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.
Bill is back on Instagram. After some tomfoolery with some fake accounts, Bill has decided to give it another go. He has some new projects coming up and he wanted another place to promote them. Please consider following him there. However, please be courteous. It doesn’t take much and Bill is just such a super nice guy when he interacts with his fans. Why make it bad for him? Below is his first post. Just click on the post and you can follow him there.
Bill and his A STAGE OF TWILIGHT co-star, Karen Allen, and the film’s director, Sarah Schwab will close out the Fifth Annual Mystic Film Festival.
Film star Karen Allen to speak Sunday at closing of fifth annual Mystic Film Festival
MYSTIC — Karen Allen and William Sadler — film industry veterans whose dozens of roles have landed them in some of Hollywood’s most iconic films —will help close the fifth annual Mystic Film Festival on Sunday when Sarah T. Schwab’s narrative feature, “A Stage of Twilight” — the film in which they both are star — is screened at the Mystic Luxury Cinemas.
Allen, known for her work in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Animal House,” and Sadler, known for his roles in “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Mist,” play the parts of Cora and Barry in Schwab’s film, a retired couple who are enjoying life in their seventies.
After Barry is rushed to the hospital following a severe coughing attack and is diagnosed with a fatal heart disease, he rents a trailer home in the middle of the woods to die alone in peace. His hope for a dignified death proves to be a struggle for Cora, especially when Joey, a 17- year-old neighbor who acts as a surrogate son to the childless couple, enters the picture. As Barry’s end approaches, Cora is driven to make a critical decision for them both.
Schwab, known for her film, “Life After You,” writes and directs the film and will join Allen, and Sadler for a moderated conversation following the screening.
Bill has joined the cast of the HBO Max limited series FULL CIRCLE. According to what Bill said during a recent chat, he’s playing the part of a New York City cop. Nothing more is known including what his character’s name is.
William Sadler, Happy Anderson, Adia Join Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Full Circle’ HBO Max Limited Series
EXCLUSIVE: William Sadler (When They See Us), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter) and newcomer Adia (The Midnight Club) have joined the cast of the HBO Max limited series Full Circle, from director Steven Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon. They join Zazie Beetz, Claire Danes, Timothy Olyphant, Dennis Quaid, Jharrel Jerome, Sheyi Cole and CCH Pounder.
Soderbergh will direct all six episodes of the series and serve as executive producer, with Solomon as writer and EP. Casey Silver also is an executive producer. The trio reteams after working together on the 2021 HBO Max film No Sudden Move.
In Full Circle, an investigation into a botched kidnapping uncovers long-held secrets connecting multiple characters and cultures in present-day New York City.
Sadler will be seen with Alfre Woodard in Salem’s Lot, New Line’s upcoming adaptation of the Stephen King novel. His credits include feature Unholy, miniseries The Comey Rule and a starring role in Ava DuVernay’s Emmy-winning When They See Us. He also was a series regular on Starz’s Power and heavily recurred on Showtime’s Our Cartoon President. He most recently wrapped A Stage of Twilight with Karen Allen. Sadler is repped by Insurge-Ent.
Anderson is filming the feature Bikeriders opposite Tom Hardy for New Regency. His other credits include Mindhunter, Bad Boys for Life and Birdbox, and he next will be seen in John Flattery’s film Maggie Moore(s) opposite Tina Fey and Jon Hamm. Anderson is repped by Stewart Talent Agency and Industry Entertainment.
Full Circle marks Adia’s second television role, having made her acting debut as a series regular in Mike Flanagan’s The Midnight Club, which premiered this month on Netflix. Adia is repped by Tash Moseley Management and Del Shaw.
A wonderful article on Bill’s appearances in STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE making his nefarious character of Luther Sloan to be one of if not the most pivotal characters in the entirety of the franchise. Have to agree with them, though anything Bill is in is made better by his presence.
A Die Hard Bad Guy Was One Of Star Trek’s Most Game-Changing Villains
William Sadler played Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Sloan, who changed the franchise forever.
