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  • Started playing the ukulele when he was 8 years old.
  • Played guitar in a cover band called the Knight Ryders during high school. He left the band for college and soon after, all but one of the remaining band members were killed in a car accident on their way home from a gig.
  • Once performed stand-up under the name "Banjo Bill" Sadler.
  • Won a Clarence Derwent Award and a Drama-Logue Award in 1985 for his portrayal of Sgt. Toomey in Neil Simon's Broadway hit Biloxi Blues, in which he starred opposite Matthew Broderick.
  • Appeared as the Grim Reaper in 1991's Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. 
  • Provided the voice of Victor in the video game Fallout: New Vegas.


  • Sadler Colley Bakst — Daughter
  • William Sadler — Father
  • Jane Sadler — Mother
  • Marni Joan Bakst — Wife


  • State University of New York College at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (BA in Drama, BS in Speech Communication, 1971); Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (MFA in Acting)

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  • Birth Name: William Thomas Sadler
  • Birth Place: Buffalo, NY
  • Profession: Actor

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