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Billy Drago

Drago is well-known for his villainous parts (leading or supporting), and he is renowned for his rugged yet scary looks and evil smile. He was born William Eugene Burrows in Hugoton, Kansas. He became interested in acting and took his mother's maiden name 'Drago' as a stage name. At first he worked as a stuntman in Kansas, and then went to ... See full bio »

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The Untouchables
The Untouchables Frank Nitti
The Hills Have Eyes
The Hills Have Eyes Papa Jupiter
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
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 2018 True Gangster (pre-production)
Frank Nitti (rumored)
  Shades of Vengeance (pre-production)
Shades (rumored)
  Sunset at Dawn (post-production)
The Mentor (rumored)
 2014/V The Dance
The Stranger
 2014 Low Down
 2011 Balls to the Wall
 2009/II The Ritual
The Man in Black
 2009 Dark Moon Rising
 2008 Rounds
 2007 The Dead One
The Old Indian
 2004 Mysterious Skin
 2002 The Circuit
 2002 Desert Rose
 2001 Death Game
Shakes Montrose
 2000 Mirror, Mirror IV: Reflection
Frederick Champion
 2000 Very Mean Men
 1999 Lima: Breaking the Silence
General Monticito Frantacino
 1999 Soccer Dog: The Movie (Damon Fleming) The Dog Catcher
 1998 Monkey Business
 1997 A Doll in the Dark
 1997 Convict 762
 1996 Blue Devil, Blue Devil
 1996 Blood Money
Agent Pierce
 1995 Drifting School
Thomas King
 1995/I Phoenix
 1995 Lunarcop
 1994 Never Say Die
Reverend James
 1993 Deadly Heroes
Jose Maria Carlos
 1993 Lady Dragon 2
 1991/I Diplomatic Immunity
 1989 Gwang tin lung fu wui
 1988 Dark Before Dawn
Cabalista Leader
 1988 Hero and the Terror
Dr. Highwater
 1987 Banzai Runner
 1986 Hunter's Blood
 1986 Vamp
 1985 Pale Rider
Deputy Mather
 1981 Cutter's Way
Garbage Man
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Other Works:

Appeared as a mysterious stranger in Mike + The Mechanics' "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" music video. See more »

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2 Interviews | See more »


5' 10½" (1.79 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on being cast in bad guy roles] I enjoy villains. I've figured out how to get paid for doing what they tried to throw me in jail for when I was a kid. Besides, I'm never going to be the boy next door. That's not who I want to be. So I try to put a little of the dark side into my good guys and a bit of gentleness into my heavies.


He and his wife Silvana Gallardo have produced an instructional video to teach acting techniques entitled The Acting Class. The video is used in schools nationwide. See more »


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