Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1939-06-01
27 Movies · 6 TV Series
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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).
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.
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During the 1950s, a private school in the south undergoes racial tension as it experiences desegregation. Can a love of music help ease the pain?
Separate But Equal
A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation. One of the most pivotal moments in 20th century American history is bracingly dramatized in Separate...
In the Nick of Time
Santa Claus is up for retirement after his 300 years, and he searches New York City for a replacement.
2 Movies · 1 TV Series
Angus MacGyver works as a troubleshooter for the Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles and as an agent for a United States government agency, the Department of External Services. Educated as a scientist, ...
Mark wants to lose his virginity, but his girlfriend wants to wait. Unfortunately for both of them, a 400-year-old vampire Countess needs to turn a virgin into a vampire before Halloween in order to p...
Every week, six men from various walks of life get together to play music for their own satisfaction. Trombonist Wayne Rogers is a used-car dealer; drummer Daniel Nalbach is a mother-dominated dentist...
While on a vacation in Central America, some American teenagers are kidnapped by terrorists. A rescue mission is sent after them, but they manage to escape and join up with a mercenary fighting the te...
E. Nick: A Legend in His Own Mind
A comic spoof of adult magazines and video shows.
Evil Nerd Menlo wants to get revenge on some surfers by selling a bad batch of soda called Buzz Cola which turns people into mutant zombies. Its up to Jocko, Chuck, Bob and their surfer buddies to sav...
Jimmy the Kid
Gang of bumbling crooks kidnap a bratty little kid, find out they got more than they bargained for.
A photographer for a men's magazine is haunted by disturbing dreams, in which he slaughters his models. When he learns that these models are dying in real life as they did in his dreams, he begins to ...
An Italian policeman investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left behind at each murder scene is a drawing of a salamander. The policeman begins to suspect these murd...
Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige
Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, star pitcher in the Negro Leagues, and later in the major leagues. Traces his life from his troubled youth, including his life in a detention school for Negroes, to his...
Four American friends, badly needing money, decide to make a commando-like raid into a South American drug lord's compound.
2 Movies · 1 TV Series
The Love Boat
The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until May 24, 1986. The show starred Gavin MacLeod as the ship's...
This film is based on the true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing champion in America.
Once Upon a Brothers Grimm
The Brothers Grimm collected German folk and fairy tales in Germany during the early 19th century; eight of their best known stories are presented in this anthology.
2 Movies · 1 TV Series
The Rockford Files
Cranky but likable L.A. PI Jim Rockford pulls no punches (but takes plenty of them). An ex-con sent to the slammer for a crime he didn't commit, Rockford takes on cases others don't want, aided by his...
A town—where everyone seems to be named Johnson—stands in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, robber baron Hedley Lemar sends his henchmen to make life in the town unbearable. After ...
The Day the Earth Moved
An aerial photography team tries to alert a small town about an impending earthquake, but no one believes them until the tremors start and the walls begin to collapse.
1 Movie · 1 TV Series
Police Story is an anthology television crime drama. The show was the brainchild of author and former policeman Joseph Wambaugh and represented a major step forward in the realistic depiction of polic...
Money to Burn
A convict who managed to print $1 million in counterfeit bills in the prison print shop hatches a scheme to swap them for real money
1 TV Series
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story
The Walton family is preparing for Christmas in the early 1930s. It's Christmas Eve, and they are waiting for Daddy Walton to come home from his job in the city some 50 miles away. Since he is late, e...
Kowalski works for a car delivery service, and takes delivery of a 1970 Dodge Challenger to drive from Colorado to San Francisco. Shortly after pickup, he takes a bet to get the car there in less than...
1 TV Series