Friday, July 16, 2010

RIP James Gammon

Gravely voiced and rugged looking American character actor James Gammon passed away today July 16, 2010 at his home in Costa Mesa, California after a long battle with cancer. He was 70. Born on April 20, 1940 in Newman, Illinois. He broke into the entertainment industry as a cameraman but his tough as nails look, attitude and that patented gruff voice got him work in front of the camera. He made his first appearance on the TV series “Wild Wild West” starring Robert Conrad in 1967. He'd go on to appear in over 130 films and TV appearances, among them 34 westerns. He was a natural for the genre and was one of it's best character actors. He made three Euro-westerns “One Mans Hero” (1999), “Cold Mountain” (2003), “Don't Come Knocking” (2004). His last western was “Appaloosa” (2008) and last film appearance was in “The New Daughter” 2009.

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