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Jack Elam (1920–2003)


Colorful American character actor equally adept at vicious killers or grizzled sidekicks. As a child he worked in the cotton fields. He attended Santa Monica Junior College in California and subsequently became an accountant and, at one time, manager of the Bel Air Hotel. Elam got his first movie job by trading his accounting services for a role. ... See full bio »

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(age 82) in Ashland, Oregon, USA

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Filmography

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 1995 Bonanza: Under Attack (TV Movie)
Buckshot
 1994-1995 Lonesome Dove: The Series (TV Series)
Curtis
- The List (1995) ... Curtis
- High Lonesome (1994) ... Curtis
 1993 Uninvited
Grady
 1993 Bonanza: The Return (TV Movie)
Buckshot
 1992 Shadow Force
Tommy
 1992 Lucky Luke (TV Series)
Axel Ericson
- Ghost Train (1992) ... Axel Ericson
 1992 Home Improvement (TV Series)
Hick Peterson
- Birds of a Feather Flock to Taylor (1992) ... Hick Peterson
 1991 Suburban Commando
Col. Dustin 'Dusty' McHowell
 1991 The Giant of Thunder Mountain
Hezekiah Crow
 1990 Big Bad John
Jake Calhoun
 1989 Guns of Paradise (TV Series)
Skragg
- A Gathering of Guns (1989) ... Skragg
 1988 Where the Hell's That Gold?!!? (TV Movie)
Boone
 1988 J.J. Starbuck (TV Series)
Esco Tokay
- Murder by Design (1988) ... Esco Tokay
 1987 Hawken's Breed
Tackett
 1986 Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills (TV Movie)
Squires
 1986 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Bud Krelman
- D-I-V-O-R-C-E (1986) ... Bud Krelman
 1986 The Aurora Encounter
Charlie
 1985 Detective in the House (TV Series)
Nick Turner
 1983 Lost
 1983 Sawyer and Finn (TV Movie)
Boot McGraw
 1983 Sacred Ground
Lum Witcher
 1982 Jinxed!
Otto
 1981 Skyward Christmas (TV Movie)
Clay Haller
 1978-1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Kid Corey / Hollis Buford Jr.
- Vampire/The Lady and the Longhorn (1978) ... Hollis Buford Jr.
 1981 Soggy Bottom, U.S.A.
Troscliar Boudreaux
 1981 Here's Boomer (TV Series)
Captain O'Connell
- Boomer and the Musket Cove Treasure (1981) ... Captain O'Connell
 1981 The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite (TV Movie)
Seth Beaumont
 1979 Struck by Lightning (TV Series)
Frank
- The Movie (1979) ... Frank
- Pilot (1979) ... Frank
 1979 The Villain
Avery Simpson
 1979 The Sacketts (TV Movie)
Ira Bigelow
 1978 The Norseman
Death Dreamer
 1978 Hot Lead and Cold Feet
Rattlesnake
 1978 Lacy and the Mississippi Queen (TV Movie)
Willie Red Fire
 1978 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series)
Cully Madigan
 1978 Black Beauty (TV Mini-Series)
Jonas McBride
 1977 Grayeagle
Trapper Willis
 1977 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series)
Cully Madigan
 1976 Pony Express Rider
Crazy Charlie
 1975-1976 Phyllis (TV Series)
Van Horn
- Off the Bench (1976) ... Van Horn
- The First Day (1975) ... Van Horn
 1976 The Winds of Autumn
J. Pete Hankins
 1976 The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV Movie)
Bitterroot
 1976 Hawmps!
Bad Jack Cutter
 1976 Creature from Black Lake
Joe Canton
 1975 Huckleberry Finn (TV Movie)
King
 1974 A Knife for the Ladies
Jarrod (Sheriff)
 1974 Sidekicks (TV Movie)
Boss
 1974 The Brian Keith Show (TV Series)
Tuttle
- No Man Is an Atoll (1974) ... Tuttle
 1974 Shootout in a One-Dog Town (TV Movie)
Handy
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Marcus Taylor
- The Squawman (1973) ... Marcus Taylor
 1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Alamosa Bill
