Jack Elam

Jack Elam

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Comancheros (1961)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Villain (1979)
  • Birthday: Nov 13, 1920
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A graduate of Santa Monica Junior College, Jack Elam 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, Elam was in danger of losing the sight in his other eye as a result of his demanding profession. Several of his show business friends suggested that Elam give acting a try; Elam would be a natural as a villain. A natural he was, and throughout the 1950s Elam cemented his reputation as one of the meanest-looking and most reliable "heavies" in the movies. Few of his screen roles gave him the opportunity 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, both 1963. In 1967, Elam 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. Elam starred as the patriarch of an itinerant Southwestern family in the 1974 TV series The Texas Wheelers (his sons were played by Gary Busey and Mark Hamill), and in 1979 he played a benign Frankenstein-monster type in the weekly horror spoof Struck By Lightning. Later TV series in the Elam manifest included Detective in the House (1985) and Easy Street (1987). Of course Elam would also crack up audiences in the 1980s with his roles in Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II. Though well established as a comic actor, Elam would never completely abandon the western genre that had sustained him in the 1950s and 1960s; in 1993, a proud Elam was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Two short years later the longitme star would essay his final screen role in the made for television western Bonanza: Under Attack.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Bonanza: Under Attack Buckshot Patterson 1995
No Score Yet Uninvited Grady 1993
No Score Yet Bonanza: The Return Buckshot Patterson 1993
No Score Yet Shadow Force Tommy 1992
15% Suburban Commando Col. Dustin McHowell 1991
No Score Yet Giant of Thunder Mountain Actor 1991
No Score Yet Big Bad John Jake 1990
No Score Yet Where the Hell's That Gold?!!? Boone 1988
No Score Yet Once upon a Texas Train Jason Fitch 1988
No Score Yet Dynamite and Gold Boone 1988
No Score Yet Pony Express Rider Actor 1987
No Score Yet Hawken's Breed Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Aurora Encounter Charlie 1986
No Score Yet Down the Long Hills Squires 1986
No Score Yet Ninja Champion Actor 1985
13% Cannonball Run II Doc 1984
No Score Yet Sacred Ground Lum Witcher 1983
No Score Yet Lost Mr. Newsom 1983
No Score Yet Jinxed Otto 1982
No Score Yet The Leopard Fist Ninja Actor 1982
No Score Yet Soggy Bottom U.S.A. Actor 1981
30% The Cannonball Run Doctor 1981
0% The Villain Avery Simpson 1979
No Score Yet The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Big Mack 1979
No Score Yet The Sacketts Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Norseman Death Dreamer 1978
No Score Yet Hot Lead and Cold Feet Rattlesnake 1978
No Score Yet Grayeagle Trapper Willis 1977
No Score Yet Hawmps! Bad Jack Cutter 1976
No Score Yet The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe Bitteroot 1976
No Score Yet The Winds of Autumn Actor 1976
No Score Yet Creature From Black Lake (Demon of the Lake) Joe Canton 1976
No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn The King 1975
No Score Yet Revenge of Red Chief Actor 1975
No Score Yet Sidekicks Boss 1974
85% Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Alamosa Bill 1973
No Score Yet The Last Rebel Actor 1971
68% Rio Lobo Phillips 1971
62% Support Your Local Gunfighter Jug May 1971
No Score Yet Hannie Caulder Frank Clemens 1971
No Score Yet The Wild Country Thompson 1971
No Score Yet Dirty Dingus Magee John Wesley Hardin 1970
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Kitterick 1970
No Score Yet The Over-the-Hill Gang Actor 1969
71% Support Your Local Sheriff! Jake 1969
98% Once Upon a Time in the West Knuckles 1968
No Score Yet Never a Dull Moment Ace Williams 1968
No Score Yet Firecreek Norman 1968
No Score Yet The Last Challenge Ernest Scarnes 1967
No Score Yet The Way West Weatherby 1967
No Score Yet The Night of the Grizzly Hank 1966
29% The Rare Breed Deke Simons 1966
11% Four for Texas Dobie 1963
63% Pocketful of Miracles Cheesecake 1961
100% The Comancheros Horseface 1961
No Score Yet The Last Sunset Ed Hobbs 1961
No Score Yet The Girl in Lovers Lane Jesse 1960
No Score Yet Edge of Eternity Bill Ward 1959
No Score Yet The Gun Runners Arnold 1958
No Score Yet Lure of the Swamp Henry Bliss 1958
No Score Yet Night Passage Shotgun 1957
No Score Yet Dragoon Wells Massacre Tioga 1957
82% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Tom McLowery 1957
No Score Yet Baby Face Nelson Fatso 1957
No Score Yet Pardners Pete 1956
100% Jubal McCoy 1956
78% Artists and Models Ivan 1955
57% Kismet Hassan-Ben 1955
100% The Man From Laramie Chris Boldt 1955
100% Wichita Al 1955
98% Kiss Me Deadly Charlie Max 1955
No Score Yet Tarzan's Hidden Jungle Actor 1955
100% The Far Country Newberry 1955
69% Moonfleet Damen 1955
No Score Yet Man Without a Star Drifter 1955
83% Vera Cruz Tex 1954
No Score Yet Ride Clear of Diablo Tim 1954
No Score Yet Jubilee Trail Sergeant 1954
No Score Yet Cattle Queen of Montana Yost 1954
No Score Yet The Moonlighter Strawboss 1953
No Score Yet Gun Belt Kolloway 1953
No Score Yet Count the Hours Max Verne 1953
No Score Yet Appointment in Honduras Castro 1953
83% Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four) Harris 1952
No Score Yet Lure of the Wilderness Dave Longden 1952
No Score Yet The Ring Harry Jackson 1952
No Score Yet My Man and I Celestino Garcia 1952
96% High Noon Charlie 1952
No Score Yet The Battle at Apache Pass Mescal Jack 1952
100% Rancho Notorious Geary 1952
No Score Yet The Bushwackers Cree 1952
No Score Yet Rawhide Tevis 1951
No Score Yet Bird of Paradise The Trader 1951
67% American Guerrilla in the Philippines The Speaker 1950
No Score Yet A Ticket to Tomahawk Fargo 1950
No Score Yet The Sundowners Earl Boyce 1950
No Score Yet One Way Street Arnie 1950
No Score Yet Key to the City Councilman 1950
No Score Yet High Lonesome Smiling Man 1950
No Score Yet She Shoulda Said No Raymond 1949

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • 1995
  • 1992
No Score Yet Webster
1983-1989
Dusty
  • 1985
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Farmer
  • 1973
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Dolph Quince Pierre Specter Hector Lowell Scooper Cowboy Band Prange Pack Landers Titus Spangler Ordman
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1961
  • 1959
  • 1956
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Honest John Dodie Buford
  • 1970
  • 1967
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Slade
  • 1967
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Jackson
  • 1962
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Avery
  • 1961
  • 1960

QUOTES FROM Jack Elam CHARACTERS

Jake
you want me to tell Joe Damby that he is under arrest for murder? What will you do once he kills me?
Jason McCullough
Then I'll arrest him for both murders
Jason McCullough
Then I'll arrest him for both murders.
Chris Boldt
Well, I ain't got no references. But anybody can tell you that Chris Boldt is a man not to be trusted. That means nobody's secrets are sacred with me.