Monday, November 15, 2010

William Sanderson

William Sanderson (b. 1944) is from Memphis, Tennessee, and the accent does him well.  He started out on the stage in NY, and proceeded to TV and movies.  He now has 113 titles listed on IMDb. 

His first two films in 1977 were foreign, one in Italy and one in Japan.  I have no idea how that came about.

His next two films were nothing to write home about.  Horror films called Fight for Your Life and Savage Weekend.  Then, in 1979 he worked in The Onion Field with James Woods (b. 1947), Ronny Cox (b. 1938), and Christopher Lloyd (b. 1938).  A step up. 

1980 - Coal Miner's Daughter starring Sissy Spacek (b. 1949) and Tommy Lee Jones (b. 1946)
1981 - Death Hunt with Charles Bronson (1921 - 2003) and Lee Marvin (1924 - 1987) and Raggedy Man, also with Spacek.
1982 - Blade Runner with Harrison Ford (b. 1942), Rutger Hauer (b. 1944) and Daryl Hannah (b. 1960), perhaps his biggest movie.

Sanderson has quite a mix of films in his list.  He is in many horror films as well as quite a few comedies.  It appears he can do almost anything, from Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) with Chuck Norris (b. 1940) to Fletch (1985) with Chevy Chase (b. 1943).

In the late 1980s he became famous as Larry in "Newhart" with Bob Newhart (b. 1929).  "My name's Larry.  This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl."  I still laugh at that!

In 1991 he was in the Disney feature, The Rocketeer, a throwback to the 1930s.  But not all his films were hits...or even good.  Skeeter (1993) was about giant, mutant mosquitoes, with the tagline, "Earth is the Final Breeding Ground." 

He was in a better movie, The Client in 1994, starring Susan Sarandon (b. 1946) and Tommy Lee Jones.  But I can't remember him in it.  In 2003 he plays Lt. Gen. A. P. Hill in Gods and Generals, the prequel to Gettysburg (1993). 

Sanderson also kept busy on TV in several series' including "Deadwood" in the mid 2000s.  He has quite a filmography, but if you see him acting, you just can't quite remember his name.  The sign of a good Bit Actor.

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