|Date of Birth
||11 November 1951
|Place of Birth
||Barrington, Illinois, USA
A former advertising copywriter in Boston, Bill Moseley got his first film role in 1982 when he was 29 years old, playing a cab driver in Alan Rudolph's sci-fi thriller Endangered Species, starring Robert Urich and JoBeth Williams. Three years later, he appeared in his follow-up film, Osa (1985), an independent sci-fi movie by writer-director Oleg Egorov in which he played a character named Quilt Face.
Moseley's got his first big break in 1986 when he snagged the role of Chop Top/Robert Sawyer, Leatherface's (played by Bill Johnson) older brother, in Tobe Hooper's big budget horror sequel to the 1974 horror hit, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, also starring Dennis Hopper. The character helped catapult his name toward the spotlight. He got the role after he sent Hooper his 5-minute video spoof called The Texas Chainsaw Manicure.
Two years later, film director Mario Orfini cast him alongside Trudie Styler and Gregg Henry in his thriller movie, Mamba (1988), and appeared as a soldier in Chuck Russell's remake of Irvin Yeaworth's 1958 sci-fi movie, The Blob, starring Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith. Afterward, he shared the screen with Clint Eastwood in Buddy Van Horn's action-comedy film Pink Cadillac and starred as Richard 'Ricky' Caldwell in Monte Hellman's second sequel to the 1984 slasher film, Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out, which also stars then-unknown Laura Harring. TV audiences could also catch him in an episode of the syndicated late-night anthology/horror series "Freddy's Nightmares" and CBS’ war drama series "Tour of Duty."
Charles Band's low budget sci-fi movie Crash and Burn, writer-director Robert Resnikoff's horror/thriller The First Power (starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Tracy Griffith, Jeff Kober and Mykelti Williamson) and writer, director and star Dyan Cannon's independent semi-autobiographical film The End of Innocence, were Moseley's films during the new decade. During that time, he was also seen as Barbara's (played by Patricia Tallman) brother, Johnnie, in Tom Savini's remake of George A. Romero's 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead.
Next, Moseley had a bit part in Sam Raimi's comedy horror/adventure film Army of Darkness, the sequel to The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II, and was featured as the Captain in the action video game Corpse Killer. Meanwhile, he was also cast in Mike Figgis' romantic drama starring Richard Gere and Lena Olin, Mr. Jones (1993), the thriller TV-movie Blood Run (1994), Roger Donaldson's film adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel, The Getaway (1994), and provided his voice for Anders Jacobsson's dark comedy, Evil Ed (1997).
After three years of disappearing from the screen, Moseley returned in the new millennium in Mike Mendez's fantasy horror movie The Convent, playing Officer Ray. He recalled, "Before The Convent (2000), I wasn’t going anywhere. I wasn’t getting any kind of jobs. My career had pretty much ended, or so I thought. I was getting into that mindset that a lot of actors do of, 'Okay, well, it’s over so now I need to start thinking about what I’m going to do next.' I thought about trade school or flipping burgers at McDonald’s or picking up the phone and learning how to sell toner to people who don’t want it.”
In 2003, Moseley headlined rocker Rob Zombie's directorial debut, House of 1000 Corpses. In the horror movie, he played the lead role that would make him an icon in the horror community one more time, Otis B. Driftwood, the most sadistic member of the Firefly family who often makes sculptures out of his victims or skins them to wear as costumes. Sid Haig, Sheri Moon, Karen Black and Chris Hardwick also star in the film.
"Otis is a straight shooter. [laughs] That’s for s***-sure. That’s certainly a very likeable aspect to him. Also, Otis has a sense of humor. Otis has a very keen sense of loyalty to family. He’s a good-time guy… he likes his Jack Daniels." Bill Moseley
Moseley later reprised the role of Otis in the film's 2005 sequel, The Devil's Rejects. About the sequel, he said, "I’ve gotten some emails; a lot of emails from fans who are happy and excited about it (The Devil’s Rejects). It seems to me that this movie has satisfied our toughest audience; the hardcore horror fans. It seems like 90% of them have been just thrilled with this. It has exceeded their expectations."
Meanwhile, from 2003 to 2005, Moseley played Possum, the carnival’s cook, on HBO's dramatic TV series starring Nick Stahl and Clancy Brown, "Carnivàle." Afterward, moviegoers could watch him in Jeff Thomas' horror/thriller Fallen Angels, Charles Band's dark comedy Evil Bong, and Robby Henson's film version of Ted Dekker's novel, Thr3e.
More recently, in 2007, Moseley appeared twice on the NBC soap opera "Days of our Lives," and starred as Dr. Heinrich von Strasser in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's double-feature anthology, Grindhouse, alongside Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Kurt Russell and Rosario Dawson.
As for his upcoming film projects, Moseley has completed Robby Henson's adaptation of Ted Dekker's novel, the horror/thriller House, and will soon wrap up Jonas Barnes and Michael Manasseri's horror/thriller Babysitter Wanted, writer-director Jerome E. Scott's teen drama comedy Anderson's Cross, and Rob Schmidt's true story-based drama/thriller, The Alphabet Killer, starring Eliza Dushku. He is currently filming Corbin Bernsen's upcoming horror movie, Dead Air.
"Cornbugs is something we do in the dark of night under the old oak tree after eating a little wolfbane, and no one has ever seen us perform because we’ve never performed in public. So, Chop Top and Buckethead finally got on stage together and it was really a lot of fun." Bill Moseley
Adding to his acting career, Moseley also tried his hand at music. He is the lead singer of "Cornbugs," a three-man band he has with Pinchface and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Buckethead. They have released seven albums: Donkey Town, Brain Circus, Rest Home For Robots, Donkey Town & Brain Circus Together, Skeleton Farm, How Now Brown Cow, and Cemetery Pinch.
“Buckethead was a Chop Top fan. You know, Chop Top has brought me many blessings I have to say. I just had so much love for Chop Top and still do. I loved being Chop Top. I still am Chop Top actually. He has brought me a lot of wonderful things. Chop Top got me the part in House of 1000 Corpses. Chop Top was what attracted Buckethead to me. We met at a play I was doing back in ’90 or ’91. He wanted me to come to his studio and just kind of go off as Chop Top over some music he had done. I did, and then we ended up making up some songs, some of which are actually on our first CD, 'Spot the Psycho.'”