Bradford Claude "Brad" Dourif (pronounced /ˈdɔrɨf/; born March 18, 1950) is an American film and television actor who gained early fame for his portrayal of Billy Bibbitt in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and has since appeared in a number of memorable roles, including the voice of Chucky in the Child's Play franchise, Younger Brother in Ragtime, Gríma Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings, the Betazoid Lon Suder in the TV series Star Trek: Voyager, and Doc Cochran in the HBO television series Deadwood.

Early life

Dourif was born in Huntington, West Virginia. His father, Jean Dourif, was an art collector and owned and operated a dye factory. After Dourif's father died in 1953, his actress mother, Joan (née Bradford),[1] remarried champion golfer William C. Campbell, who helped raise Dourif and his five siblings (four sisters and one brother). From 1963 to 1965, Dourif attended the private Aiken Preparatory School in Aiken, South Carolina. There he pursued his interests in art and acting. Although he briefly considered becoming an artist, he was eventually inspired to become an actor by his mother's participation as an actress in a community theater. After Aiken Prep, he attended another private school, Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduating in 1969. He attended Marshall University for a time, before quitting college and moving to New York City to study acting, on the advice of Conchata Ferrell.[2]

Early career

Starting in school productions, he progressed to community theater, joining up with the Huntington Community Players, while attending Marshall. In New York, he worked with the Circle Repertory Company. During the early 1970s, Dourif appeared in a number of plays, off-Broadway and at Woodstock, New York, including The Ghost Sonata, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, and When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, in which he was spotted by director Miloš Forman[2] who cast him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

Although this film is frequently cited as his film debut, in fact, Dourif made his first big-screen appearance with a bit part in W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975). Nevertheless, his portrayal of the vulnerable Billy Bibbit in Cuckoo's Nest was his big break, earning him a Golden Globe (Best Actor Debut) and a British Academy Award (Supporting Actor); he was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[2] Skeptical of his instant stardom, Dourif returned to New York, where he continued in theater and taught acting and directing classes at Columbia University until 1988, when he moved to Hollywood.

In 1981, Vincent Canby listed Dourif as one of twelve actors to watch, calling Dourif "one of the most intense, most interesting young film actors of his generation".[3]

Film and television

Despite his attempts to avoid typecasting, he frequently plays eccentric or disturbed characters, starting in Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), John Huston's Wise Blood (1979), Forman's Ragtime (1981) and Marc Didden's Istanbul. Dourif then teamed up with director David Lynch for Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986). He also appears in the 1984 music video for Toto's single Stranger in Town.

He has appeared in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of the evil killer doll Chucky in Child's Play (1988) and its sequels, as well as in Exorcist III as the Gemini Killer (1990). Dourif broke from the horror genre with roles in Fatal Beauty (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), Hidden Agenda (1990), and London Kills Me (1991). He also played Gríma Wormtongue in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

On television, Dourif appeared in The X-Files episode "Beyond the Sea" as Luther Lee Boggs. He also played Lon Suder, a murderous psychopath who eventually redeems himself, in a three-episode story arc on Star Trek: Voyager, and has guest-appeared in shows such as Babylon 5. In 1984, he played a suspected serial killer in the episode "Number Eight" of the British TV series Tales of the Unexpected.

He is a fan of video games and appeared as Saavedro in Myst III: Exile (2001), the third game in the popular Myst franchise, and as the sadistic preacher Reed in GUN (2005).

Dourif was cast as The Scarecrow in Batman Forever, while Tim Burton was attached to the project. However, Joel Schumacher eventually took over the project, and instead cast Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face and Jim Carrey as The Riddler.

Dourif played Doc Cochran in the HBO series Deadwood, receiving a 2004 Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series." He voiced Chucky in the fifth Child's Play film, Seed of Chucky, appeared in the film Sinner, and played Sheriff Brackett in 2007 in Rob Zombie's version of Halloween and its sequel in 2009, Halloween II.

Personal life

Dourif was formerly married to businesswoman and claimed remote viewer Joni Dourif, with whom he has two daughters, Kristina and Fiona. He lives in Manhattan and plays the didgeridoo, an Australian Aboriginal musical instrument[citation needed].

