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Jack Elam

Highest Rated:   100% The Comancheros (1961)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Villain (1979)
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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
17% 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 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 Winds of Autumn
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe
  • Bitteroot
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
83% Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
  • Alamosa Bill
1973
No Score Yet The Last Rebel
  • Actor
1971
71% Rio Lobo
  • Phillips
1971
67% 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
69% 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
33% 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
75% Artists and Models
  • Ivan
1955
57% Kismet
  • Hassan-Ben
1955
100% The Man From Laramie
  • Chris Boldt
1955
No Score Yet Wichita
  • Al
1955
97% Kiss Me Deadly
  • Charlie Max
1955
No Score Yet Tarzan's Hidden Jungle
  • Actor
1955
100% The Far Country
  • Newberry
1955
75% Moonfleet
  • Damen
1955
No Score Yet Man Without a Star
  • Drifter
1955
82% 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 Count the Hours
  • Max Verne
1953
No Score Yet Appointment in Honduras
  • Castro
1953
82% 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
63% 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
  • Actor
  • 1995
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Avery
  • 1961
  • 1960

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