 1973 The Red Pony (TV Movie)
Granddad
 1959-1972 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Pierre / Titus Spangler / Lucas Murdoch / ...
- The River: Part 2 (1972) ... Pierre
- The River: Part 1 (1972) ... Pierre
- P.S. Murry Christmas (1971) ... Titus Spangler
- Murdoch (1971) ... Lucas Murdoch
- The Sisters (1969) ... Pack Landers
 1972 The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV Movie)
Bitterroot
 1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Boot Coby
- Bad Night in Big Butte (1972) ... Boot Coby
 1972 Nichols (TV Series)
Marcus A.F. Baxter
- About Jesse James (1972) ... Marcus A.F. Baxter
 1971 Hannie Caulder
Frank Clemens
 1971 The Last Rebel
Matt
 1971/I Cat Ballou (TV Movie)
Kid Sheleen
 1961-1970 Bonanza (TV Series)
Honest John / Buford Buckalaw / Dodie Hoad
- Honest John (1970) ... Honest John
- A Bride for Buford (1967) ... Buford Buckalaw
- The Spitfire (1961) ... Dodie Hoad
 1970 The Wild Country
Thompson
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Harve Yost
- Rich Man, Poor Man (1970) ... Harve Yost
 1969 The Over-the-Hill Gang (TV Movie)
Sheriff Clyde Barnes
 1969 Lancer (TV Series)
Tom Mangrum
- Zee (1969) ... Tom Mangrum
 1969 The Outcasts (TV Series)
Blackner
- The Glory Wagon (1969) ... Blackner
 1968 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Mackdin
- North to Tucson (1968) ... Mackdin
 1968 Sartana Does Not Forgive
Slim Kovacs
 1968 Never a Dull Moment
Ace Williams
 1968 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Buckman Moon
- Big Jessie (1968) ... Buckman Moon
 1968 Firecreek
Norman
 1967 Hondo (TV Series)
Diablo
- Hondo and the Rebel Hat (1967) ... Diablo
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Zack Slade
- The Night of Montezuma's Hordes (1967) ... Zack Slade
 1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Sam - Sheriff
- A Son for a Son (1967) ... Sam - Sheriff
 1967 The Last Challenge
Ernest Scarnes
 1967 The Way West
Preacher Weatherby
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Bellak
- The Circus (1967) ... Bellak
 1966 The Rare Breed
Deke Simons
 1965 F Troop (TV Series)
Sam Urp
- Dirge for the Scourge (1965) ... Sam Urp
 1965 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series)
Deacon Smith
- Three Men from Now (1965) ... Deacon Smith
 1965 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Petch
- The Sound of Fear (1965) ... Petch
 1963 4 for Texas
Dobie
 1961-1962 Laramie (TV Series)
Parson Hawks / Charley Fox
- Gun Duel (1962) ... Parson Hawks
- The Tumbleweed Wagon (1961) ... Charley Fox
 1962 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Felix Gault
- The Night That Nothing Happened (1962) ... Felix Gault
 1961-1962 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Calhoun Durango / Deputy J.D. Smith / Count Nicholas Potosi
- The Durango Brothers (1962) ... Calhoun Durango
- Massacre at Gunsight Pass (1961) ... Count Nicholas Potosi
 1960-1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Jug Alverson / Stan Wilinski / Nick Bravo
- Pressure (1962) ... Jug Alverson
- Testimony of Evil (1961) ... Stan Wilinski
- Syndicate Sanctuary (1960) ... Nick Bravo
 1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Stickface
- A Man's Castle (1962) ... Stickface
 1958-1962 Lawman (TV Series)
Paul Henry / Herm Forrest / Jake Wilson / ...
- Clootey Hutter (1962) ... Paul Henry
- The Four (1961) ... Herm Forrest
- Thirty Minutes (1960) ... Jake Wilson
- The Senator (1959) ... Spence
- The Deputy (1958) ... Flynn Hawks
 1962 Rawhide (TV Series)
Turkey Creek Jack Johnson
- The Pitchwagon (1962) ... Turkey Creek Jack Johnson
 1959-1962 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Shaffner / Joe Gage
