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Also Known As: Died: October 20, 2003
Born: November 13, 1918 Cause of Death: unspecified illness
Birth Place: Miami, Arizona, USA Profession: actor, hotel manager, accountant, theater manager

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Lean, eminently reliable veteran Hollywood player whose crookedly menacing face with its roving, sightless left eye helped him carve a niche as a villain in numerous Westerns and crime dramas since the 1950s, and later as a reliably comedic presence in his golden years.

Lean, eminently reliable veteran Hollywood player whose crookedly menacing face with its roving, sightless left eye helped him carve a niche as a villain in numerous Westerns and crime dramas since the 1950s, and later as a reliably comedic presence in his golden years.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Bonanza: Under Attack (1995) Buckshot Patterson
3.
 Uninvited (1993) Grady
4.
 Bonanza: The Return (1993) Buckshot Patterson
5.
 Shadow Force (1993) Tommy
6.
 Suburban Commando (1991) Colonel Dustin "Dusty" Mchowell
7.
 Giant of Thunder Mountain, The (1991) Hezekiah Crow (The Crow Family)
8.
 Big Bad John (1990)
9.
 Hawken's Breed (1989) Tackett
10.
 Once Upon a Texas Train (1988) Jason Fitch
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Milestones close milestones

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Worked as manager of Hollywood Boulevard Theatre and a Bel Air hotel
1936:
Became an accountant for Standard Oil; worked as accountant, controller, bookkeeper and independent auditor
1947:
Worked as bookkeeper for Samuel Goldwyn and controller for "Hopalong Cassidy" films (date approximate)
1949:
Film acting debut in "Wild Weed"
1963:
TV series debut, "The Dakotas"
1969:
TV movie debut, "The Over-the-Hill-Gang"
1973:
Cast in the feature "Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid"
1977:
Featured in the television mini-series "How The West Was Won"
1979:
Potrayed the character Big Mack in "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again"
1980:
Cast in the comedy feature "The Cannon Ball Run"
1986:
Co-starred in the comedy series "Easy Street"
1993:
Had a memorable part in the television western "Bonanza"
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Education

Santa Monica Junior College: Santa Monica , California -
Modesto Junior College: Modesto , California -

Notes

Elam was described by one film critic as "the roughest, meanest, dirtiest heavy ever to cast a shadow across a movie-lot cowtown."

Lost sight in left eye due to childhood fight.

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wife:
Margaret Elam. Second wife; married in 1961.

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