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Gilliam at the 2011 Dallas International Film Festival
Burton Gilliam (born August 9, 1938) is an American actor. He is best known for memorable roles in several popular 1970's movies, such as Blazing Saddles and Paper Moon.
Before acting, Gilliam was a member of the Coast Guard's boxing team where he won 201 out of 217 fights at 6 feet, 1 inches and 145 lbs., he towered over most of his opponents. He remained in the boxing world for decades, working as a referee in California.
Gilliam has had roles in movies, such as Honeymoon in Vegas, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Farewell, My Lovely, Fletch, Gator, Telefon, and The Terror Within II. His television appearances include Alice, Charlie's Angels, The A-Team,The Dukes Of Hazzard, The Fall Guy, and he appeared as a regular on Evening Shade.
Gilliam was born in Dallas, Texas. He lives with his wife Susan in Allen, Texas, just north of Dallas. He has two children and four grandchildren, all of whom live nearby. His granddaughter Hollie Vise is a world champion gymnast.
Gilliam graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1956 and was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 2004. In 2018, he was the grand marshal of the Dallas St. Patrick's Day parade.