By Michileen Martin | Published 15 hours ago
There are some who say Star Trek has strayed far beyond Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the franchise, and those criticisms aren’t without merit. Honestly, they wouldn’t have been without merit decades ago. Long before Discovery, Strange New Worlds, or even the Kelvin Timeline films, Trek was going in directions that Roddenberry would–at the very least–have voiced concerns about. In particular, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine included a lot of elements Roddenberry may very well have balked at, including a multi-year serialized war story. Another thing that the Trek creator may have had a few thoughts about was DS9‘s introduction of Section 31: a covert agency operating outside all of the Federation’s laws and ideals, but often with full unspoken blessing of Starfleet’s upper echelons. The agency would go far beyond the boundaries of DS9 and–for better or worse–change the franchise forever. In part, we have William Sadler of Die Hard 2 fame to thank for that change.
William Sadler Outside Star Trek
When you see a movie about a cop from New York City who–purely by chance–winds up in an office building on the very night its occupants are taken hostage by heavily armed thieves, you wouldn’t necessarily think there’s a sequel or four in the mix, but that’s exactly what happened. Two years after the release of Die Hard came Die Hard 2, with Bruce Willis’s John McClane once again finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. This time he’s at Dulles International Airport waiting for his wife’s flight to land when the place is taken over by terrorists led by Colonel William Stuart, played by William Sadler. Stuart is just as cunning as Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber and–unlike Gruber–given the right set of circumstances he could probably push McClane’s face through the back of his head faster than you can say “fanatic.” Of course, since there were three more Die Hard films to come we know that right set of circumstances never arrived for Stuart. Luckily, Sadler got the chance to play a much more nuanced villain for Star Trek.
Sadler’s Die Hard 2 role isn’t the only one he’s known for, of course. As the white-faced Death itself, Sadler played an assortment of games–like Clue and Twister–against the heroes in 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and reprised the role for 2020’s Bill & Ted Face the Music. He was also the good-hearted but often complaining Heywood in 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption.
William Sadler Becomes Sloan, Head Of Star Trek’s Section 31
Star Trek has its share of “it was all an illusion” episodes, and one such beast was the Michael Dorn directed “Inquisition” in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s penultimate season. We first meet William Sadler’s Sloan as a man claiming to work for Starfleet Intelligence. Sloan makes like he’s treating Doctor Julian Bashir (Alexander Siddig) with kid gloves, but we soon learn he believes the doctor is a mole for the Dominion who isn’t even consciously aware of it. After a tense drama in which it seems like everyone aboard DS9 has turned against Bashir, we learn it’s all a hologram and that Sloan works for the clandestine Section 31, which neither Bashir nor most of DS9‘s heroes have ever heard of. He’s convinced of Bashir’s innocence and actually tries to recruit the doctor. He appears twice more and, in spite of doing things that should have him thrown in prison or worse, convincingly portrays himself as a necessary evil working for the greater good.
There are a lot of things in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine that sometimes seem to have been utterly forgotten. In spite of commanding an army that–if it had ever had the opportunity–could have crushed the combined forces of the Federation, Klingon, and Romulan Empires, the Dominion has hardly been heard from since DS9 concluded. We don’t hear much about the status of Bajor or the (former? current?) Cardassian Empire. The Prophets have been quiet and Quark and his family have largely been relegated to a series of Easter eggs. But Section 31 has endured far beyond the closing moments of DS9‘s series finale.
In the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise, we eventually learn that Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating) joined and left Section 31 before serving under Captain Archer (Scott Bakula), and his old commanding officer coerces him into continuing to help the organization. Much later, in Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery, the group is integral to the creation of the villain A.I. Control. In 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, we learn the organization is thriving in the Kelvin Timeline. Peter Weller’s Admiral Marcus is a member, and has been secretly using that timeline’s version of Khan (Benedcit Cumberbatch) to fight a covert war with the Klingons.
In fact, there has been talk of a Section 31 Star Trek series in development for some time now, with Michelle Yeoh expected to lead the series as the Mirror Universe version of Philippa Georgiou and joined by Shazad Latif as the once Klingon-possessed Ash Tyler. There haven’t been a lot of updates about the series in the past year or so, however. If it does see the light of day, the series, along with all the other Section 31 stories in Trek, will in part have William Sadler to thank for his portrayal of what remains one of the franchise’s most interesting and enigmatic villains.