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'King of the Hill' voice actor Dennis Burkley dies at age 67


Character actor Dennis Burkley, who was best known as the voice of Principal Carl Moss on the animated TV series "King of the Hill," has died at the age of 67.

He passed away in his sleep at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on Sunday after a battle will ill health, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Born in Van Nuys, he received his master's degree in theatre at Texas Christian University in Forth Worth, Texas, before pursing an acting career and landing his first gig in Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Stay Hungry" after meeting director Bob Rafelson while working as a pool boy.

Aside from his work on "King of the Hill," the actor was also well known for playing the giant mute biker who befriended Eric Stoltz in the 1985 film "Mask."

His other credits include stints in popular shows "Hill Street Blues," "Heroes," "Hollywood Homicide," "Wanted: Dead or Alive," "JAG," "The Drew Carey Show" and "My Name is Earl."

He also appeared in films like "No Way Out," "Who's That Girl," "Fletch Lives" and "The Doors," and co-wrote and directed a 2005 independent film, called "Repetition."