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William Sanderson


Prolific and versatile character actor William Sanderson was born on January 10, 1944, in Memphis, Tennessee. His mother was an elementary school teacher and his father was a landscape designer. William served two years in the US Army. Following his military service he attended Southern Methodist University. He earned both a BBA degree and a JD law... See full bio »

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Known For

Blade Runner
Blade Runner J.F. Sebastian
(1982)
Newhart
Newhart Larry
(1982-1990)
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing Joe Monday
(1996)
True Blood
True Blood Sheriff Bud Dearborne
(2008-2012)

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 2013 Bravest Warriors (TV Series)
Alien Perkalus
- Mexican Touchdown (2013) ... Alien Perkalus (voice)
 2012 Bones (TV Series)
Norbert Mobley
 2011 Mike & Molly (TV Series)
Dennis
- Dennis's Birthday (2011) ... Dennis
- Peggy's New Beau (2011) ... Dennis
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (TV Series)
Leonard Keane
- Night Hawks (2011) ... Leonard Keane
 2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (TV Series)
Jim
- Choices (2010) ... Jim
 2009 Lost (TV Series)
Oldham
- He's Our You (2009) ... Oldham
 2007 Life (TV Series)
Holt Easley
- What They Saw (2007) ... Holt Easley
 2004 Monk (TV Series)
Joshua Skinner
- Mr. Monk Gets Married (2004) ... Joshua Skinner
 2003 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Wally Sykes
- Kam Li (2003) ... Wally Sykes
 2003 Monte Walsh (TV Movie)
Skimpy Eagens
 2002 Dharma & Greg (TV Series)
Mike
- The Tooth Is Out There (2002) ... Mike
 1996-2001 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Mayor / Will Stanton
- The Final Showdown: Part 2 (2001) ... Mayor
- The Final Showdown: Part 1 (2001) ... Mayor
- A Ranger Christmas (1996) ... Will Stanton
 2000 Resurrection Blvd. (TV Series)
Clancy The Illegal Gun Dealer
- Suenos (2000) ... Clancy The Illegal Gun Dealer
 2000 Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story (TV Movie)
Helicopter Pilot
 2000 Psyko Ferret (TV Movie)
Stan Veinous (voice)
 1999 L.A. Heat (TV Series)
The Monk
- The Monk (1999) ... The Monk
 1998 The Angry Beavers (TV Series)
Ditto Otto / Clerk
- If You Insisters/Alley Oops! (1998) ... Ditto Otto / Clerk (voice)
 1996-1998 Jumanji (TV Series)
Professor J.S. Ibsen
- Young Alan (1998) ... Professor J.S. Ibsen (voice)
- The Trial (1997) ... Professor J.S. Ibsen (voice)
- The Gift (1997) ... Professor J.S. Ibsen (voice)
- Stormy Weather (1996) ... Professor J.S. Ibsen (voice)
- Master Builder (1996) ... Professor J.S. Ibsen (voice)
 1998 Maximum Bob (TV Series)
Dicky Crowe
- A Little Tail (1998) ... Dicky Crowe
- Wandalust (1998) ... Dicky Crowe
- Pilot (1998) ... Dicky Crowe
 1998 Babylon 5: Thirdspace (TV Movie)
Deuce
 1998 The Practice (TV Series)
Mr. Simmons
- Rhyme and Reason (1998) ... Mr. Simmons
 1995-1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
Melvin / Janitor / Otis
- Clockwise/Gromble Soup (1997) ... Melvin / Janitor (voice)
 1997 George & Leo (TV Series)
 1997 Cow and Chicken (TV Series)
Cowboy
- School Bully/Time Machine (1997) ... Cowboy (voice)
 1997 George Wallace (TV Movie)
T.Y. Odum
 1997 Coach (TV Series)
Larry / Jesse
- A Boy and His Doll (1997) ... Jesse
 1996 ER (TV Series)
Mr. Percy
- No Brain, No Gain (1996) ... Mr. Percy
 1996 The Pretender (TV Series)
Roy Abbot
- Every Picture Tells a Story (1996) ... Roy Abbot
 1996 Andersonville (TV Movie)
Munn
 1995 The Marshal (TV Series)
Philbrick
- The Heartbreak Kid (1995) ... Philbrick
