Cleavon Little
American actor
Cleavon Little
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.
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Ask 411 Movies for 08.22.11: Any Day You Read This Column is a Happy Day! - 411mania.com
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Cleavon Little, who was doing The New Temperatures Rising Show for Warner Television, got the role. While Blazing Saddles was awesome and Little and Wilder were great in their parts, I would be very interested in seeing the movie with Pryor and Wayne
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Capri Theatre to screen "Blazing Saddles" Thursday - Montgomery Advertiser
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The 1974 Western farce, which was nominated for three Academy Awards, stars Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder and Slim Pickens. Admission is $6 for Capri members and $8 for non-members. The screening is just one of several upcoming special events,
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Tea Party-GOP's demands too costly - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
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I am reminded of the scene in the movie “Blazing Saddles” where Cleavon Little's character points his gun at his head and tells the locals to give him what he want or he'll kill himself. The locals gave in to him. That is the Tea Party-GOP
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Blazing Saddles Quotes - Screen Junkies
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This “Blazing Saddles” quote marks the first time Jim, The Cisco Kid (Gene Wilder) meets new Sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little) as Bart strolls into his new office and sees a passed out gunslinger just wake up from his sleep and wonder what the hell is
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Story Notes for Blazing Saddles - AMCtv.com (blog)
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Cleavon Little isn't the only talented Little. His sister, Deetta, sang the theme to Rocky, "Gonna Fly Now." Dom DeLuise (the director) was in many Brooks movies, including History of the World: Part I. A true Renaissance man, DeLuise was also an
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Mike Hughes: Great night to catch two good comedies - The Salinas Californian
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"Saddles" (rerunning at 10 pm) is Mel Brooks at his goofy best; he sends up the cowboy genre, with Cleavon Little taking over a town that's really not ready for a black sheriff. "Prada," beautifully filmed, catches a smart intern (Anne Hathaway) and
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Thinking Outside the Box Office: Show will go on in Covington for 'Electric ... - NOLA.com
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This week: Mel Brooks' 1974 comedy classic "Blazing Saddles" (8 Mon), starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder and Slim Pickens in a story about a political boss who, in an effort to ruin a Western town, appoints a black sheriff -- who promptly becomes his
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Faulk notebook: How 'bout them Aztecs? - Canton Repository
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There's plenty of nonsports celebrities who once called themselves Aztecs: Gregory Peck, Raquel Welch, Cleavon Little and Julie Kavner. In a 1999 Sport magazine feature, Faulk said his trade from Indianapolis to St. Louis made him “a little bitter,”
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2011 私房與推薦(二) - 中時電子報
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開場的bongo 鼓是由美國電視喜劇演員Bill Cosby 敲奏,而背後Get-it-on 的合音歌手包括另一位美國演員Cleavon Little,他們都是The O'Jays 的樂迷。 I Love Music 出現在1993 年電影『角頭風雲』(艾爾帕西諾/西恩潘/潘妮洛普安蜜勒)及2007 年電影『力爭上游』,如果你
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Comedy classic still shoots rounds of belly laughs - Columbus Dispatch
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Screening this week as part of the "Double Barrel" salute to Westerns at the Gateway Film Center, Blazing Saddles stars Cleavon Little as Bart, a black man hired by corrupt politician Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) to be sheriff of a small Old West town
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Why Greeks are angry, scared -- and trapped - CNN International
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Cleavon Little's character faces a gun-wielding mob about to run him out of town -- or worse. To escape, he puts his gun to his own head and threatens to shoot unless members of the mob drop their guns first. In this case, Europe is tired of bailing
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MLB: Frank McCourt is “threatening the immediate demise of one of baseball's ... - msnbc.com
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Is McCourt using the “Blazing Saddles” defense? This strategy is similar to Cleavon Little taking himself hostage after arriving in town. “Isn't anyone going to help that poor man”? “Hush, Jamie, that's a sure way to get him killed”
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Movie night Friday at Merrillville's Y&W site - Post-Tribune
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The movie, which stars Barry Newman, Cleavon Little and a classic white 1970 Dodge Challenger, will be shown at dusk in the parking lot at the front of the building, 7820 Broadway. Residents are invited to start gathering in the lot around 8 pm The
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Philip Rose, stage legend, dies - Arizona Republic
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Rose's later Broadway productions included Davis' "Purlie Victorious" (1961), about a Black preacher who attempts to challenge White authority in Georgia; and a 1970 musical version of the play, "Purlie," which earned Tony Awards for Cleavon Little and
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Go! Stage & Screen calendar: June 10-16 - Times Herald-Record
