Brad Dourif

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Brad Dourif

Born

3/18/1950, Huntington, West Virginia, USA

Birth Name

Bradford Claude Dourif

Gender

Male
9.5
out of 10
User Rating
58 votes

Biography

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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,…more

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  • Trivia

    • Brad is of English and French ancestry.

    • Brad was born just sixteen days (in the same month of the same year) after late impresario Karen Carpenter, who was very active on 1970s television. While Dourif was starring in such films as *One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest*, she was performing with her brother Richard on various TV series: *American Bandstand*, *The Tonight Show*, *Late Night*, *The Late Show*, *The Late Late Show*, and the like.

    • He is 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. The killer doll also turned up in an episode of SNL that was hosted by Lucy Lawless.

    • Brad has said that his favorite scene from LOTR was with Miranda Otto (Eowyn). Basically, the scene depicts the concept 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 has 2 daughters. Christina Dourif: born c. 1976, Fiona Dourif: born c. 1981(both by former wife, Joni Dourif).

    • 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 reads a great deal of books on science, astronomy and physics.

    • Brad is an avid video gamer, and has a particular fondness for Sim games.

    • Brad frequently makes appearances at horror and science fiction conventions.

    • Brad appeared on the album Eating Jello With a Heated Fork by Deviants ixvi (playing his didgeridu).

    • Brad appeared on the album The Deathray Tapes by Mick Farren and Jack Lancaster (playing his didgeridoo).

    • Brad played the role of Saavedro in the video game Myst III: Exile.

    • Brad received an Oscar nomination in 1975 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    • Brad won the 1975 Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut for his role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    • Brad made five trips to New Zealand while the Lord of the Rings trilogy was being filmed. He had to shave his eyebrows off each time.

    • Brad has heard his own movie Dune (1984) described as "science fiction's answer to Heaven's Gate (1980) (which Dourif also starred in)," and he agrees totally with this summation.

    • Brad was considered for the role of the Riddler in Batman Forever (1995).

    • Brad appeared in the music video for Toto's "Stranger in Town".

    • Brad plays the Didgeridoo, an Australian musical instrument.

    • Brad has been married only once. It was to former manager Joni Dourif. They have two daughters together, but have divorced.

    • Brad is the father of actress Fiona Dourif.

    • Brad's part was cut from the theatrical version of Return of the King, but has been included in the extended DVD release.

    • Brad is approximately 5' 10" - 5' 11" tall.

  • Quotes

    • Brad Dourif: (on horror films) There is nothing wrong with horror films. Their existence has definitely had an impact on me. It is important to have scary demons in our world on film. We have them in the world. That is why we are afraid, it is nice to have a visual and to have a confrontation with it. And fear is something we need to exist.

    • 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.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Cool guy!

    10
    I hope Brad Dourif makes some more movies. Maybe even a TV show. He's just so hilarious.
  • An enormous talent.

    10
    A gigantic talent. He is amazing. I love this guy, he steals the show in whatever hes in. His motion picture debut in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" was excellent that movie is a classic. His voice as the killer doll Chucky in the "Child's Play" movies was maniacally funny. But his best role to date was serial killer Luther Lee Boggs in the episode "Beyond The Sea" of the "X-Files" His exaggerated facial expressions are at their best in that, you truly believe he is one crazy guy.



    He is very underrated, he deserves allot more recognition for his outstanding acting.moreless
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