Birth Date: November 13, 1918
Birth Place: Miami, Arizona, USA
Date of Death: October 20, 2003 / Age: 84
Location of Death: Ashland, Oregon, USA
Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Biography: Jack Elam was an American film actor appearing mostly in westerns. Born November 13, 1918 in Miami, Arizona. He attended Santa Monica Junior College in California and subsequently became an accountant in Hollywood and, at one time, manager of the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles. His face is memorable in part because of an out-of-kilter blind left eye. In interviews, Elam admitted that he got the slow eye after a fellow Boy Scout stabbed him in the left eye with a pencil during a scrape at a troop meeting. He appeared mostly in westerns and gangster films playing "heavies", and in later years played comedic roles. Elam was given his first comedic role in Support Your Local Sheriff, after which he found his villainous assignments dwindling and his comic jobs increasing. Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1994. Died after heart failure October 20, 2003 in Ashland, Oregon.