Billy Drago, Veteran Bad Guy Actor, Dies at 73

Jun 27, 2019 327


Veteran actor Billy Drago, perhaps best known for his role in the gangster movie The Untouchables, has sadly passed away at the age of 73. The circumstances surrounding his passing haven't yet been made clear, though his rep confirmed the actor died on Monday in Los Angeles. Drago is survived by his sister Patty, brother Steve, sons Darren and Derrick Burrows, and several grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, actress Silvana Gallardo, who passed away in 2012 after 32 years of marriage.

Born Nov. 30, 1945 in Hugoton, Kansas, Drago's given name was William Eugen Burrows Jr. When he pursued show business as he got older, the aspiring actor adopted his grandmother's maiden name, going professionally by Billy Drago. He first found work as a stuntman before later landing a gig as a radio host for a while, eventually joining an acting company which relocated him to Canada and then New York City. Drago then began acting professionally in 1979 in the TV movie No Other Love, kicking off what would become a career spanning decades with over 100 different roles.

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