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10 January 1944 Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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Bill

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1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Sharon Wix
Aprile Joi Lyon

Life Story of William Sanderson

Prolific and versatile character actor William Sanderson was born on January 10, 1944, in Memphis, Tennessee. His mother was an elementary school teacher and his father was a landscape designer. William served two years in the US Army. Following his military service he attended Southern Methodist University. He earned both a BBA degree and a JD law degree from Memphis State University. William went to New York to try his luck as an actor. He studied his craft with Herbert Berghof and William Hickey.

Sanderson began his acting career in off-Broadway stage productions and appeared in several independent pictures. He gave a superbly lively and intense performance as vicious racist and escaped convict Jessie Lee Kane in the brutal exploitation feature Fight for Your Life (1977). William was likewise marvelous as gentle toymaker J.F. Sebastian in the fantastic science-fiction cult favorite Blade Runner (1982). He has played his fair share of loathsome bad guys (he refers to these particular characters as "prairie scum"), such as nasty lout Calvin in Raggedy Man (1981), lowlife hick Lee Dollarhide in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) and weaselly criminal Snow in Lone Wolf...

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Often plays diminutive, eccentric oddballs on the outer edges of communities.

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Actors Filmography
Assassin's Fury Gaines, Deadwood: The Movie (2019) E.B. Farnum, American Gods (2019) The Bookkeeper, The Griddle House (2018) Gus, A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014) Father Jugo, Bravest Warriors (2013) Alien Perkalus, True Blood (2012) Sheriff Bud Dearborne, Bones (2012) Norbert Mobley, Bar Karma (2011) James, Mike & Molly (2011) Dennis, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011) Leonard Keane, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2010) Jim, Trauma (2009) Captain Edward Smith, Lost (2009) Oldham, Pretty Ugly People (2008) Sam, Life (2007) Holt Easley, The...

Birth information

10 January 1944 Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Nickname

Bill

How tall is William Sanderson?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Sharon Wix
Aprile Joi Lyon

Life Story of William Sanderson

Prolific and versatile character actor William Sanderson was born on January 10, 1944, in Memphis, Tennessee. His mother was an elementary school teacher and his father was a landscape designer. William served two years in the US Army. Following his military service he attended Southern Methodist University. He earned both a BBA degree and a JD law degree from Memphis State University. William went to New York to try his luck as an actor. He studied his craft with Herbert Berghof and William Hickey.

Sanderson began his acting career in off-Broadway stage productions and appeared in several independent pictures. He gave a superbly lively and intense performance as vicious racist and escaped convict Jessie Lee Kane in the brutal exploitation feature Fight for Your Life (1977). William was likewise marvelous as gentle toymaker J.F. Sebastian in the fantastic science-fiction cult favorite Blade Runner (1982). He has played his fair share of loathsome bad guys (he refers to these particular characters as "prairie scum"), such as nasty lout Calvin in Raggedy Man (1981), lowlife hick Lee Dollarhide in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) and weaselly criminal Snow in Lone Wolf...

Significant features of William Sanderson

Often plays diminutive, eccentric oddballs on the outer edges of communities.

What movies did William Sanderson play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Assassin's Fury Gaines, Deadwood: The Movie (2019) E.B. Farnum, American Gods (2019) The Bookkeeper, The Griddle House (2018) Gus, A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014) Father Jugo, Bravest Warriors (2013) Alien Perkalus, True Blood (2012) Sheriff Bud Dearborne, Bones (2012) Norbert Mobley, Bar Karma (2011) James, Mike & Molly (2011) Dennis, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011) Leonard Keane, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2010) Jim, Trauma (2009) Captain Edward Smith, Lost (2009) Oldham, Pretty Ugly People (2008) Sam, Life (2007) Holt Easley, The...

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Cristina Raines and William Sanderson in Alpträume (1983)

Earned a BA from Southern Methodist University.

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Julia Duffy, Mary Frann, Bob Newhart, Tom Poston, William Sanderson, Peter Scolari, etc.

Earned a JD from Memphis State.

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Tony Papenfuss, William Sanderson, and John Voldstad in Newhart (1982)

Enlisted in the army and served two years.

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Sissy Spacek, William Sanderson, and Tracey Walter in Der geheimnisvolle Fremde (1981)

Has one adult son, Andrew.

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Sissy Spacek and William Sanderson in Der geheimnisvolle Fremde (1981)

Profiled in "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting" by Scott Voisin. [2009]

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William Sanderson and Tracey Walter in Der geheimnisvolle Fremde (1981)

Was the original actor cast as Joe Camber in the film adaptation of Stephen King's "Cujo".

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William Sanderson in Akte X: Die unheimlichen Fälle des FBI (1993)

He is sometimes confused with fellow character actor Tracey Walter, who has sometimes also played the same type of eccentric Southern lowlifes. Since they have often gone after the same roles, the two actors have actually become friends. Unlike Walter, Sanderson actually hails from the Southeast US.

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William Sanderson in Akte X: Die unheimlichen Fälle des FBI (1993)

Semi-retired from acting and residing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In a 2017 interview with PennLive, he stated that in the mid 2000s, he and his wife bought a house in PA to be closer to his wife's family. However, they liked PA so much that they now live there full time. [2017]

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William Sanderson in Akte X: Die unheimlichen Fälle des FBI (1993)

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William Sanderson in Akte X: Die unheimlichen Fälle des FBI (1993)

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Charles Manson and William Sanderson in Akte X: Die unheimlichen Fälle des FBI (1993)

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William Sanderson in Akte X: Die unheimlichen Fälle des FBI (1993)

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William Sanderson in Killer hinter der Maske (1979)

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William Sanderson in Killer hinter der Maske (1979)

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William Sanderson in Nashville Lady (1980)

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William Sanderson in Ausbruch zur Hölle (1977)

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Reggie Rock Bythewood and William Sanderson in Ausbruch zur Hölle (1977)

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Reggie Rock Bythewood, Daniel Faraldo, Robert Judd, Catherine Peppers, William Sanderson, etc.

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Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, John Edward Allen, William Sanderson, etc.

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Chris Bauer, Carrie Preston, and William Sanderson in True Blood (2008)

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Tommy Lee Jones, Susan Sarandon, and William Sanderson in Der Klient (1994)

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Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Ridley Scott, John Edward Allen, etc.

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