Willis Burks, II, who throughout his distinguished professional career was a widely beloved, highly accomplished actor of stage, TV and movies as well as being a highly devoted family man has died at the age of 75. Burks passed away last month November 21 in Las Vegas, NV. He was an actor for over 30 years. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors’ Equity Association and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
The fourth oldest of eight children, Burks grew up in Birmingham, AL. He left home at an early age to reside in Chicago, later moving to Minneapolis, New York and finally to Los Angeles. His career as a professional actor began in the 1980's in Minneapolis. He had the opportunity to appear in numerous television programs, films and theatrical productions. "Burks used his God-given talent to spread human understanding and joy through acting. He was part of arguably the most celebrated American drama at the turn of century. The Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson delighted in his work, as did his fellow cast members," said Stephen McKinley Henderson friend and acting colleague.