William Sanderson

Prolific and versatile character actor William Sanderson will appear on Saturday May 2nd at the 72nd Philly Non-Sports Card Show.

Sanderson was born on January 10, 1944, in Memphis, Tennessee. Sanderson began his acting career in off-Broadway stage productions and appeared in several independent pictures. Sanderson has played his fair share of loathsome bad guys (he refers to these particular characters as “prairie scum”), such as nasty lout Calvin in Raggedy Man (1981), lowlife hick Lee Dollarhide in Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) and weaselly criminal Snow in Lone Wolf McQuade (1983). Not surprisingly, considering his distinctive Southern drawl, he has also appeared in such westerns as the comedy Wagons East (1994), Crossfire Trail (2001), Monte Walsh (2003), Andersonville (1996), Gods and Generals (2003) and the acclaimed TV mini-series Lonesome Dove (1989) (one of several projects in which Sanderson has acted alongside Tommy Lee Jones). He achieved his greatest popularity, however, as flaky backwoodsman Larry on the hit sitcom Newhart (1982) on which he uttered the memorable catchphrase, “I’m Larry. This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl.” More recently Sanderson had a terrific role as conniving hotel proprietor E.B. Farnum on the sensationally gritty cable western TV series Deadwood (2004). Among the TV shows William has done guest spots on are The Practice (1997), ER (1994), The X-Files (1993), Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), Babylon 5 (1993), Married… with Children (1987), The Twilight Zone (1985), Knight Rider (1982), Coach (1989), The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) and Starsky and Hutch (1975).

He has also done voices for numerous cartoon characters, radio commercials and books on tape. Outside of his substantial film and TV credits, William has acted on stage in productions of such plays as “The Taming of the Shrew,” “When Ya Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?,” “Insect Comedy,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Dutchman,” “Fishing,” “Authentic Life of Billy the Kid,” “Tobacco Road,” and “Scotch Rocks.” William Sanderson lives in Burbank, California, with his wife Sharon Wix.

note: The above bio is an edited version of William Sanderson’s bio from IMDB.

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