William Earl Brown (born September 7, 1963) is an American actor, writer, producer, and musician. He is perhaps best known for his role as Dan Dority on the HBO series Deadwood. He also played Kenny in the 1996 film Scream and Warren in the 1998 film There's Something About Mary. More recently, he voiced and filmed performance capture for the character Bill in Naughty Dog's 2013 survival horror action video game The Last of Us, and appeared in the series American Crime and the Johnny Depp true-crime film Black Mass (2015).

Life and career

Brown was born in Golden Pond, Kentucky. After graduating from Murray State University in 1986, Brown moved to Chicago where he received his MFA from DePaul University Theatre School in 1989.[2][3] After performing in numerous plays, including his breakout performance in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's outreach staging of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, Brown began work in television and film. He appeared in such Chicago productions as Backdraft, The Babe, Excessive Force, Rookie of the Year and others.[4]

In 1993, Brown moved to Los Angeles. He auditioned for, and was cast in Wes Craven's New Nightmare. He also has a minor role in Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn, and a bigger one as Gail's cameraman in Craven's Scream. Two years later, Brown played the role of Warren in the comedy film There's Something About Mary. Other past films credits include Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, Dancing at the Blue Iguana, The Alamo, and The Big White. In 2009, Brown wrote and produced the Samuel Goldwyn Co./Sony release Bloodworth. Among Brown's more recent film credits are the Oscar-nominated films The Master and The Sessions and 2013's The Lone Ranger and Brother's Keeper, and 2014's Wild.

On television, Brown is best known for his portrayal of Dan Dority in HBO's Deadwood. During the show's second season, he was invited to join the show's writing staff by its creator, David Milch. In 2007, Brown earned a WGA nomination for writing on a drama series and a SAG nomination for best drama ensemble acting. Over the years, his numerous guest star roles on television include: Bates Motel, Rectify, Luck, American Horror Story, Justified, Six Feet Under, NYPD Blue, X-Files, The Mentalist, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Ellen, Seinfeld, True Detective,[5] and others. Among the many TV movies he has been involved with was the starring role in VH1's Meatloaf: To Hell and Back.

In addition to his television and film work, Brown performed the motion capture and voiceover work for Naughty Dog's acclaimed video game, The Last of Us. He also writes and records with the Los Angeles band Sacred Cowboys, who performed around the Southwest U.S. steadily from 2005 to 2009, including having been on the bill for Stagecoach 2009, Southern California's premiere country music festival.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991BackdraftParamedic
1992The BabeHerb Pennock
1993Rookie of the YearFrick (Bullpen Catcher)
1993Excessive ForceVinnie DiMarco
1994Wes Craven's New NightmareMorgue Attendant
1995Without EvidenceGrace
1995Vampire in BrooklynThrasher
1996ScreamKenny
1997Kiss the GirlsLocksmith
1998Deep ImpactMcCloud
1998There's Something About MaryWarren Jensen
1999Being John MalkovichJ.M. Inc. Customer
2000Dancing at the Blue IguanaBobby
2000Lost SoulsWilliam Kelson
2001Vanilla SkyBarman
2001Sugar & SpiceHank "Terminator" Rogers
2003Pauly Shore Is DeadBucky From Kentucky
2003DunsmoreRonny Roy Pritcher
2004Killer DillerHolister
2004The Last ShotWillie Gratzo
2004The AlamoDavid Burnet
2005The Big WhiteJimbo
2005Kids in AmericaBoss McGinn
2010BloodworthBrady BloodworthAlso writer and producer
2010The Last Rites of Ransom PrideMatthew
2012The SessionsRod
2012The MasterFighting Businessman
2013A Single ShotPuffy
2013The Lone RangerMustached Ranger
2013Beneath the Harvest SkyRoger
2013Knights of BadassdomRandy
2013Brother's KeeperTurner Monroe
2014WildFrank
2014Draft DayRalph Mowry
2015Chasing GhostsRoger Simons
2015Black MassJohnny Martorano
2016SpacemanDick Dennis

