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William Forsythe

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Date of Birth:
7 June 1955 Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height:
6' (1.83 m)
Dynamically entertaining heavyset US actor with piercing eyes and 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 William Forsythe's "villain", then you have your work cut out for you as Forsthye's raw energy and menace on screen is second to none. Forsythe started out in a couple of minor film roles and guest appearance's in high rating TV shows including "CHiPs" (1977), "Hill Street Blues" (1981) and "T.J. Hooker" (1982). He quickly moved into some high quality feature films including playing a small time hoodlum in Once Upon a Time in America (1984), an hilariously funny performance as a bumbling jail escapee alongside John Goodman in the knockout Raising Arizona (1987) and as a renegade soldier in Extreme Prejudice (1987).The energetic Forsythe portrayed comic book villain "Flattop" in Dick Tracy (1990), he was foolish enough to tangle with vengeful cop Steven Seagal in the hyper-violent Out for Justice (1991) and locked horns with ex-NFL linebacker Brian Bosworth in the biker action film Stone Cold (1991). With his expertise in playing icy villains, Forsythe was perfect to portray Prohibition mobster in the short-lived revival of _"The Untouchables" (1993), plus he continued the motif of playing edgy, nefarious individuals in the thought provoking The Waterdance (1992) the oily film noir piece Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), as real life mobster Sammy "The Bull" Gravano in Gotti (1996) (TV) and supporting another ex-NFL player's foray into film acting, when L.A. Raider Howie Long debuted in Firestorm (1998).Forsythe has remained perpetually busy in the new century with a plethora of feature film, telemovie and TV series appearances, and developing a minor cult following amongst film fans for his attention grabbing dramatic skills - check out his performances in City by the Sea (2002), The Devil's Rejects (2005) and Halloween (2007).
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