Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 18, 1949
SpouseSilvana Gallardo
MarkEvil eyes and smile
FactFrequently guest-stars on the television series Charmed (1998) as the Demon of Fear named Barbas; the indestructible nemesis of the Charmed Ones.


Billy Drago (born William Eugene Burrows; September 18, 1949 – June 24, 2019) was an American actor. He was best known for his role as the villainous Frank Nitti in The Untouchables (1987), as well as his roles in films such as Charles Bronson’s Death Wish 3 (1985), Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987), John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (2001) and Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider (1985).

Drago was born in Hugoton, Kansas, the son of Ethel Mae (née Kirkpatrick) and William Eugene Burrows. His father was a farmer and his mother was a homemaker. He had two brothers, Robert and Richard. He was of English, Scottish, and Irish descent.

Drago was raised in a strict Methodist household. He began acting in high school, appearing in school plays. He graduated from Hugoton High School in 1967. He then attended Wichita State University, where he studied drama.

Drago’s first professional acting role was in a production of The Great White Hope in Wichita, Kansas. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he began appearing in television shows such as The Waltons, Gunsmoke, and Kojak.

Drago’s breakout role came in 1985, when he appeared in the film Death Wish 3. He subsequently appeared in films such as Pale Rider (1985), The Untouchables (1987), and Dick Tracy (1990). He also appeared in television shows such as L.A. Law and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In recent years, Drago had roles in the films The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007), Grindhouse (2007), and Machete (2010). His final film role was in the 2018 film The Equalizer 2.

Drago was married to Silvana Gallardo from 1972 until his death. They had two children together, a son, Dante, and a daughter, Cristina.

Drago died on June 24, 2019, at the age of 69. The cause of death was complications from a stroke.

General Info

Full NameBilly Drago
Date Of BirthSeptember 18, 1949
Height1.79 m
ProfessionPresenter, Film producer, Stunt Performer
EducationUniversity of Kansas
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseSilvana Gallardo
ChildrenDarren E. Burrows
ParentsWilliam Burrows, Gladys Burrows

Accomplishments

MoviesThe Untouchables, Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection, The Hills Have Eyes, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, Imprint, Cyborg 2, Pale Rider, Invasion U.S.A., Children of the Corn: Genesis, Deadly Heroes, Mysterious Skin, Martial Law 2: Undercover, Vamp, Death Ring, Night of the Templar, Dark Moon Ri...

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Evil eyes and smile

Quotes

#Quote
1[on being cast in bad guy roles] I enjoy villains. I've figured out how to get paid for doing what they tried to throw me in jail for when I was a kid. Besides, I'm never going to be the boy next door. That's not who I want to be. So I try to put a little of the dark side into my good guys and a bit of gentleness into my heavies.

