Jack Elam Overview:

Character actor, Jack Elam, was born William Scott Elam on Nov 13, 1920 in Miami, Gila. Elam died at the age of 82 on Oct 20, 2003 in Ashland, OR .

MINI BIO:

American actor with sightless left eye who gained steady employment in the 1950s (after switching to acting from accountancy) as a mean hombre always ready to shoot the hero in the back. Mainly seen in westerns, Elam could also play sympathetic characters and comedy, but was later encouraged to play his own image rather too much.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).

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Elam was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum .

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Jack Elam Quotes:

Jason McCullough: Jake, how would you like the job as my deputy?
Jake: I'd hate it! Even if I lived through it, I'd hate it!


Jason McCullough: It seems like you spent a lot of time with horses.
Jake: One end or the other. Of course, I come about it natural. My daddy stole horses for a living. They hung him.


[last lines]
Jake: Now the way this story ends... is that they get married and he goes on to become governor of the state. Never gets to Australia, but he keeps readin' a lot of books about it. I get to be sheriff of this town... and then I go on to become one of the most beloved characters in Western folklore.


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Jack Elam Facts
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1994.

Was known to be great at all forms of gambling. Also great at winning games played with people on sets.

Interviewed in "Bad at the Bijou" by William R. Horner (McFarland, 1982).

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