Dennis Burkley, best remembered as the most vocal biker of Randall "Tex" Cobb's gang in the 1989 comedy, Fletch Lives, died Sunday, July 14th. According to a statement from his agent, he died in his sleep, at his home. He was 67 years old.
Dennis Henry Burkley was born September 10th, 1945 in Van Nuys, California. He was raised in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Burkley was 6'3" tall and stockily built, with a beard and thick southern accent - making him an instantly recognizable character actor because he was generally cast in movies or television episodes as formidable yet talkative bikers or hillbillies. His career in films and television began in the early 1970s and he would amass over 130 roles. In 2005, he wrote, produced and directed the Indie comedy Repetition.
This reporter must confess that he occasionally mistook Mr. Burkley for fellow character actor and musician Mickey Jones.
For thirteen years, Mr. Burkley voiced the character of Principal Moss, among others, on the Fox animated series King Of The Hill.
Mr. Burkley is survived by his wife, Laura, and their two children.