Sadler, William 1950–

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SADLER, William 1950–

(Bill Sadler)


Full name, William Thomas Sadler; born April 13, 1950, in Buffalo, NY; married Marni Joan Bakst (an actress); children: one. Education: State University of New York College at Geneseo, B.A. and B.S.; Cornell University, M.F.A.


Agent—Don Buchwald and Associates, 6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2200, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Manager—James Suskin, James Suskin Management, 253 West 72nd St., Suite 1014, New York, NY 10023.


Actor. Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, RI, member of company, 1975–76. Once worked at a boatyard near Boston, MA.

Awards, Honors:

Obie Award, Village Voice, and Villager Award, both 1981, for Limbo Tales; Clarence Derwent Award, Actors' Equity Association, and Drama–Logue Award, both 1985, for Biloxi Blues; Saturn Award, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, best supporting actor, 1992, for Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey; also received Drama Desk Award nomination.


Film Appearances:

(As Bill Sadler) Hotel clerk, Hanky–Panky, Columbia, 1982.

(As Bill Sadler) Dickson, Off Beat, Touchstone, 1986.

(As Bill Sadler) Dr. Lynnard Carroll, Project X, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1987.

(As Bill Sadler) Salesman Don, K–9, Universal, 1989.

Frank Sutton, The Hot Spot, Orion, 1990.

(As Bill Sadler) Vernon Trent, Hard to Kill (also known as Seven Year Storm), Warner Bros., 1990.

Colonel Stuart, Die Hard 2 (also known as Die Hard 2: Die Harder), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1990.

Monroe, Rush, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1991.

Grim reaper/English family member, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (also known as Bill and Ted Go to Hell), Orion, 1991.

Don Perry, Trespass (also known as Looters), Universal, 1992.

Dick Brian, Freaked (also known as Hideous Mutant Freekz), 1994.

Heywood, The Shawshank Redemption, Columbia, 1994.

Brayker, Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (also known as Demon Keeper and Demon Knight), Universal, 1995.

Colonel Frank Madden, Solo, Triumph, 1996.

The mummy, Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood (also known as Bordello of Blood), Universal, 1996.

Quinn, Reach the Rock, Gramercy, 1997.

Mission commander Captain "Wild Bill" Overbeck, Rocket Man (also known as Space Cadets), Buena Vista, 1997.

Ringo, Skippy, Taurus Entertainment, filmed, 1997, released 2001.

Dorian Newberry, Disturbing Behavior (also known as Disturbing Behaviour), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1998.

Klaus Detterick, The Green Mile (also known as Stephen King's "The Green Mile"), Warner Bros., 1999.

Man, Another Life (short film), Another Life Productions, 2002.

Abe Ernswiler, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Miramax, 2003.

Kenneth Braun, Kinsey, Fox Searchlight, 2004.

Dad, Unspoken, Pan Productions/Odyssey Entertainment, 2005.

Devour, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2005.

Roger Lampert, Confess, Centrifugal Films, 2005.

Mr. Dewitt, A New Wave, Fitter Happier Films, 2005.

Also appeared in By the Rivers of Babylon, produced by Wolf Films/Crescendo Productions/Logo Productions.

Television Appearances; Series:

Assaulted Nuts, Cinemax, 1985.

(As Bill Sadler) Lieutenant Charlie Fontana, Private Eye, NBC, 1987–88.

Gideon Oliver, 1989.

Sheriff Jim Valenti, Roswell (also known as Roswell High), The WB, beginning 1999.

Dr. Darrin Tyler, Wonderfalls, Fox, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Dieter Schmidt, The Great Wallendas, NBC, 1978.

Joey, Charlie and the Great Balloon Race (also known as Charlie's Balloon), NBC, 1981.

Lieutenant Charles "Charlie" Fontana, Private Eye, NBC, 1987.

(As Bill Sadler) Coach Dickey, Unconquered (also known as Invictus), CBS, 1989.

Anthony Prine, The Face of Fear, CBS, 1990.

Uri (some sources cite Yuri) Chelenkoff, Tagget (also known as Dragonfire), USA Network, 1991.

Treat, The Last to Go, ABC, 1991.

Detective Sam Grace, Bermuda Grace, NBC, 1993.

David Anatole, Jack Reed: Badge of Honor (also known as Jack Reed: An Honest Cop), NBC, 1993.

Sarge, Roadracers (also known as Rebel Highway), Showtime, 1994.

Jim Natter, Ambushed, HBO, 1998.

Peterson, Stealth Fighter, HBO, 1999.

Sharp, Witness Protection, HBO, 1999.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

The Neighborhood (also known as Breslin's Neighborhood), NBC, 1982.

(As Bill Sadler) Colonel Tom Sturdivant, Cadets (also known as Rotten to the Corps), ABC, 1988.

Mr. Rush, Two–Fisted Tales, Fox, 1992.

Dr. Linus, The Omen, NBC, 1995.

Ray "Spider" Look, Spider, The WB, 1996.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"Henry Winkler Meets William Shakespeare," The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People, CBS, 1977.

