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William Sadler
Born William Thomas Sadler
April 13, 1950 (1950-04-13) (age 59)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Marni Joan Bakst (1977-present) 1 child
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William Thomas Sadler (born April 13, 1950) is an American actor who is well known for his roles as Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller in The Pacific, Luther Sloan in Star Trek Deep Space Nine and as Sheriff Jim Valenti in Roswell.


Early life

Sadler was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Jane and William Sadler.[1] From an early age, he took to performing in front of an audience. Armed with a variety of stringed instruments, Sadler found hometown success during his high school years at Orchard Park High School. He took on the persona as Banjo Bill Sadler,[2] a banjo wielding singer who could crack jokes while playing. Both students and teachers enjoyed his performances immensely, which led Sadler to audition for the senior play under English teacher Dan Larkin's persuasion. He won the role, which brought about his personal discovery of wanting to become an actor. After graduating high school, he enrolled in SUNY Geneseo. Following that, he spent two years at Cornell University where he earned his Master's degree in Acting with a minor in Speech Communications. He is a certified speech teacher and particularly skilled at accents. When his studies were done, Sadler began his auditions.


Sadler took his first post-school role in Florida and soon relocated to Boston, moving in with his sister while scrubbing the floors of a lobster boat by day and cutting his acting chops at night. Slowly working up the nerve to take a shot at the big time in New York, a chance meeting with an old schoolmate on a trip into the city resulted in Sadler's casting in an off-off-Broadway production of Chekhov's Ivanov. After a brief turn at the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, Sadler moved back to New York and rented an apartment in the East Village, beginning a grueling 12 years in which he appeared in over 75 productions, including originating the role of "Sgt. Toomey" in the Broadway run of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues, opposite Matthew Broderick in 1985.

Sadler is best known for his roles in the 1990 action film Die Hard 2 as Colonel Stuart, as Heywood in the 1994 prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, the Grim Reaper in the 1991 comedy Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and as Brayker in Demon Knight. He was also a series regular on the television series Roswell as Sheriff Jim Valenti and in Wonderfalls as Darrin Tyler. Other film credits include Trespass, K-9, Project X, Disturbing Behavior, Kinsey, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Purple Heart and Jimmy and Judy.

Sadler's TV guest appearances include In the Heat of the Night, Roseanne, Tru Calling, CSI, Numb3rs, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He had a recurring role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Luther Sloan, a member of a covert organization called Section 31. He appeared in three episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in its final two seasons. In 2007, he played Carlton Fog on ABC's Traveler, and in 2008 he appeared in both NBC's Medium as well as Fox Television's Fringe. The 1989 pilot episode of the HBO horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt featured Sadler in its lead role.

He portrayed Julius Caesar in the contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar on Broadway alongside Denzel Washington at the Belasco Theatre. Recently, he finished shooting with American independent filmmakers Dylan Bank and Morgan Pehme on the film Nothing Sacred.

Personal life

While Sadler performed on the New York stage, he met Marni Joan Bakst. They married in 1978 and have one daughter.


