Slashing his way back to the small screen for a second season, Chucky returns to the Syfy channel to scare the wits out of unsuspecting viewers. With a large and diverse cast, the show features a wide array of seasoned veterans and up-and-comers with instantly recognizable credits.
From blockbuster flicks like The Lord of the Rings to long-running TV shows like One Tree Hill, the cast of Chucky is one of the most impressive ensembles on television. Though they all have instantly recognizable credits, each cast member had that one role that helped them stand out.
Though Michael Therriault isn’t a household name, he has an impressive list of credits that span from major motion pictures to lengthy runs on several TV shows. Chucky fans know him as Nathan Cross, Lexy and Caroline’s ill-fated father, and he excelled in the small but serious part.
Keen-eyed observers would recognize him from Locke & Key where he portrayed the over-the-top Thespian Gordie Shaw. Stretching his range across all types of parts and genres, Therriault has shown time and again that he can stand out and blend in when the need arises.
The former teen idol Devon Sawa is having a bit of a career renaissance as of late, but he goes way back with the horror genre. Pulling triple duty on Chucky Sawa is now on his third character for season 2, but really made a splash as twin brothers Logan and Luke Wheeler.
Starring in some of the best teen horror flicks of the ’90s and ’00s, Sawa’s biggest starring role came in the eternally freaky Final Destination. While his character in the classic film was somewhat milquetoast, he has really been able to stretch his range in the new series and prove he was so much more than a simple heartthrob.
Because the Child’s Play franchise has been so consistent, it is also one of the most bingeworthy horror series of all time. A big part of that is the frequent return of major cast members, and the Chucky series is no different with Alex Vincent reprising his role as Andy Barclay.
All grown up from his first appearance in Child’s Play, Vincent is no longer the cutesy child actor he is known to be and actually brings a large amount of continuity to the series. Having grown up with the films, it would have been a total travesty if fans didn’t get to see young Andy Barclay as a jaded adult.
Among a cast of seasoned veterans, Teo Briones is so much more than a mere child actor. As Junior Wheeler in Chucky, he offered one of the most compelling performances during the first season and was legitimately creepy as the bullied kid who turns to the killer doll for support.
Recently appearing in the Netflix series Ratched, Briones played a much smaller role as the imaginative Peter who draws the ire of the hospital’s evil doctors. While his part was small, and the show’s cast was very large, Briones used his physical acting ability to stand out from his fellow teenage performers.
Following in the footsteps of her horror icon father, Fiona Dourif is closely linked to the Child’s Play franchise and has even appeared in several of the films. Reprising her role as Nica Pierce in Chucky, Dourif is resplendent as the deranged servant of the deadly doll. Also, she went under heavy makeup to transform into Charles Lee Ray, the part that was once played by her father.
Excellent at playing over-the-top characters, Dourif recently appeared in the miniseries The Stand as the utterly repulsive Rat Woman. Coming as one of the best Stephen King TV adaptations in recent memory, it was amazing performances from people like Dourif that made the show so memorable.
Most known for her long-term roles on TV, Barbara Alyn Woods was the perfect actor to bring a bit of legitimacy to a Chucky TV show. Playing Michelle Cross, the mayor of Hackensack, Woods is able to deftly balance her character’s authoritarian position with her role as a mother to Lexy and Caroline.
TV addicts would most likely remember her for her role on One Tree Hill as Deb Lee, where she was a main character for the bulk of the first handful of seasons before becoming a recurring character. Continuity is a big part of starring in a long-running TV show, and Woods always excels at parts that allow her to play women who aren’t solely defined by being a parent.
A bona fide scream queen if there ever was one, Jennifer Tilly joins Alex Vincent and Brad Dourif as one of the longest-tenured Chucky cast members in the franchise’s history. Returning once again as the conniving Tiffany, Tilly gets to pull a lot of devious strings that further complicate the show’s twisted plot.
Known for her one-of-a-kind voice and brilliant comedic ability, Tilly turned heads back in the ’90s in the film Liar Liar where she played Jim Carrey’s disreputable client Samantha Cole. Often remembered as one of Jim Carrey’s best films, it was actually Tilly who stole the show in every scene she appeared in.
Acting alongside her mother in the Chucky series, Alyvia Alyn Woods didn’t need nepotism to succeed after her star-making performances as a child. Playing one of the lead roles, Lexy Cross, Woods inhabits the final girl spot deftly and delivers a strong performance as a troubled teen haunted by Chucky.
Fans may remember her breakout role in Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, the autobiographical film in which Woods played the younger version of the country music legend. Being a child actor is difficult enough, but easily stepping into the shoes of an icon showed that Woods was destined for greatness.
Playing the knife-wielding killer doll on numerous occasions has made Brad Dourif a horror icon, but his amazing performances cover so much more than just the horror genre. Providing his sinister voice to Chucky, Dourif has always been the glue that has held the Child’s Play franchise together for over three decades.
Dourif’s largest role didn’t come in the horror genre, and it was as the slimy Grima Wormtongue in Lord of the Rings that he fully came into his own as a Hollywood legend. Perfect for any snakelike role, Dourif brought a creepy factor to the antagonistic soothsayer that helped elevate him from an unimportant side character to a memorable part of the movie’s legacy.
Always landing larger roles in whatever projects he is cast in Zackary Arthur has grown up from a child star to a legitimately talented performer in just a few years in the limelight. Arthur stars in Chucky as Jake Wheeler, a teen who buys the Good Guy doll at a yard sale and essentially starts the show’s calamity.
Making a name for himself at a young age in the film The 5th Wave, Arthur appeared as Sammy in support of his co-star Chloë Grace Moretz. Though the sci-fi epic failed to make waves, it was enough to show the world that Arthur was a star on the rise.
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