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Dynamically entertaining heavyset US actor with piercing eyes, William Forsythe has a superb talent for playing some truly unlikeable and downright nasty characters that dominate the films in which he appears! If you're cast as the "hero" against Forsythe's "villain", then you have your work cut out for you, as Forsthye's raw energy and menace on ... See full bio »

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The Rock
The Rock Ernest Paxton
Once Upon a Time in America
Once Upon a Time in America Philip 'Cockeye' Stein
Raising Arizona
Raising Arizona Evelle Snoats
The Devil's Rejects
The Devil's Rejects Sheriff Wydell


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 2016 Check Point (completed)
The Sheriff
 2016 Garlic & Gunpowder (pre-production)
Don Blatto
 2016 Men of Violence (announced)
Big John
 2016 The Hollow (completed)
Big John Dawson
 2016/I The Midnight Man
 2015 The Networker
Charles Mangano
 2015 Laugh Killer Laugh
Frank Stone
 2015 Road to Juarez
Doug Hermann
 2015 Echoes of War
Randolph McCluskey
 2014 Hidden in the Woods
Uncle Costello
 2014 Tom Holland's Twisted Tales
Mr. Smith (segment "To Hell With You")
 2012/I Infected
Dr. Dennehey
 2008/II Stiletto
 2007 Hack!
 2006/I Jam
 2003 The Librarians
 1999 Four Days
 1998 Firestorm
 1996 The Rock
Ernest Paxton
 1992 American Me
 1991 Stone Cold
 1991 Career Opportunities
 1990 Sons
 1987 Weeds
Burt the Booster
 1985 Savage Dawn
Pigiron (as Bill Forsythe)
 1985 The Lightship
 1984 Cloak & Dagger
Morris (as Bill Forsythe)
 1983 The Man Who Wasn't There
Pug Face Crusher (as Bill Forsythe)
 1981 Smokey Bites the Dust
Kenny (as Bill Forsythe)
 1981 King of the Mountain
Big Tom (as Bill Forsythe)
 1978 Long Shot
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Has acted and sung on stage in theater productions of the musicals "Hair," "1776," and "Godspell".

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1 Interview | 4 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bill Forsythe


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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When I grew into a teenager, I became obsessed with Marlon Brando, Montgomery Cliff, and James Dean. In my late teens, I had already started acting in theater. I walked into a movie theater by accident and saw the movie Mean Streets. I was so moved by it and I had no idea who Robert De Niro or Martin Scorsese were. I left the theater then went back and I got a job as an usher. I worked at the ... See more »


Made his professional stage debut at age 16 in NYC. See more »


Frequently plays tough Criminals or Law enforcement officers See more »



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