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Cleavon Little

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Biography

Little in Blazing Saddles (1974)

Source: Wikipedia

Cleavon Jake Little (June 1, 1939 – October 22, 1992) was an American stage, film, and television actor. Little began his career in the late 1960s on the stage. In 1970, he starred in the Broadway production of Purlie for which he earned both a Drama Desk and a Tony Award. In 1972, Little starred as the irreverent Dr. Jerry Noland on the ABC sitcom Temperatures Rising. Two years later, he starred in the role for which he is best known, as Sheriff Bart in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles.

Fact file

  • Born: Cleavon Jake Little June 1, 1939 Chickasha, Oklahoma, United States
  • Died: October 22, 1992 (aged 53) Sherman Oaks, California, United States
  • Cause of death: Colorectal cancer
  • Alma mater: San Diego City College San Diego State University Juilliard School American Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Years active: 1964 – 1992
  • Spouse(s): Valerie Wiggins (m. 1972; div. 1974)
  • Awards: Drama Desk Award (Purlie, 1970) Tony Award (Purlie, 1970) Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor (Dear John, 1989)

Read more about Cleavon Little at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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