Smiley Burnette Overview:

Character actor, Smiley Burnette, was born Lester Alvin Burnette on Mar 18, 1911 in Summum, IL. Burnette died at the age of 55 on Feb 16, 1967 in Encino, CA .

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Smiley Burnette Quotes:

Marshal Smiley Burnette: That's a right nice horse there, ain't it.
Steve Blake: It sure is! I wonder who he belongs to.
Marshal Smiley Burnette: Well, he belongs to Buckshot Thomas.
Steve Blake: Buckshot Thomas, eh? I don't think I know the gentleman.
Marshal Smiley Burnette: Well, he ain't no gentleman.


[Smiley's off-tune trumpet playing annoys his fellow passenger]
Jason Fox: Do you have to do that?
Smiley: No, I'm not getting paid for it, if that's what you mean... but I'm just practicing. You know what they say about practice - practice makes perfect. Say, I wish you could hear the Smiley Burnette Silver Cornet Band. We can really play, I mean. I been all the way back to Indianapolis Indianapus to get us some uniforms. Here, just look at that.
[he pulls out a band hat]
Smiley: Boy, ain't that like downtown? Ain't that ritzy? Oh, I forgot, I was going to quit talking, wasn't I, so you could get some sleep.
[starts playing his trumpet loudly and off-key]


[Gene admires the sleek airplane he and Frog will soon board]
Gene Autry: Sure is pretty!
Frog Milhouse: Ain't as pretty as horse, and when you ride a horse you don't have as far to fall.


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Played 100 instruments proficiently.

He and his wife adopted four children - Stephen, Linda, Brian, and Carolyn.

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