William Sanderson: True Blood’s Sheriff Bud Dearborne

March 31, 2009 by  

william2William Sanderson of True Blood finds that it is refreshing to be playing a normal character versus his usual off-center characters. Throughout Mr. Sanderson’s career in acting he has played many unusual characters from Larry the goofy handyman on the “Bob Newhart Show,” to the scuzzy E.B. Farnum on HBO‘s “Deadwood,” a genius toymaker in “Blade Runner,” and on the Emmy-winning miniseries “Lonesome Dove.” As Mr. Sanderson would further describe in his earlier works he played many roles as a “prairie scum” as he would call it. So now for William Sanderson to be playing the role as Sheriff Dub Dearborne on Alan Ball’s hit HBO TV series “True Blood” is a little strange for him. For once in a long time he is playing a regular guy. He co-stars in the HBO series with Golden-Globe winner Anna Paquin, who plays the telepathic bar waitress (Sookie Stackhouse) who falls in love with a 173 year old vampire played by the talented Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton). Though it seems that Mr. Sanderson cannot seem to get away from playing unusual characters for long. Recently Mr. Sanderson guest appeared on ABC” “LOST” as a torturer and as he stated to the reporter that it is difficult playing a “regular guy” as Sheriff Bud Dearborne on “True Blood.” “For me to play a normal person,” he said, “it’s kind of scary.”

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