Billy Drago Dies: Hollywood ‘Bad Guy’ Character Actor Was 73

Shutterstock Billy Drago The Untouchables- 1987Director Brian De PalmaParamountUSAFilm PortraitDramaLes Incorruptibles

Shutterstock Billy Drago The Untouchables- 1987Director Brian De PalmaParamountUSAFilm PortraitDramaLes Incorruptibles

Billy Drago, a career character actor with a penchant for playing shifty-eyed nogoodniks, has died at the age of 73.

The character actor passed away on Monday in Los Angeles due to complications from a stroke, THR.com reported Wednesday.

The actor, whose real name was William Eugen Burrows Jr., was married to actress Silvana Gallardo from 1980 until her death in 2012. When he pursued show business as he got older, the aspiring actor adopted his grandmother's maiden name, going professionally by Billy Drago.

Drago's son Darren E. Burrows, who survives him, has appeared on TV shows including Northern Exposure. "Lucky to have worked with you on my first job".

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Drago was known to horror fans for his roles in titles such as Charmed, Alexandre Aja's fantastic The Hills Have Eyes remake, Takashi Miike's controversial Masters of Horror episode "Imprint", VampTremors 4: The Legend Begins, Demon Hunter, Blood Relic, and more.

Drago earned critical acclaim for his role in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables which starred Robert De Niro as Capone and Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness. While Drago always excelled exceptionally well in villainous roles, he was particularly menacing as Frank in The Untouchables.

Drago started acting in the late 1970s, appearing in films including Cutter's Way, No Other Love and Windwalker. On television, he had guest roles in Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, Walker Texas Ranger, Trapper John, M.D. and The X-Files.

Wherever you might remember seeing Drago, chances are you loved him in the role, as the incredible actor always turned in a memorable performance. This information comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.

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