William Ragsdale

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William Ragsdale
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Ragsdale in 2011
Robert William Ragsdale

(1961-01-19) January 19, 1961 (age 60) [1]
Years active1979–present
Known for Fright Night
Andrea Ragsdale
(m. 1999)

William Ragsdale (born January 19, 1961) is an American actor known best for playing teenaged vampire slayer Charley Brewster in the horror vampire film, Fright Night (1985), and as Herman Brooks in the television series Herman's Head (1991-94). [2]


Early life and education

Ragsdale was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, and attended Hendrix College, where he appeared in plays alongside Natalie Canerday.


He garnered attention as the young hero of Fright Night and Fright Night Part 2 and onstage in Neil Simon's plays, Biloxi Blues [3] and Brighton Beach Memoirs , two of the three parts of Simon's trilogy, which ends with Broadway Bound . Ragsdale featured in the romance comedy movie Mannequin Two: On the Move (1991). [4]

Ragsdale has had a sporadic career with regard to prime-time television. He featured for three years on Herman's Head . He had a brief recurring role in the television series Judging Amy . He played a television producer for Grosse Pointe , which lasted one season.

He was cast in the pilot for Charmed , but refused the series to feature in the short-lived situation comedy Brother's Keeper . [5] He appeared on Ellen as the boyfriend of Ellen Morgan (played by Ellen DeGeneres) before her character revealed her homosexuality. He has had guest roles on television, including a four-episode stint on Less than Perfect , as well as small feature movie roles.

He played the role of Gary Hawkins in 12 episodes of the television series Justified from March 2010 through March 2012, during the series' first three seasons. [6] In 2014, he played Chris Smith in the remake of the movie Left Behind . [7]

In 2017, he appeared in the role of Reverend Todd in the Off-Broadway production of Man from Nebraska at the Second Stage Theatre. [8]



1979 Screams of a Winter Night The Kid - Service Station Attendant
1985 Fright Night Charley Brewster
1985 Smooth Talk Jeff
1988 Fright Night Part 2 Charley Brewster
1991 Mannequin Two: On the Move Jason Williamson / Prince William
1998 Just a Little Harmless Sex Brent
2006 Big Momma's House 2 Bob
2006 Road House 2 Sands Cooper
2006 The Last Time Rogers
2007 The Reaping Sheriff Cade
2007LA BluesPaul Cooper
2008 What Just Happened Agent #1
2009 Wonderful World Buford Parks
2012 Thunderstruck Joe Newall
2013 Broken City Mr. Davies
2014 Left Behind Chris Smith
2018 Alex Strangelove Ron Truelove
2019When We Dance the Music DiesTom Walton


1984 Santa Barbara StudentEpisode #1.43
1989Wally and the ValentinesWally GillisTelevision film
1990The Bobby & Larry ShowLarry
1991Frankenstein: The College YearsMark Chrisman
1991–1994 Herman's Head Herman Brooks72 episodes
1994–1997 Ellen Dan4 episodes
1995 Favorite Deadly Sins Todd FarritTelevision film
1995Nowhere FastZack
1996 Hope & Gloria Danny Saterfield2 episodes
1996Bunk Bed BrothersMatt ArcherTelevision film
1997Faster Baby, KillAndrew KincaidEpisode: "Pilot"
1998–1999 Brother's Keeper Porter Waide23 episodes
2000–2001 Grosse Pointe Rob Fields17 episodes
2000–2003 Judging Amy Charles Duff5 episodes
2003 Miss Match Russell DixonEpisode: "Pilot"
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Curb Your EnthusiasmEpisode: "The 5 Wood"
2004 Less than Perfect Mitch Calgrove4 episodes
2004The Madam's Family: The Truth

About the Canal Street Brothel

B. B. BoudreauxTelevision film
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning KevinTelevision film
2005 The Bad Girl's Guide Mr. DooleyEpisode: "The Guide to Baby Talk"
2005 Pizza My Heart TommyTelevision film
2005 Campus Confidential Principal GlavinTelevision film
2006 For One Night Earl RandallTelevision film
2006 Still Standing Dan GoldmanEpisode: "Still Graduating"
2007 Crossing Jordan BobEpisode: "Shattered"
2007 The War at Home DoctorEpisode: "The Graduate"
2007 The Game RickEpisode: "The Big Chill"
2007 Desperate Housewives Scott McKinneyEpisode: "What Would We Do Without You?"
2007 Entourage Frank GiovanelloEpisode: "The Day Fuckers"
2008 Without a Trace Robert NewtonEpisode: "Hard Reset"
2008 Medium Russell FurlongEpisode: "A Cure for What Ails You"
2008 Living Proof MarkTelevision film
2009 Cold Case Glenn Drew '67Episode: "The Brush Man"
2010 The Mentalist Murphy TraverEpisode: "Cackle-Bladder Blood"
2010 CSI: Miami Kenneth McGuireEpisode: "Manhunt"
2010–2012 Justified Gary Hawkins13 episodes
2011Bird DogDeputy Russell GitzTelevision film
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Bill RyanEpisode: "Tressed to Kill"
2012 Shake It Up AnnouncerEpisode: "Judge It Up"
2012 Perception Dr. Julian CorvisEpisode: "Lovesick"
2012 Touch Travis CooperEpisode: "The Road Not Taken"
2013 Necessary Roughness Dr. Strauss2 episodes
2013 NCIS Brett CreevyEpisode: "Oil and Water"
2014 Drop Dead Diva Alan PetersonEpisode: "Desperate Housewife"
2014 Mistresses Dr. Blakeley3 episodes
2014 White Collar Jack ConroyEpisode: "All's Fair"
2015 Red Band Society Leo's FatherEpisode: "The Guilted Age"
2015 Criminal Minds Capt. Dale ShaversEpisode: "Lockdown"
2016 Blindspot Russell FranklinEpisode: "Swift Hardhearted Stone"
2016 BrainDead Hank LeaftonEpisode: "Playing Politics: Living Life in the

Shadow of the Budget Showdown - A Critique "

2016 Search Party Chuck3 episodes
2016 Elementary Patrick MooreEpisode: "Pick Your Poison"
2017A Very Merry Toy StorePete GriffinTelevision film
2018 Madam Secretary Peter GundersonEpisode: "Mitya"
2018 The Good Fight Rodney PebblerEpisode: "Day 464"
2019 NOS4A2 AuctioneerEpisode: "Gunbarrel"
2019 Instinct LockhartEpisode: "Finders Keepers"
2019 The Deuce HoffmanEpisode: "This Trust Thing"
2019, 2021 Younger Jeffrey Jacobs2 episodes
2020 Blue Bloods Lt. Dean StaffordEpisode: "Vested Interests"
2020 Black-ish Dr. ChubbEpisode: "Best Supporting Husband"
2021 The Blacklist Carl ConwayEpisode: "The Fribourg Confidence (No. 140)"
2021 Only Murders in the Building Herman BrooksEpisode: "To Protect and Serve"

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