William Sadler plays Sheriff Valenti, one of the few humans who knows the secret of the three alien teenagers in the New Mexico town made famous by the supposed crash of an alien spacecraft in 1947. Based on "Roswell High," the book series by Melinda Metz, this suspenseful and affecting drama melds science fiction with the alienation of young adulthood. "Roswell" will make its UPN premiere this fall. This marks its third season.
In a 30-year acting career that spans films such as "The Shawshank Redemption" and theatrical productions such as "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway, Sadler has played an extraordinary range of roles.
Sadler's began his career on the New York stage where he appeared in some 75 productions over a 12-year period, earning him the Obie and Villager awards. His extensive stage experience culminated in his performance in the original Broadway cast of Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning classic "Biloxi Blues." For his portrayal of Drill Sergeant Toomey, Sadler received a Drama Desk nomination, and the Dramalogue and Actor's Equity Award in 1985.
His varied feature film work includes the diabolical Colonel Stewart in "Die Hard 2," the dim-witted inmate Haywood in the critically acclaimed "The Shawshank Redemption" and the Grim Reaper in "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey." Most recently, he appeared in "The Green Mile" starring Tom Hanks and "Witness Protection" starring Forrest Whittaker and Tom Sizemore. Additional film credits include "Disturbing Behavior" alongside fellow "Roswell" cast member Brendan Fehr, "Trespass," "Rocket Man," "The Hot Spot," "Hard to Kill" and "Rush."
Sadler has appeared in hit television series such as "Roseanne," "Newhart," "Murphy Brown," "St. Elsewhere," "The Outer Limits" and the premiere episode of "Tales from the Crypt," for which he garnered a CableAce nomination. He also had a recurring role on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."
Though he currently lives in Los Angeles for the filming of "Roswell," Sadler and his wife Marni Bakst spend as much time as possible in their restored 1790-era farmhouse in upstate New York.
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