Jack Elam filmography

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This is the filmography of American actor Jack Elam (November 13, 1920 – October 20, 2003), including his film and television appearances, between 1949 and 1995.

Jack Elam in Kansas City Confidential

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1949 She Shoulda Said No! Henchman Raymond also known as Wild Weed and The Devil's Weed
1950 The Sundowners Earl Boyce
1950 Quicksand Bar patron (uncredited) With Mickey Rooney and Peter Lorre
1950 Key to the City Councilman (uncredited)
1950 One Way Street Arnie (uncredited)
1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk Fargo (uncredited)
1950 High Lonesome Smiling Man
1950 Love That Brute Henchman No 2 in Cigar Store (uncredited)
1950 American Guerrilla in the Philippines The Speaker
1950 The Texan Meets Calamity Jane Henchman (uncredited)
1951 Bird of Paradise The Trader
1951 Rawhide[1] Tevis
1951 The Bushwackers Cree also known as The Rebel
1952 Rancho Notorious Mort Geary With Tyrone Power
1952 The Battle at Apache Pass Mescal Jack
1952 Montana Territory Gimp
1952 High Noon Drunken Charlie in jail (uncredited)
1952 My Man and I Celestino Garcia
1952 The Ring Harry Jackson
1952 Kansas City Confidential Pete Harris aka Johnson With Neville Brand, and Lee Van Cleef
1953 Count the Hours Max Verne also known as Every Minute Counts
1953 Ride Vaquero! Barton
1953 Gun Belt Rusty Kolloway
1953 The Moonlighter Slim
1953 Appointment in Honduras Castro With Glenn Ford
1953 Jubilee Trail Whitey
1954 Ride Clear of Diablo Tim Lowerie
1954 Princess of the Nile Basra
1954 The Far Country Newberry With Jimmy Stewart
1954 Cattle Queen of Montana Yost
1954 Vera Cruz Tex
1955 Tarzan's Hidden Jungle Burger
1955 Man Without a Star Knife Murderer (uncredited) With Kirk Douglas
1955 Kiss Me Deadly Charlie Max
1955 Moonfleet Damen
1955 Wichita Al Mann
1955 The Man From Laramie Chris Boldt, the town liar With Jimmy Stewart
1955 Kismet Hassan-Ben
1955 Artists and Models Ivan With Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Eva Gabor
1956 Jubal McCoy, Bar 8 Rider
1956 Pardners Pete With Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
1957 Dragoon Wells Massacre Tioga
1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Tom McLowery With Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster
1957 Night Passage Shotgun With Jimmy Stewart
1957 Baby Face Nelson Fatso Negel
1958 The Gun Runners Arnold
1959 Edge of Eternity Guano, miner at the Grand Canyon
1959 The Girl in Lovers Lane Jesse
1961 The Comancheros Horseface (Comanchero) With John Wayne
1961 A Pocketful of Miracles Cheesecake With Glenn Ford
1961 The Last Sunset Ed Hobbs With Kirk Douglas, & Rock Hudson
1963 4 for Texas Dobie With Dean Martin, Anita Ekberg, Charles Bronson, and Mike Mazurki
1966 The Rare Breed[1] Simons With Jimmy Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Ben Johnson
1966 The Night of the Grizzly Hank
1967 The Way West Preacher Weatherby With Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, and Richard Widmark, and Harry Carey, Jr.
1967 The Last Challenge Ernest Scarnes With Glenn Ford, & Angie Dickinson
1968 Firecreek[2] Norman With Jimmy Stewart, and Henry Fonda
1968 Never a Dull Moment Ace Williams With Dick Van Dyke & Edward G. Robinson
