Actor Billy Drago, who starred in Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider and as Al Capone’s henchman in The Untouchables, has died at the age of 73.
Born William Eugene Burrows Jr in 1945, the American actor was brought up in Kansas.
After graduating from Kansas University, he was a radio host for a time before joining an acting company that took him first to Canada then New York City.
Drago began his acting career in 1979.
Throughout the coming decades his films included Delta Force 2, Windwalker and No Other Love.
He also starred in a number of TV shows including The X Files and Charmed.
His role in the latter, as an evil demon named Barbas, was meant to be a one-episode affair, but his portrayal was so popular with fans that he was brought back for an additional six episodes.
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— Ghoulia Childs (@GhouliaChilds) June 27, 2019
Drago also was featured in Michael Jackson’s 2001 music video for You Rock My World, as well as in the Mike and The Mechanics’ video for Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground) in 1985.
Drago died in Los Angeles on Monday from complications from a stroke.
Actress Laura Ortiz, who starred alongside Drago in the 2006 horror remake The Hills Have Eyes, posted a tribute to the late actor on Instagram.
She said: “Very saddened to hear the news of Billy Drago passing.
“He was such an amazing character both on and off the screen.
“When we were in Morocco filming he’d go off on adventures and no one knew where he was or how to reach him, but he’d always show up on time for work with amazing stories of getting lost in the desert and the locals he met and stayed with. “