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Elisha Cook Jr. (1903–1995)


Although this pint-sized actor started out in films often in innocuous college-student roles in mid-30s rah-rahs, playing alongside the likes of a pretty Gloria Stuart or a young, pre-"Oz" Judy Garland, casting directors would soon enough discover his flair for portraying intense neurotics or spineless double-dealers. Thus was he graduated from ... See full bio »

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 1981-1988 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Francis 'Ice Pick' Hofstetler / Wilmer / Harold W. Farber
- Resolutions: Part II (1988) ... Francis 'Ice Pick' Hofstetler (as Elisha Cook)
- Resolutions: Part I (1988) ... Francis 'Ice Pick' Hofstetler (as Elisha Cook)
- Forever in Time (1987) ... Francis 'Ice Pick' Hofstetler (as Elisha Cook)
- Death of the Flowers (1986) ... Francis 'Ice Pick' Hofstetler (as Elisha Cook)
 1988 ALF (TV Series)
Uncle Albert
- We're So Sorry, Uncle Albert (1988) ... Uncle Albert (as Elisha Cook)
 1987 The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (TV Movie)
Pappy Glue
 1983-1986 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Bradley Bishop / Marcus 'Dutch' Silver
- Treasure (1986) ... Bradley Bishop (as Elisa Cook)
- Shadow of Sam Penny (1983) ... Marcus 'Dutch' Silver (as Elisha Cook)
 1986 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
small-time crook
- Tag Team (1986) ... small-time crook
 1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Weldon (segment "Welcome to Winfield")
- Welcome to Winfield/Quarantine (1986) ... Weldon (segment "Welcome to Winfield") (as Elisa Cook)
 1985 The A-Team (TV Series)
Jim Beam
- The Road to Hope (1985) ... Jim Beam (as Elisha Cook)
 1985 Night Court (TV Series)
Wilbur Posten
- Married Alive (1985) ... Wilbur Posten (as Elisha Cook)
 1984 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (TV Movie)
Mr. Bibbs (as Elisha Cook)
 1984 Pigs vs. Freaks (TV Movie)
Novatney (as Elisha Cook)
 1984 Whiz Kids (TV Series)
Sid
- The Lollypop Gang Strikes Back (1984) ... Sid (as Elisha Cook)
 1983 Shadow of Sam Penny (TV Movie)
Dutch Silver
 1983 This Girl for Hire (TV Movie)
Eddie (as Elisha Cook)
 1982 Bring 'Em Back Alive (TV Series)
Wilmer Bass
- Wilmer Bass and the Serengeti Kid (1982) ... Wilmer Bass
 1982 Terror at Alcatraz (TV Movie)
Hotel desk clerk
 1982 Insight (TV Series)
Old Man
- The White Star Garage (1982) ... Old Man
 1982 Chicago Story (TV Series)
Captain Billy
- Subterranean Blues (1982) ... Captain Billy
 1982 Hammett
Eli the Taxi Driver (as Elisha Cook)
 1982 National Lampoon's Movie Madness
Mousy ("Municipalians") (as Elisha Cook)
 1981 The Trouble with Grandpa (TV Movie)
Grandpa
 1981 Leave 'em Laughing (TV Movie)
Jetter
 1981 Harry's War
Sgt. Billy (as Elisha Cook)
 1980 Carny
On-Your-Mark
 1980 Tom Horn
Stablehand (as Elisha Cook)
 1979 1941
The Patron (Dexter) (as Elisha Cook)
 1979 Salem's Lot (TV Movie)
Gordon 'Weasel' Phillips (as Elisha Cook)
 1979 The Champ
Georgie (as Elisha Cook)
 1978 Lucan (TV Series)
Hal Mooney
- Brother Wolf (1978) ... Hal Mooney (as Elisha Cook)
 1977 Mad Bull (TV Movie)
Sweeper
 1977 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Henry Davis / Mr. Charles Trout Sr.
