Billy Drago, a character actor best-known for playing Hollywood villains, has died.
Drago’s publicity firm was cited by Deadline as saying he passed away on Monday, June 24.
Known for various roles including Al Capone’s deadly henchman in Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables,” Drago died in Los Angeles at age 73, a representative told The Hollywood Reporter.
He suffered a stroke, according to the Mirror.
Funeral services are now pending for the iconic actor who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is survived by his sister Patty, brother Steve, sons Darren Burrows and Derrick Burrows, and several grandchildren.
Actor Bruce Campbell paid tribute to Drago on Twitter.
“He was sinister and understated on screen, sweet and humble off screen. Safe travels, fellow thespian. Well played!”
Billy Drago Dead: ‘Untouchables’ Actor Dies at 73.
Billy played John Bly, a great bad guy on The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. He was sinister and understated on screen, sweet and humble off screen. Safe travels, fellow thespian. Well played! https://t.co/XJ7SiCcnk2
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) June 27, 2019
Film director Timo Tjahjanto wrote: “RIP Billy Drago. What a name, what a face and what a screen presence.”
RIP Billy Drago.
What a name, what a face and what a screen presence. pic.twitter.com/vjdz1gJnAK
— Timo Tjahjanto (@Timobros) June 27, 2019
A former journalist, Drago transitioned into acting in the late 1970s. He appeared in such films as “Cutter’s Way,” “Windwalker,” and “No Other Love.”
Drago also had roles in “Walker Texas Ranger” and “The X-Files.”
‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Star Beth Chapman Dies at 51
A celebrity death that made headlines recently was that of Beth Chapman, the reality TV star of “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
Beth Chapman died at age 51 after battling cancer, according to Duane “Dog” Chapman.
“It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side,” he wrote on Twitter.
It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.
— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 26, 2019
It came after TMZ and other news outlets reported that she was in grave condition.
Beth Chapman had battled throat cancer since her initial diagnosis in 2017.
In May, she announced she wasn’t opting to have chemotherapy.
“Chemotherapy is not my bag, people. Sorry, that’s not for me,” she said to Popculture.com in May. “So for me, this is the ultimate test of faith. This is my ultimate lesson. And it will either be taught to me or to you. And I am fine with taking the hit for everyone else. Because I think I know another guy who did the same thing.”
Previously, the pair had spoken about faith.
“Faith is probably the number one thing in our lives, no matter what we’re faced with. … Through this cancer episode, we had to drum up as much faith as we could. And the Bible talks about having faith as small as a mustard seed. And that’s not much. … And I thank God that we had at least that much faith to get her through that,” Duane said several years ago about her cancer during the first bout.
The reality TV star said at the time that he’s sticking with his wife no matter what.
“When we made a pledge many years ago, I said I’d love her in sickness and in health until death do us part,” he told People magazine of his marriage. “And that truth has really, really come alive in my mind. And I have to stand on that; I gave her an oath that I would love her forever. And thank God it’s not till death do us part at this point.”
Celebrities Lost in 2019
Actress Peggy Lipton, who starred in David Lynch’s iconic show “Twin Peaks,” and the 1960s show “The Mob Squad,” died on May 11 at the age of 72.
The cause of death was cancer.
Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead at the age of 33 in South Los Angeles on March 31.
Actor Luke Perry died from a stroke on March 4.
Iconic “Boyz N The Hood” director and the youngest ever Oscar nominee for best picture died after spending days in a coma following a stroke.
Longtime R&B singer James Ingram died in late January. Quincy Jones, a collaborator of his, wrote, “With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical … every beautiful note that James sang pierced your essence and comfortably made itself at home.”
Jack Phillips contributed to this report.