Starred (as "Kid Sheleen") in a western pilot called "Cat Ballou", based on the film Cat Ballou
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] ... he was a true hero, I have to tell you. He loved to gamble, and I loved to gamble, and still do, and he was a real fanatic for poker, the horses, or dice, so that's what we did on the set. When we were on location, we had a poker game every goddamn night. But he was underrated as an actor and a very interesting guy. And he had a dynamite temper if you did him some wrong. I ...
Elam started out in films as controller for Hopalong Cassidy Prdutions, but eye problems caused him to resign on doctor's advice.
Predominantly played mean, scheming henchmen in Westerns.