Dourif, Brad

Brad Dourif plays Grima Wormtongue, King Theoden's untrustworthy counselor.
Comments About Character:
He was probably someone who - or I made him out to be someone who - was picked on when he was young. Smart, able to figure out what people were going to do before they did it, thus avoiding trouble. It became for him a real skill that he could then bring to Theoden, because that's what a king needs to know, what people are apt to do, and to give really good advice about politics, which is a battle of egos. He was brilliant at that. He's a part of his [Theoden's] family, but he's not. He can never belong. He can never have what he really needs. Saruman picks up on it and corrupts him. --Chud, 12/15/02
Biographical Info:

Bradford Claude Dourif, a man best known for his weird, eccentric roles, was born March 18, 1850 in Huntington, West Virginia. His father, owner of a dye factory, died when Brad was only 3. His mother remarried Bill Campbell and together they raised Brad and his 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Later, when Brad was in his teens, he was able to go after his interests of art and acting when he attended Aiken Preparatory School in Aiken, South Carolina for a couple of years. He eventually made up his mind to wholly pursue acting after toying with the idea of becoming an artist.

Brad started his career in school productions eventually moving up to community theater and ending up in the Huntington Community Players, while attending Marshall University of Huntington At 19 he decided to leave all he knew behind and head off to New York City, quitting his community college. While in NYC he was able to find a job with the Circle Repertory Company where he stayed on for 3 years under the coaching of Sanford Meisner. Brad appeared in quite a few plays during the early 1970’s including ‘When You Comin’ Back, Red Rider?’, where he was spotted by director Milos Forman who decided to cast him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).

Even though this film earned Brad national and international recognition, it was not his debut film as so many people note it to be. Yet, it would still be right to say that his portrayal of Billy Bibbit was his big break by far. That role earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Not wanting the instant fame, Brad returned to NYC to teach acting and directing at Columbia University until 1988. He then made a final move to California.

Brad was unable to avert typecasting after his role in Cuckoo’s Nest. It has often landed him roles as strange, demented characters which he was able to pull off fantastically because of the passion he shows for the roles. Also notably, he has been in many horror films because of this, perhaps most famously as the voice of Chucky in Child’s Play (1988) and its sequels. Brad has also had a number of television appearances in shows including The X-Files, Babylon 5, and Star Trek Voyager.

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The Beautiful Outsiders (2008) (pre-production) .... Mike Davies
Chain Letter (2008) (filming) .... Mr. Smirker
Blood Shot (2009) (post-production) .... Bob
Lock and Roll Forever (2008) (post-production) .... Zee
Born of Earth (2008) (completed) .... Mayor
Touching Home (2008) .... Clyde Winston
Humboldt County (2008) .... Jack
"Law & Order" .... Dr. David Lingard (1 episode, 2008)
Halloween (2007) .... Sheriff Lee Brackett
The Wizard of Gore (2007) .... Dr. Chong
Sinner (2007) .... Caddie
"Deadwood" .... Doc Cochran (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
Pulse (2006) .... Thin Bookish Guy
The List (2006) .... Johan Gabini
Gun (2005) (VG) (voice) .... Reverend Josiah Reed
The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) .... The Alien
Drop Dead Sexy (2005) .... Herman
The Great War of Magellan (2005)

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