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:

[reading a wanted poster]
Prof. Ezekial Daniels: Five thousand dollar reward for the capture of Gene Autry, wanted dead or alive for the murder of Jefferson Lee.
Frog Millhouse: Jefferson Lee? Don't he own that ranch where we're goin'?
Gene Autry aka Tex Smith: yes and he was one of the best friends I ever had. Wolf Benson must have gone to the dude ranch masquerading as me and when Lee couldn't be fooled he killed him.
Prof. Ezekial Daniels: Well, the murderer has certainly placed you in an exceedingly dangerous position, Gene. You have to capture him before you can identify yourself.
Frog Millhouse: That's right! The star packers in this part of the country shoot first and talk later.


Ruby Smith: Don't tell me you want to be an actor.
Frog Millhouse: No, ma'am, I promised my ma I'd lead an upright life.


[while Gene got directions to the bad guys hideout over the phone, Smiley transcribed the conversation]
Frog Milhouse: I got every word. Now look, you go to the, yeah, turn right, yeah, over to the, I see, I got it, thanks. You know if we follow this, we're lost before we even get started.


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Smiley Burnette Facts
Entered films in 1934.

He did a lot of traveling, and once received an award from the National Safety Council for having worn out 27 cars without being involved in a single accident.

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

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