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Brad Dourif (born 18 March 1950; age 74) is the actor who played Lon Suder in the Star Trek: Voyager second and third season episodes "Meld", "Basics, Part I" and "Basics, Part II".

A veteran character actor, he has portrayed a number of memorable characters on both the small and the big screen, with his most well-known including Billy Bibbit in the acclaimed film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Doc Cochran in the HBO television series Deadwood, Chucky in the Child's Play series of horror films, and Gríma Wormtongue in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Early life[]

Dourif was born in Huntington, West Virginia. He attended Aiken Preparatory School in Aiken, South Carolina, from 1963 to 1965, where he briefly considered becoming an artist before deciding on an acting career. He later attended Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from which he graduated in 1969.



Dourif made an impression on audiences and critics in one of his first major film roles: that of mental patient Billy Bibbit in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975, with Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Brocco, and Vincent Schiavelli, and make-up by Fred Phillips). He won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award and a Golden Globe and received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for this role, while his co-star Louise Fletcher won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film.

In 1978, Dourif worked alongside Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's René Auberjonois in Eyes of Laura Mars. The following year, Dourif received critical acclaim for his lead role as Hazel Motes in John Huston's Wise Blood, which co-starred Dan Shor and which was cast by Stratton Leopold. Dourif also worked with Dan Shor in the 1979 miniseries Studs Lonigan, which was directed by James Goldstone.

He appeared in the TV movie Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force (1978, with William Wintersole, Harv Selsby, Tom Ormeny, Steven Anderson, Gavan O'Herlihy, William Daniels, Mitchell Ryan, Alfred Ryder, David Spielberg, and David Ogden Stiers).


Dourif was one of several Star Trek alumni to appear in Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980, co-starring Meg Foster, Albert Hall, Madge Sinclair, Ed Lauter, and Star Trek: The Next Generation regular LeVar Burton). Dourif then had a supporting role in Heaven's Gate (1980, with Terry O'Quinn. Afterward, Dourif played the role of Younger Brother in Ragtime (1981, with Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman. This film also featured Robert Joy.

Dourif's next film role was that of sinister mentat Piter DeVries in David Lynch's Dune (1984, with Patrick Stewart, Virginia Madsen and Dean Stockwell). Dourif again worked with both Lynch and Stockwell when he played a hoodlum in Blue Velvet (1986). He subsequently co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg and Harris Yulin in Fatal Beauty (1987) and played a deputy in Mississippi Burning (1988).

During this time, Dourif also continued to make appearances on television. He worked alongside Dennis Christopher in a 1984 episode of Tales of the Unexpected, directed by Leo Penn. He also appeared in a Richard Compton-directed episode of The Equalizer with Stephen McHattie and guest-starred on Spenser: For Hire, the detective series on which Deep Space Nine's Avery Brooks was a regular cast member. He was then seen on Moonlighting, in an episode with Richard Beymer, and on The Hitchhiker, working with Kirstie Alley. In addition, he co-starred in such TV movies as Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo (directed by Marc Daniels) and Rage of Angels: The Story Continues (with Michael Nouri), both of which aired in 1986.

Child's Play[]

Dourif is well-known for voicing for the serial killer-possessed doll, Charles Lee Ray (Chucky), in the Child's Play horror films series. The first film in the series, 1988's Child's Play, starred Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home's Catherine Hicks and Deep Space Nine guest actor Chris Sarandon. Dourif returned to voice the sadistic toy in Child's Play 2 (1990, featuring Gerrit Graham), Child's Play 3 (1991, with Dakin Matthews and Andrew Robinson), Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky, and Cult of Chucky. He also reprised the role in the 2021 TV series Chucky (with Barbara Alyn Woods and Rachael Ancheril). Dourif even voiced the character for a cameo appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

Later horror and sci-fi works[]

Following his work on Dune and Child's Play, Dourif has acted in many horror, science fiction, or fantasy genre films. In 1990, he was seen in several horror films, including The Exorcist III, Graveyard Shift (co-starring David Andrews and Stephen Macht), and Spontaneous Combustion (with Dey Young). He later had a supporting role in Critters 4 (1992, with Anne Elizabeth Ramsay), and Trauma (1993, with Jacqueline Kim).

In 1994, Dourif guest-starred on The X-Files and subsequently appeared on Millennium (opposite Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn, and Morgan Woodward) and Babylon 5 (with Andreas Katsulas, Bill Mumy, and Patricia Tallman). He also appeared in Escape to Witch Mountain (1995, with Henry Gibson, Kevin Tighe, and Cuckoo's Nest co-star) Vincent Schiavelli).

In 1997, Dourif appeared in Alien Resurrection, along with Raymond Cruz, Leland Orser, Ron Perlman, and Winona Ryder. In 2002, he appeared as the evil Grima Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, co-starring John Rhys-Davies and Karl Urban. Dourif's only scene in the third film, Return of the King, was cut from the theatrical release but was restored in the special edition DVD.

Dourif's other genre credits include Soulkeeper (2001, with Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.), Vlad (2003, with Paul Popowich and Guy Siner), and Pulse (2006, with Zach Grenier). He also appeared in The Wizard of Gore (2007, with Jeffrey Combs).

More recently, Dourif played Sheriff Lee Brackett in Halloween (2007, starring Malcolm McDowell, with Sid Haig, Clint Howard, Richard Lynch, Daniel Roebuck, Tom Towles, and Adrienne Barbeau, although Barbeau's scenes were cut from the final product). Dourif, McDowell, and Roebuck reprised their roles in Halloween II (2009).

Other film and television credits[]

Dourif played ruthless drug dealer Joey Wyatt in a 1987 episode of Miami Vice. He was seen in Jungle Fever (1991), and, in 1994, he played one of the several patients of a psychiatrist played by Scott Bakula in the thriller Color of Night, which also co-starred Erick Avari and Jeff Corey. Dourif then had a supporting role in Murder in the First (1995, starring Christian Slater, with Ben Slack, Eve H. Brenner, Mia Kirshner, Time Winters, and Stefan Gierasch).

Some of Dourif's lesser-known film credits include 1997's Sworn to Justice with Star Trek: The Original Series star Walter Koenig and 2000's Shadow Hours with The Next Generation's Michael Dorn and Enterprise guest star Peter Weller. He portrayed Dr. Wheedon in Senseless (1998, with Jenette Goldstein, Richard McGonagle, Greg Grunberg, Alexander Enberg, Manu Intiraymi, Ivar Brogger, Cyia Batten, Jack Shearer, Len Costanza, John Wilkie, Janet Dey, Bruce Dobos, Andray Johnson, and Rubin Knight), and in 2001, he acted with Cary-Hiroyuki in the action-thriller film The Ghost.

From 2004 through 2006, Dourif starred as Doc Cochran on HBO's Western series Deadwood, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor. This series also featured Leon Rippy, Alice Krige, Jim Beaver, Titus Welliver, Larry Cedar, and Keone Young.

In 2008, Dourif guest-starred on NBC's Law & Order, in an episode with Michael McKean. That same year, he appeared with Lee Meriwether in the drama film Touching Home. More recently, he had a supporting role in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), inspired by the 1992's Bad Lieutenant.

Video games[]

Dourif played the part of the villain Saavedro in the computer game Myst III: Exile. He lent his voice to the 2002 video game Run Like Hell, as did his Voyager co-star Kate Mulgrew and Enterprise guest star Clancy Brown. Also, both Dourif and Ron Perlman voiced two of the villains in the hit 2005 game Gun. Additionally, Dourif performed voice acting for the Natural Philosopher Piero Joplin, a supporting character in the 2011 game Dishonored.

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