- One, Two, Three (1962) ... Shaffner
- The Man Who Lost (1959) ... Joe Gage
 1958-1961 Bronco (TV Series)
Toothy Thompson / Dooley Lang
- The Besieged (1958) ... Dooley Lang
 1961 Outlaws (TV Series)
Diamond
- The Outlaw Marshals (1961) ... Diamond
 1958-1961 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Russell - Pool Shark / Gates / Gus Smith / ...
- The Shattered Idol (1961) ... Russell - Pool Shark
- Knight Errant (1961) ... Gates
- Shotgun Man (1960) ... Gus Smith
- Tension (1959) ... Gavin Martin
- Duel of Honor (1958) ... Sim Groder
 1961 National Velvet (TV Series)
Black Barr
- The Desperado (1961) ... Black Barr
 1961 The Comancheros
Horseface (Comanchero)
 1961 The Last Sunset
Ed Hobbs
 1961 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Avery
 1960-1961 The Rebel (TV Series)
Uncle Luce - Carl's Godfather / Lawyer
- Helping Hand (1961) ... Uncle Luce - Carl's Godfather
- Angry Town (1960) ... Lawyer
 1961 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Juan Cortina
- A General Without Cause (1961) ... Juan Cortina
 1961 The Americans (TV Series)
Loper Johnson
- The Gun (1961) ... Loper Johnson
 1961 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Toothy Thompson
- Angel (1961) ... Toothy Thompson
 1961 Gunslinger (TV Series)
Clint Gannet
- The Hostage Fort (1961) ... Clint Gannet
 1961 Klondike (TV Series)
Eli Roper
- Queen of the Klondike (1961) ... Eli Roper
 1957-1961 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Dirk Ryan / Cass / Little Jimmy Lehigh / ...
- Ambush (1961) ... Dirk Ryan
- Deception (1960) ... Cass
- Miss Jenny (1960) ... Little Jimmy Lehigh
- Dangerous Orders (1957) ... Hock Ellis
 1960 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Clell
- A Fork in the Road (1960) ... Clell
 1958-1960 The Texan (TV Series)
Dud Parsons / Luke Watson / Tug Swann
- Lady Tenderfoot (1960) ... Dud Parsons
- South of the Border (1959) ... Luke Watson
- The Easterner (1958) ... Tug Swann
 1960 The Slowest Gun in the West (TV Movie)
Ike Dalton
 1960 Mr. Lucky (TV Series)
Phil Bricker
- Big Squeeze (1960) ... Phil Bricker
 1960 Tightrope (TV Series)
Tim Renick
- Broken Rope (1960) ... Tim Renick
 1958-1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Perk Butler / Danny
- One Dead Cat (1959) ... Perk Butler
- The Dark Horse (1958) ... Danny
 1959 Edge of Eternity
Bill Ward
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Clinton
- Six Guns for Donegan (1959) ... Clinton
 1959 Hotel de Paree (TV Series)
Flute
- Sundance Returns (1959) ... Flute
 1959 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Wally Jobe
- Day of the Amnesty (1959) ... Wally Jobe
 1959 Mackenzie's Raiders (TV Series)
Trooper Colin Grimes
- Desertion (1959) ... Trooper Colin Grimes
 1958 The Gun Runners
Arnold
 1958 M Squad (TV Series)
Luke Morgan
- Hideout (1958) ... Luke Morgan
 1958 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Quirt Avery
- Tunnel Eight (1958) ... Quirt Avery
 1957-1958 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Tony Molinor / Link Jerrod
- Hornitas Town (1958) ... Tony Molinor
- Trail to Sunset (1957) ... Link Jerrod
 1958 Zorro (TV Series)
Gomez / Gomez, the coachman
- Slaves of the Eagle (1958) ... Gomez (uncredited)
- Garcia Stands Accused (1958) ... Gomez (uncredited)
- Shadow of Doubt (1958) ... Gomez, the coachman (uncredited)
 1957 Studio 57 (TV Series)
- Goodbye Joe (1957)
 1957 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Charlie Otis
- The John Cameron Story (1957) ... Charlie Otis
 1957 Night Passage
Shotgun
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Chris
- The Hijackers (1957) ... Chris
