Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold-Episode 158: William Sadler Never Misses A Beat

William Sadler Never Misses A Beat

William Sadler is known to Star Trek fans for his time on Deep Space Nine as Luther Sloan, a member of a mysterious group within Starfleet called Section 31. Through three episodes, Sloan introduced viewers to this clandestine organization that left a huge mark on the franchise. But, the actor who played this character is just as impactful. Sadler talks to us about growing up in Upstate New York and becoming an actor, what he learned at Cornell University, playing Julius Caesar in The Bard's famous play on Broadway alongside Denzel Washington, and breaking down how to keep the works of Shakespeare fresh as an actor. From there, we deep dive into Sloan and Section 31, memories from playing the part, and what made this Machiavellian character so important to DS9 and Star Trek as a whole. We also discuss some of his other notable works, like his time as Heywood in “The Shawshank Redemption,” Colonel Stuart in “Die Hard 2” and his infamous nude scene, and playing the Grim Reaper in “Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.”

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