Jack Elam
American actor
Jack Elam
William Scott "Jack" Elam was an American film actor best known for his numerous roles as villains in Western films and, later in his career, comedies (sometimes spoofing his villainous image). His most distinguishing physical quality was that his left eye iris was skewed to the outside, making him look unnaturally "wide eyed" (the opposite of cross eyed).
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Ask 411 Movies for 08.28.11: Go Ahead, Make My Day! - 411mania.com
Google News - over 5 years
Thanks to G-Walla for correcting me that Jack Elam's character going into western folklore was from Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter had him becoming a star in early movies. He also mentioned how the 1966 Batman film off of
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Ask 411 Movies for 08.22.11: Any Day You Read This Column is a Happy Day! - 411mania.com
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Q: One of my personal favorite breaking the fourth wall is Jack Elam's going on to become one of the most-beloved characters in western folklore. A: This is from the ending of Support Your Local Gunfighter in 1971 with Jack Elam giving narration on
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'The 4th Season, Volume 2' of the Clint Eastwood Series Comes to DVD - TVShowsOnDVD.com
Google News - over 5 years
Look for guest appearances from Hal Needham (the stuntman/actor who later went on to direct films like Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run and Stroker Ace), Harry Carey Jr., Buddy Ebsen, Jack Elam, James Coburn, Cesar Romero, Walter Pidgeon,
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Marcos históricos do western: 1950-1951 - Tribuna do Norte - Natal
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Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Hugh Marlowe, Dean Jagger, Edgar Buchanan, Jack Elam, George Tobias, Jeff Corey. Ela ficou (muito) mais famosa por suas relações amorosas do que pela participação no cinema. A sua primeira e célebre conquista amorosa
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Ape Rise And Guest Judges - RhinoTimes.com Greensboro
Google News - over 5 years
Inviting Lady Gaga to be a guest judge or "mentor" on a talent show is like asking Jack Elam to give tips to beauty contestants. She is out of her depth just by walking in the room. On shows like Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, the contestants are
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The Look Of Rage - The Moderate Voice
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Newsweek makes her look like Jack Elam. Irrelevant to me. They are both wild crazy jackasses as far as I'm concerned. Though I understand that Farrakhan had a change of heart after prostate surgery. One of the funniest things I've ever heard
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The Tempest, The Change-Up, Another Earth, plus horror in a tunnel and film ... - The Vancouver Observer (blog)
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This one has three of Hollywood's best-ever villains in one movie; Lee Van Cleef, Neville Brand and Jack Elam, all nasty fixtures in countless westerns of the 1950s. You can get more info on all the films, including dates and times,
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Tarantino In Franco Nero's Western? - Empire Online
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Sounds like a nice little nod to Once Upon a Time in the West, where Charles Bronson guns down classic Western veterans Jack Elam, Woody Strode and Al Mulock in the film's opening minutes (legend has it that it was supposed to be Clint Eastwood,
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Hannie Caulder (Blu-ray) - Fox 31 KDVR.com
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Its story reads as straight dramatic western: After killing all the occupants of a bank they are robbing, the Clemens Brothers (Ernest Borgnine, Strother Martin and Jack Elam) wander across the home of Hannie Caulder (Raquel Welch) and proceed to
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Wilmington on DVD: Kiss Me Deadly, If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, Sucker Punch - Isthmus Daily Page
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... Dekker as the suave villain Dr. GE Soberin, Paul Stewart as the smooth gangster Carl Evello, and those two memorably ratlike torpedoes Sugar Smallhouse and Charlie Max (played with maximum evil by ace bad guy hechmen Jack Lambert and Jack Elam)
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Interviews: Hollywood Legends Ernest Borgnine, Bruce Dern - HollywoodChicago.com
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I became like my old actor buddy Jack Elam, with his crazy one eye up, one eye down when I did that stunt. [laughs] HollywoodChicago.com: What do you most look forward to when you get up in the morning to start your day? Borgnine: The sun
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VIDEO; An Influential Director, Two Distinct Directions
NYTimes - over 5 years
ROBERT ALDRICH was still in his early 30s when he made, back to back, two of the most influential films of the 1950s, ''Vera Cruz'' (1954) and ''Kiss Me Deadly'' (1955). More remarkable still is that these films had their influence on two very different groups of filmmakers, at two very different periods. For the Italian director Sergio Leone,
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An Influential Director, Two Distinct Directions - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Among Cooper and Lancaster's not-so-loyal band of followers can be found several defining figures of the spaghetti westerns to come: Jack Elam, Ernest Borgnine and, under his birth name, Charles Buchinski, the future Charles Bronson
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Movie Review: Vera Cruz (Blu-ray) - Flix 66
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The film also features Denise Darcel, Cesar Romero, a young Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam, and Charles Bronson (credited as Charles Buchinsky for the last time). Almost 57 years later there are some surprises when you look back at this film
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Moral Ambiguity, Greyness and Imperfection in the Classic, 'Once Upon a Time ... - PopMatters
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At five minutes is a close-up of Jack Elam's gunfighter, credited as “Snaky” and as a member of Frank's (Henry Fonda) gang of killers for hire, currently working for rail baron, Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti). In the background of the shot is another
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Making Film Noir: Kiss Me Deadly - Blu-ray.com
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... has strong representation in Kiss Me Deadly in the persons of Paul Stewart, Albert Dekker and Wesley Addy, imported from the Broadway stage, and such well-known movie heels as Juano Hernandez, Jack Lambert, Jack Elam and Percy Helton
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Western to be shown at King Opera House - Van Buren Press Argus-Courier
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Supporting actors are Lloyd Bridges, Henry Morgan, Katy Jurado, Jack Elam and Sheb Wooley. The $5 ticket price includes more than just the classic western, Ross said. For 30 minutes prior to the movie, western music will be provided by local
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Thin Blue Air - The River Journal
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This made my eyes partially open up (in a Jack Elam sort of way) to check for any possible witnesses. Right in front of me was a pink box that said 'Blush', so I did. I sensed a presence moving into my periphery, prompting me to study the fine print on
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Elam
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2003
    Age 82
    Jack Elam died in 2003 of congestive heart failure, leaving behind two daughters and one son.
