Elisha Cook Jr.


Actor
Elisha Cook Jr.

About

Also Known As
Elisha Cook
Birth Place
San Francisco, California, USA
Born
December 26, 1903
Died
May 18, 1995
Cause of Death
Complications From A Stroke

Biography

Diminutive, wiry character player memorable for his numerous roles as cowardly villians and neurotics. Originally from vaudeville and the Broadway stage, Cook, who briefly entered films in 1929 before returning to the stage, made a strong impression with his definitive sniveling gunsel in "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), and followed with similar roles as weaklings or sadistic loser-hoods: H...

Family & Companions

Mary Lou Cook
Wife
Actor. Married in 1929; divorced in 1942; died in 1944.

Biography

Diminutive, wiry character player memorable for his numerous roles as cowardly villians and neurotics. Originally from vaudeville and the Broadway stage, Cook, who briefly entered films in 1929 before returning to the stage, made a strong impression with his definitive sniveling gunsel in "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), and followed with similar roles as weaklings or sadistic loser-hoods: Harry Jones in "The Big Sleep" (1946) and George Peatty in Stanley Kubrick's "The Killing" (1956) over a more than sixty-year career.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Champ (1979)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)
Bunker
Blacula (1972)
Sam
El Condor (1970)
Old convict
The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
Jeb
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Mr. Nicklas
Welcome to Hard Times (1967)
Hanson
The Glass Cage (1964)
Blood on the Arrow (1964)
Tex
Johnny Cool (1963)
Undertaker
The Haunted Palace (1963)
Peter Smith
Black Zoo (1963)
Joe
Papa's Delicate Condition (1963)
Mr. Keith
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Bank teller
Platinum High School (1960)
Harry Nesbit
College Confidential (1960)
Ted Blake
Day of the Outlaw (1959)
Larry Tetter
House on Haunted Hill (1958)
Watson Pritchard
Baby Face Nelson (1957)
Van Meter
Chicago Confidential (1957)
Candymouth [Duggan]
Plunder Road (1957)
Skeets
The Lonely Man (1957)
Willie
Voodoo Island (1957)
Martin Schuyler
Accused of Murder (1956)
Whitey Pollock
The Killing (1956)
George Peatty
Trial (1955)
Finn
The Indian Fighter (1955)
[Jim] Briggs
Timberjack (1955)
Punky
Drum Beat (1954)
Crackel
The Outlaw's Daughter (1954)
Lewis "Tulsa" Cook
Thunder Over the Plains (1953)
H. I. Standish
Shane (1953)
Stonewall Torrey
I, the Jury (1953)
Bobo
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Eddie
Behave Yourself! (1951)
Albert Jonas
The Great Gatsby (1949)
Klipspringer
Flaxy Martin (1949)
Roper
The Gangster (1947)
Oval
The Long Night (1947)
Frank [Dunlap]
Born to Kill (1947)
Marty [Waterman]
Fall Guy (1947)
Joe
The Big Sleep (1946)
Harry Jones
Cinderella Jones (1946)
Oliver S. Patch
Joe Palooka, Champ (1946)
Eugene
Two Smart People (1946)
Fly Feletti
Blonde Alibi (1946)
Sam Collins
The Falcon's Alibi (1946)
Nick
Dillinger (1945)
Kirk Otto
Why Girls Leave Home (1945)
Jimmie Lobo
Up in Arms (1944)
Info Jones
Phantom Lady (1944)
Cliff
Dark Mountain (1944)
Whitey
Dark Waters (1944)
Cleeve
Manila Calling (1942)
Gilman
A Gentleman at Heart (1942)
Genius
A-Haunting We Will Go (1942)
Frank Lucas
Sleepytime Gal (1942)
Ernie
Wildcat (1942)
[Harold] Chicopee Nevins
Ball of Fire (1942)
Waiter
Sergeant York (1941)
Piano player
Hellzapoppin' (1941)
Selby
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Wilmer Cook
I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
Harry Williams
Man at Large (1941)
Hotel clerk
Love Crazy (1941)
Elevator boy [Jimmy]
Tin Pan Alley (1940)
Joe Codd
He Married His Wife (1940)
Dicky Brown
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
Joe Briggs
Elsa Maxwell's Public Deb No. 1 (1940)
Communist
Grand Jury Secrets (1939)
Norman Hazlitt/Robert Austin
My Lucky Star (1938)
Waldo
Newsboys' Home (1938)
Danny [Shay]
Submarine Patrol (1938)
Professor
Three Blind Mice (1938)
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)
Boots Maguire
Wife, Doctor and Nurse (1937)
Glen Wylie
Love Is News (1937)
Egbert Eggleston
Breezing Home (1937)
Pete Espinosa
They Won't Forget (1937)
Joe Turner
The Devil Is Driving (1937)
Tony Stevens
Danger - Love at Work (1937)
Chemist
Life Begins in College (1937)
Ollie Stearns
Two in a Crowd (1936)
"Skeeter"
Pigskin Parade (1936)
Herbert Van Dyke
Her Unborn Child (1930)
Stewart Kennedy

