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Elam, Jack

Born: 1918 AD
Died: 2003 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Entertainers

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.