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‘Grindhouse 9: Laserblast’ Review

29 December 2013 8:52 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Kim Milford, Cheryl Smith, Gianni Russo, Ron Masak, Dennis Burkley, Barry Cutler, Mike Bobenko, Eddie Deezen, Keenan Wynn, Roddy McDowall, Rick Walters | Written by Franne Schacht, Frank Ray Perilli | Directed by Michael Rae

The latest release from 88 Films’ Grindhouse Collection label, Laserblast is a very early Charles Band production that, for fans of 80s Dtv productions, is probably one of the most notoriously “bad” movies to come from the Full Moon head honcho. Notorious in so much that the cover art for the VHS release (also present on this DVD) should be in the bad movie hall of fame… And so should some of the acting!

For those interested in a plot, Laserblast tells the story of Billy Duncan, a put-upon teenage loner who, after being bullied by two local teens and given a speeding ticket by two police deputies, wanders into the desert and discovers a laser »

- Phil Wheat

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Character and Voice Actor Dennis Burkley Dies at 67

16 July 2013 3:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dennis Burkley, a character actor known for his brawny roles as truckers, bikers and rednecks, along with a stint as the voice of Principal Moss on Fox’s “King of the Hill,” died in his sleep in Sherman Oaks, Calif. on Sunday. He was 67.

Burkley was born in Van Nuys, Calif. but grew up in a small town outside of Dallas, where he picked up his Southern charm. Standing at 6 foot 3 inches, he often wore a scruffy beard and a Southern accent in his character roles, beginning his acting career in the early 1970s that included more than 130 film and TV credits.

After attending high school, he received his master’s in theater at Texas Christian U. in Fort Worth and then headed back to Los Angeles.

Two of his more memorable roles were as a giant, mute biker in Peter Bogdanovich’s “Mask” and as another biker, a racist named Sonny Crockett, »

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R.I.P. Dennis Burkley, of Mask and King Of The Hill

16 July 2013 3:14 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Dennis Burkley, a character actor whose heavyset build and equally heavy Southern accent made him a memorable standout in a variety of roles in movies and on TV, has died of a heart attack at 67. Burkley made his movie debut in the 1973 grindhouse horror thriller Bummer, then landed smaller roles in Bob Rafelson’s Stay Hungry (1976), Heroes (1977), and Laserblast  (1978), as well as a slew of guest spots on TV series, often playing redneck toughs.  For a few months in 1980 and 1981, he had a steady job playing sidekick to Redd Foxx on Sanford, a »

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'King of the Hill' Actor Dennis Burkley Dies at 67

15 July 2013 8:54 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Dennis Burkley, a burly character actor who played truckers, bartenders, bikers and rednecks during a busy four-decade career that included a stint as the voice of Principal Moss on Fox’s King of the Hill has died. He was 67. Burkley died early Sunday in his sleep at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., agent David Ankrum tells The Hollywood Reporter. He had been battling health problems for some time, said his son, Shawn. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 The fun-loving Burkley, who was born in Van Nuys, Calif., but grew up outside Dallas, stood 6-foot-3 and for

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