Tony Burton

Tony Burton

Highest Rated: 98% Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

Lowest Rated: 10% Armed and Dangerous (1986)

Birthday: Mar 23, 1937

Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, USA

Anthony Burton was born on March 23, 1937 in Flint, MI. Before pursuing a career onscreen, Burton displayed proficiency as a boxer, winning several Golden Gloves championships in the mid 1950s and going on to box professionally for a few years thereafter. Once his athletic career came to a halt, Burton turned briefly to crime, landing in a California prison for three and a half years for robbery. During his sentence, Burton engaged with a psychodrama workshop that led him to a career in acting. He made his screen debut in a supporting role in the Blaxploitation crime drama The Black Godfather (1974), lining projects like "Kojak" (CBS 1973-78), "The River Niger" (1976), and "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings" (1976) over the following years. He made his breakout with the one-two punch of John Carpenter's "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976), playing prisoner Wells, and "Rocky" (1976), as trainer Duke Evers. The latter became the role for which Burton was best known, as he would revive the character in the five Rocky Balboa films to follow. After "Rocky II" (1979), Burton made a memorable appearance in "The Shining" (1980), playing garage owner Larry Durkin. Throughout the '80s, Burton worked principally as a television actor, guest starring on a variety of sitcoms and dramas, in addition to "Rocky III" (1982), "Rocky IV" (1985), and "Armed and Dangerous" (1986). Burton also costarred as Big Arthur on the short-lived dramedy series "Frank's Place" (CBS 1987-88). He continued to act into the '90s and 2000s, appearing in Steven Spielberg's "Hook" (1991), the crime drama "Black Rose of Harlem" (1996), and "Rocky Balboa" (2006). On Feb. 25, 2016, Burton died at age 78 as a result of pneumonia.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
77% 76% Rocky Balboa Duke (Character) $70.3M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Exorcism Bishop Harris (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Knockout Segent Hawkins (Character) $127.9K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flipping Chuckie (Character) $14.3K 1996
No Score Yet 62% Private Obsession Sergeant Jim Lytel (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cyber-Tracker 2 Swain (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 53% Mission of Justice Cedric Williams (Character) - 1992
31% 31% Rocky V Duke (Character) $40.1M 1990
10% 39% Armed and Dangerous Cappy (Character) $15.4M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oceans of Fire Clay (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story Grif (Character) - 1985
40% 76% Rocky IV Duke (Character) $125.4M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Lt. J.L. Stevens (Character) - 1983
63% 74% Rocky III Duke (Character) - 1982
84% 93% The Shining Larry Durkin (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 77% Inside Moves Lucius (Character) - 1980
71% 82% Rocky II Duke (Apollo's Trainer) (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blackjack Charles (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 49% Heroes Chef (Character) - 1977
88% 68% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings Issac (Character) - 1976
98% 80% Assault on Precinct 13 Wells (Character) - 1976

TV

Credit
33% No Score Yet The Magnificent Seven Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Floyd Gates (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Renegade Ronnie's Friend (Guest Star) 1993
82% 89% Twin Peaks Colonel Riley (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frank's Place Big Arthur (Character) 1987-1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1986 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Airwolf Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Greatest American Hero Curley (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet 56% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files Joe Moran (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanford & Son Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Times Aide (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1976

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