William Sadler (born April 13, 1950) is an American character actor.
Sadler was born in Buffalo, New York and attended college at SUNY Geneseo. He has one child with wife Marni Joan Bakst, to whom he has been married since 1977.
Sadler is known for his roles in the 1990 action film Die Hard 2 as Colonel Stuart, as "Heywood" in the 1994 prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, the Grim Reaper in the 1991 comedy Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and as Brayker in Demon Knight. He also appeared on the television series Roswell as "Sheriff Jim Valenti," and Wonderfalls as "Darrin Tyler". His film credits include Trespass, K-9, Project X, Disturbing Behavior, Kinsey, the upcoming films Purple Heart and Jimmy and Judy.
Sadler's TV guest appearances include In the Heat of the Night, Roseanne, Tru Calling, CSI, Numb3rs, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He had a recurring role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Luther Sloan, a member of a covert organization called Section 31. He appeared in 3...
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Kinsey is a 2004 biographical film written and directed by Bill Condon. It describes the life of Alfred Kinsey (played by Liam Neeson). As a pioneer in the area of sexology research, his 1948 publication, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (the first of the Kinsey Reports) was one of the first recorded works that tried to scientifically address and investigate sexual behaviour and its consequences (and lack thereof) in humans. The movie also stars Laura Linney (in a performance nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress), Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Dylan Baker and William Sadler as Kenneth Braun. Kinsey was nominated for a number of awards, winning 10 of them.
Professor Alfred Kinsey, the protagonist, is being interviewed about his sex history. Through the interview, the salient points in Kinsey's life are revealed to the viewer in several flashbacks. There are two sequences: one depicting experiences as a...,
Solo is a 1996 science fiction, action film from Columbia/Tristar Studios. It was directed by Norberto Barba, who has since primarily produced television series. The film was based on the novel Weapon by Robert Mason, and was adapted for the script by David L. Corley. The cast included Mario Van Peebles, Barry Corbin, and William Sadler.
The film ran for 94 minutes and received an MPAA rating of PG for combat violence and language. It received terrible reviews and is viewed as a derivative action vehicle.
Solo (Van Peebles) is an android designed as a military killing machine. He is sent to Central America by General Haynes (Corbin) to battle guerrilla insurgents, but a flaw develops in his programming and he develops a conscience and compassion. His developers try to take him back for deprogramming, but he flees to the jungle in a hellicopter. He is damaged during his "landing" and his main energy supply is damaged, forcing him to switch to his much less powerful secondery power. He...,
Demon Knight (also known as Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight) is a 1995 horror film directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, and stars Billy Zane, William Sadler, and Jada Pinkett Smith. Brenda Bakke, CCH Pounder, Dick Miller, and Thomas Haden Church co-star.
Demon Knight is a spin-off from the popular HBO series Tales from the Crypt, and features scenes with the Crypt Keeper (played by Tommy Vicini and once again voiced by John Kassir) at the beginning and end of the movie.
The film was followed by Bordello of Blood, though not exactly in terms of continuity.
The story of Demon Knight revolves around an artifact and its guardian. The artifact is a key, one of seven keys that can open the gates of Hell and unleash darkness across the universe.
In the beginning, before the Earth was formed, demons tried to use these seven keys to focus the power of the cosmos into their hands, but after God created the world, He scattered the keys throughout the universe. After thousands of years,
The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American movie, written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the Stephen King novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The film stars Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding.
The film portrays Andy's twenty years in the cruelty of Shawshank State Prison, a fictional penitentiary in Maine, and his friendship with Red, a fellow inmate. Despite a poor box office reception, Shawshank Redemption received favorable reviews from critics and has enjoyed a remarkable life on cable television, home video, and DVD, and continues to be noticed by popular culture. It is consistently ranked amongst the greatest movies of all time.
The events in The Shawshank Redemption are told in voice-over by Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), and span from 1946 to 1967.
