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Dynamically entertaining heavyset US actor with piercing eyes, William Forsythe has a superb talent for playing some truly unlikeable and downright nasty characters that dominate the films in which he appears! If you're cast as the "hero" against Forsythe's "villain", then you have your work cut out for you, as Forsthye's raw energy and menace on ... See full bio »

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The Rock
The Rock Ernest Paxton
Once Upon a Time in America
Once Upon a Time in America Philip 'Cockeye' Stein
Raising Arizona
The Devil's Rejects
The Devil's Rejects Sheriff Wydell


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 2018 I Am Fear (post-production)
 2017 A Christmas Cop (announced)
Captain Karlsson
 2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (TV Series)
Oleg Antakov / Ripper of Riga
- The Ripper of Riga (2017) ... Oleg Antakov / Ripper of Riga
 2017 Chicago Justice (TV Series)
David Zachariah
- Double Helix (2017) ... David Zachariah
 2016 The Hollow
Big John Dawson
 2016 Daredevil (TV Series)
- Seven Minutes in Heaven (2016) ... Dutton
 2016/I The Midnight Man
 2015 Road to Juarez
Doug Hermann
 2015 The Networker
Charles Mangano
 2015 Laugh Killer Laugh
Frank Stone
 2015 Echoes of War
Randolph McCluskey
 2014 Hidden in the Woods
Uncle Costello
 2014 Tom Holland's Twisted Tales
Mr. Smith (segment "To Hell With You")
 2014 Justified (TV Series)
- Whistle Past the Graveyard (2014) ... Michael
 2013 Twisted Tales (TV Series)
Mr. Smith
- To Hell with You (2013) ... Mr. Smith
 2011-2012 The Mentalist (TV Series)
Steve Rigsby
- Blood Feud (2012) ... Steve Rigsby
 2012/I Infected
Dr. Dennehey
 2010 To Hell with You (Short)
 2010 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
Captain Chris Sutter
- L.A. (2010) ... Captain Chris Sutter
 2008/II Stiletto
 2007 Las Vegas (TV Series)
Uncle Luke
 2007 Final Approach (TV Movie)
Silas Jansen
 2007 Entourage (TV Series)
- The Day Fuckers (2007) ... Eddie
 2007 Hack!
 2006 Shark (TV Series)
Harry Russo
- Russo (2006) ... Harry Russo
 2006 Prone to Violence (TV Movie)
 2006/I Jam
 2005 SharkMan (TV Movie)
Tom Reed
 2005 Larva (TV Movie)
Jacob Long
 2002-2003 John Doe (TV Series)
- The Rising (2003) ... Digger
- Remote Control (2003) ... Digger
- Doe or Die (2003) ... Digger (credit only)
 2001 Mysterious Ways (TV Series)
Luther Skoals
- Condemned (2001) ... Luther Skoals
 1999 Four Days
 1999 Dead Man's Gun (TV Series)
Harlan Riddle
 1998 Dollar for the Dead (TV Movie)
 1998 Cybill (TV Series)
- Dream Date (1998) ... Bruce
 1998 Firestorm
 1997 First Time Felon (TV Movie)
 1996 Peacock Blues (TV Short)
 1996 Gotti (TV Movie)
Sammy Gravano
 1996 The Rock
Ernest Paxton
 1996 Stories from the Edge (TV Movie) (segment "Peacock Blues")
 1995 Thriller Zone (Video)
Marcus Deerfield (segment "The Final Hour")
 1994 Direct Hit (Video)
 1992 American Me
 1991 Stone Cold
 1991 Career Opportunities
 1990 Sons
 1990 Blind Faith (TV Mini-Series)
Ferlin L'Heureux
 1988 Baja Oklahoma (TV Movie)
Tommy Earl Browner
 1987 Weeds
Burt the Booster
 1985 Savage Dawn
Pigiron (as Bill Forsythe)
 1985 The Long Hot Summer (TV Movie)
 1985 The Lightship
 1985 Command 5 (TV Movie)
Hawk (as Bill Forsythe)
 1984 Cloak & Dagger
Morris (as Bill Forsythe)
 1983 Fame (TV Series)
- Break Dance (1983) ... Snake (as Bill Forsythe)
 1983 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Wounded Assailant
- A Child Is Missing (1983) ... Wounded Assailant (as Bill Forsythe)
 1983 The Man Who Wasn't There
Pug Face Crusher (as Bill Forsythe)
 1983 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Richard Brady
- Moon Over Uranus: The Sequel (1983) ... Richard Brady (as Bill Forsythe)
- Moon Over Uranus (1983) ... Richard Brady (as Bill Forsythe)
 1982 Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series)
- Tales of the Gold Monkey: Part 2 (1982) ... Kurt (as Bill Forsythe)
- Tales of the Gold Monkey: Part 1 (1982) ... Kurt (as Bill Forsythe)
 1982 CHiPs (TV Series)
- Battle of the Bands (1982) ... Thrasher (as Bill Forsythe)
 1981 The Miracle of Kathy Miller (TV Movie)
 1981 Smokey Bites the Dust
Kenny (as Bill Forsythe)
 1981 King of the Mountain
Big Tom (as Bill Forsythe)
 1978 Long Shot
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Has acted and sung on stage in theater productions of the musicals "Hair," "1776," and "Godspell".

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1 Interview | 4 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bill Forsythe


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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When I grew into a teenager, I became obsessed with Marlon Brando, Montgomery Cliff, and James Dean. In my late teens, I had already started acting in theater. I walked into a movie theater by accident and saw the movie Mean Streets. I was so moved by it and I had no idea who Robert De Niro or Martin Scorsese were. I left the theater then went back and I got a job as an usher. I worked at the ... See more »


Began acting at age 10 and made his first acting appearance in the title role of "Julius Ceasar" in a school production at the same age. See more »


Frequently plays tough Criminals or Law enforcement officers See more »



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