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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 30 November 1945Hugoton, Kansas, USA
Birth NameBilly Eugene Burrows
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 University of Kansas. After graduating he worked as a radio host before joining an acting crew that led him to New York. He began his acting career at the end of 1970s.

After appearing in multiple TV series as a guest actor, he appeared in some low budget films such as: Windwalker (1980), Vamp (1986), Hunter's Blood (1986), Freeway (1988), Dark Before Dawn (1988), China White (1989), True Blood (1989), Martial Law II: Undercover (1991), Lady Dragon 2 (1993) and Cyborg 2 (1993). Perhaps, he was mostly recognized in three action films, all staring Chuck Norris, Invasion U.S.A. (1985), Hero and the Terror (1988) and perhaps most famous in Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990), where Drago played memorable drug lord Ramon Cota. He also appeared as a guest actor in Walker, Texas Ranger (1993) also starring Chuck Norris.

Some of his other well-known appearances were in: Mad Dog Time (1996), Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004) and The Hills Have Eyes (2006) remake, as the leader of mutated nomads.

He also did an extensive work on TV, and his most popular guest-starring roles were as: Charmed (1998) TV series, as Barbas, the demon.

Drago is a dedicated actor and has produced an instructional acting video with his late wife Silvana Gallardo.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: svedzin

Spouse (1)

Silvana Gallardo (1980? - 2 January 2012) (her death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Evil eyes and smile

Trivia (6)

Father of actor Darren E. Burrows.
He took his mother's family name, Drago, because another actor in SAG had the name Burrows.
He is perhaps best known as Frank Nitti, the evil, whiny-voiced assassin with a white suit in The Untouchables (1987).
Frequently guest-stars on the television series Charmed (1998) as the Demon of Fear named Barbas; the indestructible nemesis of the Charmed Ones.
His ethnic background includes Apache Indian and Romanian Gypsy.
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.

Personal Quotes (1)

[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.

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