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Old 10-22-03, 12:08 PM   #1
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Wild-Eyed Western Movie Villain Jack Elam Dies

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Actor Had Roles In 'Rio Lobo,' 'Gunfight At O.K. Corral'

POSTED: 9:58 a.m. EDT October 22, 2003
UPDATED: 10:08 a.m. EDT October 22, 2003

Veteran character actor Jack Elam -- a favorite Western film villain who menaced the good guys with his crazy grin, menacing eyes and remorseless gunslinging -- has died.

A family friend said Elam died Monday afternoon at his home in Ashland, Ore., of an unspecified illness.

Elam played roles in more than 130 feature films and television movies, according to the Internet Movie Database. His Western movie roster included "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," "Cat Ballou," "Support Your Local Gunfighter," "Support Your Local Sheriff," and "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid."

He also appeared opposite John Wayne in such Westerns as "The Comancheros" and "Rio Lobo."

Elam's television credits included "Gunsmoke," "The Wild, Wild West" and "Bonanza," and two "Bonanza" television movies. His last acting role was in the 1995 television movie "Bonanza: Under Attack."

Most biographies list the actor as 86 years old, but the friend said he was actually 84, having lied about his age as a youngster to get work.

The Internet Movie Database listed him as 86. The actor was born Nov. 16, 1916, in Miami, Ariz., according to the site.

Elam didn't always play the mean old hombre -- he also found himself cast as dirty old men and harmless drunks, sometimes with a humorous bent.

The actor's own cockeye was the result of a childhood fight in Phoenix. The way he told it, a fellow Boy Scout stabbed him in the left eye with a pencil during a scrape at a troop meeting.

He remained blind in that eye, which wandered lazily around its socket.

Elam is survived by his second wife, Jennie; a daughter and two sons.


Boy I remember him growing up!

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Old 10-22-03, 01:06 PM   #2
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Wednesday, October 22, 2003 Posted: 9:31 AM EDT (1331 GMT
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Jack Elam, a character actor and favorite Western villain who menaced good-guy cowboys with his crazy grin, wild eyes and remorseless gunslinging in films such as "Rawhide" and "Wichita," has died, a family friend said Tuesday.

Elam, who had been in declining health in recent years, died Monday afternoon at his home in Ashland, Oregon, of unspecified illness, according to longtime friend Al Hassan.

Most biographies list the actor as 86 years old, but Hassan said he was actually 84, having lied about his age as a youngster to get work.

"He was cantankerous in a great way, in a funny way," Hassan said. "He smoked, drank, all that stuff. He lived one of the best lives I've ever seen."

Elam worked as a Hollywood accountant in the 1940s and had bit parts, usually uncredited, in the films "Trailin' West" (1949), "Quicksand" (1950) and "One Way Street" (1950).

He helped arrange financing for the Robert Preston film "The Sundowners" in exchange for a larger role, as the husband of actress Cathy Downs. Then came a tough-guy part in 1951's "Rawhide," starring Tyrone Power, which helped make him a star.

Elam, born in Miami, Arizona, didn't always play the mean old hombre -- he also found himself cast as dirty old men and harmless drunks, sometimes with a humorous bent in comedies like "Support Your Local Sheriff" and "The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County."

The actor's own cockeye was the result of a childhood fight in Phoenix. The way he told it, a fellow Boy Scout stabbed him in the left eye with a pencil during a scrape at a troop meeting. He remained blind in that eye, which wandered lazily around its socket.

Elam continued working into his later years in such films as "Suburban Commando" (1991) and the TV reunion shows "Bonanza: The Return" (1993) and "Bonanza: Under Fire" (1995), his last screen credit.

But he complained about the modern villains that evolved in the 1970s, who had shades of psychological problems behind their bad behavior. "The heavy today is usually not my kind of guy," he said in the Los Angeles Times in 1977.

"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," he added. "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."
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This is kind of weird, because I was watching Cannonball Run 2 this past Saturday, and was thinking to myself, whatever happened to him.
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Old 10-22-03, 05:42 PM   #3
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Jack Elam was always cool. He played a lot of memorable parts in decent movies. It's weird though, I thought he died years ago.

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Old 10-22-03, 08:05 PM   #4
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RIP Jack. He was great in OATITW

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RIP Jack. He was great in OATITW

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aww crap

I thought about Rerun from "What's Happening" too.

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Old 10-23-03, 09:23 AM   #6
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That's too bad. The first movie I saw him in was High Noon. He was great in the Support Your Local Gunfighter and Sheriff movies, the Cannonball Run movies and the Lucky Luke TV series.

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Old 10-23-03, 09:44 AM   #7
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Man he was the best part of those Cannonbal Run movies by far. RIP
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