Born on June 1, 1939
From Chickasha, Oklahoma
Cleavon Little as "Bart"
In this satirical take on Westerns, crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed in order to make way for a new railroad. Initially, the people of Rock Ridge harbor a racial bias toward their new leader. However, they warm to him after realizing that Bart and his perpetually drunk gunfighter friend (Gene Wilder) are the only defense against a wave of thugs sent to rid the town of its population.
|British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)||Nominated||Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles|