Dennis Burkley

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Dennis Burkley
Dennis Burkley 1979.jpg
Burkley in 1979
BornDennis Henry Burkley
(1945-09-10)September 10, 1945
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
DiedJuly 14, 2013(2013-07-14) (aged 67)
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, U.S.
OccupationCharacter actor
Years active1973–2013
Spouse(s)Laura Alderdice (1967–2013; his death)
 
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Dennis Burkley
Dennis Burkley 1979.jpg
Burkley in 1979
BornDennis Henry Burkley
(1945-09-10)September 10, 1945
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
DiedJuly 14, 2013(2013-07-14) (aged 67)
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, U.S.
OccupationCharacter actor
Years active1973–2013
Spouse(s)Laura Alderdice (1967–2013; his death)

Dennis Henry Burkley (September 10, 1945 – July 14, 2013) was an American character actor from Texas who appeared in numerous films and television series in a career spanning four decades.

Early life[edit]

Burkley was born in Van Nuys, California, the son of Imogene (née Ware) and Henry Burkley.[1] He grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas and graduated from Texas Christian University.

Career[edit]

In the 1980s and 1990s appearances, Burkley was most recognizable for his large frame (6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), 300 lb (140 kg)), scruffy beard and Southern accent, though in more recent appearances he lost a significant amount of weight and had a less slovenly appearance in terms of hair and attire.

Though he had many film, television, and other professional acting credits, Burkley's most recognizable roles include Cal, the Texas born junkyard partner of Fred G. Sanford in the short-lived Sanford and Son sequel Sanford, as well as Dozer, a biker with a severe speech impediment who befriends Rocky Dennis and his mother in the movie Mask. Burkley provided the voice of several supporting characters on the animated television series King of the Hill (set in his home state of Texas).

In 2005, he wrote and directed a film titled Repetition. He played a small role in the television series My Name Is Earl. He was often mistaken for fellow character actor Mickey Jones.

Burkley died in his sleep of a heart attack on July 14, 2013.[2]

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