Jack Elam in 'Cattle Queen of Montana'

Jack Elam (1920 - 2003)

Note: although many other sources give 1918 or 1916 as his year of birth. His Birth Certificate actually surfaced, indicating the 1920 date.

Film Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • High Lonesome (1950) [Smiling Man]: Shot in the chest by John Archer, just as Jack is about to shoot the mortally-wounded John Drew Barrymore. (Thanks to Harry)
  • One Way Street (1950) [Arnie]: Neck snapped when he hit the pavement after James Mason gave him a sleeping pill in a fight when Jack tried to kill James and Marta Toren in the car.
  • The Sundowners (Thunder in the Dust) (1950) [Earl Boyce]: Shot in the back by Robert Preston when Jack goes for his own gun in his cabin.
  • A Ticket To Tomahawk (1950) [Fargo]: Shot in the leg by Anne Baxter so he can't run away and can be questioned, but then shot dead by Rory Calhoun to stop him giving the game way. (Thanks to Brian)
  • The Battle at Apache Pass (1952) [Mescal Jack]: Killed (off-camera) by two Apache warriors acting on Jeff Chandler's orders. (Thanks to Brian)
  • Kansas City Confidential (1952) [Pete Harris]: Shot to death by police at an airport. (Thanks to Mac)
  • Lure of the Wilderness (1952) [Dave Longden]: Drowned in quicksand. (Thanks to Gordon)
  • Gun Belt (1953) [Kolloway]: Shot to death in a shoot-out with George Montgomery.
  • Cattle Queen of Montana (1954) [Yost]: Shot in the chest, along with another of Gene Evans' henchmen, in a shoot-out with Ronald Reagan. (Thanks to Gordon)
  • The Far Country (1954) [Frank Newberry, Gannon's Deputy]: Shot in the chest in a shoot-out with James Stewart in the street. (Thanks to Stephen)
  • Jubilee Trail (1954) [Whitey]: Shot in the chest in a shoot-out with Forrest Tucker in the saloon.
  • Ride Clear of Diablo (1954) [Tim Lowerie]: Shot to death in a shoot-out with Audie Murphy outside a saloon. (Thanks to Brian and Gordon)
  • The Man from Laramie (1955) [Chris Boldt]: Killed (off-screen); we learn of his death afterwards when James Millican arrests James Stewart for the murder. (Thanks to Gordon)
  • Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955) [Burger]: Trampled to death by elephants. (Thanks to Gordon)
  • Thunder Over Arizona (1956) [Deputy Slats Callahan]: Shot to death in a shoot-out with Gregory Walcott at the jailhouse. (Thanks to Brian)
  • Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957) [Tioga]: Stabbed in the back in a fight with an Apache warrior. (Thanks to Brian)
  • 4 for Texas (1963) [Dobie]: Shot to death by Charles Bronson during an argument following a botched stagecoach robbery. (Thanks to Brian and Gordon)
  • The Rare Breed (1966) [Deke Simons]: Hits his head on a rock when he falls from his horse at the end of a fight with James Stewart. (Thanks to Gordon)
  • The Last Challenge (1967) [Ernest Scarnes]: Scalped (off-screen) by Native American warriors; his body is shown afterwards when Chad Everett and Glenn Ford discover him. (Thanks to Gordon)
  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) [Alamosa Bill]: Shot to death in a shoot-out with Kris Kristofferson in front of Bob Dylan's general store. (Thanks to Stephen)
  • The Winds of Autumn (1976) [J. Pete Hankins]: Shot in the chest, along with Andrew Prine and Jimmy Clem in a shoot-out with Earl E. Smith.
  • Sacred Ground (1983) [Lum Witcher]: Shot in the back with arrows by the Native Americans.

TV Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • Mr. & Mrs. North: Loon Lake (1954) [Matt Weber]: Poisoned after Pamela Duncan puts rat poison in his coffee.
  • M Squad: Hideout (1958) [Luke Morgan]: Shot in the chest in a shoot-out with Lee Marvin. (Thanks to Harry)
  • The Restless Gun: Hornitas Town (1958) [Tony Molinor]: Shot in the chest by John Larch, after Jack mortally wounds him.
  • The Rifleman: Shotgun Man (1960) [Gus Smith]: Shot in the chest by John Anderson in the saloon. (Thanks to Harry)
  • Gunsmoke: Help Me Kitty (1965) [Spector]: Shot to death by Amanda Blake. (Thanks to Harry)
  • Gunsmoke: Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood (1965) [Sam Band]: Shot to death by James Arness, just as Jack tries to kill Roger Ewing. (Thanks to Harry)
  • Gunsmoke: Malachi (1965) [Del Ordman]: Shot to death by James Arness.
  • Gunsmoke: My Father My Son (1966) [Jim Barrett]: Shot in the back by the wounded Lee Van Cleef; he dies shortly afterwards when his son Teno Pollick kneels by his side. (Thanks to Harry)
  • The Sacketts (1979 TV) [Ira Bigelow]: Shot to death during a final shoot-out with Sam Elliott. (Thanks to Harry)

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