Gailard Sartain

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Actor • Comedian

Birth Date: September 18, 1946

Age: 77 years old

Birth Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma

A hefty, beaming character player and comedian of TV and films with tousled hair and an often hearty manner, Gailard Sartain has played a wide range of roles but has been most typically cast as small-town country bumpkins. He began in entertainment operating a camera for a small Oklahoma TV station while pursuing graduate studies in fine arts at the University of Tulsa. Encouraged by friends, he auditioned to replace a fired radio interview host, successfully held the job for a time, and was noticed by a talent scout.

The hit CBS comedy-variety series "Hee Haw" had recently been let go by the network in a corporate decision to eliminate lowbrow entertainment in favor of more prestigious fare. But syndication had the last laugh, and Sartain chuckled along, joining the series in 1972 and staying for nearly 20 seasons of country music, neo-vaudeville shtick and wooden plank slaps in the rear amid the goings-on in Kornfield Kounty.

Sartain served as a regular on other series as well (i.e., "Cher" CBS 1975-76; "Shields and Yarnell" CBS 1978), but none of them lasted very long. He was also ancillary on a number of comedy specials, in support of comics including Robert Klein and Steve Landesberg.

TV-movies like "Cooperstown" (TNT, 1993) came later, but Sartain had by then parlayed his vigorous, playful presence into a sizable career in features. He debuted in "The Buddy Holly Story" (1978) as the Big Bopper, one of the rock musicians killed in the plane crash along with Holly, and even sang a rendition of "Chantilly Lace." "Roadie" (1980) marked a first collaboration with quirky auteur Alan Rudolph, and Sartain has since become a fixture in practically every Rudolph feature, playing a mayor in "Endangered Species" (1982), Fat Adolph in "Trouble in Mind" (1985), a New York critic in "The Moderns" (1988), and a cab driver in "Love at Large" (1990), among others.

Sartain also contributed vivid supporting turns in "Mississippi Burning" (1988), "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991), and in several "Ernest" farces starring Jim Varney. He tried to talk C Thomas Howell out of smoking cigarettes in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" (1983), was Chairman Wood of the House Committee on un-American Activities in "Guilty By Suspicion" (1991), and, more recently, the sheriff in "The Spitfire Grill" (1996).

Credits

ElizabethtownStream

Actor
Charles Dean
Movie
2005
28%

The Round and Round

Actor
Gailard Sartain
Movie
2002

The ReplacementsStream

Actor
Pilachowski
Movie
2000
41%

Pirates of Silicon Valley

Actor
Ed Roberts
Movie
1999
89%

For Love or Mummy

Actor
Oliver Fattius Hardy
Movie
1999

Existo

Actor
Colette Watchuwill
Movie
1999

The Patriot

Actor
Floyd Chisolm
Movie
1998

King of the HillStream

Guest Voice
Case Manager
Series
1997

Murder in Mind

Actor
Charlie
Movie
1997

Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way

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Don Zimmer
Movie
1997

The Spitfire GrillStream

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Sheriff Gary Walsh
Movie
1996
38%

Open Season

Actor
George Plunkett
Movie
1995

Chicago Hope

Guest Star
Series
1994

Getting Even With Dad

Actor
Carl
Movie
1994

Speechless

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Kratz
Movie
1994

Walker, Texas RangerStream

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Series
1993

Walker, Texas RangerStream

Guest Star
Series
1993

Equinox

Actor
Dandridge
Movie
1993

Un Hombre Verdadero

Actor
Movie
1993

Cooperstown

Actor
Georgia State Trooper
Movie
1993

The Real McCoy

Actor
Gary Buckner
Movie
1993

Wishman

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Dr. Abe Rogers
Movie
1993

Stop! Or My Mom Will ShootStream

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Munroe
Movie
1992
14%

Guilty by Suspicion

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Chairman Wood
Movie
1991

Fried Green TomatoesStream

Actor
Ed Couch
Movie
1991
76%

Ernest Va a la Cárcel

Actor
Movie
1990

Ernest Goes to Jail

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Chuck
Movie
1990

Blaze

Actor
LaGrange
Movie
1989

Hey Vern, It's Ernest!Stream

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Chuck
Series
1988

Ernest Saves ChristmasStream

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Chuck (Storage Agent)
Movie
1988
36%

Mississippi BurningStream

Actor
Sheriff Ray Stuckey
Movie
1988
81%

Ernesto Rescata la Navidad

Actor
Movie
1988

Ernest Goes to Camp

Actor
Jake
Movie
1987
62%

Made in Heaven

Actor
Sam Morrell
Movie
1987

Leader of the Band

Actor
Elmo De Lavallard
Movie
1987

Ernest et les joyeuses colonies

Actor
Movie
1987

SongwriterStream

Actor
Mulreaux
Movie
1984
89%

Choose Me

Actor
Mueller
Movie
1984

The OutsidersStream

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Jerry
Movie
1983
70%

Hard CountryStream

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Johnny Bob
Movie
1981

The Hollywood Knights

Actor
Bimbeau
Movie
1980

Roadie

Actor
B.B. Muldoon
Movie
1980

The Dukes of HazzardStream

Guest Star
A.C. Tate Jr.
Series
1979

Hee Haw Honeys

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Willie Billie Honey
Series
1978

Smokey and the Good Time Outlaws

Actor
Arthur Leddy
Movie
1978

Keep on Truckin'

Actor
Show
1975

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