- The Deadly Connection (1977) ... Henry Davis (as Elisha Cook)
- ...The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone... (1977) ... Mr. Charles Trout Sr. (as Elisha Cook)
 1977 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
Inky
- Once a Thief (1977) ... Inky (as Elisha Cook)
 1977 Dead of Night (TV Movie)
Karel (segment "No Such Thing as a Vampire") (as Elisha Cook)
 1975-1977 Baretta (TV Series)
Banjo / Banjo Vincent
- Think Mink (1977) ... Banjo Vincent (as Elisha Cook)
- Street Edition (1976) ... Banjo (as Elisha Cook)
- A Bite of the Apple (1975) ... Banjo (as Elisha Cook)
 1977 Switch (TV Series)
Henley
- The Four Horsemen (1977) ... Henley
 1976 The Blue Knight (TV Series)
Spinks
- Bull's Eye (1976) ... Spinks
 1976 St. Ives
Eddie (as Elisha Cook)
 1976 McCoy (TV Series)
Bob Mayfield
- In Again Out Again (1976) ... Bob Mayfield
 1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Smiley
- Little Boy Lost (1975) ... Smiley (as Elisha Cook)
 1975 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Polly the Snitch
- Lady Blue (1975) ... Polly the Snitch (as Elisha Cook)
 1975 Winterhawk
Finley
 1975 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Albert Winters / Harry Thorne
- Courthouse (1975) ... Albert Winters
- A Coven of Killers (1975) ... Harry Thorne (as Elisha Cook)
 1974 Ironside (TV Series)
Charley Yager
- The Far Side of the Fence (1974) ... Charley Yager (as Elisha Cook)
 1974 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Heel
- Our Fathers (1974) ... Heel (as Elisha Cook)
 1974 Mannix (TV Series)
Herbie
- The Green Man (1974) ... Herbie (as Elisha Cook)
 1974 Movin' On (TV Series)
Andrew Shannon
- The Time of His Life (1974) ... Andrew Shannon (as Elisha Cook)
 1974 The Phantom of Hollywood (TV Movie)
Studio Engineer (uncredited)
 1973 The Outfit
Carl (as Elisha Cook)
 1973 Electra Glide in Blue
Willie (as Elisha Cook)
 1973 Emperor of the North
Gray Cat (as Elisha Cook)
 1973 Messiah of Evil
Charlie
 1972 Blacula
Sam (as Elisha Cook)
 1972 The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
Bunker (as Elisha Cook)
 1972 The Night Stalker (TV Movie)
Mickey Crawford
 1972 The Scarecrow (TV Movie)
Micah (as Elisha Cook)
 1971 The Chicago Teddy Bears (TV Series)
- The Big Kisser (1971)
 1971 McCloud (TV Series)
Mr. Diller
- Encounter with Aries (1971) ... Mr. Diller (as Elisha Cook)
 1970 Night Chase (TV Movie)
Proprietor
 1970 Night Slaves (TV Movie) (unconfirmed)
 1966-1970 Bonanza (TV Series)
Marcus / John Walker
- The Weary Willies (1970) ... Marcus
- A Dollar's Worth of Trouble (1966) ... John Walker
 1970 El Condor
Old Convict (as Elisha Cook)
 1970 The Movie Murderer (TV Movie)
Willie Peanuts
 1969 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV Series)
Frankie
- Not So Desperate Hours (1969) ... Frankie (as Elisha Cook)
 1969 The Great Bank Robbery
Jeb (as Elisha Cook)
 1969 Cry for Poor Wally
Preacher
 1968 Rosemary's Baby
Mr. Nicklas (as Elisha Cook)
 1967 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Spud
- The Battle of Bloody Stones (1967) ... Spud (as Elisha Cook)
 1967 Welcome to Hard Times
Hanson (as Elisha Cook)
 1967 Batman (TV Series)
Professor Isaacson
- The Duo Defy (1967) ... Professor Isaacson (as Elisha Cook)
- Ice Spy (1967) ... Professor Isaacson (as Elisha Cook)
 1967 Star Trek (TV Series)
Samuel T. Cogley
- Court Martial (1967) ... Samuel T. Cogley (as Elisha Cook)
 1967 The Monroes (TV Series)
Jed
- To Break a Colt (1967) ... Jed
 1966 McNab's Lab (TV Movie)
Coach
 1966 I Spy (TV Series)
Erick Magnuson
- Rome... Take Away Three (1966) ... Erick Magnuson (as Elisha Cook)
 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Arnold
- The Concrete Overcoat Affair: Part II (1966) ... Arnold (as Elisha Cook)
- The Concrete Overcoat Affair: Part I (1966) ... Arnold (as Elisha Cook)
 1966 The Road West (TV Series)
Wild Man
- Shaman (1966) ... Wild Man
 1966 Summer Fun (TV Series)
Coach
- McNab's Lab (1966) ... Coach (as Elisha Cook)
 1965-1966 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Gideon McCoy / Mike McGreavy
- The Night of the Bars of Hell (1966) ... Gideon McCoy (as Elisha Cook)
- The Night of the Double-Edged Knife (1965) ... Mike McGreavy (as Elisha Cook)
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
John Wyatt
- Nightmare in the Sun (1965) ... John Wyatt
 1958-1965 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Jocko Beal / George / Cyrus Tucker / ...
