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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 »

Died:

(age 82) in Ashland, Oregon, USA

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Other Works:

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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1 Print Biography | See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

The heavy today is usually not my kind of guy. In the old days, Rory Calhoun was the hero because he was the hero and I was the heavy because I was the heavy - and nobody cared what my problem was. And I didn't either. I robbed the bank because I wanted the money. I've played all kinds of weirdos but I've never done the quiet, sick type. I never had a problem - other than the fact I was just bad. See more »

Trivia:

Died two months after Charles Bronson. See more »

Trademark:

His bulging eyes and unmoving left eye See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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