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William Eugene Burrows, Jr.
September 18, 1949
Hugoton, Kansas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Silvana Gallardo (m.1980-2012; her death)|
|Children||Darren E. Burrows (son)|
William Eugen Burrows, Jr. (born September 18, 1949), known professionally by his stage name Billy Drago, is an American television and film actor. Frequently cast in the role of villain, Drago's films have included Clint Eastwood's western Pale Rider and Brian De Palma's The Untouchables.
Burrows was born in Hugoton, Kansas, the son of actor/director William Eugene Burrows, Sr. (1914–1999), and Gladys Marie Wilcox (1917–1993), he took his grandmother's maiden name as his stage name to keep from being confused with another actor. His father was of Chiricahua Apache ancestry and his mother Romany. After high school he worked as a stuntman at Boot Hill in Dodge City, Kansas. From there he went on to the University of Kansas. After finishing college he was a radio host for a time before joining an acting company that took him first to Canada then New York City.
Drago began his acting career in 1979. His early films include No Other Love, Windwalker and the Jeff Bridges vehicle Cutter's Way. He went on to guest star in numerous television series including: Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, Walker Texas Ranger and Trapper John, M.D..
Drago is perhaps best known for the role of Al Capone's henchman Frank Nitti in Brian De Palma's 1987 film The Untouchables. Since that point he has appeared in numerous films and television roles; the latter list includes The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and The X-Files.
In 1999 he played the demon Barbas in the WB series Charmed. His character was supposed to appear in only one episode, but due to popularity with fans he was brought back for six additional episodes, appearing in five of the show's eight seasons.
His ongoing film resume includes Delta Force 2, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, and Pale Rider. He also was featured in Michael Jackson's 2001 music video "You Rock My World". Drago also played a mysterious stranger who gave a boy a special key in the Mike + The Mechanics music video for "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" in 1985.
Other film roles include Gregg Araki's 2004 film Mysterious Skin, the remake of horror film The Hills Have Eyes, Children of the Corn: Genesis, and Takashi Miike's Masters of Horror episode Imprint, which Showtime pulled from the air due to "disturbing content."
|1979||No Other Love||Brian||TV Movie|
|1981||Cutter's Way||Garbage Man|
|1982||Johnny Belinda||Cutter||TV Movie|
|1985||Pale Rider||Deputy Mather|
|Moonlighting||Gangster in Leather Coat|
|1986||North and South, Book II||Rat||TV mini-series|
|1987||In Self Defense||Edward Reeves||TV Movie|
|The Untouchables||Frank Nitti|
|1988||Hero and the Terror||Dr. Highwater|
|Dark Before Dawn||Cabalista Leader|
|Freeway||Edward Anthony Heller|
|1989||True Blood||Billy 'Spider' Masters|
|1990||Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection||Ramon Cota|
|Martial Law 2: Undercover||Captain Krantz|
|1992||Secret Games||Mark Langford|
|Death Ring||Danton Vachs|
|The Outfit||Lucky Luciano|
|Deadly Heroes||Jose Maria Carlos|
|Cyborg 2||Danny Bench|
|1993–1994||The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.||John Bly||TV Series|
|1994||Never Say Die||Reverend James|
|The Takeover||Daniel Stein|
|Mirror, Mirror III: The Voyeur||Anthony|
|Drifting School||Thomas King|
|1996||Blood Money||Agent Pierce|
|Mad Dog Time||Wells|
|Blue Devil, Blue Devil||Macintower|
|1997||Assault on Devil's Island||Carlos Gallindo|
|A Doll in the Dark||Keith|
|1999||Soccer Dog: The Movie||Damon Fleming, The Dog Catcher|
|Lima: Breaking the Silence||General Monticito Frantacino|
|2000||The X-Files||Orel Peattie||Episode: "Theef"|
|Very Mean Men||Dante|
|Mirror, Mirror IV: Reflection||Frederick Champion|
|2001||Death Game||Shakes Montrose|
|Welcome to America||Crazy Old Man|
|2004||Tremors 4: The Legend Begins||Black Hand Kelly|
|Fort Doom||Mr. Fallow|
|2006||Masters of Horror||Christopher||Episode: "Imprint"|
|The Hills Have Eyes||Papa Jupiter|
|Lime Salted Love||Zephyr's Stepdad|
|2007||El Muerto||The Old Indian|
|Moving McAllister||The Lady|
|Zombie Hunters||Dr. Frankfurt|
|2008||Supernatural||Doc Benton||TV Series|
|2009||Dark Moon Rising||Thibodeaux|
|Ghost Town||Reb Halland||TV Movie|
|The Ritual||The Man in Black|
|2011||Children of the Corn: Genesis||Preacher|
|Balls to the Wall||Belthagor|
|2013||Night of the Templar||Shauna the Chef|
|The Dance||The Stranger|
- "Billy Drago". The New York Times.
- "Billy Drago Filmography". The New York Times.
- Canby, Vincent (June 3, 1987). "The Untouchables (1987) FILM: DeNIRO IN THE UNTOUCHABLES". The New York Times.
- "About Us". www.actingforsuccess.biz.
- Owen Williams (2011-11-18). "Interview: "I've been killed by great people!" – Billy Drago in conversation". The Void.