William "Wild Bill" Elliott

William "Wild Bill" Elliott

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
  • Lowest Rated: 80% Dangerous (1935)
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  • Western star "Wild Bill" Elliott was plain Gordon Elliott when he launched his stage career at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1928. Under his given name, he began appearing in dress-extra film roles around the same time. While he had learned to ride horses as a youth and had won several rodeo trophies, movie producers were more interested in utilizing Elliot's athletic skills in dancing sequences, in which the still-unbilled actor showed up in tux and tails. Beginning in 1934, Elliot's film roles increased in size; he also started getting work in westerns, albeit in secondary villain roles. In 1938, Elliot was selected to play the lead in the Columbia serial The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, in which he made so positive an impression that he would be billed as "Wild Bill" Elliott for the remainder of his cowboy career, even when his character name wasn't Bill. Elliott's western series for Columbia, which ran from 1938 through 1942, was among the studio's most profitable enterprises. Fans were primed to expect an all-out orgy of fisticuffs and gunplay whenever Elliott would face down the bad guy by muttering, "I'm a peaceable man, but..." Elliott moved to Republic in 1943, where he continued turning out first-rate westerns, including several in which he portrayed famed fictional do-gooder Red Ryder. In 1945, Elliott began producing his own films, developing a tougher, more jaded characterization than before. A longtime admirer of silent star William S. Hart, Elliott successfully emulated his idol in a string of "good badman" roles. The actor's final western series was a group of 11 above-average actioners for Monogram in the early 1950s, in which Elliott did his best to destroy the standard cowboy cliches and unrealistic Boy Scout behavior symptomatic of the Roy Rogers/Gene Autry school. During his last days at Monogram (which by the mid-1950s had metamorphosed into United Artists), Elliott appeared in modern dress, often cast as hard-bitten private eyes. In 1957, Bill Elliott retired to his huge ranch near Las Vegas, Nevada, where he spent his time collecting western souvenirs and indulging his ongoing hobby of geology.

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No Score Yet Chain of Evidence Lt. Doyle 1957
No Score Yet The Longhorn Jim Kirk 1951
No Score Yet The Showdown Producer Shadrach Jones 1950
No Score Yet Hellfire Producer Zeb Smith 1949
No Score Yet Wyoming Charles Alderson 1947
No Score Yet Bells of Rosarita Wild Bill Elliott 1945
No Score Yet Calling Wild Bill Elliott Himself 1943
No Score Yet Hands Across the Rockies Actor 1941
No Score Yet Across the Sierras Wild Bill Hickok 1941
No Score Yet North from the Lone Star Wild Bill Hickok 1941
No Score Yet The Taming of the West Wild Bill Saunders 1939
No Score Yet Letter of Introduction Backgammon Man 1938
No Score Yet The Devil's Party James Brewster 1938
No Score Yet Tarzan's Revenge Actor 1938
No Score Yet Boy of the Streets Doctor 1937
No Score Yet Boots and Saddles Jim Neale 1937
No Score Yet Melody for Two Wilson 1937
No Score Yet Roll Along, Cowboy Odie Fenton 1937
No Score Yet Swing It, Professor Randall 1937
No Score Yet Wife, Doctor and Nurse Bruce Thomas 1937
No Score Yet The Case of the Black Cat Sam Laxter 1936
No Score Yet Bullets or Ballots Bank Worker 1936
100% The Story of Louis Pasteur Actor 1936
No Score Yet The Golden Arrow Reporter 1936
No Score Yet The Walking Dead 1st (American) Radio Announcer (uncredited) 1936
100% Ceiling Zero Transportation Agent 1936
No Score Yet Stars over Broadway Young Man 1935
No Score Yet Moonlight on the Prairie Jeff Holt 1935
No Score Yet Dr. Socrates Tom Collins 1935
No Score Yet The Goose and the Gander Teddy 1935
No Score Yet Bright Lights Actor in Roman Legion Costume 1935
No Score Yet Alibi Ike Actor 1935
No Score Yet The Girl from 10th Avenue Clerk at Club 1935
No Score Yet G-Men Intern 1935
No Score Yet Traveling Saleslady Freddie 1935
No Score Yet The Woman in Red Stuart Wyatt 1935
No Score Yet Devil Dogs of the Air Instructor 1935
80% Dangerous Male Lead in Play 1935
No Score Yet I Found Stella Parish Reporter 1935
No Score Yet Living on Velvet Commuter 1935
No Score Yet Personal Maid's Secret Warren Sherrill 1935
No Score Yet Desirable Party Guest 1934
No Score Yet Housewife Clerk 1934
80% Here Comes the Navy Officer 1934
No Score Yet Doctor Monica Rutherford 1934
No Score Yet Twenty Million Sweethearts 1st Man 1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar Norman 1934
80% Dancing Lady Cafe Extra 1933
No Score Yet Man Killer Gambling Kibitzer 1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933 Dance Extra 1933
No Score Yet The Little Giant Guest 1933
No Score Yet The Keyhole Dancing Extra 1933
No Score Yet Night After Night Escort 1932
No Score Yet Jewel Robbery Girl-Chasing Gendarme 1932
No Score Yet Merrily We Go to Hell Dance Extra 1932
No Score Yet The Rich Are Always with Us Gambling Extra 1932
100% One Hour With You Dance Extra 1932
No Score Yet Lady with a Past Alex Brown 1932
100% Platinum Blonde Dinner Guest 1931
80% City Streets Dancer 1931
No Score Yet Sunny Actor 1930
No Score Yet The Plastic Age Dancer 1925

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