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Also Known As: Bill Forsythe Died:
Born: June 7, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Burly, intense character actor William Forsythe played his share of tough guys in features ranging from big-budget extravaganzas to low-rent, direct-to-DVD exploitation movies. After his big break playing a bootlegger opposite Robert De Niro in Sergio Leone's gangster epic "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984), the actor quickly established himself - most often as a heavy - in more commercial endeavors like the Steven Seagal actioner "Out for Justice" (1991). Forsythe delivered exceptional performances in acclaimed indie films as well, including the rehabilitation drama "The Waterdance" (1992) and the quirky crime comedy "Palookaville" (1995). Increasingly known as a staple in genre films of all stripes and budgets, the actor could be seen in everything from Michael Bay's blockbuster "The Rock" (1997) to rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie's blood-soaked "The Devil's Rejects" (2005). Appearing more often than not in low-budget fare, he occasionally starred in features like the sardonic character study "Happy in the Valley" (2009) and on television as the star of such crime-dramas as "The Mob Doctor" (Fox, 2012- ). Like grizzled character actors Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates or Lee Marvin before him,...

Burly, intense character actor William Forsythe played his share of tough guys in features ranging from big-budget extravaganzas to low-rent, direct-to-DVD exploitation movies. After his big break playing a bootlegger opposite Robert De Niro in Sergio Leone's gangster epic "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984), the actor quickly established himself - most often as a heavy - in more commercial endeavors like the Steven Seagal actioner "Out for Justice" (1991). Forsythe delivered exceptional performances in acclaimed indie films as well, including the rehabilitation drama "The Waterdance" (1992) and the quirky crime comedy "Palookaville" (1995). Increasingly known as a staple in genre films of all stripes and budgets, the actor could be seen in everything from Michael Bay's blockbuster "The Rock" (1997) to rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie's blood-soaked "The Devil's Rejects" (2005). Appearing more often than not in low-budget fare, he occasionally starred in features like the sardonic character study "Happy in the Valley" (2009) and on television as the star of such crime-dramas as "The Mob Doctor" (Fox, 2012- ). Like grizzled character actors Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates or Lee Marvin before him, Forsythe regularly delivered solid work in respected projects amongst the steady stream of B-movies that were the working actor's bread and butter.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bronx Bull, The (2014)
2.
 Born to Ride (2011)
3.
 IMurders (2009)
4.
 Stiletto (2009)
5.
 88 Minutes (2008)
6.
 Hack! (2007)
7.
 Southern Gothic (2007)
8.
 Jam (2007)
9.
 Halloween (2007)
10.
 Freedomland (2006) Cast
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Milestones close milestones

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Began acting at age 10
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First acting appearance in the title role in a school production of "Julius Caesar" at age 10
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Professional stage debut at age 16
1981:
Feature acting debut, "Smokey Bites the Dust"
1981:
TV movie debut, "The Miracle of Kathy Miller"
1984:
Co-starred with Robert De Niro and James Woods in "Once Upon a Time in America," the last film by director Sergio Leone
1985:
TV miniseries debut, "The Long Hot Summer"
1987:
Co-starred in the Coen Brothers comedy "Raising Arizona" opposite Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter
1990:
Cast in "Dick Tracy," a film based upon the Dick Tracy comic strip character and directed by Warren Beatty
1992:
Co-starred in Edward James Olmos' directorial debut, "American Me"
1993:
TV series debut as a regular, "The Untouchables," playing Al Capone
1996:
Co-starred in director Michael Bay┬┐s thriller, "The Rock"
1996:
Portrayed organized crime figure Sammy "The Bull" Gravano in the HBO motion picture "Gotti"
1999:
Cast as a detective in the comedy, "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo"
2001:
Played villain Sonny Walker in NBC's "UC: Undercover"
2002:
Cast as a bar owner in the FOX series "John Doe"
2006:
Co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore in "Freedomland"
2007:
Cast in Rob Zombie's remake of the classic horror film "Halloween"
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Notes

Not to confused with American choreographer William Forsythe or Scottish director Bill Forsythe

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