Brad Dourif

Brad Dourif Headshot

Actor

Birth Date: March 18, 1950

Age: 74 years old

Birth Place: Huntington, West Virginia

Actor Brad Dourif 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. 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).

Dourif began the 80s with a supporting role in Michael Cimino's notorious "Heaven's Gate" (1980), but had better luck reteaming with Milos Forman as the Evelyn Nesbitt-obsessed character (simply known as Younger Brother) in "Ragtime" (1981). The actor played featured roles in two David Lynch films, the overblown "Dune" (1984) and the highly praised "Blue Velvet" (1985). Under Tom Holland direction , Dourif played a nasty drug dealer in "Fatal Beauty" (1987) and developed a cult following as psycho Charles Lee Ray, whose spirit possesses a doll named Chucky, in Holland's "Child's Play" (1988). For the inevitable sequels ("Child's Play 2" 1990, "Child's Play 3" 1991 and "Bride of Chucky" 1998), Dourif provided the chilling voice of the demonic. The performer also offered a chilling turn as the villainously abusive Detective Pell in "Mississippi Burning" (1988) and was shown to good effect as a mental patient in "William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist III" (1990).

For much of the 90s, Dourif was trapped playing his patented oddballs and psychos in genre fare (e.g., "Critters 4" 1992), parts he has readily admitted he accepted to pay the bills. On occasion, there would be an interesting role, like the TV executive seduced by visual reality in "Wild Palms" (ABC, 1993), his memorable guest spot as a death row inmate claiming psychic powers in a 1994 episode of Fox's "The X-Files," and the 1996 recurring role of the crew member aiding in saving the titular spaceship from aliens in "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN). Dourif kicked off the new millennium playing a regular role as a local townsman in the PAX-TV prequel "Ponderosa" (2001). But perhaps his biggest chance came when he accepted the part of the spy Grima Wormtongue in Peter Jackson's anticipated tripartite adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's "The Lord of the Rings" (filmed 1999-2000) which opened over three years: "The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), "The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003). Dourif first appeared in the second instalment, bringing characteristic oddball menace to his role. He was next nominated for an Emmy as best supporting actor in a TV drama for his impressive turn as Doc Cochran in HBO's hard-as-nails Western series "Deadwood" (2004-06).

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Living with ChuckyStream

Self
Movie
2022
72%

ChuckyStream

Voice
Chucky
Series
2021
93%

The Shuroo Process

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Dr. Feinstein
Movie
2021

The Security of Fear

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Diggs
Movie
2021

Deadwood: The MovieStream

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Doc Cochran
Movie
2019
98%

ObsessionStream

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George
Movie
2019

Wildling

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Daddy
Movie
2018

Cult of ChuckyStream

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Chucky
Movie
2017
78%

Rosemont

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Abe
Movie
2015

Kanniyin Vettai

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Movie
2014

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Stream

Guest Star
Series
2013
95%

Curse of ChuckyStream

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Chucky
Movie
2013
75%

Blood Shot

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Bob
Movie
2013

Gingerclown

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Worm Creature
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2013

Malignant

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The Man
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2013

The Control Group

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Dr. Broward
Movie
2013

End of the World

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Dr. Walter Brown
Movie
2013

Black Box

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Tom
Movie
2012

Miami Magma

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Jacob Capilla
Movie
2012

Last Kind Words

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Waylon
Movie
2012

Once Upon a TimeStream

Guest Star
Series
2011
78%

PriestStream

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Salesman
Movie
2011
15%

Fading of the Cries

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Mathias
Movie
2011

Catch .44Stream

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Sheriff Connors
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2011

Few Options

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Chris Pendler
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2011

Chain Letter

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Mr. Smirker
Movie
2010

Turbulent Skies

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Richard
Movie
2010

Junkyard Dog

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Sheriff Holk
Movie
2010

Death and Cremation

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Stan
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2010

Halloween IIStream

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Sheriff Brackett
Movie
2009
25%

Tattoos: A Scarred History

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2009

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

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Uncle Ted
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2009

FringeStream

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Moreau
Series
2008
90%

Lock and Roll Forever

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Zee
Movie
2008

Humboldt County

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Jack
Movie
2008

Touching Home

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Clyde Winston
Movie
2008

Born of Earth

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Mayor
Movie
2008

HalloweenStream

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Sheriff Brackett
Movie
2007
28%

The Wizard of Gore

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Dr. Chong
Movie
2007

Sinner

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Caddie
Movie
2007

PsychStream

Guest Star
Series
2006
89%

The List

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Johan Gabini
Movie
2006

Criminal MindsStream

Guest Star
Series
2005

The Wild Blue Yonder

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The Alien
Movie
2005

DeadwoodStream

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Doc Cochran
Series
2004
92%

El Padrino

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Cyrus
Movie
2004

Seed of ChuckyStream

Voice
Chucky
Movie
2004
34%

The Hazing

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Professor Kapps
Movie
2004

Drop Dead Sexy

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Herman
Movie
2004

The Box

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Stan
Movie
2003

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingStream

Actor
Grima Wormtongue
Movie
2003
94%

Vlad

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Alexa Meyer
Movie
2003

The Calling

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B.B. Gallen
Movie
2002

The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersStream

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Grima Wormtongue
Movie
2002
95%

