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William Sanderson (born January 10, 1944) is an American actor who portrayed E.B. Farnum on HBO's Deadwood and later reprised his role in Deadwood: The Movie.

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.[1]

Sanderson appeared as one of the mechanics and regulars of the diner in The Rocketeer, who defies Nazi agents looking for the top secret rocket pack. He also portrayed a character named Deuce in an episode of Babylon 5 and later reprised the role in Babylon 5: Thirdspace. Sanderson voiced Dr. Karl Rossum in Batman: The Animated Series. Sanderson starred in Fight for Your Life, which has a strict ban in the United Kingdom.[2]

As a guest, he made appearances in television shows, and his credits include The Pretender, The X-Files, Knight Rider, Married... with Children, Babylon 5, ER, Coach, and Walker, Texas Ranger. He plays a key role in an audio dramatization of Ursula K. Le Guin's Vaster than Empires and More Slow in NPR's 2000X series. In 2001, Sanderson played the courageous bartender Dewey in the TNT film Crossfire Trail.[2]

Sanderson played Larry in Newhart from 1982 to 1990, famous for the catchphrase, "Hi. I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl. This is my other brother Darryl."[2]

He returned to television playing E.B. Farnum in the HBO television series Deadwood from 2004 to 2006, later reprising the role in its film continuation. In 2008, Sanderson joined the cast of True Blood, playing Sheriff Bud Dearborne. He played Oldham, the resident interrogation expert of the DHARMA Initiative in an episode of the fifth season of the ABC series Lost.[2]

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Films[]

  • The Other Side of Victory (TV Movie, 1976)
  • Proof of the Man as Gun Dealer (1977)
  • Fight for Your Life as Jessie Lee Kane (1977)
  • Blue Nude as Guy in Next Cell (1978)
  • The Onion Field as Young Con (1979)
  • Savage Weekend as Otis (1979)
  • Coal Miner's Daughter as Lee Dollarhide (1980)
  • Seed of Innocence as Randy Webb (1980)
  • Scared Straight! Another Story as Harlan (TV Movie, 1980)
  • Death Hunt as Ned Warren (1981)
  • Raggedy Man as Calvin (1981)
  • Blade Runner as J.F. Sebastian (1982)
  • The Executioner's Song as Gibbs (TV Movie, 1982)
  • The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez as Cowboy (1982)
  • Who Will Love My Children? as Cleve Shelby (TV Movie, 1983)
  • Lone Wolf McQuade as Snow (1983)
  • Nightmares as Gas Station Attendant (1983)
  • Women of San Quentin as Countee (TV Movie, 1983)
  • Imps* as Carl (1983)
  • City Heat as Lonnie Ash (1984)
  • Fletch as Swarthout (1985)
  • Streets of Justice as Weasel (TV Movie, 1985)
  • The Defiant Ones as Mason (TV Movie, 1986)
  • Black Moon Rising as Tyke Thayden (1986)
  • Dalton: Code of Vengeance II as Bobby Fuller (TV Movie, 1986)
  • The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains as Trump (TV Movie, 1987)
  • Dead Aim as Brennan (1987)
  • Last Man Standing as Casper (1988)
  • Thunderground as Ratman (1989)
  • Deadly Weapon as Reverend Smith (1989)
  • Mirror Mirror as Mr. Veze (1990)
  • The Giant of Thunder Mountain as Percey Crow (1990)
  • Sometimes They Come Back as Mueller (TV Movie, 1991)
  • The Rocketeer as Skeets (1991)
  • Skeeter as Gordon Perry (1993)
  • Man's Best Friend as Ray (1993)
  • Mirror Mirror 2: Raven Dance as Roger (1994)
  • The Client as Wally Boxx (1994)
  • Wagons East as Zeke (1994)
  • Siringo as Tully (TV Movie, 1995)
  • Phoenix as Miro (1995)
  • Last Man Standing as Joe Monday (1996)
  • Forest Warrior as Paul Carpio (1996)
  • The Utilizer as Leek (1996)
  • Critics and Other Freaks as Chef Bernie (1997)
  • Babylon 5: Thirdspace as Deuce (TV Movie, 1998)
  • Nice Guys Sleep Alone as Rufus (1999)
  • Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story as Helicopter Pilot (TV Movie, 2000)
  • Stanley's Gig as Stanley Myer (2000)
  • Stageghost as Jack Butler (2000)
  • Crossfire Trail as Dewey (TV Movie, 2001)
  • Dying on the Edge as Tommy (2001)
  • Monkey Love as Bradley Chalmers (2002)
  • Never Get Outta the Boat as Clarence (2002)
  • Monte Walsh as Skimpy Eagens (TV Movie, 2003)
  • Gods and Generals as Gen. A. P. Hill (2003)
  • The Low Budget Time Machine as The Prospector (2003)
  • Promised Land as Clark (2004)
  • Cyber Wars as Riley (2004)
  • Wit's End as Jedediah Cross (2005)
  • Disappearances as Rat Kinneson (2006)
  • Beyond the Wall of Sleep as Joe Slaader (2006)
  • The Treasure of Painted Forest as Paul (2006)
  • Pretty Ugly People as Sam (2008)
  • A Merry Friggin' Christmas as Father Jugo (2014)
  • The Griddle House as Gus (2018)
  • Deadwood: The Movie as E.B. Farnum (TV Movie, 2019)

