Dick Butkus: In The Movies

Dick Butkus is an NFL legend and one of the most famous linebackers ever to play the game of football. He played nine seasons, from 1965 to 1973 with the Chicago Bears and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. He was one of the most feared defensive players in the game and could have lasted longer had not a series of knee injuries ended his career. He is often rated highly in many of the popular rankings of all time great football players and athletes. During his nine years in the NFL, Dick Butkus went to eight Pro Bowls and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1969 and 1970. He was named to the NFL’s 1960s All-Decade Team, 1970s All-Decade Team, and 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. After his career was over, Butkus ventured into broadcasting as well as acting. Here is a look at some of his acting credits.

Brian’s Song

Emergency! – 1 episode

McMillan & Wife – 1 episode

Police Story – 2 episodes

The Six Million Dollar Man – 1 episode

Rich Man, Poor Man

Mother, Jugs & Speed



Wonder Woman – 1 episode

Taxi – 1 episode

Fantasy Island – 2 episodes

Vega$ – 1 episode

Magnum, P.I. – 1 episode

Matt Houston – 1 episode

The Greatest American Hero – 1 episode

Simon & Simon – 1 episode

Blue Thunder – 11 episodes

The Love Boat – 1 episode

Johnny Dangerously

Murder, She Wrote – 1 episode

Half Nelson – 6 episodes

Night Court – 2 episodes

Matlock – 1 episode

Growing Pains – 1 episode

My Two Dads – 26 episodes

Necessary Roughness

MacGyver – 3 episodes

Let’s Kill All The Lawyers

Burke’s Law – 1 episode

Any Given Sunday

Dick Butkus also went on to play himself in a number of different sports broadcasting roles and other programs too including The Dean Martin Show, The Rockford Files, Wrestlemania 2, The New Hollywood Squares, Kate & Allie, Gremlins 2, The Last Boy Scout, Saturday Night Live, Monday Night Football, Coach, Early Edition, and American Chopper.

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