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William "Wild Bill" Elliott

Highest Rated:   100% Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Lowest Rated:   80% City Streets (1931)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Chain of Evidence
  • Lt. Doyle
1957
No Score Yet The Longhorn
  • Jim Kirk
1951
No Score Yet The Showdown
  • Shadrach Jones
1950
No Score Yet Hellfire
  • 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 North from the Lone Star
  • Wild Bill Hickok
1941
No Score Yet Across the Sierras
  • Wild Bill Hickok
1941
No Score Yet Hands Across the Rockies
  • Actor
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 The Case of the Black Cat
  • Sam Laxter
1936
No Score Yet Bullets or Ballots
  • Bank Worker
1936
No Score Yet The Golden Arrow
  • Reporter
1936
No Score Yet The Walking Dead
  • 1st (American) Radio Announcer (uncredited)
1936
No Score Yet Ceiling Zero
  • Transportation Agent
1936
No Score Yet Moonlight on the Prairie
  • Jeff Holt
1935
No Score Yet Dr. Socrates
  • Tom Collins
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 Devil Dogs of the Air
  • Instructor
1935
No Score Yet Dangerous
  • Male Lead in Play
1935
No Score Yet Housewife
  • Clerk
1934
No Score Yet Here Comes the Navy
  • Bit
1934
No Score Yet Doctor Monica
  • Rutherford
1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar
  • Norman
1934
No Score Yet 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 The Plastic Age
  • Dancer
1925

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