TV Series[]

  • Starsky and Hutch as Weirdo (1979)
  • The Dukes of Hazzard as Collins (1980)
  • Walking Tall as Stacy (1981)
  • Palmerstown, U.S.A. as Henry Redmond / Merwin Noon (1980-1981)
  • Quincy M.E. as Willie McCracken (1982)
  • Bret Maverick as Kenneth Broomick (1982)
  • American Playhouse as Cowboy (1982)
  • Knight Rider as The Rev (1982)
  • Newhart as Larry (1982-1990)
  • It Takes Two as Earl (1983)
  • The Twilight Zone as Norman Blane (1988)
  • Lonesome Dove as Lippy Jones (1989)
  • Married... with Children as Cousin Eb (1991)
  • Dangerous Curves as Bobby Havens (1992)
  • Mann & Machine as Dr. William Unzer (1992)
  • The Young Riders as Emmett Barnett (1992)
  • Batman: The Animated Series as Dr. Karl Rossum (voice) (1992, 1994)
  • Sirens as Male Store Owner (1993)
  • Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times as Alfred (1993)
  • Return to Lonesome Dove as Lippy Jones (1993)
  • Matlock as Mickey Sanders (1994)
  • Babylon 5 as Deuce (1994)
  • The X-Files as Edward Funsch (1994)
  • The Marshal as Philbrick (1995)
  • Santo Bugito as Clem (1995)
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters as Melvin / Janitor / Otis (voice) (1995, 1997)
  • Andersonville as Munn (1996)
  • The Pretender as Roy Abbot (1996)
  • ER as Mr. Percy (1996)
  • Jumanji] as Professor J.S. Ibsen / Fake Brantford Observatory Professor (voice) (1996-1999)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger as Mayor / Will Stanton (1996, 2001)
  • Bruno the Kid (voice) (1997)
  • Coach as Larry / Jesse (1997)
  • George Wallace as T.Y. Odum (1997)
  • Cow and Chicken as Cowboy (voice) (1997)
  • George & Leo (1997)
  • The Practice as Mr. Simmons (1998)
  • Maximum Bob as Dicky Crowe (1998)
  • The Angry Beavers as Ditto Otto / Clerk (voice) (1998)
  • L.A. Heat as The Monk (1999)
  • Resurrection Blvd. as Clancy The Illegal Gun Dealer (2000)
  • Dharma & Greg as Mike (2002)
  • Without a Trace as Wally Sykes (2003)
  • Monk as Joshua Skinner (2004)
  • Deadwood as E.B. Farnum (2004-2006)
  • Life as Holt Easley (2007)
  • True Blood as Sheriff Bud Dearborne (2008-2012)
  • Lost as Oldham (2009)
  • Trauma as Captain Edward Smith (2009)
  • Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as Jim (2010)
  • Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior as Leonard Keane (2011)
  • Mike & Molly as Dennis (2011)
  • Bar Karma as James (2011)
  • Bones as Norbert Mobley (2012)
  • Bravest Warriors as Alien Perkalus (2013)
  • American Gods as The Bookkeeper (2019)

Video Games[]

  • Blade Runner as J.F. Sebastian (voice) (1997)

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