I just found this while doing a search on Youtube on Bill. Bill was interviewed Monsters, Madness and Magic. Here he discussed his early work in theatre as a young actor and his various projects on Broadway. He also discussed his most successful roles including DEMON KNIGHT, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE GREEN MILE, TRESPASS, BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY, BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC, DIE HARD 2, and THE MIST. I love when Bill talks about his stage work and his theatre days. He’s so humble and sweet. I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much, but I’m currently working on research for the novel I’m writing. I’m currently wading hip-deep in Russian history, The Vietnam War, and spaces in between
There’s a story the great actor Harrison Ford tells of one of his first films called Dead Heat On a Merry-Go-Round from 1966, where he played the part of a bellboy. In his all but one minute of screen time he gave us a performance that rattled a studio executive so much, he had to vent his spleen on the actor. Harrison recounts it below:
“He called me into his office and said, ‘I want to tell you a story, kid.’ Kid, he always called me kid. He was about 15 minutes older that I was,” Ford began. “He said, ‘First time Tony Curtis was ever in a movie … he delivered a bag of groceries, a bag of groceries, kid. And you took one look at that guy, and you knew that was a movie star.'”
Ford fired back: “Well I thought that was supposed to be a delivery boy!”
Ford was fired, he said.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
The reason I recount this story is because like Harrison Ford, Bill Sadler has that everyman ability to play exactly what he’s been hired to play. In this case in this film Bill plays a car salesman named Don who tries to sell to film star Jim Belushi. Instead of playing something bigger Bill plays a car salesman. His ability to become whatever he’s asked is so fluid. Bill is a car salesman and not trying to be anything else in that moment but that. It proves what an actor Bill is because later that year he became The Grim Reaper/Death in BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY, then a few years later a terrorist in Col. Stuart in DIE HARD 2. That’s Bill Sadler. Whatever is asked of him, he brings it.
A few new scans from 1999 and 2000. Some are just on films Bill starred in, one is a long form interview I transcribed from the scans. In this interview Bill talks all about his genre films including DEMON KNIGHT, THE GREEN MILE, THE SHAWKSHANK REDEMPTION, BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY and mostly his role as Sheriff Jim Valenti on ROSWELL. I’ll link the transcribed version as well as the other scans uploaded.
I’ve added another set of scans to the gallery, in addition I’ve also typed out the article and added it to the press section. The reason is it’s a direct interview with Bill and I thought the text of it should be in the press section. You’ll find both at the links below. Enjoy.
Following on the other post, here is an interview with Keanu Reeves (Bill S. Preston Esquire) and Alex Winter (Ted “Theodore” Logan) on the making of BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY. Bill is mentioned.
I’m beginning the first of a shit ton of press scans I’ve collected of Bill and his various works. Here is a flashback to 1991 and Starlog Magazine going onto the set of BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY. Enjoy.
I just found an interview Bill did with the Be More Super Podcast on Youtube. Here Bill and host Bryan discuss Bill’s storied career in motion pictures, television, the stage, and music. Bill is again charming and engaging as he recalls stories from his experience in making films and television. Enjoy.
The screencaps and other media for William’s role as The Grim Reaper/Death in the 2020 release BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC. This film was so funny and sweet in a way. Bringing back these characters at this time was what was needed. Keanu Reeves (Bill) and Alex Winter (Ted) were so good and William as always is amazing. This film took up where BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY left off and brought us something special for this confused year.
Hello and welcome to WILLIAM SADLER ONLINE @ williamsadler.org a fansite dedicated to veteran/character actor William Sadler. Best known for his roles as Col. Stuart in DIE HARD 2, Death/The Grim Reaper in BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY and BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC, Frank Brayker in TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT, Don in Walter Hill’s TRESPASS, Heywood in THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, Klaus Detterick in THE GREEN MILE, and as Jim Grondin in THE MIST, including a ton of television credits most notably as Sheriff Jim Valenti on the CW’s ROSWELL. William also has many theatre credits to his name including as the titular character in JULIUS CAESAR and many others. This site is to give you the most up-to-date news on William’s projects and to provide video, photos, screencaps, and other things on his career. This site will never post anything personal about William unless he has made it public. This site respects his privacy and will never post photos of his private life or in what could be classed as non-work-related things. If it isn’t to do with his work, you won’t find it here. Don’t expect it to be posted.
Currently there are over 400 photos in the Gallery with more to come. There are some articles posted in the press section, as well as some videos. William’s career section pages are established, but they will be filled out as I post to the gallery. Please feel free to acquaint yourselves with the various pages and sections. Enjoy your stay and thanks for visiting.