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Also Known As: Bradford Claude Dourif Died:
Born: March 18, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Huntington, West Virginia, USA Profession: actor, theatrical stage manager, college instructor

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This thin-approaching-gaunt actor with a receding hairline rose to prominence as the stuttering, frail Billy Bibbit in Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), and has gone on to play a variety of both tormented characters and spine-chilling evil ones. Brad Dourif arrived in NYC after dropping out of college at age 19 and joined the Circle Repertory Company where he won his first notice as Stephen in the original company of "When You Comin' Back Red Ryder?" in 1972. Although he had appeared in a bit part in "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" (1974), Dourif had his first role of consequence with "Cuckoo's Nest," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor. By the end of the 1970s, after turning down roles in "The Deer Hunter" (1978) and "Hair" (1979), he had settled into playing characters that were edgy and often mentally unbalanced like the chauffeur Tommy Ludlow in "The Eyes of Laura Mars" (1978) and the deranged preacher Hazel Motes in "Wise Blood" (1979).

This thin-approaching-gaunt actor with a receding hairline rose to prominence as the stuttering, frail Billy Bibbit in Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), and has gone on to play a variety of both tormented characters and spine-chilling evil ones. Brad Dourif arrived in NYC after dropping out of college at age 19 and joined the Circle Repertory Company where he won his first notice as Stephen in the original company of "When You Comin' Back Red Ryder?" in 1972. Although he had appeared in a bit part in "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" (1974), Dourif had his first role of consequence with "Cuckoo's Nest," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor. By the end of the 1970s, after turning down roles in "The Deer Hunter" (1978) and "Hair" (1979), he had settled into playing characters that were edgy and often mentally unbalanced like the chauffeur Tommy Ludlow in "The Eyes of Laura Mars" (1978) and the deranged preacher Hazel Motes in "Wise Blood" (1979).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 End of the World (2013)
2.
 Few Options (2011)
3.
 Priest (2011)
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6.
 Halloween 2 (2009)
7.
 Blood Shot (2009)
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Acted with Greenbriar Repertory in West Virginia
1970:
Moved to NYC; roomed with actress Conchata Ferrell
1970:
Acted with Circle Repertory Company
1972:
First major theatrical role in "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" at Circle Rep
1974:
Feature acting debut in "W. W. and the Dixie Dancekings"
1975:
Breakthrough feature role, Billy Bibbit in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", directed by Milos Forman; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor
1976:
TV debut in "Great Performances" production of Lanford Wilson's "The Mound Builders" (PBS)
1978:
Had title role in the NBC movie "Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force"
1979:
Starred in John Huston's "Wise Blood" as an obsessed preacher
1979:
Appeared in NBC miniseries "Studs Lonigan"
1980:
Portrayed a doctor who follows cult leader Jim Jones to South America in "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones" (CBS)
1981:
Had featured role as the man obsessed with explosives and Evelyn Nesbitt in Milos Forman's "Ragtime"
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Recommended by Forman, taught acting and directing at Columbia University
1982:
Cast as a vampire in the ABC movie "I, Desire"
1985:
First collaboration with director David Lynch, "Dune"
1986:
Had featured role in Lynch's "Blue Velvet"
1988:
Co-starred as a killer whose soul possesses a doll in "Child's Play"; also voiced the doll Chucky in the same film
1990:
Reprised the voice of Chucky in "Child's Play 2"
1991:
Again voiced Chucky in "Child's Play 3"
1993:
Co-starred in ABC TV miniseries "Wild Palms"
1994:
Made memorable guest appearance on "The X-Files" (Fox)
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Played recurring role of Crewman Suder on the UPN series "Star Trek; Voyager"
1997:
Was featured in "Alien Resurrection"
1998:
Made uncredited appearance in "Urban Legend" as a gas station attendant
1998:
Once again voiced the murderous doll in "Bride of Chucky"
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Cast as Grima Wormtounge in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's "The Lord of the Rings" (filmed 1999-2000); released in three parts over three years: "The Fellowship of the Rings" (2001); "The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003)
2000:
Co-starred in "Shadow Hours" as a gas station owner
2001:
Had regular role of a town resident named Frenchy in the PAX-TV prequel series "Ponderosa"
2003:
Appeared in the "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" the last of the three part series
2004:
Featured as Doc Cochran in the HBO drama "Deadwood"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for 2004
2004:
Reprised his role as the voice of Chucky in "Seed of Chucky"
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Education

University of Huntington: Huntington , West Virginia -
Marshall University: Sanford , Maine -
Aiken Preparatory School: Aiken , South Carolina - 1963 - 1965

Notes

"Dourif has shown himself to be one of the most intense, most interesting young film actors of his generation. One possible problem: He'll be typecast as a lunatic." --critic Vincent Canby writing in The New York Times in 1980.

"Sudden fame scared the shit out of me! I didn't feel I deserved it and indulged in drugs."--Brad Dourif to The Hollywood Kids in Movieline.

"Chucky is a lot of fun, like doing primal scream therapy. For a few days, I rip my throat out looping the movie, pick up my check, and go home."--Dourif to The Hollywood Kids in Movieline

"It's a little intimidating to work with a great actor like Jack Nicholson, but in the end it always helps you. He would tell me little tips that were a huge help in my learning to adjust to film." --Brad Dourif

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Janet Dourif. Counselor. Married c. 1974; divorced.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Joan Dourif. Former actor. Remarried.
daughter:
Christina Dourif. Born c. 1976; mother Jonina Dourif.
daughter:
Fiona Dourif. Born c. 1981; mother Jonina Dourif.

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