William Sadler

William Sadler


4/13/1950, Buffalo, New York

Birth Name

William Thomas Sadler Jr.



Also Known As

Bill Sadler
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William began his acting career in New York theaters, appearing in more then 75 productions in just 12 years. His final role was Sgt. Toomey in the Tony winning show Biloxi Blues. He is best remembered for his roles in Die Hard 2 and The Shawshank Redemption. He…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • William is 5' 8" (1.73 m) in height.

    • William portrayed 'David Drayton' in the audio-book version of The Mist.

    • Award Nominations:
      1993 - Saturn Award "Best Supporting Actor" for Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    • In 2005, William played the lead role of Julius Caesar on Broadway with actor Denzel Washington playing Brutus.

    • William is a graduate of Cornell University with a masters degree in fine arts. His father told him to get a degree so that he'd have something to fall back on if acting didn't work out. He spent two years studying there.

    • In 1981 William won the Obie and Villager Awards for his role in the off-off-Broadway play Limbo Tales.

    • William starred in the original Broadway and Los Angeles cast of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues as Sergeant Toomey. The role won him a Dramalogue award, Clarence Dewert Award, and Drama Desk nomination.

    • William helped his Roswell co-star Nick Wechsler learn how to play guitar. In addition to guitar, William knows how to play the ukelele and the mandolin.

    • William proudly features a section on his official website devoted solely to fan fiction.

    • William won one of the top prizes in his high school variety show performing a monologue. It was entitled "Banjo Bill Sadler".

    • William's parents are named William and Jane Sadler.

    • William graduated from Orchard Park High School in 1967.

    • William has been married to Marni Joan Bakst since 1977. They have one child together.

  • Quotes

    • William: (on playing Hamlet at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival) It was heaven. Playing one of the greatest roles ever written and getting paid for it was a fabulous revelation. I had a wonderful time.

    • William: (on getting a college degree) My father insisted that I get my teaching certification. Something to fall back on. Not a bad idea given the odds against ever making a living as an actor.

    • William: (on playing the guitar) I was never a great player but I loved to perform. I listened to folks like Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Woody Guthrie and tried to sound like them. I'm sure I wasn't very good but what I lacked in musical chops, I made up for in volume and enthusiasm!

    • William: (Joking about 'The Shawshank Redemption') Nobody knows what a shawshank is, and redemption sounds religious, so who's going to go see that?

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    Great style and great actor. I love all of his work, he has appeared in two of my favorite films. The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, and both of them were great movies. I love his style and I love his way of acting, he is really special and I certainly think he is one of the best actors around.
  • William Sadler is fantastic! I loved him in both Roswell and Star Trek. Wish he'd be on the tube more often!

    Loved William as Sheriff Valenti in Roswell. He's a really talented actor. Some of his scenes brought me to tears! I can't wait to get Roswell season three on DVD next month. I also really enjoyed Sadler's Star Trek character Sloane... he was so dark! Come back to TV soon Will! We miss you!