Cleavon Little

Born Jun 1, 1939

Cleavon Jake Little was an American film and theatre actor. Little was widely known for his lead role as Sheriff Bart in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles. He also was the irreverent Dr. Jerry Noland in the early 1970s sitcom Temperatures Rising. In 1978, he played "The Prince of Darkness" in the radio station comedy FM, previously having played the role of radio personality Super Soul in the 1971 action film Vanishing Point.… Read More

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1939 Birth Born on June 1, 1939.


1957 18 Years Old Little was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He was the brother of singer DeEtta Little, best known for her performance of "Gonna Fly Now", the main theme to Rocky. He was raised in California, graduating in 1957 from Kearny High School and attended San Diego City College, and then San Diego State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in dramatic arts. … Read More


1967 28 Years Old Little made his professional debut in February 1967, appearing off-Broadway at the Village Gate as the Muslim Witch in the original production of Barbara Garson's MacBird. … Read More


1969 30 Years Old Little made his Broadway debut in 1969 as Lee Haines in John Sebastian and Murray Schisgal's musical Jimmy Shine with Dustin Hoffman in the title role.
In 1971, he returned to Broadway to portray the title role in Ossie Davis's musical Purlie, for which he won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for best actor in a musical.
1972 33 Years Old He then starred in the ABC sitcom Temperatures Rising, which aired in three different iterations from 1972–74, with Little's character of Dr. Jerry Noland as the only common element.
1974 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1974, he starred in the television disaster film The Day the Earth Moved, opposite Jackie Cooper and Stella Stevens.
1975 36 Years Old In 1975, Little returned to Broadway to portray the role of Lewis in the original production of Murray Schisgal's All Over Town under the direction of Dustin Hoffman. … Read More


1985 46 Years Old 1 More Event
He co-starred opposite Lauren Hutton and Jim Carrey in the 1985 horror comedy Once Bitten.


1989 50 Years Old In 1989 he had a role in Fletch Lives, the sequel to 1985's Fletch. … Read More
1991 52 Years Old In 1991, he replaced Frankie Faison as Ronald Freeman, a black dentist married to a white housewife, on the Fox sitcom True Colors. … Read More
1992 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Little's last appearance as an actor was in a guest role on a 1992 episode of the television series Tales from the Crypt entitled "This'll Kill Ya."
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