Facts

#Fact
1He and his wife Silvana Gallardo have produced an instructional video to teach acting techniques entitled The Acting Class. The video is used in schools nationwide.
2His ethnic background includes Apache Indian and Romanian Gypsy.
3Frequently guest-stars on the television series Charmed (1998) as the Demon of Fear named Barbas; the indestructible nemesis of the Charmed Ones.
4He is perhaps best known as Frank Nitti, the evil, whiny-voiced assassin with a white suit in The Untouchables (1987).
5He took his mother's family name, Drago, because another actor in SAG had the name Burrows.
6Father of actor Darren E. Burrows.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Red Man's View2017pre-productionThe Stranger
Shades of Vengeancepre-productionShades (rumored)
Sunset at DawnfilmingThe Mentor (rumored)
Watch Me PlayannouncedDr. Sleez
The Dance2014/VThe Stranger
Low Down2014Lew
Black Asylum2013ShortLeonard Gorman
Night of the Templar2013Shauna the Chef
Birth of an Outlaw2012ShortBoss
Balls to the Wall2011Belthagor
Children of the Corn: Genesis2011Preacher
The Fallen Angel2010ShortLucifer
World's End2010Edward
The Ritual2009/IIThe Man in Black
Ghost Town2009TV MovieReb Halland
Dark Moon Rising2009Thibodeaux
Rounds2008Edward
Copperhead2008TV MovieJesse Evans
Supernatural2008TV SeriesDoc Benton
3 Stories About Evil2008ShortMr. Harris
Zombie Hunters2007Dr. Frankfurt
Revamped2007VideoVladimus
Moving McAllister2007The Lady
The Dead One2007The Old Indian
Lime Salted Love2006Zephyr's Stepdad
Soul Searchers2006
The Hills Have Eyes2006Papa Jupiter
Seven Mummies2006Drake
Masters of Horror2006TV SeriesChristopher
13 Graves2006TV MovieRed Maines
Blood Relic2005VideoHarry
Demon Hunter2005Asmodeus
Worn Like a Tattoo2004Short
Somewhere in the Middle2004ShortFather
Charmed1999-2004TV SeriesBarbas
Mysterious Skin2004Zeke
Fort Doom2004VideoMr. Fallow
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins2004VideoBlack Hand Kelly
All for Money2003Short
Welcome to America2002Crazy Old Man
The Circuit2002Lenny
Desert Rose2002
Death Game2001Shakes Montrose
Michael Jackson: You Rock My World2001Video shortThug
Mirror, Mirror IV: Reflection2000Frederick Champion
Very Mean Men2000Dante
Strike Zone2000VideoAlex Goddard
The X-Files2000TV SeriesOrel Peattie
Lima: Breaking the Silence1999General Monticito Frantacino
Nash Bridges1999TV SeriesLou Grissom
Soccer Dog: The Movie1999Damon Fleming The Dog Catcher
Monkey Business1998Branson
A Doll in the Dark1997Keith
Convict 7621997Mannix
Assault on Devil's Island1997TV MovieCarlos Gallindo
Blue Devil, Blue Devil1996Macintower
Sci-fighters1996VideoAdrian Dunn
Mad Dog Time1996Wells
Blood Money1996Agent Pierce
Drifting School1995Thomas King
Mirror, Mirror III: The Voyeur1995Anthony
The Takeover1995VideoDaniel Stein
Walker, Texas Ranger1995TV SeriesRunning Wolf
Phoenix1995/IKilgore
Lunarcop1995Kay
Never Say Die1994Reverend James
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.1993-1994TV SeriesJohn Bly
Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow1993VideoDanny Bench
Deadly Heroes1993Jose Maria Carlos
The Outfit1993Lucky Luciano
Lady Dragon 21993Diego
Guncrazy1992Hank Fulton
Death Ring1992VideoDanton Vachs
Secret Games1992VideoMark Langford
Martial Law II: Undercover1991VideoCaptain Krantz
Diplomatic Immunity1991/ICowboy
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection1990Ramon Cota
Mike + The Mechanics: A Closer Look1989VideoMysterious Stranger (video 'Silent Running')
Prime Suspect1989Cyril
Gwang tin lung fu wui1989Scalia
Monsters1989TV SeriesRichard
True Blood1989Billy 'Spider' Masters
Friday the 13th: The Series1988TV SeriesEdgar Van Horne
Freeway1988Edward Anthony Heller
Dark Before Dawn1988Cabalista Leader
Hero and the Terror1988Dr. Highwater
Banzai Runner1987Syszek
The Untouchables1987Frank Nitti
In Self Defense1987TV MovieEdward Reeves
The Wizard1987TV SeriesTonio
Hunter's Blood1986Snake
Vamp1986Snow
T.J. Hooker1983-1986TV SeriesAngelo Dupree / Carl Malek
North and South, Book II1986TV Mini-SeriesRat
The Fall Guy1986TV SeriesFreddie
Hill Street Blues1986TV SeriesLeo
Hunter1984-1986TV SeriesLe Claire / Rosco Ganther
Moonlighting1985TV SeriesGangster in Leather Coat
Trapper John, M.D.1985TV SeriesSnakebite
Invasion U.S.A.1985Mickey
Pale Rider1985Deputy Mather
Hardcastle and McCormick1985TV Series
Partners in Crime1984TV SeriesMan in White Suit
Automan1984TV SeriesChico Fuentes
Cutter to Houston1983TV Series
Johnny Belinda1982TV MovieCutter
Strike Force1981TV SeriesErnie
Cutter's Way1981Garbage Man
Windwalker1980Crow Scout
The Chisholms1979TV Mini-SeriesTeetontah Teetonkah
No Other Love1979TV MovieBrian

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SandyDocumentary executive producer filming
Dark Moon Rising2009co-producer
Blood Relic2005Video associate producer
Mirror, Mirror III: The Voyeur1995associate producer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lime Salted Love2006

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SandyDocumentary filming
One of Those Nights: The Making of 'Vamp'2016Video documentary shortHimself
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentaryHimself
Underground Entertainment: The Movie2011DocumentarySpankin' Bill
Char·ac·ter: The Interviews2010DocumentaryHimself
I Am the Film Director of Love: An Interview with Takashi Miike2006Video documentary shortHimself
Imprinting: The Making of 'Imprint'2006Video documentaryHimself
Surviving the Hills: Making of 'The Hills Have Eyes'2006Video documentaryHimself
Demons Among Us2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Seven Mummies'2005VideoHimself
Michael Jackson: The One2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - video 'You Rock My World'
You're on the Set of 'Tremors 4: The Legend Begins'2004Video documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Michael Jackson: Number Ones2003Video documentaryThug (segment "You Rock My World")
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1994TV SeriesDiego
The Chisholms1980TV Mini-SeriesTeetontah

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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