William Sanderson

  • Birth Name: William J. Sanderson
  • Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Has a law degree but never took a bar exam.
  • Was a contestant on To Tell the Truth in 1972 (didn't tell the truth when claiming to be a swamp-buggy racer).
  • First starring role was as a murderous and racist prison escapee in Fight for Your Life, a 1977 exploitation film that was banned in Britain.
  • Breakout movie and TV roles both came in 1982:  toymaker J.F. Sebastian in Blade Runner; and Larry, the backwoodsman with two mute brothers named Darryl, on Newhart.
  • Was one of Cracked magazine's 15 Funniest People of 2006.
  • Earned SAG Best Ensemble nominations for Deadwood (2007) and True Blood (2010); won a 2009 Satellite Ensemble award for True Blood.

Awards

  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Edward Sanderson — Son
  • Sharon Wix — Wife

College

  • Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee, United States (BA in Business, 1968; JD, 1971); attended Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, United States

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