Welcome to WILLIAM SADLER ONLINE @ williamsadler.org a website dedicated to American actor William Sadler. Best known for his various roles in differing projects, William has played everything from an anarchist military man in DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER to a fireman seeking gold in TRESPASS, to a convict in THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, a soldier for God in TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT, and a member of a secret organization inside The Federation in DEEP SPACE NINE. But his most 'infamous' role has been as the Grim Reaper/Death in BILL & TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY, AND BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC. William has many other film credits to his name including THE MIST, THE HOT SPOT, RUSH, THE GREEN MILE, KINSEY and many more. William has also become a staple in episodic television including as Sheriff Jim Valenti in the CW's ROSWELL and in HOMELAND, POWER, BERLIN STATION, THE COMEY RULE and lends his voice to the Comedy channel's OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT. William also has an extensive career on the stage in such productions as JULIUS CAESAR, 24 HOUR PLAYS, EXIT THE KING and many more. This site is dedicated to giving you the most up-to-date information on William's career. Do not expect candids to be posted as this site supports William's wishes for privacy. To read what will or won't be posted, feel free to read this site's Candids policy.
To say I’m honoured is undercutting it. I have been fortunate to receive a message from William/Bill in support of this site. He has also graciously allowed me to post the note he sent me. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for his kindness. Here is what he had to say:
I just wanted to say thank you for your amazing web site. I’ve been working at this acting craft for a very long time and it’s truly gratifying to see that people have been watching all these years. Let me know if you have questions I can help with and keep up the good work!
On behalf of WILLIAM SADLER ONLINE I’d like to wish Bill the happiest of birthdays. He turns a young 71 today and here’s hoping he spends it with Marni, Sadler, his daughter, grandbabies, and Raj. Take care dear man.
We have a new remaster of Bill’s film THE HOT SPOT where he plays the part of the squirrely Frank Sutton. One of many “Franks” Bill has played. The video has many features that are listed below. The great part is there is an interview included with Bill. The disc will be available on May 4, 2021. You can preorder at the link below.
THE HOT SPOT (SPECIAL EDITION)
Synopsis: Brand New 2K Master, Color Graded and Approved by Cinematographer Ueli Steiger! From Dennis Hopper, the legendary director of Easy Rider, The Last Movie, Out of the Blue, Colors and Backtrack, comes this torrid and erotic neo-noir starring Don Johnson (Dead Bang), Virginia Madsen (Candyman) and Jennifer Connelly (Career Opportunities). Exploding in a series of suspenseful twists and passionate encounters, this ingenious film will keep you guessing until its final, shocking climax. Harry Maddox (Johnson) is a handsome drifter who is not above larceny to make ends meet. After staging a daring daylight robbery at a local bank, he receives an alibi from an unexpected ally: Dolly Harshaw (Madsen), a sexy and mysterious local woman who has her own plans for him. But when Harry falls for another beautiful woman (Connelly), he incurs Dolly’s wrath and finds himself caught in a maze of jealousy, betrayal and murder in which escape is impossible… and danger is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Beautifully shot by Ueli Steiger (The Day After Tomorrow) and co-starring William Sadler (Die Hard 2), Charles Martin Smith (The Untouchables), Jerry Hardin (Wolf Lake), Barry Corbin (My Science Project), Jack Nance (Eraserhead) and Virgil Frye (Revenge of the Ninja), The Hot Spot also features outstanding music from such blues and jazz legends as John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis and Taj Mahal.
Bonus Features: Brand New 2K Master – Color Graded and Approved by Cinematographer Ueli Steiger | NEW Interview with Co-Star Virginia Madsen | NEW Interview with Actor William Sadler | NEW Audio Commentary by Entertainment Journalist and Author Bryan Reesman | Theatrical Trailer | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles
There are times when it’s impossible to have high definition screencaps of Bill’s work This is so of his work from the 1980s where there are only regular DVD versions available for some. OFF BEAT is one such case. Bill plays Dickson in this film from 1986. He’s in the beginning of the film with really no lines. His scenes are with character actor, John Kapelos (The Breakfast Club, Forever Knight).