    More Details Hide Details Elam was born in Miami in Gila County in south central Arizona, to Millard Elam and Alice Amelia Kirby. His mother died in 1922 when Jack was two years old.
  • 1994
    Age 73
    In 1994, Elam was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
    More Details Hide Details In a wry and oft repeated comment on Hollywood superficiality, attributed first to Hugh O'Brian, Elam classified the stages of a moderately successful actor's life, as defined by the way a film director refers to the actor suggested for a part. (He said this on a George Plimpton ABC documentary about the making of Rio Lobo; Ricardo Montalbán would later use the recitation numerous times, with his own name, in speeches.)
  • 1988
    Age 67
    In 1988, Elam co-starred with Willie Nelson in the movie "Where The Hell's That Gold?"
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  • 1986
    Age 65
    In 1986, Elam also co-starred on the short-lived comedy series Easy Street as Alvin "Bully" Stevenson, the down-on-his-luck uncle of Loni Anderson's character, L. K. McGuire.
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  • 1985
    Age 64
    In 1985, Elam played Charlie in The Aurora Encounter.
    More Details Hide Details During this film Elam made a lifelong relationship with an 11-year-old boy named Mickey Hays, who suffered from progeria. As shown in the documentary I Am Not a Freak viewers see how close Elam and Hays really were. Elam said, "You know I've met a lot of people, but I've never met anybody that got next to me like Mickey."
  • 1984
    Age 63
    In 1984, Elam once again returned in the sequel The Cannonball Run II.
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  • 1981
    Age 60
    In 1981, Elam played an eccentric doctor in the movie The Cannonball Run as Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 58
    In 1979, he was cast—ideally, some said—as the Frankenstein monster in the CBS sitcom Struck by Lightning, but the show was cancelled after only three episodes.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1969
    Age 48
    In 1969, he was given his first comedic role in Support Your Local Sheriff!, which was followed two years later by Support Your Local Gunfighter; both were opposite James Garner, after which he found his villainous parts dwindling and his comic roles increasing. (Both films were also directed by Burt Kennedy, who saw Elam's potential as a comedian and would direct him a total of 15 times in features and television.) In between those two films, he also played a comically cranky old coot opposite John Wayne in Howard Hawks's Rio Lobo (1970).
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  • 1968
    Age 47
    In 1968, Elam had an amusing cameo in Sergio Leone's celebrated spaghetti western Once Upon a Time in the West, where he was one of a trio of gunslingers sent to kill Charles Bronson's character.
    More Details Hide Details Elam spent a good part of the scene trying to trap an annoying fly in his gun barrel.
  • 1963
    Age 42
    In 1963, Elam got a rare chance to play the good guy, Deputy U.S. Marshal and reformed gunfighter J. D. Smith in the ABC/Warner Brothers series, The Dakotas, a television western that ran for only nineteen episodes.
    More Details Hide Details He played George Taggart, a gunslinger-turned-marshal in the NBC/WB western series, Temple Houston, with Jeffrey Hunter in the title role. Elam got this part after James Coburn declined the role; the series ran for only twenty-six weeks.
  • 1961
    Age 40
    In 1961, Elam played a slightly crazed character in an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?
    More Details Hide Details In April 1966 Jack Elam co-starred with Clint Walker in the western The Night of The Grizzly.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 28
    In 1949, Elam made his debut in She Shoulda Said No!, an exploitation film where a chorus girl's marijuana smoking ruins her career and drives her brother to suicide.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared mostly in westerns and gangster films playing villains. Elam made multiple guest star appearances in many popular Western television series in the 1950s and 1960s, including "Gunsmoke", "The Rifleman", "Lawman", "Bonanza", "Cheyenne", "Have Gun Will Travel", "Zorro", "The Lone Ranger", "The Rebel", "F Troop" and "Rawhide".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1937
    Age 16
    He was married twice, first to Jean Elam from 1937 to her death in 1961 and second, Margaret Jennison from 1961 until his death in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Elam had two daughters, Jeri Elam and Jacqueline Elam, and a son, Scott Elam. Elam died in Ashland, Oregon, of congestive heart failure, a month before he would have turned 83.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Age 9
    By 1930, he was living with his father, older sister Mildred, and their stepmother, Flossie Varney Elam.
    More Details Hide Details He grew up picking cotton and lost the sight in his left eye during a boyhood accident when he was stabbed with a pencil at a Boy Scout meeting. He was a student at both Miami High School in Gila County and Phoenix Union High School in Maricopa County, graduating from there in the late 1930s. Elam attended Santa Monica Junior College in California. After that, he worked as a bookkeeper at the Bank of America in Los Angeles and as an auditor for the Standard Oil Company. In World War II, he served two years in the United States Navy and subsequently became an independent accountant in Hollywood; one of his clients was movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn. At one time, he was the manager of the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles.
  • 1920
    Born
    Born on November 13, 1920.
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