Mostly Credited As: Brad Dourif
Birth Name: Bradford Claude Dourif
Date Of Birth: March 18, 1950 (Age 66)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Huntington, West Virginia
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)
Bradford Claude Dourif was born on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. His father owned and operated a dye factory, and died when Brad was 3. His mother remarried champion golfer Bill Campbell, who helped raise Brad and his 5 siblings(3 sisters and 2 brothers) From 1963-1965, Brad attended Aiken Preparatory School in Aiken, South Carolina. There he pursued his interests in art and acting. Although he breifely considered becoming an artist, he eventually settled on the path to becoming an actor. This was inspired by his mother's participation as an actress in a community theater.Movie Credits
Starting in school productions, he progressed to community theater, joining up with the Huntington Community Players, while attending Marshall University of Huntington. At age 19, he quit his hometown college and headed to New York City, where he worked with the Circle Repertory Company. During the early 1970s, Brad 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 Rider?, in which he was spotted by director Milos Forman 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 Forman's film was undoubtedly his big break, earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut, a British Academy Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. 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.
Despite his attempts to avoid typecasting, his intensity destined him to play demented, deranged, or disturbed characters, starting in Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), John Huston's Wise Blood (1979), and Milos Forman's Ragtime (1981). Brad then teamed up with director David Lynch for Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986).
His high-strung style also served him well in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of the evil doll Chucky in Child's Play (1988) and its 5 sequels. Brad broke from the horror genre with roles in Fatal Beauty (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), Hidden Agenda (1990), and London Kills Me (1991).
Recent film work includes the role of Grima Wormtongue in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since his television debut in the PBS film The Mound Builders (1976), Brad has made sporadic appearances in a number of television series, such as The X-Files (1993), Babylon 5 (1994), Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Ponderosa (2001) (in the recurring role of Frenchy).
Brad currently co-stars in the HBO hit western/drama Deadwood, and received a Emmy nomination for his portrayal of the tormented alcoholic doctor, Amos "Doc" Cochran.
Brad Dourif: The great thing about being a villain, particularly in this culture, is that we love our villains, we’re really fascinated by evil. So, I mean, if you find all the evil inside you and you’re willing to express it, you can survive quite well in this business.
Brad Dourif: (on playing 'bad guys') We’re all villains -- everybody. Every nation walks on the bones of some other nation that got wiped out, and that’s why we’re here. We’re a pretty frightening, terrible beast, really. You spend your life as an actor, you have to use yourself, so I know pretty thoroughly by this time that I’m pretty much of a scoundrel anyway.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Billy Bibbit
Sergeant Matlovich Vs. the U.S. Air Force (1978) (TV) - Sgt. Leonard Matlovich
Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) - Tommy Ludlow
Gruppenbild mit Dame (1977) - Boris Koltowski
Desire, the Vampire (1982) (TV) - Paul
Ragtime (1981) - Younger Brother
Heaven's Gate (1980) - Mr. Eggleston
Istanbul (1985) - Martin Klamski
Dune (1984) - Piter De Vries
Blue Velvet (1986) - Raymond
Impure Thoughts (1986) - Kevin Harrington
Mississippi Burning (1988) - Deputy Clinton Pell
Child's Play (1988) - Charles Lee Ray
Hidden Agenda (1990) - Paul Sullivan
The Exorcist III (1990) - The Gemini Killer/James Venamun
Graveyard Shift (1990) - Tucker Cleveland/The Exterminator
Child's Play 2 (1990) (voice) - Chucky
Body Parts (1991) - Remo Lacey
Jungle Fever (1991) - Leslie
Critters 4 (1991) (V) - Al Bert
Child's Play 3 (1991) (voice) .... Chucky
Amos & Andrew (1993) - Officer Donnie Donaldson
Final Judgement (1992) - Father Tyrone
Phoenix (1995) - Reiger
Alien: Resurrection (1997) - Dr. Jonathan Gediman
Best Men (1997) - Lt. John G. Coleman
Fatal Beauty (1987) - Leo Nova
Bride of Chucky (1998) (voice) - Chucky
Cypress Edge (1999) - Colin McCammon
Vlad (2003) - Radescu
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - Grima Wormtongue
... and many more.
Trivia Brad was the voice of Reverend Josiah Reed in the video game Gun.
Brad is well known as the voice of Chucky the Killer Doll in Childs Play 1,2,3, Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky.
Brad has said that his favorite scene from LOTR was with Miranda Otto (Eowyn). Basically, the scene depicts that he can never have what he wants, and, therefore, he can never be fulfilled as a human being. It definitely shows Grima's weakness.
Brad's stepfather, Bill Campbell, was a champion golf player & served as president of the US Golf Association.
Brad's grandparents operated a colour factory in West Virginia.
Brad has four sisters, two older and two younger, and a a younger brother.
Brad is the uncle of Nat Friedman, a programmer who co-founded Ximian.
Brad taught acting and directing classes at Columbia University until 1988.
Brad almost became an artist, but decided to go into acting instead.
Brad is an avid science fiction fan.
Brad Dourif Quotes
Well, I've been cast as them...and I like to work, so I take those roles. You know, you try to be diverse, and try to have fun and round things out. (On if he prefers to play edgier twisted characters.)
I prefer film to the stage. I always like the rehearsal better than I like performing.
I am they type of person that once I make a decision, I must execute. Maybe I am a perfectionist in this way.