Jack Starrett

Jack Starrett

Highest Rated: 85% First Blood (1982)

Lowest Rated: 29% Hell's Angels on Wheels (1967)

Birthday: Nov 02, 1936

Birthplace: Refugio, Texas, USA

Perhaps best known for playing Gabby Johnson (a parody of Western actor Gabby Hayes) in Mel Brooks's seminal spoof "Blazing Saddles," Jack Starrett made a name for himself by acting in a number of biker movies that were in vogue during the late 1960s. Two years before "Easy Rider," he costarred with Jack Nicholson in "Hells Angels on Wheels." Starrett also appeared in a few films directed by counterculture icon Tom Laughlin, including "Like Father, Like Son" and "Born Losers," the movie that introduced Laughlin's vigilante character, Billy Jack. It wasn't long before Starrett was directing movies, too; low-budget exploitation films were his forte. The most famous work in his opus is probably "Cleopatra Jones," with Tamara Dobson as a special agent who wages a war on drugs. The caper comedy "The Gravy Train" was somewhat of a departure for him; it had a cast that included Stacy Keach, Frederic Forrest, and Margot Kidder, as well as a script co-written by Terrence Malick. He also acted in that film, as he did a few of his others; he frequently played aggressive lawmen, as he did in the first Rambo rampage, "First Blood"--a somewhat logical extension of one of Starrett's early directorial jobs, "Nam's Angels." Although he continued to work through the 1980s, he was plagued by alcoholism and died of renal failure.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brothers in Arms Father (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Reunion Charlie (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chase Lt. MacGrew (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Chase Lt. MacGrew (Character) - 1988
85% 85% First Blood Galt (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss My Grits Director - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Treachery and Greed on the Planet of the Apes Director - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Survival of Dana Director - 1979
No Score Yet 100% Mr. Horn Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Bob Johnson and His Fantastic Speed Circus Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thaddeus Rose and Eddie Director - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Roger and Harry Director - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love for Ransom Director - 1977
No Score Yet 70% Final Chapter: Walking Tall Director - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nowhere to Hide Gus (Character),
Director
- 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Man Director - 1976
No Score Yet 40% A Small Town in Texas Director - 1976
64% 54% Race With the Devil Director - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gravy Train Director - 1974
No Score Yet 81% The Dion Brothers Director - 1974
79% 45% Cleopatra Jones Director - 1973
No Score Yet 45% Slaughter Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie Director - 1972
No Score Yet 42% The Losers Director - 1970
No Score Yet 12% Cry Blood, Apache The Deacon (Character),
Director
- 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Machismo Director - 1970
No Score Yet 11% The Fakers Rocky (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Chase Director - 1970
No Score Yet 33% The Gay Deceivers Colonel Dixon (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 36% Run, Angel, Run Director - 1969
29% 38% Hell's Angels on Wheels Sgt. Bingham (Character) - 1967
60% 63% Born Losers Deputy Fred (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Sinner Football Coach (Character) - 1961

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The A-Team Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Bartender (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 98% Knight Rider Unknown (Guest Star) 1985 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Director 1979-1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Director 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Westworld Director

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