Starred (as "Kid Sheleen") in a western pilot called "Cat Ballou", based on the film Cat Ballou
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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.
While working on "Rawhide" star Tyrone Power took a liking to novice actor Elam and convinced studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck to sign him to a contract and had him cast in "An American Guerilla in the Phillipines.".
Predominantly played mean, scheming henchmen in Westerns.