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Cleavon Little
Cleavon Little Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles
Cleavon Litte as "Sheriff Bart" in the Mel Brooks' film "Blazing Saddles" (1974)
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Born: June 1, 1939
Birthplace: Chickasha, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died: October 22, 1992(1992-10-22) (aged 53)
Deathplace: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Character/Series involvement
Series: All in the Family
Episodes appeared in: "Edith Writes a Song" (Season 2)
Character played: cat burglar Horace
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Cleavon Little guest starred on All in the Family as Horace, one on two black burglars who "visit" the Bunker home in "Edith Writes a Song" in Season 2 (episode #4).


A Tony-award winning African-American actor, Cleavon is best known for his role as Sheriff Bart in the 1974 Mel Brooks' film Blazing Saddles and the his first leading television role, that of the irreverent Dr. Jerry Noland on the ABC sitcom Temperatures Rising (1972–1974).

In the 1980s, Little continued to appear in stage productions, films, and in guest spots on television series. In 1989, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for his appearance on the NBC sitcom Dear John. He later starred on the Fox sitcom True Colors (1991–1992).

Cleavon's television guest appearances included The Love Boat, ALF, The Mod Squad and his All in the Family appearance. On Broadway, Little appeared in Purlie and I'm Not Rappaport (with Judd Hirsch).


Often afflicted by ulcers and general stomach problems throughout his life, Little died of colorectal cancer on October 22, 1992.[1] His body was cremated and the ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean... although his death certificate states they were scattered in New York harbor.

Posthumous honors[]

For Little's contribution to motion pictures, he was honored with a star February 1, 1994, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[2] The star is located on the south side of Hollywood Blvd., near El Cerrito Place.[3]

Selected Filmography[]

Year Title Character Notes
1992 True Colors (TV series) Ron Freeman 11 episodes
1989-1991 MacGyver Frank Colton 2 episodes
1989 227 Abner Neff in episode "For Richer, For Poorer"
Goin' to Chicago Edward, Sr. Film role
Dear John (TV series) Tony Larkin in episode "Stand By Your Man"
1987 Alf George Foley 2 episodes
1985 Once Bitten Sebastian Film role
1983 Simon & Simon (TV series) Bookkeeper Jared Swope in episode "Red Dog Blues"
1982 Double Exposure Police Chief Film role
1981 Fantasy Island Charlie Raines in episode "Basin Street/The Devil's Triangle"
High Risk Rodney Film role
1974 Blazing Saddles Sheriff Bart Film Role
1972-1974 The New Temperatures Rising Show (TV series) Dr. Jerry Noland 46 episodes
1971 All in the Family Coke in episode "Edith Writes a Song"
Vanishing Point Super Soul Film role


  1. "Cleavon Little, Award-Winning Actor, Dies at 53", New York Times (.com), October 23, 1992. Retrieved on 2010-10-28. “Cleavon Little, the actor best remembered for his role as a black sheriff hired to save a redneck town in Mel Brooks's 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles, died yesterday at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 53 years old. He died of colon cancer, said David C. Pollick, his publicity agent in Los Angeles.” 
  2. Cleavon Little | Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved on 2015-11-11.
  3. Cleavon Little - Hollywood, CA - Citizen Memorials on Retrieved on 2015-11-11.

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