Cleavon Little

Highest Rated: 91% Blazing Saddles (1974)
Lowest Rated: 18% Once Bitten (1985)
Birthday: Jun 1, 1939
Birthplace: Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA
Born in Oklahoma, African American actor Cleavon Little was raised in California where he attended San Diego College. Trained for a performing career at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, Little made his off-Broadway debut in the 1968 political satire MacBird In 1970, he won a Tony award for his work in the Broadway musical Purlie, and within a year was hired as an ensemble player (along with such luminaries as Jack Gilford and Marcia Rodd) on the syndicated TV variety weekly The David Frost Revue. Little's star turn as Dr. Jerry Noland on the network sitcom Temperatures Rising (1972-74) made him a "hot" enough performer to win the coveted lead role of Sheriff Bart in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles (1974) -- beating out Richard Pryor, who had written the part for himself! Blazing Saddles was the high point of Little's career, which subsequently went into a slow decline. Cleavon Little's last major assignment was the role of Sal on the 1991 TV series Bagdad Café; one year later, he died of colon cancer at the age of 53.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet In the Nick of Time Actor 1991
83% Separate But Equal Carter 1991
No Score Yet Perfect Harmony Pastor Clarence Johnson 1991
37% Fletch Lives Calculus Entropy 1989
No Score Yet Murder by Numbers David Shelby 1989
No Score Yet Gore Vidal's 'Lincoln' Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Gig Marshall Wilson 1985
18% Once Bitten Sebastian 1985
No Score Yet Toy Soldiers Buck 1984
No Score Yet E. Nick: A Legend in His Own Mind Actor 1984
No Score Yet Surf II Daddy O 1984
No Score Yet The Salamander Actor 1983
No Score Yet Jimmy the Kid Herb 1982
No Score Yet Double Exposure Actor 1982
No Score Yet High Risk Rockney 1981
No Score Yet Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige Rabbit 1981
No Score Yet The Salamander Maj. Malinowsky 1981
No Score Yet The Sky is Gray Actor 1980
No Score Yet Scavenger Hunt Jackson 1979
22% FM Prince 1978
No Score Yet Greased Lightning Peewee 1977
No Score Yet Once Upon a Brothers Grimm Wolf 1977
91% Blazing Saddles Bart 1974
No Score Yet The Homecoming: A Christmas Story Dooley 1971
No Score Yet Cotton Comes to Harlem Lo Boy 1970
44% John and Mary Film Director 1969
No Score Yet What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Phil 1968
No Score Yet The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery Actor 1959

TV

CREDIT
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1992
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • 1991
  • 1989
No Score Yet Tanner '88
1988
  • 1988
No Score Yet ALF
1986-1990
George Foley
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Billy
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
  • 1975
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Coke
  • 1971
No Score Yet Bagdad Cafe
Sal
No Score Yet True Colors
Ron Freeman

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