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Jack Elam

Jack Elam

From his very first film appearance as the killer in the cowboy short “Trailin’ West” (1949), Jack established himself as a popular supporting star in both TV & film. In  well over 100 roles during the past 50 years Jack has played both hero and villain, mainly in his preferred genre,  westerns. Some of his most famous western appearances  include, “High Noon” (1952), “Gunfight At The OK Corral” (1957), “The Comancheros” (1961), “Once Upon A Time In The West (1968), “Support Your Local Sheriff” (1969), “Rio Lobo” (1970), “Hannie Caulder” (1971) & “Cactus Jack” (1979).

Jack Elam Fact File:

Birth Name: Jack Elam

Date Of Birth: 13th Nov. 1916

Place Of Birth: Miami, Arizona

Date Of Death: 20th Oct. 2003

Place Of Death: Ashland, Oregon

Height: 6’ 2”

Unknown (1937-60 her death)
Margret Jennison (1961 - ?)

Trademark Feature:
A defective left eye, the result of a childhood accident.

Film Debut: Trailin’ West (1949)

Signature Film Role:
Swifty Morgan in “Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971).

Signature TV Role:
George Taggart in the 60’s TV Western “Temple Houston”.

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Jack Elam’s Top 5 Movies on DVD

Cattle Queen Of Montana [DVD](1954) DVD
Barbara Stanwyck rides hell-bent for leather in the title role, seeking revenge when her rancher pa is killed by Indians working for villainous cattle baron Gene Evans. Ronald Reagan is the undercover government agent who winds up falling for Stanwyck in this rousing frontier action tale. With Jack Elam, Morris Angrum and Chubby Johnson. 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; theatrical trailer.

The Comancheros [DVD](1961) DVD
First-rate sagebrush action showcasing John Wayne as a Texas Ranger who joins forces with gambler Stuart Whitman to locate the "comancheros," a group of white mercenaries who have teamed with Indians in a guns- and whiskey-smuggling operation. Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff, Lee Marvin, Michael Ansara and Jack Elam also star in the final film of director Michael Curtiz. 105 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 4.0, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; theatrical trailers.

The Rare Breed [DVD](1966) DVD
Fine family western stars Jimmy Stewart as a cowboy accompanying heiress Maureen O'Hara and daughter Juliet Mills on a journey across the frontier to deliver a prize bull. Action, comedy and romance; co-stars Brian Keith, Jack Elam, Ben Johnson. 97 min.

Support Your Local Sheriff [DVD](1969) DVD
Wanderer James Garner is coerced into serving as a gold rush town's new sheriff. With drunk-turned-deputy Jack Elam at his side, he's got to put outlaw Walter Brennan and his clan behind soon as the jail is built. Hilarious western spoof also stars Joan Hackett, Bruce Dern. 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby mono, French mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer; scene access.

Rio Lobo [DVD](1970) DVD
Ex-Union officer John Wayne teams up with two former Confederate soldiers to track down a stolen gold shipment and find themselves in the middle of a town's battle with a crooked sheriff. Jennifer O'Neill, Victor French, Jack Elam and Jorge Rivero co-star in this rousing Western tale that was director Howard Hawks' last film. 103 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English.


Jack Elam’s Top 5 Movies on VHS

The Dakotas(1963) VHS
In this sagebrush series, U.S. marshal Larry Ward and deputies Jack Elam, Chad Everett and Mike Green saddled up to keep the peace in the Dakota Territory of the 1880s. Features the episode "Sanctuary at Crystal Springs." 50 min.

Firecreek(1968) VHS
In the tradition of "High Noon" comes this gripping sagebrusher starring James Stewart as a part-time sheriff who tries to stop a group of ornery crooks led by Henry Fonda from taking over his town. After acts of terrorism and sexual harassment, Western style, Stewart faces the nasties on his own. Inger Stevens, Gary Lockwood, Jack Elam and Dean Jagger co-star. 104 min.

Once Upon A Time In The West(1969) VHS
Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale and Jason Robards star in this epic Western of landowners at odds with a railroad, with Fonda in a chilling role as a hired killer. Also starring Jack Elam & Woody Strode. Co-written and directed by Sergio Leone; great score by Ennio Morricone. Complete, uncut version; 165 min.

Hannie Caulder(1972) VHS
Raquel Welch is the settler who is raped and whose husband is killed by outlaws. She then hires gunslinger Robert Culp to help her track them down and exact vengeance. Frontier drama also stars Ernest Borgnine, Strother Martin, Jack Elam, Christopher Lee. 85 min.

Creature From Black Lake(1977) VHS
Out in the mysterious swamps of Louisiana, a fearsome bayou beast lies waiting for its next victim. Could it Jack Elam, Dub Taylor, Dennis Fimple star in this horror treat. 95 min.


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High Noon (1952)
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Gunfight At The OK Corral (1957)
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)

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