Hollywood has lost one of its most iconic ‘bad guys.’
Billy Drago, best known for his gripping character portrayals in the television show, ‘Charmed’ and the blockbuster film, ‘The Untouchables,’ has died from complications following a stroke.
Variety reports, ”Billy Drago, who often played charming but chilling gangster roles and appeared in Brian De Palma’s ‘Untouchables’ and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Pale Rider,’ died Monday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. He was 73”
Born William Eugene Burrows, the talented character actor began using the stage name, ‘Drago’ early in his career.
“Born…in Hugoton, Kan., his actor-director father was said to be of Native American origin. His mother’s family was of Romany extraction; he took their name Drago as his stage name.
“Starting out as a stuntman, he moved to New York and beginning his acting career.”
“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.’”
One of his most memorable roles, however, was that of Drago, an ‘upper-level demon’ who became a major foe to the lovely Halliwell sisters on the iconic television series, ‘Charmed.’
Barbas’ ability to sense the greatest fears of his opponents provided a powerful weapon in his dealings with the ‘good witches’ who continually fought off his efforts to defeat them.
Drago’s character became such an integral part of the storylines, his role stretched out over the course of five years. (1999-2004)
Drago was married to actress Silvana Gallardo who passed away in 2012. He leaves behind two sons Darren and Derrick Burrows and several grandchildren.
Billy Drago was a one-of-a-kind artist.
He will forever be remembered for his unique and memorable portrayal of countless “charming yet chilling" bad guys who contributed greatly to the success of everything in which he appeared.
We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Billy. You will be missed.