Burton Gilliam

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Burton Gilliam
Gilliam at the 2011 Dallas International Film Festival
Born (1938-08-09) August 9, 1938 (age 76)
Dallas, Texas, USA
Years active 1965-present

Burton Gilliam (born August 9, 1938) is an American actor.



Prior to acting, Gilliam was a member of the Coast Guard's boxing team and reportedly posted a record of 201 wins out of 217 fights during his enlistment.[citation needed] Gilliam was credited with winning more Golden Gloves bouts than anyone in its history at that time.[citation needed] Upon completing his Coast Guard enlistment, Gilliam followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Dallas Fire Department, where he spent the next 14 years posted at Station 39 in East Dallas.[citation needed] Upon his return to Texas, Gilliam had also completed his General Equivalency Development (GED) diploma with exemplary scores.[citation needed]

While working as a fireman, Gilliam appeared in the role of "Floyd", the desk clerk in the film Paper Moon.[citation needed] He has also appeared in popular motion pictures such as Blazing Saddles and Back to the Future Part III.[citation needed] Gilliam was the first man ever to pass wind in a Hollywood motion picture in Blazing Saddles.[citation needed]

Gilliam has had roles in several other motion pictures such as Honeymoon in Vegas, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Farewell, My Lovely, Fletch, Gator, Telefon, and The Jericho Mile. 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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Burton lives with his wife, Susan, in Allen, Texas, just north of Dallas. He has two children and four grandchildren who also live in the local area. His granddaughter, Hollie Vise, is a world champion gymnast.

Gilliam graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas, Texas) in 1956 and was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 2004.




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