A.V. Club

Random Roles: Brad Dourif on possessed dolls, David Lynch, and playing sociopaths

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: Considering the sheer number of sociopathic henchmen he’s played over the years, it’s easy to forget that Brad Dourif’s acting career began in complete antithesis with his portrayal of the quiet, dreamy-eyed Billy Bibbit from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. While the role earned Dourif an Academy Award Nomination, Bibbit would be followed by a career-spanning penchant for playing the depraved. As the voice behind everyone’s favorite possessed doll, Dourif’s contribution to the horror genre with the Child’s Play franchise is one of a very few roles that’s found the 66-year-old actor front and center. As adept as he is at playing Chucky (and has been for …

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