Gailard Sartain

Actor, Comedian, Radio program host
A hefty, beaming character player and comedian of TV and films with tousled hair and an often hearty manner, Gailard Sartain has played a wide range of roles but has been most typically cast as small-town country ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1946 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA


Actor (63)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

Charles Dean (Actor)

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Gordon Davidson (Actor)

Gary Busey 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Jim Varney: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The Replacements 2000 (Movie)

Leo Pilachowski (Actor)

Existo 1999 (Movie)

Colette Wachuwill (Actor)

The Patriot 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Arli$$ 1997 (Tv Show)


Chicago Hope 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)


Open Season 1996 (Movie)

George Rupert (Actor)

The Spitfire Grill 1996 (Movie)

Sheriff Gary Walsh (Actor)

Hee Haw! 1968 - 1995 (TV Show)


Clean Slate 1994 (Movie)

Judge Block (Actor)

Getting Even With Dad 1994 (Movie)

Carl (Actor)

Speechless 1994 (Movie)

Cutler (Actor)

Equinox 1993 (Movie)

Dandridge (Actor)

The Real Mccoy 1993 (Movie)

Gary Buckner (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)


Wishman 1993 (Movie)


Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot 1992 (Movie)

Munroe (Actor)

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 (Movie)

Ed Couch (Actor)

Guilty By Suspicion 1991 (Movie)

Chairman Wood (Actor)

Sandman 1991 (Movie)


The Chase 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Ernest Goes to Jail 1990 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Love at Large 1990 (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

Sharkskin 1990 (Movie)


The Grifters 1990 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Blaze 1989 (Movie)

LaGrange (Actor)

Ernest Saves Christmas 1988 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Mississippi Burning 1988 (Movie)

Sheriff Stuckey (Actor)

The Moderns 1988 (Movie)

New York Critic (Actor)

Ernest Goes to Camp 1987 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Leader of the Band 1987 (Movie)


Made in Heaven 1987 (Movie)

Sam Morrell (Actor)

The Big Bang 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


The Big Easy 1987 (Movie)

Chef Paul (Actor)

Uphill All the Way 1986 (Movie)


Trouble in Mind 1985 (Movie)

Fat Adolph (Actor)

All of Me 1984 (Movie)

Fulton Norris (Actor)

Choose Me 1984 (Movie)

Mueller (Actor)

Songwriter 1984 (Movie)

Mulreaux (Actor)

The Outsiders 1983 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

The Steve Landesberg Television Show 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Endangered Species 1982 (Movie)

Mayor (Actor)

Bulba 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


Hard Country 1981 (Movie)

Johnny Bob (Actor)

Roadie 1980 (Movie)

B B Muldoon (Actor)

The Hollywood Knights 1980 (Movie)

Rimbeau (Actor)

The Hee Haw Honeys 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


Shields and Yarnell 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


The Buddy Holly Story 1978 (Movie)

J P Richardson (Actor)

Klein Time 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


The Banana Company 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


Cher 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)


The Noonday Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


Keep on Truckin' 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


Cooperstown (TV Show)


Murder in Mind (TV Show)


Pirates of Silicon Valley (TV Show)



A hefty, beaming character player and comedian of TV and films with tousled hair and an often hearty manner, Gailard Sartain has played a wide range of roles but has been most typically cast as small-town country bumpkins. He began in entertainment operating a camera for a small Oklahoma TV station while pursuing graduate studies in fine arts at the University of Tulsa. Encouraged by friends, he auditioned to replace a fired radio interview host, successfully held the job for a time, and was noticed by a talent scout. The hit CBS comedy-variety series "Hee Haw" had recently been let go by the network in a corporate decision to eliminate lowbrow entertainment in favor of more prestigious fare. But syndication had the last laugh and Sartain chuckled along, joining the series in 1972 and staying for nearly 20 seasons of country music, neo-vaudeville shtick and wooden plank slaps in the rear amid the goings-on in Kornfield Kounty.

Sartain served as a regular on other series as well (i.e., "Cher" CBS 1975-76; "Shields and Yarnell" CBS 1978), but none of them lasted very long. He was also ancillary on a number of comedy specials, in support of comics including Robert Klein and Steve Landesberg. TV-movies like "Cooperstown" (TNT, 1993) came later, but Sartain had by then parlayed his vigorous, playful presence into a sizable career in features. He debuted in "The Buddy Holly Story" (1978) as the Big Bopper, one of the rock musicians killed in the plane crash along with Holly, and even sang a rendition of "Chantilly Lace". "Roadie" (1980) marked a first collaboration with quirky auteur Alan Rudolph, and Sartain has since become a fixture in practically every Rudolph feature, playing a mayor in "Endangered Species" (1982), Fat Adolph in "Trouble in Mind" (1985), a New York critic in "The Moderns" (1988), and a cab driver in "Love at Large" (1990), among others. Sartain also contributed vivid supporting turns in "Mississippi Burning" (1988), "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991), and in several "Ernest" farces starring Jim Varney. He tried to talk C Thomas Howell out of smoking cigarettes in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" (1983), was Chairman Wood of the House Committee on un-American Activities in "Guilty By Suspicion" (1991), and, more recently, the sheriff in "The Spitfire Grill" (1996).


University of Tulsa

Tulsa , Oklahoma



Cast in Cameron Crowe's "Elizabethtown" starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst


Played Oliver Hardy in "The All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy: For Love or Mummy"


Co-starred with Marcia Gay Harden and Ellen Burstyn in "The Spitfire Grill"


Played role of C.D. Parker during the initial episodes of the CBS detective drama series, "Walker, Texas Ranger", which aired near the end of the 1992-93 season; when series was picked up for the 1993-94 season the role was taken over by Noble Willingham


Cast as the husband of Kathy Bates in "Fried Green Tomatoes"


First TV-movie, "The Chase" (NBC)


Made first appearance in one of the "Ernest" feature films starring Jim Varney, "Ernest Goes to Camp"


Starred opposite Dennis Quaid in "The Big Easy"


Cast in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders"


Made first film for director Alan Rudolph, "Roadie"


Was a regular on the CBS variety series, "Shields and Yarnell" when it was tried as a regular season series after a popular summer run in 1977


Made feature film debut in "The Buddy Holly Story", in which, in his role as the "Big Bopper", he also performed the song, "Chantilly Lace"


Played Willy Billy Honey on the syndicated comedy-variety series, "Hee Haw Honeys", a spinoff from "Hee Haw"


Was one of the comic featured on the short-lived sketch comedy series, "Keep on Truckin'"


Was a regular on the CBS variety series, "Cher"


Appeared on the NBC variety pilot, "The Noonday Show", which aired for five installments as a daily program of news, comedy and music


Was a regular on the long-running TV syndicated variety show, "Hee Haw"

Was noticed by a talent agent, who arranged for a test for Sartain on the TV series "Hee Haw"

Was encouraged by friends to apply for a job as a radio interview host when the star was fired; originally offered a three-week trial engagement and later became the regular host of the program

First worked in the entertainment field operating a camera at a small TV station in Oklahoma while he was pursuing graduate studies at the University of Tulsa