- Breckinridge (1965) ... Jocko Beal (as Elisha Cook)
- Hung High (1964) ... George (as Elisha Cook)
- Odd Man Out (1959) ... Cyrus Tucker
- Matt for Murder (1958) ... Huggins
 1958-1964 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Reelin' Pete Rockwell / Art Crowley
- The Case of the Reckless Rockhound (1964) ... Reelin' Pete Rockwell (as Elisha Cook)
- The Case of the Pint-Sized Client (1958) ... Art Crowley (as Elisha Cook)
 1964 Blood on the Arrow
Tex
 1959-1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Jim Gribble / Joel Turner / Bain
- Piney (1964) ... Jim Gribble (as Elisha Cook)
- Incident in the Middle of Nowhere (1961) ... Joel Turner (as Elisha Cook)
- Incident of a Burst of Evil (1959) ... Bain (as Elisha Cook)
 1960-1964 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Matt Wilson / Lem Salters / Cadge Waldo
- The Ben Engel Story (1964) ... Matt Wilson (as Elisha Cook)
- The Nancy Palmer Story (1961) ... Lem Salters (as Elisha Cook)
- The Tracy Sadler Story (1960) ... Cadge Waldo (as Elisha Cook)
 1964 Destry (TV Series)
Leech
- Law and Order Day (1964) ... Leech (as Elisha Cook)
 1964 The Glass Cage
Girl's father (as Elisha Cook)
 1963 The Judge (TV Movie)
 1963 Temple Houston (TV Series)
John Alvorsen
- Gallows in Galilee (1963) ... John Alvorsen
 1963 Johnny Cool
Undertaker
 1963 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Sailor
- The Witch (1963) ... Sailor (as Elisha Cook)
 1963 The Haunted Palace
Peter Smith / Micah Smith (as Elisha Cook)
 1963 Black Zoo
Joe (as Elisha Cook)
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Brinkman
- A Nice Girl from Goliath (1963) ... Brinkman
 1963 Papa's Delicate Condition
Mr. Keith
 1962-1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Moxie
- The Judge (1963) ... Moxie (as Elisha Cook)
- Borderline (1962) ... (as Elisha Cook)
 1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Clarinet Player
- Bird in the Hand (1962) ... Clarinet Player (as Elisha Cook)
 1962 Outlaws (TV Series)
Cully
 1958-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Lloyd Harwell / Willy Zucks / Jed
- A Voice on the Phone (1961) ... Lloyd Harwell
- Open House (1961) ... Willy Zucks
- Silent Ambush (1958) ... Jed
 1961 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Mike Pulaski
- Witness for the Defense (1961) ... Mike Pulaski (as Elisha Cook)
 1961 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Pony Quist
- The Inverness Cape Caper (1961) ... Pony Quist
 1961 The Deputy (TV Series)
Miller
- Brand of Honesty (1961) ... Miller (as Elisha Cook)
 1961 Laramie (TV Series)
Doc
- The Tumbleweed Wagon (1961) ... Doc
 1961 One-Eyed Jacks
Carvey (as Elisha Cook)
 1961 The Islanders (TV Series)
Tomas
- The Twenty-Six Paper (1961) ... Tomas
 1960 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Harry
- The Hermit (1960) ... Harry (as Elisha Cook)
 1960 Thriller (TV Series)
Harry Elser
- The Fatal Impulse (1960) ... Harry Elser
 1960 The Rebel (TV Series)
Jeremy Hake
- The Bequest (1960) ... Jeremy Hake (as Elisha Cook)
 1960 College Confidential
Ted Blake (as Elisha Cook)
 1960 Platinum High School
Harry Nesbit
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Trick
- The Young Juggler (1960) ... Trick (as Elisha Cook)
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Snooker
- The Long, Long Ride (1960) ... Snooker (as Elisha Cook)
 1960 Tightrope (TV Series)
Sam Parker
- The Long Odds (1960) ... Sam Parker (as Elisha Cook)
 1959-1960 Johnny Staccato (TV Series)
Solomon Bradshaw / Conrad
- Solomon (1960) ... Solomon Bradshaw (as Elisha Cook)
