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James Gammon Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 20 April 1940Newman, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 16 July 2010Costa Mesa, California, USA  (cancer of adrenal glands and liver)
Birth NameJames Richard Gammon
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rugged-looking James Gammon first broke into the entertainment industry not as an actor but as a TV cameraman. From there, his weatherbeaten features, somewhat menacing attitude and a tough-as-nails voice--the kind that used to be described in detective novels as "whiskey-soaked"--reminiscent of '40s noir icon Charles McGraw got him work in front of the cameras in TV westerns (though he sounds as if he's from Texas or Oklahoma, he was actually born and raised in Illinois) and he made his film debut in 1967. Not the kind of guy you'd see in a tuxedo in a Noel Coward drawing-room comedy--unless he was one of a gang holding them up--Gammon could play lighter parts also, as evidenced by his work as the manager in the baseball comedy Major League (1989) and in his regular role as Don Johnson's rambunctious father in Johnson's Nash Bridges (1996) series.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (2)

Nancy Jane Kapusta (7 October 1972 - 16 July 2010) (his death) (2 children)
Barbara Giacchero (29 January 1967 - 1970) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Plays gruff, grizzled men

Trivia (3)

Has performed at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, Illinois
Was very close friends with Timothy Scott. In 1995, the year Scott died, Gammon appeared in Streets of Laredo (1995), the sequel to Lonesome Dove (1989), in which Scott had appeared.
Played Don Johnson's father in two television productions: The Long Hot Summer (1985) and Nash Bridges (1996), although he was actually less than ten years older than Johnson.

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