 1957 Lure of the Swamp
Henry Bliss
 1957 Dragoon Wells Massacre
Tioga
 1956 Thunder Over Arizona
Deputy Slats Callahan
 1956 Pardners
Pete
 1956 Jubal
McCoy, Bar 8 Rider
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Shanks
- The Silent Partner (1955) ... Shanks
 1955 Frontier (TV Series)
Father Matias / Ness Fowler
- Ferdinand Meyer's Army (1955) ... Father Matias
- Cattle Drive to Casper (1955) ... Ness Fowler
 1955 Artists and Models
Ivan
 1955 Kismet
Hassan-Ben
 1955 The Man from Laramie
Chris Boldt
 1954-1955 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Jack Miles / Reno Lawrence
- The Sheriff's Wife (1955) ... Jack Miles
- Outlaw's Trail (1954) ... Reno Lawrence
 1955 Wichita
Al
 1955 Moonfleet
Damen
 1955 Kiss Me Deadly
Charlie Max
 1955 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Shields
- Bounty Hunters (1955) ... Shields
 1955 Man Without a Star
Knife Murderer (uncredited)
 1955 Tarzan's Hidden Jungle
Burger
 1954 Vera Cruz
Tex
 1954 Waterfront (TV Series)
Britt
- The Skipper's Day (1954) ... Britt
 1954 The Far Country
Frank Newberry
 1954 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
Black Jack Ketchum
- Black Jack Ketchum (1954) ... Black Jack Ketchum
 1954 Princess of the Nile
Basra
 1953-1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Halleck / Lee Dineen
- Night Ride to Butte (1954) ... Halleck
- Knave of Hearts (1953) ... Lee Dineen
 1954 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Matt Weber
- Loon Lake (1954) ... Matt Weber
 1954 Ride Clear of Diablo
Tim Lowerie
 1954 Jubilee Trail
Whitey
 1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Vic
- The Hard Way (1953) ... Vic
 1953 Appointment in Honduras
Castro
 1953 The Moonlighter
Slim
 1953 Gun Belt
Rusty Kolloway
 1953 Ride, Vaquero!
Barton
 1952 Kansas City Confidential
Pete Harris
 1952 The Ring
Harry Jackson
 1952 My Man and I
Celestino Garcia
 1952 Lure of the Wilderness
Dave Longden
 1952 High Noon
Charlie - Drunk in Jail (uncredited)
 1952 Montana Territory
Gimp
 1952 The Battle at Apache Pass
Mescal Jack
 1952 Rancho Notorious
Mort Geary
 1952 Finders Keepers
Eddie
 1952 The Files of Jeffrey Jones (TV Series)
 1951 The Bushwhackers
Cree
 1951 Rawhide
Tevis
 1951 Bird of Paradise
The Trader
 1950 The Texan Meets Calamity Jane
Henchman (uncredited)
 1950 High Lonesome
Smiling Man
 1950 Love That Brute
Henchman #2 in Cigar Store (uncredited)
 1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk
Fargo (uncredited)
 1950 One Way Street
Arnie (uncredited)
 1950 Quicksand
Man at Bar (uncredited)
 1950 Key to the City
Councilman (uncredited)
 1950 The Sundowners
Earl Boyce
 1949 Wild Weed
Henchman Raymond
 1947 Mystery Range
Burvel Lambert
 1944 Trailin' West (Short)
The Killer
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Unsold pilot: Starred (as "Kid Sheleen") in a western pilot called "Cat Ballou", based on the film Cat Ballou (1965). See more »

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Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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[on Night Passage (1957)] It was a payday, but I could have done without it. See more »

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Made a career with his eerie, immobile eye, which was caused by a fight with another kid at age 12. It happened during a Boy Scout meeting when another boy took a pencil, threw it, and it jabbed his eyeball. See more »

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Predominantly played mean, scheming henchmen in Westerns. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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