Year Film Role Notes
1982 Hanky Panky Hotel Clerk
1986 Off Beat Dickson
1987 Project X Dr. Carroll
1989 K-9 Car Salesman Don
1990 Hard to Kill Senator Vernon Trent
Die Hard 2 Colonel Stuart
The Hot Spot Frank Sutton
1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Grim Reaper/English Family Member Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Rush Monroe
1992 Trespass Don Perry
1993 Freaked Dick Brian
1994 The Shawshank Redemption Heywood
1995 Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight Brayker
1996 Bordello of Blood The Mummy
Solo Colonel Frank Madden/Improved Solo
1997 RocketMan Wild Bill' Overbeck
1998 Ambushed Jim Natter
Disturbing Behavior Dorian Newberry
Reach the Rock Quinn
1999 Stealth Fighter Adm. Frank Peterson
The Green Mile Klaus Detterick
2001 Skippy Ringo
2002 Another Life Man Short film
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Abraham 'Abe' Ernswiler
2004 Kinsey Kenneth Braun
2005 Purple Heart Colonel Allen
Devour Ivan Reisz
Confess Roger Lampert
2006 Unspoken Dad
Jimmy and Judy Uncle Rodney
Premium Cole Carter
The Wine Bar Bartender Short film
2007 A New Wave Mr. Dewitt
August Rush Thomas Novacek
The Mist Jim Grondin
2008 Eagle Eye William Shaw
The Good Student Honest Phil Palmer
2009 Stream Dr. Shelby Short film
Shadowheart Thomas Conners Direct-to-DVD Release
The Hills Run Red Wilson Wyler Concannon
Last Day of Summer Mr. Crolick
Beyond All Boundaries Lt. Col. Lewis 'Chesty' Puller Voice Role
Short film
Red & Blue Marbles John post-production
Silent But Deadly John Capper post-production
2010 Melvin Smarty Bob filming
Year Title Role Notes
1977 The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People Episode: "Henry Winkler Meets William Shakespeare"
1978 The Great Wallendas Dieter Schmidt TV-Movie
1981 Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase Joey TV-Movie
Nurse Dr. George Bradford Episode: "Margin for Error"
1982 The Neighborhood TV-Movie
1983 Newhart Guest Episode: "Lady & the Tramps"
1985 Assaulted Nuts Various
1986 The Equalizer Rick Dillon/Kevin Moore Episode: "Shades of Darkness"
1987 Private Eye Charlie Fontana TV-Movie/TV-Pilot
Tour of Duty Major Rigby Episode: "Dislocations"
1987–1988 Private Eye Lieutenant Charlie Fontana 7 episodes
1988 In the Heat of the Night Ritchie Epman Episode: "Blind Spot" 1 & 2
St. Elsewhere Episode: "The Abby Singer Show"
Cadets Colonel Tom Sturdivant
Dear John Ben Episode: "The Younger Girl"
1989 Roseanne Dwight Episode: "Dan's Birthday Bash"
Episode: "Saturday"
Hooperman Lanny Hardin Episode: "Look Homeward, Dirtbag"
Unconquered TV-Movie
Murphy Brown Colonel Fitzpatrick Episode: "Off the Job Experience"
Hard Time on Planet Earth Officer Rollman Episode: "The Way Home"
Gideon Oliver Franklin Finney Episode: "By the Waters of Babylon"
1989, 1994 Tales from the Crypt Niles Talbot
The Grim Reaper
Episode: "The Man Who Was Death"
Episode: "The Assassin"
1990 The Face of Fear Anthony Prine TV-Movie
1991 Two-Fisted Tales Mr. Rush (Presenter) TV-Pilot
The Last to Go Treat TV-Movie
Tagget Yuri Chelenkoff TV-Movie
1993 Night Driving Eddy TV-Short Film
Jack Reed: Badge of Honor Anatole TV-Movie
1994 Bermuda Grace Sam Grace TV-Movie
Roadracers Sarge TV-Movie
1995 The Omen Dr. Linus TV-Pilot
The Outer Limits Frank Hellner Episode: "Valerie 23"
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Shamus Bloom Episode: The Fifth Sepulcher
1998, 1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Luther Sloan Episode: "Inquisition"
Episode: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"
Episode: "Extreme Measures"
1999 Witness Protection Sharp TV-Movie
1999–2002 Roswell Sheriff Jim Valenti 58 episodes
2003 Ed Lee Leetch Episode: "The Case"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kyle Devlin Episode: "Graansha"
2004 Wonderfalls Darrin Tyler 13 episodes
JAG Saul Wainwright Episode: "Retrial"
2005 Third Watch Scotty Murray Episode: "Forever Blue"
Tru Calling Travis Episode: "Enough"
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Paul Rice Episode: "Blue Wall"
Law & Order Kevin Drucker Episode: "Life Line"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Karl 'Red' Cooper Episode: "Killer"
The Path to 9/11 Neil Herman Miniseries
2007 Numb3rs J. Everett Tuttle Episode: "Democracy"
The Black Donnellys Munst Episode: "All of Us Are in the Gutter"
Jesse Stone: Sea Change Gino Fish TV-Movie
Traveler Carlton Fog 7 episodes
2008 Medium John Edgemont Episode: "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble"
Fringe Doctor Sumner Episode: "The Equation"
2009 Jesse Stone: Thin Ice Gino Fish TV-Movie
Jesse Stone: No Remorse Gino Fish post-production
Criminal Minds Ray Finnegan Episode: "Reckoner"
2010 The Pacific Lt. Col. Lewis 'Chesty' Burwell Puller Miniseries


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