Dennis Burkley

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Dennis Burkley
Dennis Burkley 1979.jpg
Burkley in 1979
Born(1945-09-10)September 10, 1945
Van Nuys, California, USA
DiedJuly 14, 2013(2013-07-14) (aged 67)
Sherman Oaks, California, USA
OccupationActor
Years active1973–2013
Spouse(s)Laura Alderdice (1967–2013; his death)
 
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Dennis Burkley
Dennis Burkley 1979.jpg
Burkley in 1979
Born(1945-09-10)September 10, 1945
Van Nuys, California, USA
DiedJuly 14, 2013(2013-07-14) (aged 67)
Sherman Oaks, California, USA
OccupationActor
Years active1973–2013
Spouse(s)Laura Alderdice (1967–2013; his death)

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

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 his 1980s and 1990s appearances, Burkley was most recognizable for his large 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and 300 lb (140 kg) frame, scruffy beard, and Southern accent. However, in later appearances, he lost a significant amount of weight and had a less slovenly appearance. Though he had many acting credits, his most recognizable roles include Cal, the Texas-born junkyard partner of Fred G. Sanford in the short-lived Sanford and Son sequel Sanford, and 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.

Personal life[edit]

Burkley was married to Laura Alderdice from 1967 until his death. He died in his sleep of a heart attack in Sherman Oaks, California on July 14, 2013.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRole
1976Stay Hungry
1976The Call of the Wild
1977Heroes
1978Laserblast
1985Mask
1985Murphy's Romance
1986Stewardess School
1987Wanted: Dead or Alive
1987Who's That Girl
1987Malone
1987No Way Out
1988Pass the Ammo
1989Fletch Lives
1989An Innocent Man
1990Lambada
1990The End of Innocence
1991The Doors
1991Suburban Commando
1991Rush
1992Beyond the Law
1992Four Eyes and Six Guns
1992Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
1992Sidekicks
1993Son in Law
1996Tin Cup
1996Touch
1997Fathers' Day
1997Con Air
1998Possums
2003Pauly Shore Is Dead
2003Hollywood Homicide

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1976Starsky & Hutch1 episode
1976FamilyRoy Axelrod1 episode
1976McCloudBig Mama1 episode
1976–1978Maude3 episodes
1976–1979The Rockford Files3 episodes
1977Quincy, M.E.Thomas "Tom-Tom" Tomlinson1 episode
1977–1978Mary Hartman, Mary HartmanMac Slattery1 episode
1978BarettaRonco1 episode
1979B. J. and the BearHarry Cunningham2 episodes
1979Hanging InSam Dickey2 episodes
1980The Dukes of HazzardBubbaEpisode: "Find Loretta Lynn"
1980–1981SanfordCal Pettie
1981The Greatest American Hero1 episode
1982Gimme a Break1 episode
1983Hill Street BluesSonny Crockett
1985The Dukes of HazzardMickey LarsenEpisode: "Strange Visitor to Hazzard"
1986Who's the Boss?
1989Who's the Boss?
1995ER1 episode
1997–2010King of the HillVarious charactersVoice
2001The Drew Carey Show1 episode
2005–2008My Name is Earl

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