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Dennis Henry Burkley (September 10, 1945 – July 14, 2013) was an American actor. In a career spanning four decades, he appeared in numerous films and television series.

Dennis Burkley
Dennis Burkley 1979.jpg
Dennis Burkley in 1979
Born(1945-09-10)September 10, 1945
DiedJuly 14, 2013(2013-07-14) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Years active1973–2013
Laura Alderdice (m. 1967–2013)


Early lifeEdit

Burkley was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Imogene (née Ware) and Henry Burkley.[1] He grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas, and graduated from Texas Christian University.


In his 1980s and 1990s appearances, Burkley was most recognizable for his large 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and 300 lb (140 kg) frame, scruffy beard, and Southern accent.

Among his many acting credits, he established himself as a talent in the 1970s with appearances on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Maude, BJ and the Bear, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo and the Rockford Files. In the 80s, he came into his own as an actor with high profile roles as Sonny Crockett on Hill Street Blues and another memorable role as Cal, the Texas-born junkyard partner of Fred G. Sanford in Sanford, the short-lived Sanford and Son sequel from 1980-1981. He played a cannibal on an episode of Night Court. He appeared as Bubba in the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard in Season 2, Episode 18, called "Find Loretta Lynn". He provided the voice of several supporting characters on the animated television series King of the Hill (set in his home state of Texas). In 2005, he wrote and directed a film titled Repetition and also played a small role in the television series My Name Is Earl.

In films, he played Dozer, a biker with a severe speech impediment who befriends Rocky Dennis and his mother in the movie Mask. Burkley appeared in the drug culture drama Rush in 1991, the Chevy Chase comedy Fletch Lives, and Sylvester Stallone's Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. He appeared in the Kevin Costner golf comedy Tin Cup.

Personal lifeEdit

Burkley was married to Laura Alderdice from 1967 until his death. They had two children.


He died in his sleep of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, on July 14, 2013.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1973 Bummer! Butts
1974 Nightmare Honeymoon Bubba
1976 Stay Hungry Heavy #2
1976 The Call of the Wild Stoney TV movie
1977 Heroes Gus
1978 Laserblast Deputy Pete Ungar
1985 Mask Dozer
1985 The Slugger's Wife Chuck
1985 Murphy's Romance Freeman Coverly
1986 Stewardess School Snake Pellino
1987 Wanted: Dead or Alive Farnsworth
1987 Malone Dan Bollard
1987 Who's That Girl Benny
1987 No Way Out Mate
1988 Pass the Ammo Big Joe Becker
1989 Fletch Lives Joe Jack
1989 An Innocent Man Butcher
1990 Lambada Uncle Big
1990 The End of Innocence Tiny
1991 The Doors Dog
1991 Suburban Commando Deak
1991 Rush Motorcycle Guy
1992 Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Mitchell
1992 Wishman Max the Squealer
1992 Four Eyes and Six Guns Luke Doom TV movie
1992 Sidekicks Hank
1992 Beyond the Law Oatmeal
1993 Son in Law Theo
1996 Tin Cup Earl
1997 Touch Hillbilly
1997 Fathers' Day Calvin
1997 Con Air Dale Uncredited
1998 Possums Orville Moss
1998 The First 9½ Weeks Sheriff Marlon Tolette
2000 Vice Sgt. Hunt
2001 Knight Club Redneck
2001 Wish You Were Dead Sam Daniels
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Celebrity Judge #3
2003 Hollywood Homicide Hank the Bartender
2005 Repetition Teacher
2005 Keep Your Distance Gus


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Starsky & Hutch Eddie Bell Episode: "Omaha Tiger"
1976 Family Roy Axelrod Episode: "Point of Departure"
1976 McCloud Big Mama Episode: "Bonnie and McCloud"
1976 One Day at a Time Photographer Episode: "The Maestro"
1976–1978 Maude Sam Dickey 3 episodes
1976–1979 The Rockford Files Various Characters 3 episodes
1977 Quincy, M.E. Thomas "Tom-Tom" Tomlinson Episode: "No Deadly Secret"
1977–1978 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Mac Slattery 85 episodes
1978 Baretta Ronco Episode: "It's a Boy"
1979 B. J. and the Bear Harry Cunningham 2 episodes
1979 Hanging In Sam Dickey 2 episodes
1980 The Dukes of Hazzard Bubba Episode: "Find Loretta Lynn"
1980–1981 Sanford Cal Pettie 26 episodes
1981 The Greatest American Hero Preacher Episode: "Hog Wild"
1982 Gimme a Break! Dr. George Avery Episode: "Porko's II"
1983 Amanda's Billy Rae Episode: "The Man Who Came on Wednesday"
1983 Hill Street Blues Sonny Crockett 4 episodes
1984 Night Court Cannibal Episode: "The Blizzard"
1985 The Dukes of Hazzard Mickey Larsen Episode: "Strange Visitor to Hazzard"
1986 Who's the Boss? Pee Wee Episode: "When Worlds Collide"
1987 Outlaws Farmer Episode: "Primer"
1989 Who's the Boss? Pee Wee Episode: "Tony and the Professor"
1991 The New WKRP in Cincinnati Jocko Episodes: "Here Comes Everybody" Parts 1 & 2
1991 Designing Women Buford Episode: "The Pride of Sugarbakers"
1993 Family Matters Repairman Episode: "An Officer and a Waldo"
1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Hatfield McCoy Episode: "Fresh Prince: The Movie"
1995 ER Tom Perry Episode: "What Life?"
1997–2010 King of the Hill Principal Moss Voice, 35 episodes
2001 The Drew Carey Show Biker #3 Episode: "Drew and the Motorcycle"
2005–2008 My Name Is Earl Various Characters 3 episodes


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