Know About Billy Drago; Movies, Age, Wife, Son, Death, The Untouchables

Published Date: 28 Jun, 2019 Updated date: 28 Jun, 2019 By Celebs Podium

The veteran television and film actor, Billy Drago, waved a final goodbye to the world on 24 June 2019, at the age of 73. Before his death, Billy ringed a mammoth recognition for his villainous parts in several movies.

Since initiating his acting career in 1979, Billy Drago achieved tremendous success featuring in almost 80 movies and TV shows. In the meantime, he had to, unfortunately, lose a company of his actress wife.

Billy Drago Short Bio: Age, Parents

The late actor (age 73) was born as William Eugene Burrows Jr. on 30 November 1945 in Hugoton, Kansas, the United States. He was raised by his parents, William Franklin Burrows Jr. and Gladys Marie Wilcox (1917-1993).

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Billy completed his college graduation from the University of Kansas. Subsequently, he joined an acting company and commenced his entertainment career.

Career In TV And Movies

Billy Drago’s acting career officially began in the late 1970s. His early movies included No Other Love (1979), Windwalker (1980), and Cutter’s Way (1981). Billy’s career highlight came as the role of Al Capone’s henchman Frank Nitti in Brian De Palma’s 1987 gangster film The Untouchables.


Billy Drago as Frank Nitti in The Untouchables (Picture: IMDb)

Later on, Billy appeared in several TV shows including The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993-1994), Charmed (1999-2004), The X-Files (2000), and Supernatural (2008). Besides, the veteran actor appeared in movies like The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Dark Moon Rising (2009), and Low Down (2014).

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Billy’s Death

The actor passed away on 24 June 2019 in Los Angeles due to the complications from a stroke.

Evil Dead Franchise star Bruce Campbell was among the ones who paid a fitting tribute to the late actor on his Twitter handle. Billy and Bruce together shared the screen in the series, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 

Who Was Billy Drago’s Wife?

Billy Drago married New York-born actress Silvana Gallardo in 1980. However, the togetherness, unfortunately, ended in 2012 after Silvana passed away on 2 January, eleven days before her 59th birthday. Billy was around when his wife took her final breath at a Jewish Hospital in Louisville.

The couple together shared an actor son named Darren E. Burrows.

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Some Interesting Facts About Billy Drago

  • Billy took his grandmother’s maiden name as his stage name to end being confused with another actor.
  • His ethnic background included Apache Indian and Romanian Gypsy.
  • Billy served as a journalist at the Associated Press before starting as an actor.   
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