1968 Once Upon a Time in the West Snaky, member of Frank's gang With Henry Fonda , Charles Bronson, & Claudia Cardinale
1969 Support Your Local Sheriff![3] Deputy Jake With James Garner, Walter Brennan, Bruce Dern, Harry Morgan, and Gene Evans
1969 The Over-the-Hill Gang Sheriff Clyde Barnes With Walter Brennan, Andy Devine, Chill Wills
1970 Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County[4] Kittrick
1970 Dirty Dingus Magee John Wesley Hardin With George Kennedy
1970 The Wild Country Thompson
1970 Rio Lobo[5] Philips, a rancher With John Wayne
1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter[6] Jug May With James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Dub Taylor, Harry Morgan, and Chuck Connors
1971 The Last Rebel Matt
1971 Hannie Caulder Frank Clemens With Robert Culp, Strother Martin, and Ernest Borgnine[7]
1973 The Red Pony Granddad With Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson
1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Alamosa Bill With Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn. Richard Jaeckel
1976 Creature from Black Lake Joe Canton
1976 Hawmps! Bad Jack Cutter
1976 The Winds of Autumn J. Pete Hankins
1976 Pony Express Rider Crazy Charlie
1977 Grayeagle Trapper Willis With Alex Cord, Ben Johnson, and Iron Eyes Cody
1978 Hot Lead and Cold Feet Rattlesnake With Don Knotts, and Darren McGavin
1979 Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts[8] Ira Bigelow Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Ben Johnson, Glenn Ford, John Vernon, Slim Pickins, James Gammon, and Gene Evans
1979 The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Big Mack With Don Knotts, Tim Conway, and Harry Morgan
1979 The Villain Avery Simpson With Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ann-Margret, Paul Lynde, Foster Brooks, Strother Martin, and Ruth Buzzi
1981 The Cannonball Run Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing With Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, John Fiedler, Adrienne Barbeau, Sammy Davis, Jr., & Dean Martin
1981 Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. Troscliar Boudreaux
1982 Jinxed! Otto
1983 Lost Mr. Newsome
1983 Sacred Ground Lum Witcher With L.Q. Jones
1984 Cannonball Run II Doctor Nikolas Vans Helsing With Burt Reynolds, Dean Martin, Telly Savalas, Jackie Chan, Ricardo Montalbán, Dom DeLuise, Abe Vigoda, Jim Nabors, Tim Conway, Dub Taylor, Fred Dryer, Sammy Davis, Jr, & Shirley MacLaine
1985 The Aurora Encounter Charlie
1988 Once Upon a Texas Train Jason Fitch With Willie Nelson, Richard Widmark, Chuck Connors, Gene Evans, Dub Taylor, Harry Carey, Jr., Hank Worden, Stuart Whitman, Angie Dickinson, & Royal Dano
1988 Where The Hell's That Gold? Boone With Willie Nelson, Delta Burke, and Gerald McRaney
1990 Big Bad John Jake Calhoun With Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins, Buck Taylor, Jeff Osterhage, & Anne Lockhart
1991 The Giant of Thunder Mountain Hezekiah Crow
1991 Suburban Commando Col. Dustin "Dusty" McHowell With Hulk Hogan, & Christopher Lloyd, & Shelley Duvall
1993 Shadow Force Tommy With Dirk Benedict, Lance LeGault, & Bob Hastings
1993 Uninvited Grady
1993 Bonanza: The Return Buckshot
1995 Bonanza: Under Attack Buckshot


