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‘Newhart,’ ‘Deadwood’ Star Will Visit Wheeling Library

WHEELING — Are you a fan of “Newhart,” “Deadwood” or “True Blood?”

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then you know William Sanderson, author of the new memoir, “Yes, I’m That Guy: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Character Actor.”

Sanderson will visit Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library at noon Tuesday, offering a rare opportunity to meet one of Hollywood’s best and most prolific character actors.

He has enjoyed a prosperous career as a highly successful actor whom everyone seems to recognize — but they aren’t always certain from what. Spanning a variety of genres over nearly a half-century performing in TV, film and stage, Sanderson has inhabited such high-profile roles as E.B. Farnum in the HBO western “Deadwood,” Sheriff Bud Dearborne in the HBO vampire series “True Blood,” Larry (“I’m Larry. This is my brother Darryl. This is my other brother Darryl.”) in the classic CBS sitcom “Newhart.”

His book, “Yes, I’m That Guy,” takes readers behind the scenes of these productions and many more, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Lonesome Dove,” showcasing Sanderson’s knack for making a memorable mark in each of his projects. But as readers learn in his memoir, Sanderson is far more than merely the sum of his characters.

His tumultuous rags-to-riches story is instructive in demonstrating the power of perseverance and fortitude in overcoming one’s struggles with self-doubt and self-sabotage and — thanks to the love of a good woman — ultimately carving out a positive, contented life.

Sanderson will have copies of his book available for sale and signing.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the library. Patrons may bring a bag lunch. Complimentary snacks and beverages are served. For more information, call 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org.

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