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 .

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

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Jack Elam Quotes:

Jason McCullough: Well, do you see anything?
Jake: No. What are we lookin' for?
Jason McCullough: What are we lookin' for? We're lookin' for nuggets, a vein, the mother lode!
Jake: What's the mother lode?
Jason McCullough: I'm beginning to get the horrible feelin' you know even less about gold mining than I do, Jake.
Jake: Course I don't know anything about gold mining!
Jason McCullough: Well, what do you think I brought you along for? I thought everyone around here knew about mining.
Jake: Well I don't! I might be able to give you a few tips about shoveling horse... working around the stable, but I don't know nothing about huntin' gold.


Norman: Say, you wearin' that pretty dress for me?
Leah: You like it?
Norman: Yeah, mm, I like along with what's inside it.


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!


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Jack Elam Facts
After WWII, Elam worked as a bookkeeper for Samuel Goldwyn Studios and then as controller for William Boyd's Hopalong Cassidy production company. Staring at small figures on ledger sheets for hours on end strained his good eye and doctors told him he risked losing his sight if he continued his lucrative accounting business. When a movie director friend was having trouble getting financing for three western scripts, Elam told him he would arrange the financing in exchange for roles as a "heavy" in all three pictures. The first was The Sundowners (1950), starring Robert Preston, which helped launch his long career.

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

Died two months after Charles Bronson.

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