Dick Butkus

In the 1960s, Dick Butkus made himself one of the most feared defensive players in professional football and synonymous with the rugged, blue-collar ethos of the Chicago Bears. Born in the Windy City, he built a ... Read more »
Born: 12/09/1942 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

I Didn't Do It 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Inside Edition 1988 - 2013 (TV Show)

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Bound for Glory 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Burke's Law 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Coach 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Early Edition 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1998, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Inside Schwartz 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Hang Time 1995 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

Chicago Sons 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Necessary Roughness 1991 (Movie)

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The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

My Two Dads 1987 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Spontaneous Combustion 1990 (Movie)

General (Actor)

The Valvoline National Driving Test 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Crash Course 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Time Out For Dad 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Hamburger... The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

Drootin (Actor)

Star Games 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Half-Nelson 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Rodney Dangerfield: Exposed 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Blue Thunder 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Johnny Dangerously 1984 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Sunday Funnies 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Cass Malloy 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Smorgasbord 1982 (Movie)

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Who Fell Asleep? 1978 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Gus 1976 (Movie)

Rob Cargil (Actor)

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

Rodeo (Actor)

Brian's Song 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Show)

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Superdome (TV Show)

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The Stepford Children (TV Show)

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Biography

In the 1960s, Dick Butkus made himself one of the most feared defensive players in professional football and synonymous with the rugged, blue-collar ethos of the Chicago Bears. Born in the Windy City, he built a reputation as a ferocious linebacker at the University of Illinois and was drafted by the Bears in 1965. Demonstrating an agility belied by his 6'3" 245-lb. stature, he briefly helped revive the Bears' fortunes as he terrorized quarterbacks and blew up running plays. Butkus was selected to eight Pro Bowls, but by the early 1970s, a nagging knee injury slowed him and the recurring pain forced him to retire in 1973. He began an acting career as a frequent television guest star and, in tandem with fellow NFL-vet Bubba Smith, a high-profile pitchman for Miller Lite in its long-running "Tastes Great, Less Filling" campaign. He periodically landed regular gigs on television, as per his supporting cast roles on "Blue Thunder" (NBC, 1984), "My Two Dads" (1987-1990) and "Hang Time" (NBC, 1995-2000). In 2008, ESPN built a reality-TV show, "Bound for Glory," around the premise of Butkus pseudo-coaching a struggling high school football team. A first-ballot inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Butkus remained an archetype of the game's pre-frills, no-holds-barred smash-mouth era.

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