William Forsythe

Actor
Burly, intense character actor William Forsythe played his share of tough guys in features ranging from big-budget extravaganzas to low-rent, direct-to-DVD exploitation movies. After his big break playing a bootlegger ... Read more »
Born: 06/06/1955 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (103)

Hawaii Five-O 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dear Mr. Gacy 2014 (Movie)

John Wayne Gacy (Actor)

Destiny 2014 (Movie)

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Hidden in the Woods 2014 (Movie)

Uncle Costello (Actor)

IMurders 2014 (Movie)

Professor Uberoth (Actor)

Infected 2014 (Movie)

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Jam 2014 (Movie)

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Justified 2014 (Tv Show)

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Paradise Lost 2014 (Movie)

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The Bronx Bull 2014 (Movie)

Jake LaMotta (Actor)

The Day October Died 2014 (Movie)

Andrew (Actor)

The Unlikely's 2014 (Movie)

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The Mob Doctor 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Boardwalk Empire 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Loosies 2012 (Movie)

Capt. Tom Edwards (Actor)

The Mentalist 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Born to Ride 2011 (Movie)

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Inkubus 2011 (Movie)

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CSI: Miami 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Entourage 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

88 Minutes 2008 (Movie)

Frank Parks (Actor)

Final Approach 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Hack! 2008 (Movie)

Willy (Actor)

Stiletto 2008 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Halloween 2007 (Movie)

Ronnie White (Actor)

Las Vegas 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Masters of Horror 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coastlines 2006 (Movie)

Fred Vance (Actor)

Freedomland 2006 (Movie)

Boyle (Actor)

L.A. Riot Spectacular 2006 (Movie)

George Holiday (Actor)

Shark 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Southern Gothic 2006 (Movie)

Enoch Pitt (Actor)

Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Rejects 2005 (Movie)

Sherrif John Wydell (Actor)

Wild Card 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Doe 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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City by the Sea 2002 (Movie)

Spyder (Actor)

Mysterious Ways 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Run For the Money 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Job 2002 (Movie)

Vernon Cray (Actor)

The Technical Writer 2002 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

UC: Undercover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

G-Men From Hell 2000 (Movie)

Dean Crept (Actor)

The Pass 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Streak 1999 (Movie)

Detective Hardcastle (Actor)

Bricks 1999 (Movie)

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Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo 1999 (Movie)

Detective Chuck Fowler (Actor)

Dollar For the Dead 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Four Days 1999 (Movie)

Milt (Actor)

Hell's Kitchen 1999 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

Big City Blues 1998 (Movie)

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Cybill 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Firestorm 1998 (Movie)

Shaye (Actor)

Just Dancing Around 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Row Your Boat 1998 (Movie)

Gil Meadows (Actor)

The Last Marshall 1998 (Movie)

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Soundman 1997 (Movie)

Frank Rosenfeld (Actor)

Beyond Desire 1996 (Movie)

Ray "Elvis" Patterson (Actor)

For Which He Stands 1996 (Movie)

Johnny Rochetti (Actor)

Gotti 1996 (Movie)

Sammy Gravano (Actor)

Palookaville 1996 (Movie)

Sid (Actor)

Peacock Blues 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rock 1996 (Movie)

Eddie Paxton (Actor)

The Substitute 1996 (Movie)

Hollan (Actor)

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 (Movie)

Franchise (Actor)

Virtuosity 1995 (Movie)

William Cochran (Actor)

A Kiss to Die For 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Untouchables 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Direct Hit 1993 (Movie)

John Hatch (Actor)

Relentless 3 1993 (Movie)

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American Me 1992 (Movie)

JD (Actor)

The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag 1992 (Movie)

Beaudeen (Actor)

The Waterdance 1992 (Movie)

Bloss (Actor)

Career Opportunities 1991 (Movie)

Custodian (Actor)

Out for Justice 1991 (Movie)

Richie Madano (Actor)

Stone Cold 1991 (Movie)

Ice (Actor)

