivia Has heard his own movie Dune (1984) described as "science fiction's answer to Heaven's Gate (1980)" (which Dourif also starred in), and he agrees totally with this summation. Was considered for the role of the Scarecrow in Batman Forever (1995). Made five trips to New Zealand while the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was being filmed. He had to shave his eyebrows off each time. Has two daughters, Fiona Dourif and Kristina Dourif Tanoue. Grandchild: Caden Kalani Kahalewai Dourif-Tanoue (born 2001). Many of his co-stars in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy were under the impression that he was actually English because of the British accent he used as Wormtongue throughout filming. As a method actor he kept the accent even when he was not filming. They were shocked to hear him speak in an American accent after filming was complete. Bernard Hill believed Dourif was speaking in the worst American accent he "had ever heard in [his] life". Was considered for the role of Max Cady in Cape Fear (1991). Has appeared with Samuel L. Jackson in four films: Ragtime (1981), The Exorcist III (1990), Jungle Fever (1991) and Amos & Andrew (1993). He headed to New York City at age 19 and worked with the Circle Repertory Company, appearing in many off-Broadway and Woodstock, New York productions. His father, who owned and operated a dye factory, died when Brad was three. Dropped out of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia at age 19. Out of all the Child's Play films - Bride of Chucky (1998) is his favorite. Taught acting and directing classes at Columbia University in the City of New York. Personal Quotes [on if he prefers to play edgier twisted characters] Well, I've been cast as them... and I like to work, so I take those roles. You know, you try to be diverse, and try to have fun and round things out. I'm formally trained, I don't know what classically trained really means. I've worked with Sanford Meisner. And I've worked at Circle Rep with Marshall W. Mason and Lanford Wilson and some really good people. I was lucky. I had a lot of really good influences. I prefer film to the stage. I always like the rehearsal better than I like performing. I'm a whore. If they have a check and camera and a script and stuff for me to say, I am mostly there, unless I just can't take it. No, really, I do like to work. It just depends on whether there is a whole lot of stuff for me to choose from, because if there is I am choosy. If there's not a lot of work, then I try to find some redeeming value in the parts being offered. If it is awful, then, of course, I can't do it. But I have to say, I am pretty lucky in that there are usually things coming in. That said, sometimes it is slow. I am good when there is something central about the character. There is always a human theme I attach myself to. I am really looking for something that is moving or enlightening or something with depth as an actor. I look for these kinds of roles. I am they type of person that once I make a decision, I must execute. Maybe I am a perfectionist in this way. change I am the type of person that once I make a decision, I must execute. Maybe I am a perfectionist in this way. There is nothing wrong with horror films. Their existence has definitely had an impact on me. It is important to have scary demons in our world on film. We have them in the world. That is why we are afraid, it is nice to have a visual and to have a confrontation with it. I told Michael, you know man... This thing better be good, because if it isn't, they're gonna kill ya! --To Michael Cimino during post production on Heaven's Gate (1980)

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Birth Name

Bradford Claude Dourif

Birth Place

Huntington

Birth Date

3/18/1950
Known For
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Bride of Chucky

Chucky (voice)

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Seed of Chucky

Chucky (voice)

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Halloween II

Sheriff Lee Brackett

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The Exorcist III

The Gemini Killer

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Cult of Chucky

Chucky (voice)

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Child's Play

Charles Lee Ray / Chucky (voice)

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Death Machine

Jack Dante

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Spontaneous Combustion

Sam

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Eyes of Laura Mars

Tommy Ludlow

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Fading Of The Cries

Mathias

Starring In
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Living with Chucky

Self

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The Shuroo Process

Dr. Feinstein

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Deadwood: The Movie

Doc Cochran

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Obsession

George

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Wildling

Daddy

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Ready Player One

Chucky (voice) (archive sound) (uncredited)

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Cult of Chucky

Chucky (voice)

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Rosemont

Abe

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Playing with Dolls: The Making of Curse of Chucky

Self

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Curse of Chucky

Charles Lee Ray / Chucky (voice)

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Blood Shot

Bob

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Malignant

The Man

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Gingerclown

Worm Creature

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Black Box

Tom

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Last Kind Words

Waylon

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Fading Of The Cries

Mathias

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Catch .44

Sheriff Connors

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Miami Magma

Jacob Capilla

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Priest

Salesman

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Chain Letter

Mr. Smirker

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I Am

Billy Bibbet (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Junkyard Dog

Sheriff Holk

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Turbulent Skies

Richard

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Death and Cremation

Stan

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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Ned Schoenholtz

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Halloween II

Sheriff Lee Brackett

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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

Uncle Ted

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Touching Home

Clyde Winston

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Evil Comes in Small Packages

Self

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Humboldt County

Jack

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Halloween

Sheriff Lee Brackett

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The Wizard of Gore

Dr. Chong

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Pulse

Thin Bookish Guy

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Drop Dead Sexy

Herman

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The Wild Blue Yonder

The Alien

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Seed of Chucky

Chucky (voice)

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The Hazing

Professor Kapps

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El Padrino

Cyrus

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Vlad

Radescu

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Wormtongue (extended edition)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Collectors Boxset)

Grima Wormtongue (extended edition)

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The Box

Stan

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Wormtongue

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I Don't Know Jack

Himself (archive footage)

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The Alien Saga

Himself (uncredited)

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The Calling

B.B. Gallen

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Boogeymen - The Killer Compilation

Chucky / Charles Lee Ray (Child's Play 2) (voice)

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The Prophecy 3 - The Ascent

Zealot

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Dario Argento - An eye for horror

Dr. Lloyd (archive footage)

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Interceptor Force

Weber

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Silicon Towers

Alton

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Bride of Chucky

Chucky (voice)

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Urban Legend

Michael McDonnell, Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

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Brown's Requiem

Edwards

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Alien Resurrection

Gediman

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Nightwatch

Duty Doctor

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Female Justice

Teddy

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Escape to Witch Mountain

Luther / Bruno

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Death Machine

Jack Dante

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Trauma

Dr. Lloyd

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Wild Palms

Chickie Levitt (3 episodes, 1993)

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Final Judgement

Father Tyrone

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Critters 4

Al Bert

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Murder Blues

John Barnes

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Child's Play 3

Chucky (voice)

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Jungle Fever

Leslie

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Chaindance

Johnny

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London Kills Me

Hemingway the Restaurant Manager

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Body Parts

Remo Lacey

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Child's Play 2

Chucky (voice)

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Graveyard Shift

The Exterminator

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The Exorcist III

The Gemini Killer

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Spontaneous Combustion

Sam

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Grim Prairie Tales

Farley

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Sonny Boy

Weasel

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Child's Play

Charles Lee Ray / Chucky (voice)

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Fatal Beauty

Leo Nova

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Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo

Lamar Sands

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Blue Velvet

Raymond

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Dune

Piter De Vries

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I, Desire

Paul

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Ragtime

Younger Brother

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Heaven's Gate

Mr. Eggleston

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Story Of Jim Jones: Guyana Tragedy

David Langtree

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Wise Blood

Hazel Motes

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Eyes of Laura Mars

Tommy Ludlow

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Group Portrait with a Lady

Boris Koltowski

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Billy Bibbit

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