Here's What Happened to ‘Newhart’ and 'Blade Runner' Star William Sanderson

Jaimie-lee Prince
Jun 13, 2019
08:03 P.M.
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William Sanderson — if the name doesn't ring a bell, the face certainly will. The actor's been around since the 80s and he only barely started slowing down with his career. 


He was once a music lover who was so obsessed with his idol Elvis Presley that he would hang around places the star was likely to turn up. Eventually Sanderson found his passion in the film industry.

He grew up in Memphis and has appeared in about 50 films and even more television series. Early on, Sanderson's southern accent boosted him for roles including 1979's "Starsky and Hutch" and 1980's "Coal Miner's Daughter."

William Sanderson attends the Current TV Upfront on February 9, 2011 in New York | Photo: Getty Images


In 1982, Sanderson was part of the science fiction film that would become a cult classic, "Blade Runner," which starred Harrison Ford. In the same year, he landed the role of Larry on the popular series "Newhart." 

Sanderson became famous partly in thanks to the line, "Hi, I'm Larry. This is my brother, Darryl. This is my other brother, Daryl." Larry and his silent brothers remained on the series from 1982 until 1990.

William Sanderson arrives at the 2005 Hollywood Christmas Parade in California | Photo: Getty Images


Anderson went on to other projects, usually playing the role of the oddball, the bad guy, the renegade or the like, he explained in his memoir "Yes, I'm That Guy" according to the Commercial Appeal. 

He appeared in an episode of "The Twilight Zone," "Batman: The Animated Series," "The X-Files," and "Jumanji" among others. Another notable film role was in "Last Man Standing," both in 1987 and 1996.

William Sanderson attends the premiere for the second season of "True Blood" in Los Angeles in June 2009 | Photo: Getty Images


In more recent times, Sanderson made a new name for himself in big-name shows like HBO's "Deadwood" and then "True Blood." He was part of the send-off production, "Deadwood: The Movie," which was released in May 2019.

Though Sanderson's acting has slowed over the years, he is still working and enjoying what he does. However, nowadays the actor has a great appreciation for his family and wife of 25 years, Sharon. 

William Sanderson and Ian McShane attend the "Deadwood" premiere after party in Hollywood, California in March 2005 | Photo: Getty Images


The couple has one son, Andrew, and four grandchildren. In an interview with Boomer magazine, Sanderson expressed his joy at being near to his grandkids and his desire to not only act but give back to others.

Another "Blader Runner" star was not as lucky in her older days as Sanderson. In 2018, Sean Young was accused of burglary and stealing equipment from a company that fired her. 


At 58, the actress was accused of taking two MacBooks and video production software costing $12,000. She later released a statement claiming that she went to pick up her belongings and believed the door was left open to accommodate her. 

According to Young, she had already spoken to the appropriate authorities and had arranged to come at a certain time to pick up the items. The company denied the claims.