Birth Date: December 26, 1903
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA
Also Credited as: Elisa Cook
Date of Death: May 18, 1995 / Age: 91
Location of Death: Big Pine, California, USA
Cause of Death: stroke
Biography: Diminutive character actor Elisha Cook Jr. (born December 26, 1903 in San Francisco, California, USA, died May 18, 1995 in Big Pine, California) made a career playing cowardly villians and neurotics. Cook started out in vaudeville and then became a Broadway actor. In 1936 he settled in Hollywood and, after playing a series of college-aged parts, began a long stint playing weaklings or sadistic loser-hoods: In Universal's Phantom Lady, he portrays a slimy, intoxicated nightclub-orchestra drummer. Other notable roles include the wannabe gangster in The Maltese Falcon, "pug ugly" Marty Waterman in Born to Kill (1947) , Harry Jones in The Big Sleep (1946) and George Peatty, the hen-pecked husband to Marie Windsor, in Stanley Kubrick's The Killing (1956). His acting career spanned over sixty years.
Cook also had a long-term recurring role as Icepick on Magnum, P.I..