Life Events

1921

Stage actor

1926

Made Broadway debut, "Henry- Behave"

1929

Feature acting debut, "Her Unborn Child"

Videos

Movie Clip

Maltese Falcon, The (1941) - I Like To Talk Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) visits the San Francisco hotel suite of "the fat man" Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet), who refuses to explain his interest in the black bird, in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, 1941.
Killing, The (1956) - These Two Other Guys Ex-con Johnny (Sterling Hayden) briefing his cohorts, Joe Sawyer as Mike, Ted de Corsia as cop Randy, Jay C. Flippen as Marvin and Elisha Cook as racetrack employee George, whose wife Sherry (Marie Windsor) turns out to be listening-in, in Stanley Kubrick’s heist drama The Killing, 1956.
Drum Beat (1954) - I See Brass Buttons Oregon, 1872, merchant Crackel (Elisha Cook Jr.) hurries to tell troublesom Modoc war chief Captain Jack (Charles Bronson) of the new peace negotiator sent from Washington (Alan Ladd, who also co-produced, as Mackay), tangling also with military veteran and rancher Meek (Richard Cutting), in Delmer Daves Drum Beat, 1954.
Life Begins In College (1937) - The Flower Of Young Womanhood This is the wind-up of the preliminaries, before the starring Ritz Brothers appear, with mean jocks (led by Dick Baldwin, and a young Elisha Cook Jr.) pranking on Indian freshman George (Nat Pendleton), and co-ed Janet (Gloria Stuart) gets unwillingly involved, in the 20th Century-Fox comedy vehicle Life Begins In College, 1937.
Phantom Lady (1944) - It Would Be Fun To Laugh Nobody gets a name here, the actors are Alan Curtis, Fay Helm, and Andrew Tombes as the bartender, Robert Siodmak directing, from the first novel by writer Cornell Woolrich written under his “William Irish” pseudonym, in Phantom Lady, 1944, also starring Ella Raines and Franchot Tone.
Phantom Lady (1944) - You Sure Know How To Beat It Out Incredible scene from director Robert Siodmak and cinematographer Woody Bredell, heretofore reserved Carol (Ella Raines) now vamped up to get at jazz drummer Cliff (Elisha Cook Jr.), who’s known to be hiding evidence that could have cleared her boss, who’s been convicted of murder, best-known men in the band are Barney Bigard on clarinet and Freddie Slack on piano, in Phantom Lady, 1944.
Phantom Lady (1944) - A Pair Of Hands Carol (Ella Raines), hoping to get her bosses’ murder conviction reversed, flees the rooms of drummer Cliff (Elisha Cook Jr.), after he realized she was seducing him to get information, so as she calls her cop friend, we meet top-billed Franchot Tone, nearly 50 minutes into the picture, who seems to be the guy who paid him to lie, in Phantom Lady, 1944.
Shane (1953) - The Sovereign State Of Alabama From director George Stevens, a key scene featuring none of his principals, merchant Grafton (Paul McVey) greets farmer Torrey (Elisha Cook Jr.), summoning courage before ranchers (Emile Meyer, John Dierkes) and their new hired gun (Jack Palance), marking Independence Day, in Shane, 1953.
Born To Kill (1947) - Blood All Over The Place Both quite mad and given to dissertation, Sam (Lawrence Tierney) and Helen (Claire Trevor) discuss their marriages of convenience, interrupted by Marty (Elisha Cook Jr.) in Robert Wise's Born To Kill, 1947.
Love Crazy (1941) - Primping Since Breakfast Opening scenes introducing William Powell as cheery architect Steve and Myrna Loy his wife Susan, both readying themselves for their fourth anniversary date, from Love Crazy, 1941, the eighth-released of their 13 films together, featuring Gail Patrick and Jack Carson.
Love Crazy (1941) - I'm Stuck For Life Architect Steve (William Powell) has just mailed a letter for his wife (Myrna Loy, not seen here), returning home for their anniversary date, when he meets old flame Isobel (Gail Patrick) on the lift, Elisha Cook Jr. the operator, in MGM's Love Crazy, 1941.
Dillinger (1945) - Too Free With A Gun The end of the fact-based springing of his gang from an Indiana prison by the title character (Lawrence Tierney), then a spree montage, then Specs (Edmund Lowe) supervising the crew (Elisha Cook Jr., Marc Lawrence, Eduardo Cianelli), Anne Jeffreys the moll, in Monogram Pictures' Dillinger, 1945.