The Ponderosa

Actor
Maurice "Fenchy" Devereaux
Show
2001

The Ghost

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Lt. Garland
Movie
2001

Soulkeeper

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Mr. Pascal
Movie
2001

The Prophecy 3: The Ascent

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Zealot
Movie
2000

Shadow Hours

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Roland Montague
Movie
2000

Norm

Guest Star
Series
1999
67%

Interceptor Force

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Weber
Movie
1999

The Storytellers

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The Professor
Movie
1999

Silicon Towers

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Alton
Movie
1999

The Magnificent SevenStream

Guest Star
Series
1998
33%

Senseless

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Dr. Wheedon
Movie
1998

Best Men

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The Vet
Movie
1998

NightwatchStream

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Duty Doctor
Movie
1998

Progeny

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Dr. Bert Clavell
Movie
1998

Bride of ChuckyStream

Voice
Chucky
Movie
1998
48%

Brown's Requiem

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Wilson Edwards
Movie
1998

The Hunger

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1997

Cypress Edge

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Colin McCammon
Movie
1997

Alien ResurrectionStream

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Dr. Gediman
Movie
1997
53%

Millennium

Guest Star
Series
1996

Máquinas de Muerte

Actor
Movie
1996

If Looks Could Kill: From the Files of America's Most Wanted

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Gene Hanson
Movie
1996

Black Out

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Thomas Payne
Movie
1996

A Step Toward Tomorrow

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Kirby
Movie
1996

Sworn to Justice

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Teddy
Movie
1996

Star Trek: VoyagerStream

Guest Star
Lon Suder
Series
1995
76%

Escape From Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story

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Sheriff Bill Douglass
Movie
1995

Murder in the First

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Byron Stamphill
Movie
1995

Escape to Witch Mountain

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Luther/Bruno
Movie
1995

Death Machine

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Jack Dante
Movie
1995

Phoenix

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Reiger
Movie
1995

Babylon 5Stream

Guest Star
Series
1994

A Worn Path

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Hunter
Movie
1994

Color of Night

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Clark
Movie
1994

The X-FilesStream

Guest Star
Luther Lee Boggs
Series
1993
74%

Wild Palms

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Show
1993

Amos & Andrew

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Officer Donnie Donaldson
Movie
1993

Murder Blues

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John Barnes
Movie
1993

Trauma

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Dr. Lloyd
Movie
1993

Critters 4Stream

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Al Bert
Movie
1992

Final Judgement

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Father Tyrone
Movie
1992

Body Parts

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Remo Lacey
Movie
1991

Child's Play 3Stream

Voice
Chucky
Movie
1991
19%

Scream of Stone

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Fingerless
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1991

Chaindance

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Johnny
Movie
1991

Horseplayer

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Bud Cowan
Movie
1991

London Kills Me

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Hemingway
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1991

Law & OrderStream

Guest Star
Series
1990

Hidden Agenda

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Paul Sullivan
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1990

Spontaneous Combustion

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Sam
Movie
1990

The Exorcist IIIStream

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The Gemini Killer
Movie
1990
59%

Graveyard Shift

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The Exterminator
Movie
1990

Grim Prairie Tales

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Farley
Movie
1990

Sonny Boy

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Weasel
Movie
1990

Child's Play 2Stream

Voice
Chucky
Movie
1990
40%

Tales From the Crypt

Actor
Series
1989
82%

Terror on Highway 91

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Keith Evans
Movie
1989

Desperado: The Outlaw Wars

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Camillus Fly
Movie
1989

Child's PlayStream

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Charles Lee Ray/Chucky
Movie
1988
73%

Mississippi BurningStream

Actor
Deputy Clinton Pell
Movie
1988
81%

Fatal BeautyStream

Actor
Leo Nova
Movie
1987
20%

Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo

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Lamar Sands
Movie
1986

Impure Thoughts

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Kevin Harrington
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1986

Spenser For HireStream

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1985

The Equalizer

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Fenn
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1985

Murder, She WroteStream

Guest Star
Dr. Warren Overman
Series
1984

Miami ViceStream

Guest Star
Joey Wyatt
Series
1984
71%

DuneStream

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Piter DeVries
Movie
1984
44%

The Hitchhiker

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1983

Desire: The Vampire

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Paul
Movie
1982

RagtimeStream

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Younger Brother
Movie
1981
83%

Heaven's GateStream

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Mr. Eggleston
Movie
1980
57%

Tales of the Unexpected

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Hitch-hiker
Show
1979

Wise Blood

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Hazel Motes
Movie
1979

Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force

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Sgt. Leonard Matlovich
Movie
1978

Eyes of Laura MarsStream

Actor
Tommy Ludlow
Movie
1978
58%

The Gardener's Son

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Robert McEvoy
Movie
1977

Group Portrait With Lady

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Boris Koltowski
Movie
1977

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestStream

Actor
Billy Bibbit
Movie
1975
93%