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 recently sat down with Jeff Hass of Traversing The Stars Podcast On Youtube, where they discussed Bill’s upcoming role in his fourth role in a film adaptation of a Stephen King novel, SALEM’S LOT. He will not be playing Kurt Barlow as I previously had in the sidebar under his projects. His role right now is being described as an “Easter Egg.” I’ll have more as information comes available. Also Bill said he’s putting together an album of his songs he made famous on his THE KITCHEN TAPES channel on Youtube. He said he might have something out in a month and that proceeds will go to a charity. Again, I’ll have more when Bill releases it.
Bill’s association with Stephen King didn’t start in 1994’s THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION as the hapless Heywood. It started in 1984 where he voiced the part of David Drayton, played by Thomas Jane in the Frank Darabont directed film. This audio recording is quite good though I have to say the woman voicing the part of Mrs. Carmody can’t hold a candle to the inspired and dedicated performance of Marica Gay Hardin in the film. Bill would go on to star in three other films based on a King penned book. Those are THE GREEN MILE as Klaus Detterick, THE MIST as Jim Grondin, and currently he’s filming a big screen version of SALEM’S LOT. His role is as yet unknown. The featured image is from the 4k black and white version of the film.
I know it’s been a while since I posted anything new. I wanted to let you know I haven’t abandoned the site. My life has been very busy lately and I’ve got a ton of things happening all at once. I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I’m in the process of researching to write my first novel. Websites are my hobby and at times I just don’t have the time for them that I want to. Particularly when real life piles up. Along with the first novel thing, there have been some illnesses in the family and that takes precedence in terms of it should be expected. It’s not COVID, thankfully. I’ve also been working on another project not related to the web that again has taken up a lot of my time. I’m truly hoping I can get back into some kind of schedule in the coming weeks. I’m not sure when uploads will resume, but for now the site has been up for you. It will remain up no matter what. I know there was a bit of a glitch there causing the site to be offline. I’m sorry for that. I found the cause and it’s fixed now. I want to say thank you all for your understanding and to those who reached out to me via email. Your thoughts are welcomed and appreciated. Please take care and here’s to getting back into Bill’s career. I have been keeping track of anything he’s up to including his role in SALEM’S LOT, his sixth association with a Stephen King property. I’ve got something I’m working on for your pleasure that will be up soon. Stay tuned.
Another set of scans this time from Fangoria magazine on Bill’s film THE SHAWSHANK REDEPTION. Here author Stephen King and director Frank Darabont discuss the film the magazine has called “not a horror film.” Ironic that it comes from one of the most prolific horror writers in the world.
According to Bill this was if not the most traumatic of his films to make. Given the subject matter and that he and his wife, Marni, had just had a daughter almost the same age of the two daughters Klaus Detterick finds murdered. THE GREEN MILE was for Bill the second of his films he made with director Frank Darabont and the second based off of a Stephen King best seller. The other two would be THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION where Bill played Heywood, and THE MIST where Bill played Jim Grondin. If you want to read what Bill had to say about filming this movie, please check out the article here: Why William Sadler’s Green Mile Scene Was The Hardest Thing He Ever Had To Film. This film is one of the reasons I admire Bill as I do. The level of emotions and dedication to presenting the grief a father would feel in this type of situation is heartbreaking. Also I gotta say it, Bill looks beautiful in this film. He simply looks beautiful.