Tony Burton

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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1937 in Flint, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

Rocky Balboa 2006 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Shade 2004 (Movie)

Fedora (Actor)

Exorcism 2003 (Movie)

Bishop Harris (Actor)

The Lot 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Poltergeist: The Legacy 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

A Different World 1989 - 1990, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1989 - 1990, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1989 - 1990, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1989 - 1990, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Magnificent Seven 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flipping 1997 (Movie)

Chuckie (Actor)

Absent Without Leave 1993 (Movie)

Police Constable (Actor)

The Bulkin Trail 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hook 1991 (Movie)

Bill Jukes (Actor)

House Party 2 1991 (Movie)

Mr Lee (Actor)

Mission of Justice 1991 (Movie)

Cedric Williams (Actor)

Rocky V 1990 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Cop Killer 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Frank's Place 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Rocky IV 1985 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Happy 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Bret Maverick 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Mitchell and Woods 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Rocky III 1982 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Inside Moves 1980 (Movie)

Lucius Porter (Actor)

The Hunter 1980 (Movie)

2nd Garbageman (Actor)

The Shining 1980 (Movie)

Durkin (Actor)

Rocky II 1979 (Movie)

Apollo's Trainer (Actor)

Blackjack 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Heroes 1977 (Movie)

Chef (Actor)

Assault on Precinct 13 1976 (Movie)

Wells (Actor)

Beyond Reason 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rocky 1976 (Movie)

Apollo's Trainer (Actor)

Happy (Movie)

(Actor)

Kill Me If You Can (TV Show)

Actor

Oceans of Fire (TV Show)

Actor

On Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Skag (TV Show)

Actor

White Mama (TV Show)

Actor

You Ruined My Life (TV Show)

Actor
Camera, Film, & Tape (4)

CMA Preview '99 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Video

Crook & Chase 1986 - 1993 (TV Show)

Video

Country Songwriters Awards Wrap-Up 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Video

Funny Business With Charlie Chase (03/11/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Video
Editor (2)

Crook & Chase Tonight 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Editor

TNN Music City News Country Awards Preview 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Editor

Biography

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 <i>The Black Godfather</i> (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.

Milestones

1976

Played Duke in the original "Rocky" film and its five direct sequels.

1974

Made his acting debut in the Blaxploitation film "The Black Godfather."

Bonus Trivia

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Was a professional boxer before becoming an actor.

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Served three years in California prison for robbery.

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Often played chess with director Stanley Kubrick on the set of "The Shining" (1980).

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