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Cleavon Little

Cleavon Little

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1939-06-01

27 Movies · 6 TV Series

Biography

Cleavon Jake Little (June 1, 1939 – October 22, 1992) was an American stage, film, and television actor. He began his career in the late 1960s on the stage. In 1970, he starred in the Broadway production of Purlie, for which he earned both a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award. His first leading television role was that of the irreverent Dr. Jerry Noland on the ABC sitcom Temperatures Rising (1972–1974). While starring in the sitcom, Little appeared in what has become his signature performance, portraying Sheriff Bart in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy film Blazing Saddles. In the 1980s, Little continued to appear in stage productions, films, and in guest spots on television series. In 1989, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for his appearance on the NBC sitcom Dear John. He later starred on the Fox sitcom True Colors (1991–1992).

Early Life

Little was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He was the brother of singer DeEtta Little, best known for her performance (with Nelson Pigford) of the vocals on the chart-topping Bill Conti song "Gonna Fly Now", the main theme to Rocky. Little was raised in California and attended Kearny High School, graduating in 1957. He attended San Diego City College, and then San Diego State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in dramatic arts. After receiving a full scholarship to graduate school at Juilliard, Little moved to New York. After completing studies at Juilliard, Little trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Movies & TV Series

2001.

1 Movie

1991.

3 Movies

1990.

1 Movie

1989.

1 Movie

1985.

2 Movies · 1 TV Series

1984.

3 Movies

1982.

2 Movies

1981.

3 Movies

1980.

1 Movie

1979.

1 Movie

1978.

1 Movie

1977.

2 Movies · 1 TV Series

1974.

2 Movies · 1 TV Series

1973.

1 Movie · 1 TV Series

1972.

1 TV Series

1971.

2 Movies

1970.

1 Movie

1956.

1 TV Series
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