Brad Dourif

Biography: 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.

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's Scores

Average career score: 52
Highest Metascore: 88 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lowest Metascore: 11 Fading of the Cries
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
17 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
11 Fading of the Cries Jul 8, 2011 Mathias tbd
41 Priest May 13, 2011 Salesman 5.1
tbd Chain Letter Oct 1, 2010 Mr. Smirker / Mr. Smirker 5.0
52 Touching Home May 14, 2010 Clyde Winston 7.0
59 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Dec 11, 2009 Uncle Ted 5.8
69 The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans Nov 20, 2009 Ned Schoenholtz 6.8
54 Humboldt County Sep 26, 2008 Jack 8.1
65 The Wild Blue Yonder Oct 27, 2006 The Alien 7.2
46 Seed of Chucky Nov 12, 2004 Chucky 4.9
tbd Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate Oct 8, 2004 Himself 8.7
tbd Vlad Sep 10, 2004 Radescu 9.0
88 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Dec 18, 2002 Grima Wormtongue 9.0
26 Shadow Hours Jul 14, 2000 Roland Montague 8.3
40 Nightwatch Apr 17, 1998 Duty Doctor 6.4
36 Senseless Feb 20, 1998 Dr. Wheedon 6.7
63 Alien: Resurrection Nov 26, 1997 Dr. Jonathan Gediman 5.7
65 Mississippi Burning Jan 27, 1989 Deputy Clinton Pell 8.5
75 Blue Velvet Sep 19, 1986 Raymond 8.0
57 Ragtime Nov 20, 1981 Younger Brother 8.5
tbd Death and Cremation Nov 30, -0001 Stan 4.0