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Also Known As: Died: October 22, 1992
Born: June 1, 1939 Cause of Death: colon cancer
Birth Place: Chickasaw, Oklahoma, USA Profession: actor, singer

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Stage-trained African-American comic actor who garnered international acclaim for his portrayal of Black Bart, the unlikely sheriff, in Mel Brooks' Western spoof "Blazing Saddles" (1974). Little's big break came with a turn in Peter Yates' "John and Mary" (1969), alongside Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow. In 1970, he starred on stage in Ossie Davis' musical "Purlie," for which he won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, and appeared in Davis' landmark black independent film, "Cotton Comes to Harlem." Throughout his career, Little displayed a manic, live wire comic energy and a flamboyant, streetwise style of line delivery.

Stage-trained African-American comic actor who garnered international acclaim for his portrayal of Black Bart, the unlikely sheriff, in Mel Brooks' Western spoof "Blazing Saddles" (1974). Little's big break came with a turn in Peter Yates' "John and Mary" (1969), alongside Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow. In 1970, he starred on stage in Ossie Davis' musical "Purlie," for which he won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, and appeared in Davis' landmark black independent film, "Cotton Comes to Harlem." Throughout his career, Little displayed a manic, live wire comic energy and a flamboyant, streetwise style of line delivery.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 In the Nick of Time (1991) Freddy
2.
 Murder By Numbers (1990) David Shelby
3.
 Fletch Lives (1989) Calculus
4.
 Gig, The (1985) Marshall Wilson
5.
 Once Bitten (1985) Sebastian
6.
 Surf II (1984) Daddy O
7.
 Toy Soldiers (1984) Buck
8.
 Jimmy The Kid (1983) Herb Lovejoy
9.
 Salamander, The (1983) Major Malinowsky
10.
 Don't Look Back: Story of Lero (1981) Rabbit Thompson
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1969:
Film debut in "John and Mary"
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TV debut in an episode of "All in the Family"
1971:
Regular on "The David Frost Revue"
1971:
TV movie debut with "The Homecoming", writer Earl Hamner Jr's forerunner to "The Waltons"
1972:
TV series debut in "Temperatures Rising"
1979:
Played title role in the series "Mr. Dugan"
1986:
Notable Broadway success as an elderly man in the comedy-drama "I'm Not Rappaport", opposite Judd Hirsch
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Recurring character on the NBC series, "Dear John"
1990:
Final film role in "Murder by Numbers"
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Regular on the short-lived series, "Bagdad Cafe"
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Replaced the father on the Fox sitcom "True Colors"
1992:
Final TV role for the HBO series "Tales From the Crypt" episode "None but the Lonely Heart"
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