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Also Known As: Bill Sadler Died:
Born: April 13, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, USA Profession: actor

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One of the more familiar faces on television and in film for over two decades, William Sadler was a versatile character actor whose granite features and gravely voice led to roles as tough guys and authority figures in films ranging from "Die Hard 2" (1990), "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), "The Green Mile" (1999) and series like "Roswell" (The WB/UPN, 1999-2002). A veteran of the New York stage in the 1970s and 1980s, he segued into film in the mid-1980s and found steady work as cops, detectives and a rogues' gallery of heels in the aforementioned projects. When given the chance, Sadler also displayed a wicked knack for absurd humor, as his turn as the Grim Reaper in "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey" (1991) proved beyond a shadow of a doubt. In the 1990s, Sadler was seen mostly on television, but returned frequently to features for small but memorable parts in "Kinsey" (2005) and "The Mist" (2007). His broad spectrum of talent and believability in every role he played made him one of the most dependable character actors in the business.

One of the more familiar faces on television and in film for over two decades, William Sadler was a versatile character actor whose granite features and gravely voice led to roles as tough guys and authority figures in films ranging from "Die Hard 2" (1990), "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), "The Green Mile" (1999) and series like "Roswell" (The WB/UPN, 1999-2002). A veteran of the New York stage in the 1970s and 1980s, he segued into film in the mid-1980s and found steady work as cops, detectives and a rogues' gallery of heels in the aforementioned projects. When given the chance, Sadler also displayed a wicked knack for absurd humor, as his turn as the Grim Reaper in "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey" (1991) proved beyond a shadow of a doubt. In the 1990s, Sadler was seen mostly on television, but returned frequently to features for small but memorable parts in "Kinsey" (2005) and "The Mist" (2007). His broad spectrum of talent and believability in every role he played made him one of the most dependable character actors in the business.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 By Way of Helena (2016)
2.
 Freeheld (2015)
3.
4.
 Freedom (2015)
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6.
 Machete Kills (2013)
7.
 Iron Man 3 (2013)
8.
 Future Weather (2012)
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Stage debut in Colorado Shakespeare Festival production of "Hamlet"
1975:
Off-Broadway debut, "Ivanov"
1978:
TV debut, "The Great Wallendas," the NBC docudrama about the famous family of acrobats
1982:
Film debut, "Hanky Panky"
1985:
Broadway debut, "Biloxi Blues"
1987:
Cast as regular in short-lived NBC detective series "Private Eye"
1991:
Played the Grim Reaper in the comedy sequel "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey"
1994:
Had a memorable supporting role in the acclaimed feature "The Shawshank Redemption," directed by Frank Darabont
1995:
Co-starred in "Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight"
1996:
Had featured role as the mummy in "Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood"
1998:
Played the school handyman in "Disturbing Behavior"
1998:
Acted on stage playing a US Army investigator in "Burning Blue"
1999:
Cast as the sheriff of Roswell, NM on the sci-fi drama "Roswell" (The WB, 1999-2001; UPN, 2001-2002)
1999:
Reteamed with Darabont for "The Green Mile"
2003:
Starred in "The Battle of Shaker Heights"
2004:
Starred in Bill Condon's "Kinsey" opposite Liam Neeson, who portrayed Alfred Kinsey
2007:
Reteamed with director Darabont for Stephen King's "The Mist"
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Education

State University of New York, Genesee: Genesee , New York -
Cornell University: Ithaca , New York -

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