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Elam, Jack

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Born: 1918 AD
Died: 2003 AD, at 84 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Entertainers

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1918 - Jack Elam, born on the 13th of November in Miami, Arizona. A graduate of Santa Monica Junior College, he spent the immediate post-World War II years as an accountant, numbering several important Hollywood stars among his clients. Already blind in one eye from a childhood fight, he was in danger of losing the sight in his other eye as a result of his demanding profession. 1950 - Cemented his reputation as one of the meanest-looking and most reliable "heavies" in the movies. 1963 - To display his natural wit and sense of comic timing, but inklings of these skills were evident in his first regular TV series assignments: The Dakotas and Temple Houston. 1967 - He was given his first all-out comedy role in Support Your Local Sheriff, after which he found his villainous assignments dwindling and his comic jobs increasing. 1974 - Starred as the patriarch of an itinerant Southwestern family in the TV series The Texas Wheelers (his sons were played by Gary Busey and Mark Hamill). 1979 - He played a benign Frankenstein-monster type in the weekly horror spoof Struck By Lightning. 1984 - Crack up audiences with his roles in Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II. 1985 - 1987 - Later TV series in the manifest included Detective in the House and Easy Street. 1993 - Was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. 1995 - The longitme star would essay his final screen role in the made for television western Bonanza: Under Attack. 2003 - Died on the 20th of October in Ashland, Oregon.


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