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

Burton Gilliam
Gilliam at the 2011 Dallas International Film Festival
Born (1938-08-09) August 9, 1938 (age 81)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active1973–present




Prior to acting, Gilliam was a member of the Coast Guard's boxing team where he won 201 out of 217 fights at 6ft1inches tall and 145 pounds he towered over most of his opponents. Upon completing his Coast Guard enlistment, Gilliam followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Dallas Fire Department. He remained in the boxing world for decades, working as a referee in California.

While working as a fireman, Gilliam appeared in the role of "Floyd", the desk clerk in the film Paper Moon. He has also appeared in popular motion pictures such as Blazing Saddles and Back to the Future Part III.

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 Terror Within II. 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.

Personal lifeEdit

Gilliam was born in Dallas, Texas. He lives with his wife, Susan, in Allen, Texas, just north of Dallas. He has two children and four grandchildren, all of whom live nearby. His granddaughter, Hollie Vise, is a world champion gymnast.

Gilliam graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1956 and was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 2004. In 2018, he was the Grand Marshal of the Dallas St. Patrick's Day parade.




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