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"Blazing Saddles" — Mel Brooks' uproarious 1974 Western spoof stars Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn. Morton Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff, 6:30 pm June 15. Call 876-7007 876-2903 or visit http://morton.rhinecliff.lib.ny.us
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Philip Rose, Daredevil Broadway Producer Who Advanced Liberal Causes, Dies at 89 - Playbill.com
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The show opened in 1970, ran for 688 performances, and made stars of Cleavon Little and Melba Moore, both of whom won Tony Awards. Geld and Udell also wrote the score for Shenandoah, which opened in 1974 and was an even bigger success
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The almanac - UPI.com
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... novelist Colleen McCullough in 1937; actors Morgan Freeman also in 1937 (age 74), Cleavon Little in 1939, Rene Auberjonois in 1940 (age 71) and Jonathan Pryce in 1947 (age 64); musician Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones, also in 1947 (age 64);
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cleavon Little
    FIFTIES
  • 1992
    Age 52
    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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  • 1991
    Age 51
    In 1991, he replaced Frankie Faison as Ronald Freeman, a black dentist married to a white housewife, on the Fox sitcom True Colors.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he also had a supporting role in the television series Bagdad Cafe, appearing in 12 episodes. Later that year, he was cast as a civil-rights lawyer in the TV docudrama, Separate but Equal, starring Sidney Poitier, who portrayed the first black U. S. Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, NAACP lead attorney in the 1954 Supreme Court case desegregating public schools. He also appeared in the TV series MacGyver as Frank Colton, half of a bounty hunter brother duo.
  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 49
    In 1989 he had a role in Fletch Lives, the sequel to 1985's Fletch.
    More Details Hide Details The same year he appeared in the Dear John episode "Stand By Your Man", for which he won the Outstanding Guest Actor Emmy, defeating Robert Picardo, Jack Gilford, Leslie Nielsen, and Sammy Davis, Jr. Little was slated to star in the TV series Mr. Dugan, where he was to play a black Congressman, but that series was poorly received by real black Congressmen and was canceled before making it to air.
  • 1985
    Age 45
    In 1985, Little returned to Broadway to appear as Midge in Herb Gardner's Tony Award-winning play I'm Not Rappaport, reuniting with Dear John star Judd Hirsch in New York and later on tour.
    More Details Hide Details The Broadway cast also featured Jace Alexander and Mercedes Ruehl.
    He co-starred opposite Lauren Hutton and Jim Carrey in the 1985 horror comedy Once Bitten.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he appeared as Willy Stepp in the original production of Ronald Ribman's The Poison Tree at the Ambassador Theatre. He played a supporting role to Richard Pryor in the racing movie Greased Lightning (1977), based on the true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing winner in America. In the years after Blazing Saddles, Little appeared in many less successful films, such as FM (1978), Scavenger Hunt (1979), The Salamander (1981), High Risk (1981), Jimmy the Kid (1982), Surf II (1984), and Toy Soldiers (1984). He also made guest appearances on The Mod Squad, The Rookies, Police Story, The Rockford Files, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, ABC Afterschool Specials, The Fall Guy, MacGyver, The Waltons and ALF.
  • 1974
    Age 34
    He was also cast as Sheriff Bart in the 1974 comedy film Blazing Saddles, after the studio rejected Richard Pryor, who co-wrote the script.
    More Details Hide Details Studio executives were apparently concerned about Pryor's reliability, given his reputation for drug use and unpredictable behavior, and thought Little would be a safer choice. This role earned him a BAFTA Award nomination as most promising newcomer.
    In 1974, he starred in the television disaster film The Day the Earth Moved, opposite Jackie Cooper and Stella Stevens.
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  • 1972
    Age 32
    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.
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  • 1971
    Age 31
    He also played a burglar in a 1971 episode of All in the Family titled "Edith Writes a Song".
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    A year later, Little was hired as an ensemble player on the syndicated TV variety weekly The David Frost Revue and he portrayed Shogo in Narrow Road to the Deep North on Broadway. In 1971, Little was chosen to portray the blind radio personality Super Soul in the car-chase movie Vanishing Point.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he played Hawthorne Dooley in the pilot for The Waltons called "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story", helping John-Boy Walton search for his father; then again in season four, in an episode called "The Fighter", about a prizefighter who desired to build a church and be a preacher.
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1967
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by the role of Foxtrot in the original production of Bruce Jay Friedman's long-running play Scuba Duba which premiered in October 1967. The following year, he made his first film appearance in a small uncredited role in What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968), and his first television appearance as a guest star on two episodes of Felony Squad. A series of small roles followed in films such as John and Mary (1969) and Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1957
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After receiving a full scholarship to graduate school at Juilliard, he moved to New York. After completing studies at Juilliard, Little trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born on June 1, 1939.
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