In 1946, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is a straight-laced, successful, but emotionally reserved banker. He is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover...,
Roadracers is a 1994 made-for-television film directed by Robert Rodriguez, his second feature film following the success of his 1992 debut, El Mariachi. The film originally aired on Showtime Network as part of their Rebel Highway series that took the titles of 1950s-era B-movies and applied them to original films starring up-and-coming actors of the 1990s (including the likes of Alicia Silverstone and Shannen Doherty) and directed by established directors such as William Friedkin, Joe Dante, and Ralph Bakshi. Rodriguez was the only young director to participate in the series. The series was produced by the son and daughter of Samuel Z. Arkoff, the co-founder and producer of American International Pictures (AIP), the distributor of the films this series takes its titles from.Robert Rodriguez's take concerned a rebel named Dude (David Arquette) who dreams of leaving his dead end small town and becoming a rockabilly star but gets caught up in a nasty feud with the town's local sheriff (...
Trespass was a 1992 movie directed by Walter Hill. Notable actors featured in the movie include Ice Cube, Ice T, Bill Paxton and William Sadler.
Two Arkansas firemen, Vince (Bill Paxton) and Don (William Sadler) meet a hysterical old man in a building on fire. The old man hands them a map, prays for forgiveness, then allows himself to be engulfed in flames. Outside of the fire and away from everyone else, Don does a little research and finds out that the man was a thief who stole a large amount of gold valuables from a church and hid them in a building in East St. Louis. The two decide to drive there, thinking they can get there, get the gold and get back in one day.
While they're looking around at the abandoned building they need to be in, though, they spot a gang, led by King James (Ice-T), who is there to execute an enemy of theirs. Vince and Don witness the shooting, but give themselves away, and only manage to force a stalemate when they grab Lucky (De'voreaux White), King James'...,
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is a 1991 American comedy science fiction film, the sequel to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Like the first film, it stars Keanu Reeves as Ted and Alex Winter as Bill. The film's original working title was Bill & Ted Go To Hell.
Three years after receiving an A+ on their history report, Bill and Ted are still struggling with their band, Wyld Stallyns, despite help from their fiancées Elizabeth and Joanna (princesses of 15th Century England whom they met in the first film and Rufus brought back from their time). Meanwhile, in the future, the villainous Chuck De Nomolos (Joss Ackland) schemes to prevent Bill and Ted from performing at the Fourth Annual San Dimas Battle of the Bands, thereby preventing them from influencing history with their hated rock music. De Nomolos forcibly takes possession of a time machine (once again, in the guise of a phone booth), sending two evil android versions of Bill and Ted back in time to kill them. Bill and Ted...,
For other meanings of "Dragonfire", see Dragon Fire.Tagget (alternative title Dragonfire) is a 1991 crime drama / spy movie telemovie, in which the titular character — a disabled Vietnam War veteran and director of an electronics firm — investigates an attempt to kill him.,
Die Hard 2, sometimes marketed under the title Die Hard 2: Die Harder, is a 1990 film, the second in the Die Hard series. It stars Bruce Willis, reprising his role as police detective John McClane, and co-stars Bonnie Bedelia (reprising her role as Holly McClane), William Sadler, William Atherton, Dennis Franz, Fred Dalton Thompson and John Amos.McClane is waiting for his wife to land at Washington Dulles International Airport when terrorists take over air controls. He must stop the terrorists before his wife's plane and several other incoming flights that are circling the airport run out of fuel and crash.The movie is based on a novel by Walter Wager entitled 58 Minutes. The novel has the same premise: a cop must stop terrorists who take an airport hostage while his daughter's plane circles overhead. He has 58 minutes to do so before the plane crashes.Die Hard 2 was followed by Die Hard with a Vengeance in 1995, and Live Free or Die Hard in 2007.While lacking the huge impact of the...,
Project X is a 1987 film produced by Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker and directed by Jonathan Kaplan. The film is about a Air Force Academy cadet named Jimmy (played by Matthew Broderick) who, as punishment for misconduct, is assigned to a top-secret military project where chimpanzees are trained on flight simulators known as Primate Equilibrium Platforms. The film begins with graduate student Teri (played by Helen Hunt) and her work to train a chimpanzee named "Virgil." When her research grant fails to be renewed, Virgil is taken away. Teri believes the chimp is to be sent to a zoo that will take care of him. Instead, the animal is sent to the military project for flight simulator training. Jimmy works with Virgil and they become attached to one another. Virgil proves to be highly intelligent and communicates with sign language. Jimmy informs his superior of Virgil's abilities and the possibilities with chimps of such talent, but the discovery is ignored. Unknown to...,
William Sadler was born in Buffalo, New York, Erie County