Jack Elam

Jack Elam

  • Born on
    • November 13th, 1920
  • Died on
    • October 20th, 2003
Colorful American character actor equally adept at vicious killers or grizzled sidekicks. As a child he worked in the cotton fields. He attended Santa Monica Junior College in California and subsequently became an accountant and, at one time, manager of the Bel Air Hotel. Elam got his first movie job by trading his accounting services for a role. In short time he became one of the most memorable supporting players in Hollywood, thanks not only to his near-demented screen persona but also to an out-of-kilter left eye, sightless from a childhood fight. He appeared with great aplomb in Westerns and gangster films alike, and in later years played to wonderful effect in comedic roles.

Starring Jack Elam on Plex


Acting (64 Credits)

1991Suburban Commando as Col. Dustin 'Dusty' McHowell
1984Cannonball Run II as Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing
1982Jinxed! as Otto
1981The Cannonball Run as Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing
1979The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again as Big Mac
1979The Villain as Avery Simpson
1979The Sacketts as Ira Bigelow
1978Hot Lead and Cold Feet as Rattlesnake
1978The Norseman as Death Dreamer
1978Hot Lead and Cold Feet as Rattlesnake
1977Grayeagle as Trapper Willis
1976Creature from Black Lake as Joe Canton
1973Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid as Alamosa Bill Kermit
1971Support Your Local Gunfighter as Jug May
1971Hannie Caulder as Frank Clemens
1970Rio Lobo as PhillipsWatch Free
1970Dirty Dingus Magee as John Wesley Hardin
1969Support Your Local Sheriff! as Jake
1969The Over-the-Hill Gang as Sheriff Clyde Barnes
1968Once Upon a Time in the West as Frank's Gunman
1968Firecreek as Norman
1968Never a Dull Moment as Ace Williams
1967The Last Challenge as Ernest Scarnes
1967The Way West as Preacher Weatherby
1966The Rare Breed as Deke Simons
1966The Night of the Grizzly as Hank
19634 for Texas as Dobie
1961The Comancheros as Horseface (Comanchero)
1961The Last Sunset as Ed Hobbs
1961Pocketful of Miracles as Cheesecake
1960The Girl in Lovers Lane as Jesse
1959Edge of Eternity as Bill Ward
1958The Gun Runners as Arnold
1957Baby Face Nelson as Fatso Nagel
1957Night Passage as Shotgun
1957Gunfight at the O.K. Corral as Tom McLowery
1956Pardners as Pete
1956Jubal as McCoy
1955Tarzan's Hidden Jungle as Burger
1955The Man from Laramie as Chris Boldt
1955Kismet as Hasan-Ben
1955Artists and Models as Ivan
1955Kiss Me Deadly as Charlie Max
1955Moonfleet as Damen
1955Wichita as Al
1955Man Without a Star as Knife Murderer
1954Cattle Queen of Montana as Yost
1954Ride Clear of Diablo as Tim Lowerie
1954Vera Cruz as Tex
1954The Far Country as Newberry
1953Appointment in Honduras as Castro
1953The Moonlighter as Slim
1953Ride, Vaquero! as Barton
1952Kansas City Confidential as Peter Harris / JohnsonWatch Free
1952The Battle at Apache Pass as Mescal Jack
1952The Ring as Harry Jackson
1952Rancho Notorious as Mort GearyWatch Free
1952High Noon as Charlie - Drunk in Jail (uncredited)
1951Rawhide as Tevis
1950The Sundowners as Earl BoyceWatch Free
1950American Guerrilla in the Philippines as The Speaker
1950High Lonesome as Smiling ManWatch Free
1950A Ticket to Tomahawk as Fargo (uncredited)
1950Key to the City as Councilman (uncredited)


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