Brad Dourif Biography
Brad Dourif is an American actor. He was nominated for an Oscar, as well as winning a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for his supporting role as Billy Bibbit in the critically acclaimed film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Brad Dourif Age
He was born on 18 March 1950, Huntington, West Virginia, United States. He is 69 years old as of 2019.
Brad Dourif Wife
Brad Dourif married Janet Stephanie in 1980. Dourif has been married twice. He has one daughter with his first wife Janet, and another daughter, actress Fiona Dourif, with his second wife Joni.Brad Dourif Photo
Brad Dourif Daughter
Brad Dourif two daughters, Fiona Dourif [ is an American actress and producer. She is known for her role as Bart Curlish in BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and as the young Diane Jones in Dustin Lance Black’s When We Rise. She has appeared in Showtime’s Shameless and in a recurring role on NBC’s The Blacklist.
She played Nica Pierce in the 2013 horror film Curse of Chucky and its 2017 follow-up Cult of Chucky, which are part of the Child’s Play franchise. In 2018, she was cast as Good Leader Tavis in the USA Network series The Purge. The other daughter is Kristina Dourif Tanoue.
Brad Dourif Education
Brad Dourif appeared as an amateur at the Fountain Valley Film Festival in 1969, taking second place in the 8 mm film category with his 10-minute entry “Blind Date.”Dourif attended Marshall University for a time, before quitting college and moving to New York City to study acting on the advice of actress Conchata Ferrell.
Brad Dourif Career
Starting in school productions, progressed to community theater, joining up with the Huntington Community Players while attending Marshall University. In New York City, he studied with Sanford Meisner and worked with Marshall Mason and Lanford Wilson at the Circle Repertory Company.
During the early 1970s, Brad Dourif 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 Ryder?, in which he was spotted by director Miloš Forman who cast him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).In 2013, after a three-decade absence from the stage, he chose to star alongside Amanda Plummer in the Off-Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play that played to critical acclaim at the New World Stages.
Brad Dourif explained, in a filmed interview released by the producers, why he broke his 29-year hiatus from acting in a live theater: “I hated the stage, did not want to do it. And then somebody said, ‘Will you do a play? It’s with Amanda Plummer’, and I said, ‘Oh shit! No. Oh God, I’m gonna have to do this…'”.It opened on June 10, 2013, and closed on September 29, 2013. The play was subject to a number of performance cancellations, one relating to his absence, due to a death in the family. Plummer refused to perform without Dourif, notwithstanding the presence of an understudy.
Brad Dourif Movies
1975 to 2000
- W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
- Group Portrait with a Lady
- Eyes of Laura Mars
- Studs Lonigan
- Wise Blood
- Heaven’s Gate
- Blue Velvet
- Impure Thoughts
- Fatal Beauty
- Child’s Play
- London Kills Me
- Best Men
2000 to 018
- The Ghost
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
- Drop Dead Sexy
- Seed of Chucky
- Halloween II
- My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
- Curse of Chucky
- Cult of Chucky
- American Dream
Brad Dourif Chucky
Brad Dourif took the role of Chucky in the film cult of Chucky.
Brad Dourif Deadwood
Dourif played as Doc Cochran in Deadwood, receiving a 2004 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Brad Dourif Child’s Play
Dourif reprised his role as Chucky in the sixth installment of the Child’s Play franchise where his daughter Fiona also starred.
Brad Dourif Lord Of The Rings
Brad Dourif played the Gríma Wormtongue in the thrilling film lord of rings.
Brad Dourif X Files
In 1994, he appeared in The X-Files episode “Beyond the Sea” as the psychic serial killer Luther Lee Boggs.
Brad Dourif Halloween
Dourif appeared as Sheriff Lee Brackett in Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2007 and Halloween II 2009.
Brad Dourif Interview
The Den Of Geek interview: Brad Dourif
The voice of Chucky and a familiar face from many genre classics including Lord Of The Rings and Alien Resurrection, Brad Dourif chats with DoG…
Brad Dourif: Well, I came into Wizard Of Gore without really knowing what I was getting into, to tell you the truth. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just the way it happened. I was doing a series and it was kind of like ‘Could you come and do this for a couple of days?’. And I did, but I barely had time to read the script. I read it in a flash and then I had to spend time getting ready to shoot. That was basically a day learning lines, and then I went in and shot.
So it was really pressed upon me very quickly, and it’s not a way I like to work. But it’s kind of the way I did work. It happened so fast and it was over so fast. I went in for ADR on it, and I couldn’t figure out what the fuck The Wizard Of Gore was, couldn’t remember it. I was sitting there going ‘What the fuck is this…?’. I was really embarrassed because the director was there, everybody was there, and I couldn’t remember doing it. It was in such a flash…it went into my consciousness and right back out.
You’ve mentioned before that the fun of a part is often in the rehearsal period, so how do you cope in a situation like that, when you’re ‘straight in’?
Brad Dourif: Well, you really you then just go by the seat of your pants, by your gut and with your instincts. A lot of times our instincts are much smarter than we are anyway. So I just went with it, talked to people and tried to figure out what I was doing…and just made it work!
You’ve said before that you love situations like that where you have to create under pressure, as well as rehearsal periods where you get to work the character out. Don’t those two ways of working contradict each other?
Brad Dourif: Yes, and also it depends upon the part. If you have time before a shoot to get ready and learn all your lines…I don’t think you should show up to a shoot unless the entire movie is memorized. Some say you should never memorize, but I don’t, because even in the memorization of the lines you’re going to get some kind of feeling for the rhythm of the whole piece. So I always memorize everything at once.
The best thing to do is go in and get a lot of work done, and a lot of options, and still be open. Then shooting is like a rehearsal that you’re well-prepared for. You’re really inventing the scene as you go, but you’re very prepared.
Are gruesome scenehose in Wizard the kind of thing that you’re immune to now as an actor on set, and as viewers like t?
Brad Dourif: Yeah, I’ve had blood thrown on me ‘til the cows come home – I’ve done all those things. So yeah, though I’m getting a little old for doing a lot of stunts, I’ve certainly done my share. Not particularly dangerous ones, but I’ve done a lot of falls on concrete, runs and other stuff that I really can’t do anymore because if I fall, I’ll break something. You don’t bounce as you used to at 58, you know? [laughs]
At some point you went from being a character actor in films to a cult actor in your own right, like Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing – how do you feel about that?
Brad Dourif: I’m not really aware that I am a ‘cult actor’ – I don’t think of myself that way. I’ve always thought of myself as just a little misunderstood [laughs]. I don’t think of myself in any particular way…I mean what does it mean to be a ‘cult actor’ anyway…?
Guess that you’ve got a following independent of the movies you do. I’m a fan, and some of your other fans have made notable websites about you…and that people are really keen on you and your work…?
Brad Dourif: To the extent that people know my work and really like it, I’m absolutely flattered by that, of course. But the mantle of being a cult actor…I did a TV series that was way outside the cult, and I’m certainly capable of doing things way outside of that genre, and I do them.