William Sanderson

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Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Birth Date: January 10, 1944
Occupation: Actor

William Sanderson Biography

Prolific and versatile character actor William Sanderson was born on January 10, 1944, in Memphis, Tennessee. His mother was an elementary school teacher and his father was a landscape designer. William served two years in the US Army. Following his military service he attended Southern Methodist University. He earned both a BBA degree and a JD law degree from Memphis State University. William went to New York to try his luck as an actor. He studied his craft with Herbert Berghof and William Hickey.Sanderson began his acting career in off-Broadway stage productions and appeared in several independent pictures. He gave a superbly lively and intense performance as vicious racist and escaped convict Jessie Lee Kane in the brutal exploitation feature Fight for Your Life (1977). William was likewise marvelous as gentle toymaker J.F. Sebastian in the fantastic science-fiction cult favorite Blade Runner (1982). He has played his fair share of loathsome bad guys (he refers to these particular characters as "prairie scum"), such as nasty lout Calvin in Raggedy Man (1981), lowlife hick Lee Dollarhide in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) and weaselly criminal Snow in Lone Wolf McQuade (1983). Not surprisingly, considering his distinctive Southern drawl, he has also appeared in such westerns as the comedy Wagons East (1994), Crossfire Trail (2001) (TV), Monte Walsh (2003) (TV), Andersonville (1996) (TV), Gods and Generals (2003) and the acclaimed TV mini-series "Lonesome Dove" (1989) (one of several projects in which Sanderson has acted alongside Tommy Lee Jones). Sanderson gave a lovely and touching portrayal in a rare lead role as emotionally dysfunctional recovering alcoholic ukulele minstrel Stanley Myer in the poignant indie drama Stanley's Gig (2000). He achieved his greatest popularity, however, as flaky backwoodsman Larry on the hit sitcom "Newhart" (1982) on which he uttered the memorable catchphrase, "I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl." More recently Sanderson had a terrific role as conniving hotel proprietor E.B. Farnum on the sensationally gritty cable western TV series "Deadwood" (2004). Among the TV shows William has done guest spots on are "The Practice" (1997), "The Pretender" (2005), "ER" (1994), "The X-Files" (1993), "Walker, Texas Ranger" (1993), "Sirens" (1993), "Matlock" (1986), "Babylon 5" (1994), "Married with Children" (1987), "The Twilight Zone" (1985), "Knight Rider" (1982), "Coach" (1989), "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979) and "Starsky and Hutch" (1975).He has also done voices for numerous cartoon characters, radio commercials and books on tape. Outside of his substantial film and TV credits, William has acted on stage in productions of such plays as "The Taming of the Shrew," "When Ya Comin' Back, Red Ryder?," "Insect Comedy," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Dutchman," "Fishing," "Authentic Life of Billy the Kid," "Tobacco Road," and "Scotch Rocks." William Sanderson lives in Burbank, California, with his wife Sharon Wix.

William Sanderson Movies / TV-Shows

American Gods (2017)
A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)
Bravest Warriors (2012)
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011)
Mike & Molly (2010)
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)
Trauma (2009)
Starz Inside: The Face Is Familiar (2009)
Pretty Ugly People (2008)
True Blood (2008)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007)
Life (2007)
Disappearances (2006)
Bones (2005)
Deadwood (2004)
Cyber Wars (2004)
Lost (2004)
Monte Walsh (2003)
The Low Budget Time Machine (2003)
Gods and Generals (2003)
Never Get Outta the Boat (2002)
Monk (2002)
Without a Trace (2002)
Crossfire Trail (2001)
On the Edge of 'Blade Runner' (2000)
Babylon 5: Thirdspace (1998)
Dharma & Greg (1997)
The Practice (1997)
The Angry Beavers (1997)
George Wallace (1997)
The Pretender (1996)
Andersonville (1996)
Forest Warrior (1996)
Last Man Standing (1996)
Cow and Chicken (1995)
Hologram Man (1995)
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994)
The Client (1994)
Wagons East (1994)
ER (1994)
Mirror Mirror 2: Raven Dance (1994)
Babylon 5 (1993)
Man's Best Friend (1993)
The X-Files (1993)
Skeeter (1993)
Walker, Texas Ranger (1993)
Return to Lonesome Dove (1993)
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
The Rocketeer (1991)
Sometimes They Come Back (1991)
Mirror Mirror (1990)
Deadly Weapon (1989)
The Young Riders (1989)
Lonesome Dove (1989)
Coach (1989)
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987)
Biography (1987)
Dead Aim (1987)
Married... with Children (1987)
Matlock (1986)
Black Moon Rising (1986)
Fletch (1985)
Streets of Justice (1985)
The Twilight Zone (1985)
City Heat (1984)
Women of San Quentin (1983)
Imps* (1983)
Nightmares (1983)
Who Will Love My Children? (1983)
Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
The Executioner's Song (1982)
Knight Rider (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
Bret Maverick (1981)
Raggedy Man (1981)
Death Hunt (1981)
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Savage Weekend (1979)
The Onion Field (1979)
Fight for Your Life (1977)
Starsky and Hutch (1975)

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