Blind Faith 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Flattop (Actor)

Torrents of Spring 1990 (Movie)

Polozov (Actor)

Dead Bang 1989 (Movie)

Arthur Kressler (Actor)

Sons 1989 (Movie)

Mikey (Actor)

Patty Hearst 1988 (Movie)

Teko (Actor)

Extreme Prejudice 1987 (Movie)

Sergeant Buck Atwater (Actor)

Raising Arizona 1987 (Movie)

Evelle (Actor)

Weeds 1987 (Movie)

Burt (Actor)

The Lightship 1986 (Movie)

Eugene Waxler (Actor)

The Long Hot Summer 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Cloak and Dagger 1984 (Movie)

Morris (Actor)

Once Upon A Time In America 1984 (Movie)

Cockeye (Actor)

Savage Dawn 1984 (Movie)

Pigiron (Actor)

The Man Who Wasn't There 1982 (Movie)

Pug Face Crusher (Actor)

Smokey Bites the Dust 1981 (Movie)

Kenny (Actor)

Long Shot 1977 (Movie)

Billie (Actor)

Ambushed (TV Show)

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Baja Oklahoma (TV Show)

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Command 5 (TV Show)

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Cruel Doubt (TV Show)

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First Time Felon (TV Show)

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Larva (TV Show)

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Luck of the Draw (TV Show)

Actor

The Immortals (TV Show)

Actor

The Miracle of Kathy Miller (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Burly, intense character actor William Forsythe played his share of tough guys in features ranging from big-budget extravaganzas to low-rent, direct-to-DVD exploitation movies. After his big break playing a bootlegger opposite Robert De Niro in Sergio Leone's gangster epic "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984), the actor quickly established himself - most often as a heavy - in more commercial endeavors like the Steven Seagal actioner "Out for Justice" (1991). Forsythe delivered exceptional performances in acclaimed indie films as well, including the rehabilitation drama "The Waterdance" (1992) and the quirky crime comedy "Palookaville" (1995). Increasingly known as a staple in genre films of all stripes and budgets, the actor could be seen in everything from Michael Bay's blockbuster "The Rock" (1997) to rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie's blood-soaked "The Devil's Rejects" (2005). Appearing more often than not in low-budget fare, he occasionally starred in features like the sardonic character study "Happy in the Valley" (2009) and on television as the star of such crime-dramas as "The Mob Doctor" (Fox, 2012- ). Like grizzled character actors Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates or Lee Marvin before him, Forsythe regularly delivered solid work in respected projects amongst the steady stream of B-movies that were the working actor's bread and butter.

Milestones

2007

Cast in Rob Zombie's remake of the classic horror film "Halloween"

2006

Co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore in "Freedomland"

2002

Cast as a bar owner in the FOX series "John Doe"

2001

Played villain Sonny Walker in NBC's "UC: Undercover"

1999

Cast as a detective in the comedy, "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo"

1996

Co-starred in director Michael Bay’s thriller, "The Rock"

1996

Portrayed organized crime figure Sammy "The Bull" Gravano in the HBO motion picture "Gotti"

1993

TV series debut as a regular, "The Untouchables," playing Al Capone

1992

Co-starred in Edward James Olmos' directorial debut, "American Me"

1990

Cast in "Dick Tracy," a film based upon the Dick Tracy comic strip character and directed by Warren Beatty

1987

Co-starred in the Coen Brothers comedy "Raising Arizona" opposite Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter

1985

TV miniseries debut, "The Long Hot Summer"

1984

Co-starred with Robert De Niro and James Woods in "Once Upon a Time in America," the last film by director Sergio Leone

1981

TV movie debut, "The Miracle of Kathy Miller"

1981

Feature acting debut, "Smokey Bites the Dust"

Began acting at age 10

Professional stage debut at age 16

First acting appearance in the title role in a school production of "Julius Caesar" at age 10

Bonus Trivia

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Not to confused with American choreographer William Forsythe or Scottish director Bill Forsythe

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