 1995 Siringo (TV Movie)
Tully
 1995 Santo Bugito (TV Series)
Clem
- My Name Is Revenge (1995) ... Clem (voice)
 1992-1994 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Dr. Karl Rossum / Karl Rossum / Rossum
- Deep Freeze (1994) ... Dr. Karl Rossum (voice)
- His Silicon Soul (1992) ... Karl Rossum (voice)
- Heart of Steel: Part II (1992) ... Rossum (voice)
 1994 The X-Files (TV Series)
Edward Funsch
- Blood (1994) ... Edward Funsch
 1994 Babylon 5 (TV Series)
Deuce
- Grail (1994) ... Deuce
 1994 Matlock (TV Series)
Mickey Sanders
- The Crook (1994) ... Mickey Sanders
 1993 Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Mini-Series)
Lippy Jones
- The Passing (1993) ... Lippy Jones
- The Legacy (1993) ... Lippy Jones
- The Forge (1993) ... Lippy Jones
- The Vision (1993) ... Lippy Jones
 1993 Sirens (TV Series)
Male Store Owner
- Keeping the Peace (1993) ... Male Store Owner
 1992 The Young Riders (TV Series)
Emmett Barnett
- The Debt (1992) ... Emmett Barnett
 1992 Mann & Machine (TV Series)
Dr. William Unzer
- Cold, Cold Heart (1992) ... Dr. William Unzer
 1992 Dangerous Curves (TV Series)
Bobby Havens
- Auld Lang Syne (1992) ... Bobby Havens
 1991 Married with Children (TV Series)
Cousin Eb
- Buck Has a Belly Ache (1991) ... Cousin Eb
 1982-1990 Newhart (TV Series)
Larry
- The Last Newhart (1990) ... Larry
- Dick and Tim (1990) ... Larry
- Handymania (1990) ... Larry
- Georgie and Grace (1990) ... Larry
 1989 Lonesome Dove (TV Mini-Series)
Lippy Jones
- Return (1989) ... Lippy Jones
- The Plains (1989) ... Lippy Jones
- On the Trail (1989) ... Lippy Jones
- Leaving (1989) ... Lippy Jones
 1988 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Norman Blane
- The Call (1988) ... Norman Blane
 1987 The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (TV Movie)
Trump
 1986 Dalton: Code of Vengeance II (TV Movie)
Bobby Fuller
 1986 The Defiant Ones (TV Movie)
Mason
 1985 Streets of Justice (TV Movie)
Weasel
 1983 Women of San Quentin (TV Movie)
Countee (as William J. Sanderson)
 1983 It Takes Two (TV Series)
Earl
- Instinct (1983) ... Earl
 1983 Who Will Love My Children? (TV Movie)
Cleve Shelby
 1982 Knight Rider (TV Series)
The Rev
- Trust Doesn't Rust (1982) ... The Rev
 1982 The Executioner's Song (TV Movie)
Gibbs (uncredited)
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Cowboy
- The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) ... Cowboy
 1982 Bret Maverick (TV Series)
Kenneth Broomick
- Hallie (1982) ... Kenneth Broomick
 1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Willie McCracken
- Guns Don't Die (1982) ... Willie McCracken
 1981 Walking Tall (TV Series)
Stacy
- The Protectors of the People (1981) ... Stacy
 1980 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
Collins
- Mrs. Roscoe P. Coltrane (1980) ... Collins
 1980 Scared Straight! Another Story (TV Movie)
Harlan
 1979 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Weirdo
- Starsky vs. Hutch (1979) ... Weirdo (as William J. Sanderson)
 1976 The Other Side of Victory (TV Movie)
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Alternate Names:

Bill Sanderson | William J. Sanderson

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

It's better to be type-cast, than not cast at all. See more »

Trivia:

Profiled in "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting" by Scott Voisin. See more »

Trademark:

Often plays diminutive, eccentric oddballs on the outer edges of communities.

Nickname:

Bill

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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