Brad Dourif (Lord of the Rings, Deadwood) has signed on to a guest appearance on ABC’s new fantasy-drama series Once Upon a Time. Dourif plays a beggar who becomes friends with Rumplestilskin (Robert Carlyle).
Dourif is no stranger to the science fiction and fantasy genre either in film or television. In Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Dourif gives a creepily memorable performance as Grima Wormtongue, Saurman’s slimy agent, planted in the court of King Theodan. Equally memorable is his chilling, strange Luther Lee Boggs in The X-Files episode “Beyond the Sea” (season one).
The 61-year old actor got his first critical acclaim as the Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), for which he received an Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Character actor, Dourif has played a significant number of high-strung and even demented figures in horror, science fiction and drama films, including the voice of Chucky in the horror movies of the same name.
Connecting with Rumplestilskin (Robert Carlyle), it’s sure to be an intense confederation. Dourif adds his name to an already illustrious cast of recurring and guest stars, including Buffy alum Emma Caulfield (she plays a witch in an upcoming episode), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood) as Maleficent, Alan Dale (Lost) playing Prince Charming’s father, Jessy Schram (Falling Skies) as Cinderella, David Anders (The Vampire Diaries) appearing as a doctor, and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) coming on board as the Evil Queen’s (Lana Parilla) sidekick. In addition to Parilla and Carlyle, the series stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Snow (the long-missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming), Jared Gilmore as the 10-year old Henry, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming, and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket.
Once Upon a Time premieres on ABC Sunday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. ET.