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.
Cast (Feature Film)
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Film debut in "John and Mary"
Regular on "The David Frost Revue"
TV movie debut with "The Homecoming", writer Earl Hamner Jr's forerunner to "The Waltons"
TV series debut in "Temperatures Rising"
Played title role in the series "Mr. Dugan"
Notable Broadway success as an elderly man in the comedy-drama "I'm Not Rappaport", opposite Judd Hirsch
Final film role in "Murder by Numbers"
Final TV role for the HBO series "Tales From the Crypt" episode "None but the Lonely Heart"