- Evil (1959) ... Conrad (as Elisha Cook)
 1960 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Adam Kirby
- Eyewitness (1960) ... Adam Kirby
 1959 Johnny Ringo (TV Series)
Maxie Dolan
- Dead Wait (1959) ... Maxie Dolan
 1958-1959 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Thorn Loomis / Pete Sheeley
- No Funeral for Thorn (1959) ... Thorn Loomis (as Elisha Cook)
- Double Showdown (1958) ... Pete Sheeley (as Elisha Cook)
 1959 Day of the Outlaw
Larry Teter (town barber) (as Elisha Cook)
 1959 The Third Man (TV Series)
Pete Kebble
- The Trouble at Drill Hill (1959) ... Pete Kebble
 1959 House on Haunted Hill
Watson Pritchard (as Elisha Cook)
 1956-1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Curfew at Midnight (1958) ... (as Elisha Cook)
 1958 Panic! (TV Series)
Charlie Pulaski
- Emergency (1958) ... Charlie Pulaski (as Elisha Cook)
 1958 Trackdown (TV Series)
Clint Serle
- The Trail (1958) ... Clint Serle
 1957 Plunder Road
Skeets Jonas
 1957 Chicago Confidential
Candymouth Duggan
 1957 The George Sanders Mystery Theater (TV Series)
- Round Trip (1957) ... (as Elisha Cook)
 1957 The Lonely Man
Willie (as Elisha Cook)
 1957 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Simpson
- The Safe Man (1957) ... Simpson (as Elisha Cook)
 1957 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Guns McCallum
- The Equalizer (1957) ... Guns McCallum (as Elisha Cook)
 1957 Whirlybirds (TV Series)
Robber
- Human Bomb (1957) ... Robber
 1957 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Ed Nevins
- The Judge William Westholme Story (1957) ... Ed Nevins
 1957 Voodoo Island
Martin Schuyler (as Elisha Cook)
 1956 Accused of Murder
'Whitey' Pollock
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Pop
- The Secret Thread (1956) ... Pop
 1956 Crusader (TV Series)
Ed Scanlon
- Nine Priceless Objects (1956) ... Ed Scanlon (as Elisha Cook)
 1956 The Killing
George Peatty (as Elisha Cook)
 1956 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
Big Mike Preisser
- The Trigger Finger Clue (1956) ... Big Mike Preisser
 1955 Indian Agent (TV Movie)
Pete - the Cavalry Scout (uncredited)
 1955 The Indian Fighter
Briggs (as Elisha Cook)
 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Shorty
- Salvage (1955) ... Shorty
 1955 Trial
Finn (as Elisha Cook)
 1955 Mystery Is My Business (TV Series)
Matty
- Mission for Murder (1955) ... Matty
 1955 Treasury Men in Action (TV Series)
Roy Weber
- The Case of the Elder Brother (1955) ... Roy Weber
 1955 Timberjack
Punky (as Elisha Cook)
 1955 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV Series)
Jumper Joe
- The Boy and the Hound Dog (1955) ... Jumper Joe
 1955 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Chris Walters
- Deep Sea Diving (1955) ... Chris Walters
 1954 Drum Beat
Blaine Crackel
 1954 Outlaw's Daughter
Lewis 'Tulsa' Cook
 1954 The Dennis Day Show (TV Series)
Barney's Gunsel
- Party Pooper (1954) ... Barney's Gunsel
 1954 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Homer Garrity
- Semi-Private Eye (1954) ... Homer Garrity (as Elisha Cook)
 1953 Big Town (TV Series)
Escaped convict
- Dangerous Man (1953) ... Escaped convict
 1953 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Lefty
- Santa and the Bookies (1953) ... Lefty
 1953 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Charlie
- Brandenburg Gate (1953) ... Charlie (as Elisha Cook)
 1953 Thunder Over the Plains
Joseph Standish
 1953 I, the Jury
Bobo (uncredited)
 1953 Shane
Stonewall Torrey
 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Margin for Fear (1953)