Trailer

Blacula - (Original Trailer) An African prince (William Marshall) bitten by Dracula stalks the Los Angeles night as Blacula (1972).
Maltese Falcon, The (1941) -- (Original Trailer) Humphrey Bogart plays Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941), possibly the greatest detective movie of all time.
Flaxy Martin - (Original Trailer) Messing with a mobster's girlfriend gets a lawyer framed for murder in Flaxy Martin (1949) starring Virginia Mayo, Zachary Scott, Dorothy Malone and Elisha Cook, Jr.
1941 - (Original Trailer) Panic sweeps Hollywood when a Japanese invasion is suspected in Steven Spielberg's gigantic farce 1941 (1979).
One-Eyed Jacks - (Original Trailer) An outlaw seeks revenge on the former friend who betrayed him to the law in One Eyed Jacks (1961), directed by and starring Marlon Brando.
Rosemary's Baby - (Original Trailer) A young woman (Mia Farrow) fears the baby she's carrying is the son of Satan in Rosemary's Baby (1968), directed by Roman Polanski and based on the bestseller by Ira Levin.
Ball Of Fire - (Original Trailer) A stuffy professor (Gary Cooper) takes in a sexy showgirl (Barbara Stanwyck) to study her syntax in Howard Hawks' Ball Of Fire (1942).
Cinderella Jones - (Original Trailer) Joan Leslie has to find and marry a genius to inherit $10 million in Busby Berkeley's musical Cinderella Jones (1946).
Two Smart People - (Original Trailer) A lady crook (Lucille Ball) tries to steal a con man's hidden loot in Two Smart People (1946).
They Won't Forget - (Original Trailer) Bigotry flares when a Jewish businessman is accused of killing a small-town girl in the South in They Won't Forget (1937) starring Claude Rains.
House On Haunted Hill, The - (Original Trailer) The owner of a haunted mansion (Vincent Price) offers $10,000 to anyone who'll spend an entire night in The House On Haunted Hill (1959).
Electra Glide in Blue - (Original Trailer) An Arizona motorcycle cop (Robert Blake) moves to the Homicide Division to solve a hermit's murder in Electra Glide in Blue (1973).

Family

Elisha Cook
Father
Helen Henry
Mother
Actor.

Companions

Mary Lou Cook
Wife
Actor. Married in 1929; divorced in 1942; died in 1944.

Bibliography