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Thread #63854   Message #1040710
Posted By: catspaw49
23-Oct-03 - 07:32 PM
Thread Name: Obit: actor Jack Elam - RIP (1920-2003)
Subject: RE: Obit: Jack Elam - RIP
If Jack was in it, I watched it......or at least I tried. I'm sure I missed a few somehow, but watching any movie with Jack Elam in it was always a treat. From badass to buffoon, he was the greatest. he had great skills as an actor such as listening.....notice that his lines always played directly off the other person's line. And for whatever reason he was a master at the "unspoken." Jack Elam is in that category of actors that are a "type."   You need a Jack Elam type as you do a Christopher Walken type, a Willem Dafoe type, a Dennis Hopper type. Sadly, and especially in Jack's case, there is often only the original.

It's fun once in awhile to believe there is a heaven where you meet again and if there is, Jack is being welcomed by old friends saying, "Thought you'd never get here man....We needed a Jack Elam type!"