Dourif is the uncle of Nat Friedman.[4]



Year Film Role Notes
1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings uncredited
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Billy Bibbit Golden Globe for Best New Star of the Year

BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor

Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

1976 The Mound Builders Chad Jasker (made for television)
1977 Group Portrait with Lady Boris Koltowski
The Gardener's Son Robert McEvoy (made for television)
1978 Eyes of Laura Mars Tommy Ludlow
Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich (made for television)
1979 Studs Lonigan Danny O'Neill (made for Television)
Wise Blood Hazel Motes
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones David Langtree (made for television)
Heaven's Gate Mr. Eggleston
1981 Ragtime Younger Brother
1982 Desire, the Vampire Paul (made for television)
1984 Dune The Mentat Piter De Vries
1985 Istanbul Klamski (Belgian movie)
1986 Blue Velvet Raymond
Rage of Angels Seymour Bourne (made for television)
Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo Lamar Sands (made for television)
Impure Thoughts Kevin Harrington
1987 Fatal Beauty Leo Nova
1988 Child's Play Charles Lee Ray (Chucky) (character and voice of Chucky)
Mississippi Burning Deputy Clinton Pell
1989 Desperado: The Outlaw Wars Camillus Fly (made for television)
Sonny Boy Weasel
Terror on Highway 91 Keith Evans (made for television)
1990 Child's Play 2 Chucky (voice only)
Spontaneous Combustion Sam
Horseplayer Bud Cowan
Graveyard Shift Tucker Cleveland
The Exorcist III James Venamun
Hidden Agenda Paul Sullivan
Chaindance Johnny Reynolds
Grim Prairie Tales Farley
1991 Murder Blues John Barnes a.k.a. Dead Certain
Child's Play 3 Chucky (voice only)
Jungle Fever Leslie
Body Parts Remo Lacey
Scream of Stone Fingerless
London Kills Me Hemingway the Restaurant Manager
1992 Final Judgement Father Tyrone
Critters 4 Al Bert
1993 Wild Palms Chickie Levitt television miniseries
Trauma Dr. Lloyd
Amos & Andrew Officer Donnie Donaldson
1994 Color of Night Clark
A Worn Path Hunter (Made for Television)
1995 Death Machine Dante
Murder in the First Byron Stamphill
Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story Sheriff Bill Douglass (Made for Television)
Escape to Witch Mountain Luther/Bruno (Made for Television)
Phoenix Reiger
1996 Blackout Thomas Payne (Made for Television)
If Looks Could Kill M. Eugene 'Gene' Hanson (Made for Television)
Sworn to Justice Teddy
A Step Toward Tomorrow Kirby
1997 Jamaica Beat Tom Peterson
Nightwatch Duty Doctor
Best Men The Vet
Alien Resurrection Dr. Gediman
1998 Brown's Requiem Edwards
Senseless Dr. Wheedon
Progeny Dr. Bert Clavell
Urban Legend Michael McDonnell, gas station attendant (uncredited)
Bride of Chucky Chucky (voice only)
1999 The Diary of the Hurdy-Gurdy Man Gabriel
Cypress Edge Colin McCammon
Interceptors David M. Webber
Silicon Towers Alton
2000 Shadow Hours Roland Montague
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent Zealot
2001 The Ghost Lt. Garland a.k.a. Code of the Dragon
Soulkeeper Mr. Pascal
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gríma Wormtongue
2003 The Box Stan
Vlad Radescu
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Gríma Wormtongue (extended version only)
2004 Seed of Chucky Chucky (voice only)
The Devil's Due at Midnight The Dark One
The Hazing Professor Kapps
El Padrino Cyrus
2005 Drop Dead Sexy Herman
The Wild Blue Yonder The Alien
Man of Faith B. B. Gallen
2006 Pulse Thin Bookish Guy
2007 Sinner Caddie
The List Johan Gabini
The Wizard of Gore Dr. Chong
Halloween Sheriff Lee Brackett
2008 Humboldt County Jack
Touching Home Clyde Winston
2009 Born of Earth Mayor
Lock and Roll Forever Zee
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Ned Schoenholtz
Halloween II Sheriff Lee Brackett
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Uncle Ted
2010 Chain Letter Mr. Smirker
Blood Shot Bob
Fading of the Cries Mathias
Priest Salesman
Child's Play (2010 film) Chucky (voice only) pre - production

Video games


  1. Brad Dourif Biography (1950-)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Roberts, Jerry (1990-10-26). "CRAZED - With two Hollywood films opening today and seven more in the can, brad Dourif may just be Hollywood's busiest actor". Daily Breeze. p. E3. 
  3. Canby, Vincent (1981-01-18). "Film View - Speculating on Talent: 12 Actors to Watch in 1981". New York Times. p. D19. 

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