American character actor from Texas who appeared in numerous films and television series in a career spanning four decades, Burkley was born in Van Nuys, California. Though he had many film, television, and other professional acting credits, Burkley's most recognizable roles include Cal, the Texas born junkyard partner of Fred G. Sanford in the short-lived Sanford and Son sequel Sanford, as well as Dozer, a biker with a severe speech impediment who befriends Rocky Dennis and his mother in the movie Mask. Burkley provided the voice of several supporting characters on the animated television series King of the Hill .
Other TV credits included Starsky and Hutch, McCloud, The Rockford Files, Hill Street Blues and ER.
In 2005, he wrote and directed a film titled Repetition. He played a small role in the television series My Name Is Earl. He was often mistaken for fellow character actor Mickey Jones.
Burkley died in his sleep of a heart attack on July 14, 2013, aged 67.