Die Harder: The Making of "Die Hard 2," 1990.

Eddy, "Night Driving," Showtime 30–Minute Movie, Showtime, 1993.

Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature, Channel 4 (England), 2001.

Voice of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams, PBS, 2001.

Also appeared in The Other Side of Victory and The Rocking Chair Rebellion.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Guest, "Lady & the Tramps," Newhart, CBS, 1983.

(As Bill Sadler) Rick Dillon/Kevin Moore, "Shades of Darkness," The Equalizer, CBS, 1986.

Major Rigby, "Dislocations," Tour of Duty, 1987.

Richie Epson, "Blind Spot: Parts 1 & 2," In the Heat of the Night, NBC, 1988.

(As Bill Sadler) Ben, "The Younger Girl," Dear John, NBC, 1988.

(As Bill Sadler) "The Abby Singer Show," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1988.

(As Bill Sadler) Colonel Fitzpatrick, "Off the Job Experience," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1989.

(As Bill Sadler) Dwight Hooper, "Dan's Birthday Bash," Roseanne, ABC, 1989.

(As Bill Sadler) Dwight Hooper, "Saturday," Roseanne, ABC, 1989.

(As Bill Sadler) Larry (some sources cite Lanny) Harbin, "Look Homeward, Dirtbag," Hooperman, ABC, 1989.

(As Bill Sadler) Niles Talbot, "The Man Who Was Death," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1989.

Officer Rollman, "The Way Home," Hard Time on Planet Earth, 1989.

The grim reaper, "The Assassin," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1994.

Frank Hellner, "Valerie 23," The Outer Limits, Showtime, 1995.

Shamus Bloom, "The Fifth Sepulcher" (premiere episode), Poltergeist: The Legacy, Showtime, 1996.

Luther Sloan, "Inquisition," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, syndicated, 1998.

Luther Sloan, "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, syndicated, 1998.

Luther Sloan, "Extreme Measures," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, syndicated, 1999.

Lee Leetch, "The Case," Ed, NBC, 2003.

Kyle Devlin, "Graansha," Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NBC, 2003.

Saul Wainright, "Retrial," JAG, CBS, 2004.

Scotty Murray, "Forever Blue," Third Watch, NBC, 2005.

Travis Duffy, "Enough," Tru Calling, Fox, 2005.

Paul Rice, "Blue Wall," Law & Order: Trial by Jury, NBC, 2005.

Also appeared in an episode of After M*A*S*H, CBS; and Project Greenlight.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Four Aliens and a Baby," Roswell (also known as Roswell High), UPN, 2002.

Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Title role, Hamlet, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, 1973.

(Off–Broadway debut) Title role, Ivanov, City Playworks, 1975.

Ensemble, Henry V, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Ensemble, Measure for Measure, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, 1976.

Ramblings, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Cracks, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1977.

Dial M for Murder, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1978.

Journey's End, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1978.

Editor, bellboy, janitor, body guard, Harry the Horse, priest, sound man, and pirate, New Jerusalem, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1979.

Jimmy, A History of the American Film, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1979.

Time Steps, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1980.

Ladies in Retirement, Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Palm Beach, FL, 1981.

Len Jenkins, Limbo Tales, off–Broadway production, 1981.

Jeweler, Dark Ride, Soho Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Betty and Gerry, Cloud 9, Theatre De Lys (now Lucille Lortel Theatre), New York City, 1981.

Hector, The Chinese Viewing Pavilion, Production Company, Actors and Directors Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Jasper, boyfriend of Ginger, and friend of Burt, Necessary Ends, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1982.

Pete Shotton, Alan Williams, Victor Spinetti, Arthur Janov, and Andy Peebles, Lennon, Entermedia Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Night Must Fall, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, 1982.

Much Ado about Nothing, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1982.

Sergeant Merwin J. Toomey, Biloxi Blues, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1984, then (Broadway debut) Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1985–86.

U.S. Army investigator, Burning Blue, 1998.

Sheet, O'Casey, and judge, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, National Actors Theatre, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University, New York City, 2002.

Samuel Clemens, A Few Stout Individuals, Signature Theatre Company, Peter Norton Space, New York City, 2002.

Title role, Julius Caesar, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Appeared as Charley, Charley's Aunt, Academy Festival Theatre; in Hannah, off–Broadway production; as Bill Sprightly, A Mad World, My Masters, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA; and in The Relations of Paul Le June, Street Theatre, Boston, MA.

Major Tours:

Toured as Hamm, Endgame, Florida Studio Theatre.



Walking the Mile (also known as Walking the Mile: The Making of "The Green Mile"), Warner Home Video, 2000.

Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at "The Shawshank Redemption," Warner Home Video, 2004.


Songs Featured in Films:

Additional lyrics, "The Reaper Rap," Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (also known as Bill and Ted Go to Hell), Orion, 1991.



TV Zone, June, 2000, pp. 32–36.


William Sadler Official Site,, July 22, 2005.