Biography and 10 Best Western Roles .. Jack Elam



Colorful American character actor equally adept at vicious killers or grizzled sidekicks. As a child he worked in the cotton fields. He attended Santa Monica Junior College in California and subsequently became an accountant and, at one time, manager of the Bel Air Hotel. Elam got his first movie job by trading his accounting services for a role. In short time he became one of the most memorable supporting players in Hollywood, thanks not only to his near-demented screen persona but also to an out-of-kilter left eye, sightless from a childhood fight. He appeared with great aplomb in Westerns and gangster films alike, and in later years played to wonderful effect in comedic roles.

Born in Miami, Arizona, USA
Died in Ashland, Oregon, USA
Birth Name William Scott Elam



 10 .Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Dir. by Sam Peckinpah (1973), starring Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson & James Coburn

This film is a 1973 American Western drama film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan, and written by Rudy Wurlitzer. The film is about an aging..

9 .Once Upon a Texas Train

Dir. by Burt Kennedy (1988), starring Willie Nelson, Angie Dickinson & Richard Widmark

Once Upon a Texas Train is 1988 made-for-TV movie directed by Burt Kennedy and starring Willie Nelson as John Henry Lee and Richard Widmark as Captain Oren Hayes. The movie opens with a train robbery..

8.Night Passage

Dir. by James Neilson (1957), starring James Stewart, Audie Murphy & Jack Elam

Night Passage is a 1957 Western film starring James Stewart and Audie Murphy..

7.Once Upon a Time in the West

Dir. by Sergio Leone (1968), starring Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale & Charles Bronson

Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italian/American epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone for Paramount Pictures. It stars Henry Fonda cast against type as the villain, Charles..


Dir. by Delmer Daves (1956), starring Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine & Glenn Ford

Jubal is a 1956 western film written by Russell S. Hughes and Delmer Daves and directed by Delmer Daves. “Delmer Daves’s intense, good looking Western based on Othello, in which Glenn Ford confronts..

5.Hannie Caulder

Dir. by Burt Kennedy (1971), starring Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee & Ernest Borgnine

Hannie Caulder is a 1971 British Western film directed by Burt Kennedy and starring Raquel Welch, Robert Culp and Ernest Borgnine. The screenplay was rewritten by Kennedy, who wasn’t credited…


Dir. by Charles B. Pierce (1977), starring Jack Elam, Ben Johnson & Lana Wood

Grayeagle is a 1977 Western adventure film directed Charles B. Pierce, written by Brad White, Charles B. Pierce and Michael O. Sajbel, starring Ben Johnson, Iron Eyes Cody, and Lana Wood. The music…

3.Cattle Queen of Montana

Dir. by Allan Dwan (1954), starring Ronald Reagan, Barbara Stanwyck & Jack Elam

Cattle Queen of Montana is a 1954 American Western film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan. The supporting cast includes Jack Elam, Chubby Johnson, and Morris..

2. The Comancheros

Dir. by John Wayne and Michael Curtiz (1961), starring John Wayne, Lee Marvin & Jack Elam

The Comancheros is a 1961 Western Deluxe CinemaScope color film directed by Michael Curtiz, based on a 1952 novel of the same name by Paul Wellman, and starring John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. The..

1.Rio Lobo

Dir. by Howard Hawks (1970), starring John Wayne, Jennifer O’Neill & Jack Elam

Rio Lobo is a 1970 American Western film starring John Wayne. The film was the last film directed by Howard Hawks, from a script by Leigh Brackett. The film was shot in Technicolor with a running..
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