James Ellison (I) (1910–1993)

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American light leading man, primarily of Westerns, James Ellison was born James Ellison Smith in Guthrie Center, Iowa, in 1910. He grew up on a ranch in Valier, Montana, where he learned the skills that would stand him in good stead as a movie cowboy. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was a young man, and it was there that he first became ... See full bio »

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Known For

Three on the Trail Johnny Nelson
The Undying Monster Robert Curtis
Heart of the West Johnny Nelson


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 1962 When the Girls Take Over
Axel 'Longhorn' Gates (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1952 Dead Man's Trail
Dan Winslow (as Jimmie Ellison)
 1952 Man from the Black Hills
Jim Fallon (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1952 Texas City
Jim Kirby (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1951 Texas Lawmen
Sheriff Tod Merrick (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1951 Whistling Hills
Sheriff Dave Holland (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1951 Oklahoma Justice
Clancy (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1951 Kentucky Jubilee
Jeff Benson
 1950 The Texan Meets Calamity Jane
Gordon Hastings
 1950 I Killed Geronimo
Capt. Jeff Packard
 1950 Fast on the Draw
Shamrock Ellison (as Jimmy 'Shamrock' Ellison)
 1950 West of the Brazos
James Everett Parkington 'Shamrock' Ellison (as Jimmie 'Shamrock' Ellison)
 1950 Colorado Ranger
Shamrock Clark (as Jimmy 'Shamrock' Ellison)
 1950 Crooked River
Shamrock Ellison (as Jimmie 'Shamrock' Ellison)
 1950 Marshal of Heldorado
Shamrock Ellison (as Jimmy 'Shamrock' Ellison)
 1950 Everybody's Dancin'
Jimmy Ellison (as Jimmy 'Shamrock' Ellison)
 1950 Hostile Country
Shamrock Ellison (as Jimmy 'Shamrock' Ellison)
 1948 Last of the Wild Horses
Duke Barnum
 1947 The Ghost Goes Wild
Monte Crandall
 1947 Calendar Girl
Steve Adams
 1946 G.I. War Brides
Steve Giles
 1945 Hollywood and Vine
Larry Winters (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1944 Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Mike O'Brien
 1944 Lady, Let's Dance
Jerry Gibson
 1943 The Gang's All Here
Andy Mason
 1943 Best Foot Forward
Cadet (uncredited)
 1943 I Walked with a Zombie
Wesley Rand
 1943 Dixie Dugan
Roger Hudson
 1942 The Undying Monster
Robert Curtis
 1942 That Other Woman
Henry Summers
 1942 Army Surgeon
Capt. James 'Jim' Mason
 1942 Careful, Soft Shoulders
Thomas Aldrich
 1941 Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case
P. Cadwallader Jones
 1941 Ice-Capades
Bob Clemens
 1941 Charley's Aunt
Jack Chesney
 1941 They Met in Argentina
Tim Kelly
 1941 Play Girl
Thomas Elwood Dice
 1940 Anne of Windy Poplars
Tony Pringle
 1940 You Can't Fool Your Wife
Andrew 'Hinkie' Hinklin
 1939 Fifth Avenue Girl
 1939 Hotel for Women
Jeff Buchanan
 1939 Sorority House
Bill Loomis
 1939 Zenobia
Jeff Carter
 1939 Almost a Gentleman
Dan Preston
 1938 Next Time I Marry
Anthony J. Anthony
 1938 Mother Carey's Chickens
Ralph Thurston
 1938 Vivacious Lady
Keith Morgan
 1937 Annapolis Salute
Bill Martin
 1937 The Barrier
Lt. Burrell
 1937 23 1/2 Hours Leave
Sgt. Robert Gray
 1937 Borderland
Johnny Nelson
 1936 Trail Dust
Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1936 The Plainsman
Buffalo Bill Cody
 1936 Three on the Trail
Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1936 Call of the Prairie
Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1936 Heart of the West
Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1936 The Leathernecks Have Landed
Mac MacDonald (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1935 Hitch Hike Lady
Jimmy Peyton (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1935 Bar 20 Rides Again
Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1935 The Eagle's Brood
Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1935 Hop-a-Long Cassidy
Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
 1935 Reckless
Dale Every
 1935 After Office Hours
Harvey (uncredited)
 1935 The Winning Ticket
Jimmy Powers
 1935 Buried Loot (Short)
Bob - Detective (uncredited)
 1934 Student Tour
Student (uncredited)
 1934 Death on the Diamond
Cubs Player (uncredited)
 1934 Carolina
Dancer (uncredited)
 1934 8 Girls in a Boat
Romantic Boy (uncredited)
 1933 Central Airport
Amarillo Pilot Crossing Fingers (uncredited)
 1932 The Famous Ferguson Case
Lane - Reporter (uncredited)
 1932 Play Girl
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Alternate Names:

Jimmie 'Shamrock' Ellison | Jimmie Ellison | Jimmy 'Shamrock' Ellison | Jimmy Ellison


6' 2" (1.88 m)


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Personal Quote:

We went to all the Iowa picnics at Long Beach and between my mother and the picnics, I learned a great deal about the Tall Corn State. I best remember the stories of Old Grandfather Ellison. He was quite a character--a captain in an Iowa regiment in the Civil War and sheriff of Louisa County.


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