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Bill Moseley
Bill Moseley
Aliases: Bill "Choptop" Moseley
Gender: Male
Medium(s): Film
Roles: Actor
Date of birth: November 11th, 1951
Place of birth: Barrington Hills, Illinois
Notable works: House of 1000 Corpses
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
1st Horror: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

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 III: 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 Johnnie, 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 Edit

Film Year Role
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 1990 Johnnie
Army of Darkness 1992 Deadite captain
Evil Ed 1995 Voice
The Convent 2000 Officer Ray
Vicious 2003 Wallace 
Tales from the Grave 2003 Soundtrack
House of 1000 Corpses 2003 Otis B. Driftwood
The Devil's Rejects 2003 Otis B. Driftwood
Evil Bong 2006 Bong World patron
Fallen Angels2006Westin
Grindhouse (Werewolf Women of the SS) 2007 Heinrich von Strasser
Halloween 2007 Zach "Z-Man" Garrett
House 2008 Stewart
The Alphabet Killer 2008 Carl Tanner
Repo: The Genetic Opera 2008 Luigi Largo
Alone in the Dark II 2008 Dexter
The Devil's Tomb 2009 Professor Duncan
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 2009 Otis B. Driftwood
Blood Night 2009 Graveyard Gus
2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys 2009 Mayor Buckman
The Graves 2010 Caleb
Texas Chainsaw 3D 2013 Drayton Sawyer
Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D 2014 Johnnie

Television

Series Episode Year
Freddy's Nightmares Black Tickets 1989

Notes & Trivia Edit

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

Movie Quotes Edit

"Leatherface, you bitch! Look what you did to my Sonny Bono wig!"
Chop Top Sawyer[src]
"People come, people go. But how many ever really stop to take a look at the underbelly of the beast?"
Otis B. Driftwood[src]
"Our bodies come and go, but this blood... is forever."
Otis B. Driftwood[src]

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