Starred (as "Kid Sheleen") in a western pilot called "Cat Ballou", based on the film Cat Ballou
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[Elam was not originally in the cast of "High Noon". After the movie concluded after the first cut, the filmmakers realized the climactic gunfight didn't work. They resumed production with Cooper and new cast member Elam] I knew him [Cooper] very well... They also had some extras in the bar. We went back to he jail cell and did a few shots of me in the cell with Cooper walking around and seeing ...
After World War II he worked as a bookkeeper for Samuel Goldwyn Studios and then as controller for William Boyd
's Hopalong Cassidy production company. Staring at small figures on ledger sheets for hours on end strained his good eye and doctors told him he risked losing his sight if he continued his lucrative accounting business. When a movie director friend was having trouble getting financing ...
Predominantly played mean, scheming henchmen in Westerns.