Cleavon Little

Actor, Singer
Stage-trained African-American comic actor who garnered international acclaim for his portrayal of Black Bart, the unlikely sheriff, in Mel Brooks' Western spoof "Blazing Saddles" (1974). Little's big break came with a ... Read more »
Born: 06/01/1939 in Chickasaw, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

This'll Kill Ya 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

True Colors 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bagdad Cafe 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Five Up, Two Down 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

All God's Dangers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder By Numbers 1990 (Movie)

David Shelby (Actor)

Dear John 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fletch Lives 1989 (Movie)

Calculus (Actor)

Tickets, Please 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Once Bitten 1985 (Movie)

Sebastian (Actor)

The Gig 1985 (Movie)

Marshall Wilson (Actor)

Surf II 1984 (Movie)

Daddy O (Actor)

Toy Soldiers 1984 (Movie)

Buck (Actor)

Jimmy the Kid 1983 (Movie)

Herb Lovejoy (Actor)

Now We're Cookin' 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Salamander 1983 (Movie)

Major Malinowsky (Actor)

The Color of Friendship 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Don't Look Back 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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High Risk 1981 (Movie)

Rockney (Actor)

All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Dugan 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Scavenger Hunt 1979 (Movie)

Jackson (Actor)

Uptown Saturday Night 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

FM 1978 (Movie)

Prince (Actor)

Komedy Tonite 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Greased Lightning 1977 (Movie)

Peewee (Actor)

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

Bart (Actor)

Money to Burn 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Temperatures Rising Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Temperatures Rising 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanishing Point 1971 (Movie)

Super Soul (Actor)

Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 (Movie)

Lo Boy (Actor)

John and Mary 1969 (Movie)

Film Director (Actor)

What's So Bad About Feeling Good? 1968 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

Gore Vidal's Lincoln (TV Show)

Actor

In the Nick of Time (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Harmony (TV Show)

Actor

Separate But Equal (TV Show)

Actor

The David Frost Revue (TV Show)

Actor

The Day the Earth Moved (TV Show)

Actor

The Homecoming (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Stage-trained African-American comic actor who garnered international acclaim for his portrayal of Black Bart, the unlikely sheriff, in Mel Brooks' Western spoof "Blazing Saddles" (1974). Little's big break came with a turn in Peter Yates' "John and Mary" (1969), alongside Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow. In 1970, he starred on stage in Ossie Davis' musical "Purlie", for which he won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, and appeared in Davis' landmark black independent film, "Cotton Comes to Harlem". Throughout his career, Little displayed a manic, live wire comic energy and a flamboyant, streetwise style of line delivery.

Milestones

1992

Final TV role for the HBO series "Tales From the Crypt" episode "None but the Lonely Heart"

1990

Final film role in "Murder by Numbers"

1986

Notable Broadway success as an elderly man in the comedy-drama "I'm Not Rappaport", opposite Judd Hirsch

1979

Played title role in the series "Mr. Dugan"

1972

TV series debut in "Temperatures Rising"

1970

Regular on "The David Frost Revue"

1970

TV movie debut with "The Homecoming", writer Earl Hamner Jr's forerunner to "The Waltons"

1968

Film debut in "John and Mary"

TV debut in an episode of "All in the Family"

Recurring character on the NBC series, "Dear John"

Regular on the short-lived series, "Bagdad Cafe"

Replaced the father on the Fox sitcom "True Colors"

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