WILLIAM SADLER – IN FILM > 1986 > OFF BEAT > SCREENCAPS
A Youtube videoer named BGSU33 made a video of all the locations used in Bill’s film THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. It’s an amazing bit of work showing how filmmaking is done via the various locations used in film and television. Please have a view and consider checking out his channel. Enjoy.
According to Fansided, Bill’s film THE UNHOLY is finally getting a release date. The film is slated to open in theatres on April 2, 2021. This is very good news in that movie theatres are slowly reopening after COVID. As of now there is no name for Bill’s character. More below.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan horror movie The Unholy gets a release date
The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan will star in the Sam Raimi-produced horror film titled The Unholy. This film was formerly titled The Shrine. Deadline reports that The Unholy is set to be released in theaters on April 2.
This film is written and directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos, and this will mark his directorial debut. Spiliotopoulos is known for the screenplay for Hercules (2014), The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) and the live-action film Beauty and the Beast.
Raimi, Spiliotopoulos and Rob Tapert produce the movie. Raimi is primarily known for his cult horror series, Evil Dead, and Tapert is known for co-creating the Zena: Warrior Princess series.
Morgan will star alongside Katie Aselton, William Sadler, Cricket Brown, with Diogo Morgado and Cary Elwes in this film adaptation of the James Herbert novel Shrine.
What is The Unholy film about?
Morgan plays Gerry Fenn, a disgraced journalist who travels to a small-town New England town to investigate some divine miracles.
A young hearing-impaired girl, Alice (Brown), can hear after an alleged visit from the Virgin Mary. She also gains the ability to speak and heal sickness. People travel from all over to witness these miracles. As Feen investigates, terrifying events start to occur, making him question whether these miracles are divine or perhaps something evil.
Finally a trailer of Bill’s new film ALICE FADES AWAY. This looks rather intense and I can hardly wait to see it.
William Sadler opens up about ‘Alice Fades Away’ thriller
Actor William Sadler (“Bill & Ted Face the Music”) chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about the film “Alice Fades Away.”
In the thriller Alice Fades Away, directed by Ryan Bliss, he plays James. “I had fun but it was very intense,” he said. “James is a powerful character and a powerful man who has lost control of something in his life that means the world to him, and that makes him an interesting character to play. He is a man that is used to getting what he wants, he is wealthy and he commands respect, and controls everything in his world.”
He praised the film’s director, Ryan Bliss. “I thought Ryan was terrific. I love directors that create a safe place for you to play in. You feel trusted. These are the directors that get the best work out of their actors. You can go as far as you feel free to go. I was blown away when I saw the final film, and how beautiful it was,” he said.
The movie also stars Blanche Baker (Sixteen Candles), Paxton Singleton (The Haunting of Hill House) and Ashley Shelton (Something, Anything). Christopher French composed the musical score. “It’s a thriller but it has gorgeous photography, and I admire that as well. The photography makes for a good film,” he said.
Alice Fades Away is available for streaming on digital platforms by clicking here. It was released on February 16 via 1091 Pictures. “If viewers like suspense, I would encourage them to see this film,” he said. “I think it’s a terrifying story that is beautifully sold. I would urge people to see it.”
For young and aspiring actors, he encouraged them to do some theater, where they have to go in front of a live audience. “You have to deliver. I did theater for 11 years before I did my first movie. It took a couple of films to make the adjustment to the camera because it’s a slightly different style of acting. In film and television, there is no rehearsal. You run the scene once or twice with the actor that you just met that morning, and then, they lay it down on film and it’s there forever,” he said.
He described the latest Bill & Ted film, Bill & Ted Face the Music, as “great fun.” “I was thrilled when they came back to me after 30 years and asked me to be in another one, and I said ‘yeah of course’ and they told me the general plot of it,” he said.
Sadler defined the word success as “when you are secure in yourself and your career, and when things are in balance.”
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