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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 9 August 1938Dallas, Texas, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Burton Gilliam was born on August 9, 1938 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He is an actor, known for Blazing Saddles (1974), Back to the Future Part III (1990) and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). He is married to Susan. They have two children. He was previously married to Sheila K. Brown and Carolyn M. Reed.

Spouse (3)

Sheila K. Brown (19 September 1970 - 22 April 1974) (divorced)
Carolyn M. Reed (7 December 1968 - 23 April 1969) (divorced)
Susan (? - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

His toothy smile and good-ol'-boy character portrayals

Trivia (12)

Before pursing acting, he was a fireman.
He was a Golden Gloves referee in Dallas, Texas, before he was an actor.
Professional boxing referee and judge in the State of California.
Gilliam's granddaughter, Hollie Vise, is one of the top gymnasts in the USA and an Olympic hopeful. In 2001, at age 13, she won the silver medal at the USA Junior National Championships.
Met Madeline Kahn for the first time while making the film Paper Moon (1973). She predicted that the two of them would work together again. Within three months, both of them had been cast in Blazing Saddles (1974).
Was assigned to Engine Co. 39 at the time of his resignation in 1972 from the Dallas Fire Department.
Retired in Allen, TX (North of Dallas) [August 2001]
Doing TV commercials for Memphis-area auto dealer Homer Skelton Ford. [March 2009]
Williamsburg, VA: Attended the Western Film Festival [March 2013]
Doing TV commercials for Dallas, Texas Ford dealer Rodeo Ford. [September 2006]
Television commercials for a Yuma, Arizona car dealer. [January 2008]
Attended Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Texas. Was a theatre member at ROHS, taught by Mrs. Little who is still teaching theatre today.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on being typecast in cowboy roles] I got in the business to make money, so being typecast didn't bother me. I know I'm never gonna be asked to do Shakespeare.
[on his trademark broad toothy grin] It draws people. It's the most natural thing I can do. The smile has got 'em a lot of times.

Salary (2)

Paper Moon (1973) $282 per week
Blazing Saddles (1974) $25,000

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