Billy Drago

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Drago in 2010, photo by

Birth Name: William Eugene Burrows

Date of Birth: November 30, 1945

Place of Birth: Hugoton, Kansas, U.S.

Date of Death: June 24, 2019

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, one quarter Bohemian [Czech], some Irish, possibly other

Billy Drago was an American actor.

He was the son of Gladys Marie (Wilcox) and William Franklin Burrows, Jr. His son is actor Darren E. Burrows.

Billy had been described as being of Chiricahua Apache Native American descent on his father’s side, and Romani descent on his mother’s side. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Billy’s paternal grandfather was William Franklin Burrows, Jr. (the son of John Riley Burrows, Jr. and Nancy/Nance Wells/Welles Cory). John’s parents, John Riley Burrows and Electa Hannah or Devol, were English. Nancy was the daughter of Thomas Harfield Cory and Hannah Legget.

Billy’s paternal grandmother was Abbie Hull (the daughter of John Hull and Eliza Johnson). John was English, the son of Joseph Hull and Mary. Nancy’s great-grandmother, Sarah Silverheels, was possibly Native American.

Billy’s maternal grandfather was Clarence William Wilcox (the son of William Lincoln Wilcox and Cora Alice Lutsey).

Billy’s maternal grandmother was Beatrice K. Libick (the daughter of Josef Libick and Julie, possibly Drazen). Beatrice was from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and was of Bohemian origin.

Sources: Genealogy of Billy Drago (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Billy’s father –

Billy’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Billy’s father –

Billy’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

8 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    His son is described as being 1/4 Cherokee Indian and 1/4 Apache Indian, but he has said that he is actually only about 1/8 Native American or less

  2. andrew says:

    “Libick” and expecially “Drazen” are both Slavic names, “Austria” (like “Russia”) as birth place does not mean “Austrian” (or Russian) ancestry.

  3. andrew says:

    father of Darren E. Burrows

  4. bablah says:

    Didn’t know native american+south asian=white dude.

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