 1952 Don't Bother to Knock
Eddie Forbes
 1951 Behave Yourself!
Albert Jonas
 1950 Dick Tracy (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1950)
 1949 Flaxy Martin
Roper
 1947 The Gangster
Oval
 1947 The Long Night
Frank Dunlap
 1947 Fall Guy
Joe
 1946 Two Smart People
Fly Feletti
 1946 Joe Palooka, Champ
Eugene
 1946 The Falcon's Alibi
Nick
 1946 Cinderella Jones
Oliver S. Patch
 1946 Blonde Alibi
Sam Collins
 1945 Why Girls Leave Home
Jimmy Lobo
 1945 Dillinger
Kirk Otto
 1944 Dark Waters
Cleeve
 1944 Dark Mountain
Whitey
 1944 Up in Arms
Info Jones
 1942 Manila Calling
Gillman
 1942 Wildcat
Harold 'Chicopee' Nevins
 1942 A-Haunting We Will Go
Frank Lucas
 1942 In This Our Life
Extra at a Roadhouse Table (uncredited)
 1942 Sleepytime Gal
Ernie
 1942 A Gentleman at Heart
Genius
 1941 Hellzapoppin'
Harry Selby
 1941 Ball of Fire
Waiter (as Elisha Cook)
 1941 Man at Large
Hotel Clerk
 1941 Sergeant York
Piano Player (uncredited)
 1941 Love Crazy
Joe (elevator operator)
 1940 Tin Pan Alley
Joe Codd
 1940 Public Deb No. 1
Communist
 1940 Stranger on the Third Floor
Joe Briggs
 1940 He Married His Wife
Dicky Brown
 1939 Grand Jury Secrets
Robert Austin / Norman Hazlitt
 1938 Newsboys' Home
Danny
 1938 Submarine Patrol
Seaman Rutherford Davis Pratt, aka 'The Professor'
 1938 My Lucky Star
Waldo
 1938 Three Blind Mice
Boy on Bench (uncredited)
 1937 Thoroughbreds Don't Cry
Boots Maguire (uncredited)
 1937 Life Begins in College
Ollie Stearns
 1937 Danger - Love at Work
Chemist
 1937 Wife, Doctor and Nurse
Glen Wylie
 1937 The Devil Is Driving
Tony Stevens
 1937 Love Is News
Egbert Eggleston
 1937 Breezing Home
Pete Espinosa (uncredited)
 1936 Pigskin Parade
Herbert Van Dyke
 1936 Two in a Crowd
Skeeter
 1931 Honor Among Lovers
Office Boy (uncredited)
 1930 Chills and Fever (Short)
Member of the Glee Club (uncredited)
 1930 Her Unborn Child
Stewart Kennedy
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Lost Boy. Drama. Written by T.C. Upham. Directed by James Light. Mansfield Theatre: 5 Jan 1932- Jan 1932 (closing date unknown/15 performances). Cast: William Balfour (as "Mr. Gilkey"), Edgar Barrier (as "Joe Hebert"), Charles Berre (as "Dick"), Ralph W. Chambers (as "Gould") [Broadway debut], Ruth Chorpenning (as "Mrs. Demarco... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Elisa Cook | Elisha Cook

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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He received his nickname "Hollywood's Lightest Heavy" from playing cowardly villains in his movies. See more »

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Star Sign:

Capricorn

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