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Bill Moseley is an American film actor who was born on (November 11th, 1951) in Barrington Hills, Illinois. He is also a musician and vocalist for the experimental heavy metal band Cornbugs from 1995 to 2007. Musically, he also wrote the lyrics to the song "Own That Jimmy" featured in the 2003 film Tales from the Grave. In film, he is most widely known for two distinctive characters; the first being "Chop Top" Sawyer from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2; the second being serial killer Otis B. Driftwood from Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses. As Chop Top, Moseley played the brother of the Hitchhiker from the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. His character was a neo-hippie who wore a Sonny Bono wig and persistently ate burnt pieces of flesh from his own forehead.

Only two years later, Moseley had a brief cameo appearance in the 1988 remake of The Blob. He played an unnamed soldier who was one of many consumed by the Blob organism. His first role as the main character however came out the following year when he played Ricky Caldwell in the 1989 film Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!. He later appeared in Tom Savini's 1990 remake of George Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead. Moseley played the role of Johnny, the brother of protagonist Barbara who echoes Russell Streiner's memorable haunting line, "They're coming to get you, Bah-bar-ra!" In 1992, Moseley appeared behind the makeup this time as the Captain of the Deadite army in Army of Darkness. Like the rest of the Deadite's, Moseley's villain had to swap blows with protagonist Ash Williams (played by Bruce Campbell). Moseley later made a special voice appearance in horror/comedy Evil Ed (which has nothing to do with the character from Fright Night).

Moseley's popularity as a genre actor rose to new heights when he starred in the 2003 horror film House of 1000 Corpses. Moseley's character, Otis B. Driftwood, was the gun-wielding leader of a cabal of serial killers which included actors Sid Haig and Sheri Moon Zombie. Otis B. Driftwood was named for a character originally played by Groucho Marx in the 1935 comedy A Night at the Opera. Moseley reprised the role in the 2005 sequel, The Devil's Rejects. He later provided the voice to an animated version of the character who made a brief appearance in Rob Zombie's The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.

In 2007, Moseley had a brief appearance in the fictional movie trailer for Werewolf Women of the SS in the role of Heinrich von Strasser. This faux preview, along with several others, was included as part of the Grindhouse double-feature and appeared before the film Death Proof. He then appeared in the 2008 remake of House as well as the psycho-thriller The Alphabet Killer where he played Carl Tanner, one of several individuals suspected of being the Alphabet Killer and interrogated by troubled detective Lt. Megan Paige (Eliza Dushku).

Body of work[]

Film Year Character
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 1986 Chop Top Sawyer
The Blob 1988 Soldier #2
Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! 1989 Ricky Caldwell
The First Power 1990 Bartender
Night of the Living Dead Johnny
Army of Darkness 1992 Deadite captain
Evil Ed 1995 Voice
The Convent 2000 Officer Ray
House of 1000 Corpses 2003 Otis B. Driftwood
The Devil's Rejects
Evil Bong 2006 Bong World patron
Fallen Angels 2006 Westin
Grindhouse (Werewolf Women of the SS) 2007 Heinrich von Strasser
Halloween Zach "Z-Man" Garrett
House 2008 Stewart
The Alphabet Killer Carl Tanner
Repo: The Genetic Opera Luigi Largo
The Devil's Tomb 2009 Professor Duncan
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Otis B. Driftwood
Blood Night Graveyard Gus
2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys Mayor Buckman
The Graves 2010 Caleb
The Tortured John Kozlowski
The Devil's Carnival 2012 The Magician
Texas Chainsaw 3D 2013 Drayton Sawyer
Death House 2017 Giger
Boar Bruce
The Church 2018 Pastor James
Shed Of The Dead 2019 Doc
Exorcism at 60,000 Feet Garvan
To Your Last Death Pavel (voice)
3 From Hell Otis Driftwood
In Search of Darkness Himself
Gothic Harvest Detective Hollis
I Am Fear 2020 Steve Mcreedy

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Notes & Trivia[]

  • Sometimes credited as Bill Mosley.
  • Graduated from Yale University and later became a journalist.
  • Appeared on an episode of Freddy's Nightmares.

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