Burkley in 1979
|Born||Dennis Henry Burkley
September 10, 1945
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
|Died||July 14, 2013
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Laura Alderdice (1967–2013; his death)|
In the 1980s and 1990s appearances, Burkley was most recognizable for his large frame (6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), 300 lb (140 kg)), scruffy beard and Southern accent, though in more recent appearances he lost a significant amount of weight and had a less slovenly appearance in terms of hair and attire.
Though he had many film, television, and other professional acting credits, Burkley's most recognizable roles include Cal, the Texas born junkyard partner of Fred G. Sanford in the short-lived Sanford and Son sequel Sanford, as well as Dozer, a biker with a severe speech impediment who befriends Rocky Dennis and his mother in the movie Mask. Burkley provided the voice of several supporting characters on the animated television series King of the Hill (set in his home state of Texas).
Burkley died in his sleep of a heart attack on July 14, 2013.
- Starsky & Hutch (1 episode, 1976)
- Family (1 episode, 1976) as Roy Axelrod
- McCloud (1 episode, 1976) as Big Mama
- The Call of the Wild (1976) (TV movie)
- The Rockford Files (3 episodes; 1976–1979)
- Maude (3 episodes; 1976, 1978)
- Quincy, M.E. (1 episode, 1977) as Thomas "Tom-Tom" Tomlinson
- Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1977–1978) as Mac Slattery
- Baretta (1 episode, 1978) as Ronco
- B. J. and the Bear (2 episodes, 1979) as Harry Cunningham
- Hanging In (1979) as Sam Dickey
- The Dukes of Hazzard (1980) Find Loretta Lynn (Bubba) and (1985) Strange Visitor to Hazzard (Mickey Larsen)
- Sanford (1980–1981) as Cal Pettie
- The Greatest American Hero (1 episode, 1981)
- Gimme a Break (Season 2, Episode 6, 1982)
- Hill Street Blues (1983), recurring role as Sonny Crockett
- Who's the Boss? (1986, 1989)
- Four Eyes and Six Guns (1992) (TV movie)
- King of the Hill (1997–2010), recurring role as Principal Moss
- The Drew Carey Show (1 episode, 2001)
- ER (1 episode, 1995)
- My Name is Earl (2005–2008)