Gailard Sartain

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9/18/1946 , Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

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Gailard Sartain

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Gailard Sartain is an American actor, painter and illustrator. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 18, 1946, and was the son of a local fire chief. Sartain attended the University of Tulsa, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While working as a cameraman at a local Tulsa TV station, Sartain became involved in a late-night TV comedy show, The Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting. He appeared as a wizard, Dr Mazeppa, alongside fellow Tuscan Gary Busey. Sartain was spotted by a talent scout, and in 1972 became a regular on the long-running TV show Hee Haw. Since then, Sartain has appeared in more than 40 motion pictures, most famously as the Big Bopper in The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Sheriff Ray Stuckey in Mississippi Burning (1988), and as Leo Pilachowski in The Replacements (2000). Sartain is also known for his role as Chuck in three of the Ernest P. Worrell movies.