Year Title Role Notes
1954 Four Star Playhouse Vic Episode: "The Hard Way"
1954 Stories of the Century Black Jack Ketchum
1954-55 The Lone Ranger (a) Reno Lawrence
(b) Jack Miles
Episodes (a) "Outlaw's Trail" and (b) "The Sheriff's Wife"
1955 Frontier (a) Father Matias
(b) Ness Fowler
Episodes (a) "Ferdinand Meyer's Army" and (b) "Cattle Drive to Casper"
1955 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Shields Episode: "Bounty Hunters"
1957 Wagon Train Charlie Otis episode "The John Cameron Story"
1957–58 The Restless Gun 2 episodes
1958 Zorro Gomez the coachman episodes "Shadow of Doubt"/"Garcia Stands Accused"/"Slaves of the Eagle"
1958–63 The Rifleman Various Appearances in 5 episodes: "Duel of Honor" as Sim Groder; "Tension" as Gavin Martin; "Knight Errant" as Gates; "Shotgun Man" as Gus Smith; and "Shattered Idol" as Russell the pool shark.
1958-59 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (a) Danny; (b) Perk Butler Episodes: (a) "The Dark Horse" (1958); (b) "One Dead Cat" (1959)
1959 Tombstone Territory Wally Jobe Episode "Day of the Amnesty"
1959 The Texan Luke Watson Episode "South of the Border"
1959-1962 Have Gun Will Travel Joe Gage, Shaffner Episode: "The Man Who Lost"; Episode:(2/171962) "one, two, three"
1959 Mackenzie's Raiders Trooper Colin Grimes Episode "Desertion"
1960 Zane Gray Theater Jimmy Episode "Miss Jenny"
1959–72 Gunsmoke Various characters 15 episodes
1959–1961 Sugarfoot Toothy Thompson 2 episodes
1959–1961 The Twilight Zone Avery Episode "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?"
1959–1961 The Rebel Lawyer Episode S01/Ep14 "Angry Town" (1/10/1960)
1959–1961 The Rebel Uncle Luce Episode S02/Ep33 "Helping Hand"
1959–1961 The Untouchables Nick Bravo Episode: (1/07/1960) S01/Ep13 "Syndicate Sanctuary"
1959–1961 National Velvet Black Barr Episode "The Desperado"
1959–1961 The Americans Loper Johnson Episode "The Gun"
1959–1961 Lawman Herm Forrest Episode "The Four"
1961–62 Cheyenne Count Nicholas Potosi/Deputy J.D. Smith/Calhoun Durango Episodes "Massacre at Gunsight Pass"/"A Man Called Ragan" (The Dakotas pilot) /"The Durango Brothers"
1961 Laramie Charlie Episode "The Tumbleweed Wagon"
1962 Target: The Corruptors Stickface Episode "A Man's Castle"
1962 Ben Casey Felix Gault Episode "The Night That Nothing Happened"
1963 The Dakotas Deputy J.D. Smith series regular
1963–64 Temple Houston
1965 Daniel Boone Petch Episode 18 "The Sound of Fear"
1965 F Troop Sam Urp Episode "Dirge for the Scourge"
1965–66 The Legend of Jesse James Deacon Smith Guest star
1966 Gunsmoke Jim Barrett Guest star
1967 Hondo Diablo Episode "Hondo and the Rebel Hat"
1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett Sheriff Sam Episode "A Son for a Son"
1968 The High Chaparral Mackdin (comanchero) Episode "North to Tucson"
1969 Ride a Northbound Horse[9] Part of Disney's Wonderful World series
1961-70 Bonanza Dodie Hoad/Buford Buckalaw/Honest John Episodes "The Spitfire"/"A Bride for Buford"/"Honest John"[10]
1970 The Virginian Harve Yost Episode "Rich Man, Poor Man"
1971 Gunsmoke U.S. Marshal Lucas Murdoch
1972 Gunsmoke Pierre Episodes S18/Ep01-Ep02 "The River"
1972 Alias Smith and Jones Boot Coby Episode "Bad Night in Big Butte"
1972 Nichols Marcus A.F. Baxter Episode "About Jesse James"
1973 Kung Fu Marcus Taylor Episode "The Squawman"
1974 The Brian Keith Show Guest star
1975 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Thompson Episode "Wild Country: Part 2"
1974–75 The Texas Wheelers Situation comedy with co-star Gary Busey
1977-78 How the West Was Won Cully Madigan Episodes "#1.2-#1.4"
1979 Struck by Lightning Frankenstein's monster[11][12] In an interview, in variety, Elam recalled that when he was approached to take the part, he was told he would not need makeup; his appearance was already perfect for the part. This statement convinced him to accept the role.[citation needed] The program only lasted about three weeks before it was canceled, either due to low ratings or because its use of dark humor made it inappropriate for American audiences at the time.
1985 Detective in the House Nick Turner series regular
1986 Easy Street Uncle Alvin "Bully" Stevenson series regular
1986 Simon and Simon Bud Krelman Episode "D-I-V-O-R-C-E"
1986 Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills Squires TV movie
1992 Home Improvement Hick Peterson Episode "Birds of a Feather Flock to Taylor"
1994-95 Lonesome Dove: The Series Curtis Episodes "High Lonesome"/"The List"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Fagen, p. 337.
  2. ^ Fagen, p. 157.
  3. ^ Fagen, pp. 416–417.
  4. ^ Fagen, p. 94.
  5. ^ Fagen, p. 362.
  6. ^ Fagen, p. 416.
  7. ^ Fagen, p. 202.
  8. ^ Fagen, p. 372.
  9. ^ Fagen, p. 349.
  10. ^ Bonanza Episode Guide
  11. ^ "Struck by Lightning" TV series 1979 on IMDb. Retrieved 2009-11-27.
  12. ^ Struck by Lightning TV series, Variety.com. Retrieved 2009-11-27.


  • Fagen, Herb (2003). The Encyclopedia of Westerns. New York: Facts On File. ISBN 978-0816044566.

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