William Forsythe (actor)

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William Forsythe
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Forsythe in 2007
Born (1955-06-07) June 7, 1955 (age 66)
OccupationActor
Years active1978–present

William Forsythe (born June 7, 1955) is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of various gangsters and tough guys in films such as Raising Arizona , Gotti , Once Upon a Time in America , Stone Cold , Out For Justice , Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead , Dick Tracy , The Rock , American Me and The Devil's Rejects . He also played recurring characters in the series Boardwalk Empire , Justified , and John Doe .

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He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance in the indie film The Waterdance .

Early life

William Forsythe was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Billy Gene Forsythe (1932–2010) and Anita Elena Castellano (1938–).[ citation needed ]

Career

Forsythe started out in minor film roles and guest appearances in high-rated TV shows including CHiPs (1977), Hill Street Blues (1981) and T. J. Hooker (1982). He appeared in Once Upon a Time in America (1984), co-starred with John Goodman in Raising Arizona (1987) and as a renegade soldier in Extreme Prejudice .

Forsythe also portrayed comic book villain "Flattop" in Dick Tracy (1990), co-starred with Steven Seagal in Out for Justice (1991) and appeared with former National Football League player Brian Bosworth in the biker action film Stone Cold (1991). He portrayed Al Capone in the short-lived '90s revival of the classic '60s TV crime show The Untouchables (1993), and also starred in The Waterdance (1992) and the film noir Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995). Forsythe portrayed real-life mobster "Sammy The Bull" Gravano in Gotti (1996) and supported another ex-NFL player's foray into film acting when L.A. Raider Howie Long debuted in Firestorm (1998).

Forsythe portrayed serial killer John Wayne Gacy in Dear Mr. Gacy , a film adaptation of The Last Victim , the memoirs of Jason Moss, a college student who corresponded with Gacy his last year on death row. The film was released in 2010. [1]

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References

  1. "Dear Mr. Gacy Teaser, Clip, and Q&A with William Forsythe".
  2. iMURDERS (DVD Review)
  3. Webb Mitovich, Matt (September 10, 2019). "Hawaii Five-0/Magnum P.I. Crossover Status: 'We've Narrowed Down a Story". TV Line . Retrieved September 10, 2019.