William Forsythe


07 Jun 1955


Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA


Dynamically entertaining heavyset US actor with piercing eyes, William Forsythe has 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 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. He started out in a couple of minor film roles and guest appearance's in high-rated TV shows including CHiPs (1977), Hill Street Blues (1981) and T.J. Hooker (1982). He quickly moved into 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), 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 Al Capone in the short-lived '90s revival of the classic '60s crime show, The Untouchables (1993), and 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 Gravano, aka "The Bull", in Gotti (1996) 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).

Actor ( 126 credits )

Down Angel (2017) Detective Stone
Garlic & Gunpowder (2017)
Untitled Kevin Shulman Project (2017) Marco
The Hollow (2016) Big John Dawson
The Bronx Bull (2016) Jake LaMotta
The Unlikely's (2016) Jet Black
The Witching Hour (2016) Devlin Deeds
Check Point (2016) The Sheriff
The Networker (2015) Charles Mangano
Laugh Killer Laugh (2015) Frank Stone
Road to Juarez (2015) Doug Hermann
Echoes of War (2015) Randolph
Daredevil (2015)  Dutton (1 episode, 2016)
Hidden in the Woods (2014) Uncle Costello
Tom Holland's Twisted Tales (2014) Mr. Smith (segment "To Hell With You")
The Ghost Club: Spirits Never Die (2013) Stanley
Twisted Tales (2013)  Mr. Smith (1 episode, 2013)
Infected (2012) Dr. Dennehey
Celluloid Bloodbath: More Prevues from Hell (2012) Himself
The Mob Doctor (2012)  Constantine Alexander (13 episodes, 2012-2013)
Loosies (2011) Capt. Tom Edwards
Inkubus (2011) Ret. Detective Gil Diamante
Born to Ride (2011) Jack Steele
Underground Entertainment: The Movie (2011) Bill
L.A., I Hate You (2011) Uncle Rip
Jesse (2011) Vince the Godfather
Slip & Fall (2011) Jerry
To Hell with You (2010) Smith
The Rig (2010) Jim Fleming
Dear Mr. Gacy (2010) John Wayne Gacy
Boardwalk Empire (2010)  Manny Horvitz (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Justified (2010)  Michael (1 episode, 2014)
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)  Harry Brown (1 episode, 2015)
Happy in the Valley (2009) Stewart
The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (2009) Massimo
iMurders (2008) Professor Uberoth
Stiletto (2008) Alex
The Mentalist (2008)  Steve Rigsby (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
88 Minutes (2007) Frank Parks
Hack! (2007) Willy
Halloween (2007) Ronnie White
Southern Gothic (2007) Pitt
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Ronnie White / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2009
Jam (2006) Ted
Freedomland (2006) Boyle
Shark (2006)  Harry Russo (1 episode, 2006)
The Devil's Rejects (2005) Sheriff Wydell
The L.A. Riot Spectacular (2005) George Holliday
Masters of Horror (2005)  Buster (1 episode, 2007)
The Last Letter (2004) Mr. Griffith
Entourage (2004)  Eddie (1 episode, 2007)
The Librarians (2003) Simon
The Technical Writer (2003) Joe
Las Vegas (2003)  Uncle Luke (2 episodes, 2007)
Wild Card (2003)  Stuart Dresden (1 episode, 2005)
City by the Sea (2002) Spyder
Hard Cash (2002) Bo Young
Coastlines (2002) Fred Vance
CSI: Miami (2002)  Captain Chris Sutter (1 episode, 2010)
John Doe (2002)  Digger (20 episodes, 2002-2003)
Outlaw (2001) Ted Castle
Blue Hill Avenue (2001) Det. Torrance
Camouflage (2001) Alton Owens
UC: Undercover (2001)  Sonny Walker (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Luck of the Draw (2000) Max Fenton
G-Men from Hell (2000) Dean Crept
Civility (2000) Andrew LeBretian
Mysterious Ways (2000)  Luther Skoals (1 episode, 2001)
Paradise Lost (1999) Mike Stark
18 Shades of Dust (1999) Tommy Cucci
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999) Detective Chuck Fowler
Blue Streak (1999) Detective Hardcastle
Four Days (1999) Milt
The Last Marshal (1999) DeClerc
Row Your Boat (1999) Gil Meadows
Hell's Kitchen (1998) Lou Reilly
The Pass (1998) Charles Duprey
Soundman (1998) Frank Rosenfeld
Ambushed (1998) Mike Organski
Firestorm (1998) Shaye
Big City Blues (1997) Hudson
Dead Man's Gun (1997)  Harlan Riddle (1 episode, 1999)
Rule of Three (1996) Mitch
The Rock (1996) Ernest Paxton
For Which He Stands (1996) Johnny Rochetti
The Substitute (1996) Hollan
Palookaville (1995) Sid Dunleavy
Beyond Desire (1995) Ray Patterson
The Immortals (1995) Tim James
Virtuosity (1995) William Cochran
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) Franchise
Cybill (1995)  Bruce (1 episode, 1998)
The Untouchables (1993)  Al Capone (15 episodes, 1993-1994)
The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992) William 'Billy' Beaudeen
American Me (1992) JD
The Waterdance (1992) Bloss
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Cruel Doubt (1992)  Police Chief John Crone (2 episodes, 1992)
Stone Cold (1991) Ice
Out for Justice (1991) Richie Madano
Career Opportunities (1991) Custodian
Sons (1990) Mikey
Dick Tracy (1990) Flattop
Blind Faith (1990)  Ferlin L'Heureux (2 episodes, 1990)
Torrents of Spring (1989) Prince Ippolito Polozov
Dead Bang (1989) Arthur Kressler
Patty Hearst (1988) Teko
Weeds (1987) Burt the Booster
Extreme Prejudice (1987) Sgt. Buck Atwater
Raising Arizona (1987) Evelle Snoats
The Lightship (1985) Gene
Savage Dawn (1985) Pigiron (as Bill Forsythe)
Cloak & Dagger (1984) Morris (as Bill Forsythe)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984) Philip 'Cockeye' Stein
The Man Who Wasn't There (1983) Pug Face Crusher (as Bill Forsythe)
Fame (1982)  Snake (1 episode, 1983)
T.J. Hooker (1982)  Wounded Assailant (1 episode, 1983)
Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982)  Kurt (2 episodes, 1982)
America This Morning (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
King of the Mountain (1981) Big Tom (as Bill Forsythe)
Hill Street Blues (1981)  Richard Brady (2 episodes, 1983)
Smokey Bites the Dust (1981) Kenny (as Bill Forsythe)
Long Shot (1978) Bille
CHiPs (1977)  Thrasher (1 episode, 1982)
The Midnight Man (0) Fairbanks
Men of Violence (0) Big John

Producer ( 7 credits )

The Unlikely's (2016) producer
Check Point (2016) producer
Jam (2006) associate producer
The Last Letter (2004) executive producer
Paradise Lost (1999) associate producer
Big City Blues (1997) co-producer
Beyond Desire (1995) executive producer

Writer ( 1 credit )

The Librarians (2003) (screenplay)