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992Angel StreetPatrolmanUnknown episode
1993The UntouchablesJack Zuta2 episodes
1993The Woman Who Loved ElvisPeteTelevision film
1993Bakersfield P.D.HoodEpisode: "The Ex-Partner"
1994SeinfeldAlEpisode: "The Stand-In"
1994Murder, She WroteGuardEpisode: "Murder of the Month Club"
1994Lily in WinterSheriff BoydTelevision film
1995EllenCustomer #3Episode: "Gladiators"
1995The Single GuyThe CabbieEpisode: "Neighbors"
1995Nowhere ManRoyEpisode: "It's Not Such a Wonderful Life"
1996Project ALFErnieTelevision film
1996A Season in PurgatoryFatty MalloyTelevision film
1996Caroline in the CityFloyd GerberEpisode: "Caroline and the Therapist"
1996The Cherokee KidCallowayTelevision film
1997Diagnosis: MurderDusty WiltonEpisode: "Murder, Country Style"
1997Smart GuySonnyEpisode: "The Dating Game"
1997Bella MafiaFredrico LucianoTelevision film
1998ProfilerRaymond BoudreauxEpisode: "The Sum of Her Parts"
1999Martial LawLarry GambozzaEpisode: "Big Trouble"
2000Chicago HopeHarry CramEpisode: "Cold Hearts"
2000NYPD BlueBruce RhodesEpisode: "Welcome to New York"
2000Meat Loaf: To Hell and BackMeat LoafTelevision film
2000AngelMenloEpisode: "The Shroud of Rahmon"
2001CSIRoger PeetEpisode: "Justice Is Served"
2001CharmedShadow / WarlockEpisode: "Pre-Witched"
2001Dead LastVictor KorskyEpisode: "The Problem with Corruption"
2001Wolf LakeBruce CatesEpisode: "Excitable Boy"
2002PhillyBilly TempleEpisode: "Brotherly Love"
2002The X FilesRobert M. FasslEpisode: "Underneath"
2002Six Feet UnderPeteEpisode: "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
2002Push, NevadaShadrach5 episodes
2003NYPD BlueTerry ParkhurstEpisode: "22 Skidoo"
2004Cold CaseVictor LakeEpisode: "Maternal Instincts"
2005CSI: MiamiJesse KramerEpisode: "Whacked"
2004–06DeadwoodDan Dority36 episodes; also wrote one episode
2006StandoffDoug FrohmerEpisode: "Man of Steele"
2007NumbersAbner StoneEpisode: "Nine Wives"
2007PsychDwayne TancanaEpisode: "Bounty Hunters!"
2007The Minister of DivineBuzzUnsold pilot
2008The MentalistRulon FarnesEpisode: "Redwood"
2009HawthorneMr. DeeganEpisode: "Trust Me"
2009CSISlickEpisode: "Appendicitement"
2010JustifiedCal WallaceEpisode: "Blowback"
2010Miami MedicalJesseEpisode: "Medicine Man"
2011American Horror StoryPhil CritterEpisode: "Smoldering Children"
2011Burn NoticeZechariahEpisode: "Besieged"
2011Breakout KingsCliff KraussEpisode: "Paid in Full"
2012LuckMulligan2 episodes
2012Blue Eyed ButcherThomas DeanTelevision film
2012PerceptionFrank PrenticeEpisode: "Faces"
2012Major CrimesJim MartinoEpisode: "Before and After"
2013The Sixth GunGen. Oliander HumeUnsold pilot
2013Bates MotelKeith SummersEpisode: "First You Dream, Then You Die"
2013RectifyThe StrangerEpisode: "Drip, Drip"
2013RogueCharlie5 episodes
2013LongmireR.J. WattsEpisode: "The Road to Hell"
2014Ground FloorDigger TomkinsEpisode: "Dynamic Duo"
2014Grey's AnatomyHerb CramerEpisode: "Throwing It All Away"
2014Chicago FireDave Bloom3 episodes
2015American CrimeTom Carlin10 episodes
2015True DetectiveDet. Teague Dixon5 episodes
2015Documentary Now!Mitch DragandoEpisode: "Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee, Part 1"
2015Wicked CityCapt. Dan Wilkinson4 episodes
2016PreacherHugo Root

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2013The Last of UsBillVoice and motion capture