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Also Known As: Billy Eugene Burrows Died:
Born: September 18, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hugoton, Texas, USA Profession: actor, acting instructor, stuntman, disc jockey

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Lean, sharp-featured character player of film and TV usually in Westerns, crime dramas, and action flicks. Drago's pointy chin and thin lips served to enhance the cruel smile of his sadistic villains. He may be best known for his performance as Al Capone's coolly vicious enforcer, Frank Nitti, in Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables" (1987). Drago was also the arch-villain in the light-hearted Western adventure series "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (Fox, 1993-94). A Texas native of American Indian heritage, Drago was cast in Native American roles in his first TV and feature assignments. He had previously worked as a stuntman in a Western theme park in Dodge City, KS. Drago appeared in some plays in college before starting his entertainment career as a disc jockey at small stations in Kansas and Texas. Drago next turned decisively to acting, joining a small ensemble group touring Canada. He eventually landed in NYC where he began amassing credits on stage and TV. His TV credits include guest shots on "Hill Street Blues," "Moonlighting," and "Hunter." In features, Drago can be found in Clint Eastwood's "Pale Rider" and "Invasion U.S.A." (both 1985), and many direct-to-video actioners. He is the...

Lean, sharp-featured character player of film and TV usually in Westerns, crime dramas, and action flicks. Drago's pointy chin and thin lips served to enhance the cruel smile of his sadistic villains. He may be best known for his performance as Al Capone's coolly vicious enforcer, Frank Nitti, in Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables" (1987). Drago was also the arch-villain in the light-hearted Western adventure series "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (Fox, 1993-94).

A Texas native of American Indian heritage, Drago was cast in Native American roles in his first TV and feature assignments. He had previously worked as a stuntman in a Western theme park in Dodge City, KS. Drago appeared in some plays in college before starting his entertainment career as a disc jockey at small stations in Kansas and Texas. Drago next turned decisively to acting, joining a small ensemble group touring Canada. He eventually landed in NYC where he began amassing credits on stage and TV. His TV credits include guest shots on "Hill Street Blues," "Moonlighting," and "Hunter." In features, Drago can be found in Clint Eastwood's "Pale Rider" and "Invasion U.S.A." (both 1985), and many direct-to-video actioners. He is the father of actor Darren E. Burrows.

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Born in Hugoton, Texas
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Raised on an Indian reservation in Kansas and Oklahoma
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Worked as a stuntman at a western theme park in Dodge City, KS
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Performed numerous plays at the University of Kansas
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Worked as a disc jockey at radio stations in Winfield, Kansas and Falfurias, Texas
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Hosted a syndicated country and blues radio show over the Mutual Network's Kansas City-based station
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Joined a small ensemble company touring Canada
1979:
TV miniseries debut, "The Chisholms"
1979:
TV-movie debut, "No Other Love"
1980:
Feature acting debut, "Windwalker"
1993:
Debut as a recurring character on a TV series, "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr."
1996:
Co-starred with Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne and Richard Dreyfuss in Larry Bishop's "Mad Dog Time"
1999:
Had a recurring role on the WB's "Charmed," as Demon of Fear/Barbas
2006:
Co-starred in a remake of the Wes Craven thriller, "The Hills Have Eyes"
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Education

University of Kansas: Lawrence , Kansas -

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companion:
Silvano Gallardo. Acting instructor.

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father:
Billy Joe Burrows.
mother:
Lillie Doris Smith.
son:
Darren E Burrows. Actor. Born on September 12, 1966; portrayed Ed Chigliak on the popular comedy-drama "Northern Exposure".

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