Known for playing villains, William Forsythe started his career with a couple of smaller film roles and guest appearances in highly-rated TV shows such as “CHiPs,” “Hill Street Blues” and “T.J. Hooker.” He quickly moved into feature films, including playing a small-time hoodlum in “Once Upon a Time in America”; a hilariously funny performance as a bumbling jail escapee alongside John Goodman in “Raising Arizona”; and a renegade soldier in “Extreme Prejudice.”
Versatile and entertaining, Forsythe portrayed comic book villain “Flattop” in “Dick Tracy,” tangled with vengeful cop Steven Seagal in the hyper-violent “Out for Justice” and locked horns with ex-NFL linebacker Brian Bosworth in the biker action film “Stone Cold.” He was perfectly cast as prohibition mobster “Al Capone” in the short-lived ’90s revival of the classic ’60s crime show, “The Untouchables.” He continued to play edgy, nefarious individuals in the thought-provoking “The Waterdance”; the oily film noir piece, “Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead”; as real-life mobster “Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano” in the made-for-TV movie “Gotti”; and he supported another ex-NFL player's foray into film acting when Los Angeles Raider Howie Long debuted alongside Forsythe in “Firestorm.”
Forsythe has remained busy with a plethora of feature films, telefilms and TV series appearances. He developed a cult following amongst film fans for his attention-grabbing roles in “City by the Sea,” “The Devil’s Rejects” and Rob Zombie’s “Halloween.” Most recently, Forsythe portrayed notorious serial killer “John Wayne Gacy” in “Dear Mr. Gacy” and gained critical acclaim for playing real-life Jewish butcher “Manny Horowitz” in “Boardwalk Empire.”
Forsythe recently wrapped production on reprising the role of “Jake LaMotta” in “Raging Bull II.”
Forsythe currently splits his time between Chicago and Los Angeles.