A veteran of both stage and film, Brad Dourif continues to make a lasting impression on American culture.
Dourif began his career in theatre, but received worldwide critical acclaim for his motion picture performance in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, for which he received an Academy Award nomination in 1975.
In addition to the Academy nomination, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honoured Dourif with the 1977 Golden Globe Award for Best Newcomer.
Born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia, Dourif started acting in school productions and progressed to community theatre, joining up with the Huntington Community Players, while attending Marshall University of Huntington.
At age 19, he relocated to New York City, where he worked with the Circle Repertory Company. During the early 1970s, Dourif appeared in a number of plays, off-Broadway and at Woodstock, New York, including The Ghost Sonata, The Doctor in Spite of Himself and When You Comin' Back, Red Rider? in which he was spotted by director Milos Forman, who cast him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
A true character actor, Dourif's intensity has found him playing a diverse range of characters in numerous films such as Eyes of Laura Mars, John Huston's Wise Blood and Milos Forman's Ragtime. Dourif also teamed up with director David Lynch for Dune and Blue Velvet.
His broad skill set also served him well in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of the evil doll Chucky in Child's Play and its sequels.
Since his television debut in the PBS film The Mound Builders, Dourif has also made appearances in a number of television series, such as The X Files, Babylon 5, Star Trek: Voyager and Ponderosa.
Dourif's recent film work includes the role of Grima Wormtongue in Peter Jackson's epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings.