James Gammon

Actor, Camera operator
A sturdy character actor prolific on stage, screen and television in both small and prominent supporting roles, James Gammon excelled most typically as weathered, rustic types ranging from lawmen to bartenders; from ... Read more »
Born: 04/19/1940 in Newman, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (93)

In the Electric Mist 2009 (Movie)

Ben Hebert (Actor)

The New Daughter 2009 (Movie)

Roger Wayne (Actor)

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

Earl May (Actor)

Far Side of Jericho 2007 (Movie)

The Preacher (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monk 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Final Season 2007 (Movie)

Jared Akers (Actor)

Altered 2006 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Don't Come Knocking 2006 (Movie)

Old Ranch Hand (Actor)

Crossing Jordan 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Silver City 2004 (Movie)

Joe Skaggs (Actor)

This So-Called Disaster 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Esco Swanger (Actor)

Monte Walsh 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Life or Something Like It 2002 (Movie)

Lanie's Father (Actor)

The Country Bears 2002 (Movie)

of Big Al (Voice)

In the Heat of the Night 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1984 - 1985, 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cell 2000 (Movie)

Teddy Lee (Actor)

One Man's Hero 1999 (Movie)

General Zachary Taylor (Actor)

The Iron Giant 1999 (Movie)

of Floyd Turbeaux (Voice)

Love from Ground Zero 1998 (Movie)

Hat (Actor)

Point Blank 1998 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

The Hi-Lo Country 1998 (Movie)

Hoover Young (Actor)

The Three Musketeers Meet the Man in the Iron Mask 1998 (Movie)

The Commandant (Actor)

Traveller 1997 (Movie)

Double D (Actor)

Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Bill 1995 (Movie)

California Joe (Actor)

Cabin Boy 1994 (Movie)

Paps (Actor)

Major League II 1994 (Movie)

Lou Brown (Actor)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

Mr Sutherland (Actor)

Crossroads 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Don't Tell 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Running Cool 1993 (Movie)

Ironbutt Garrott (Actor)

The Adventures of Huck Finn 1993 (Movie)

Deputy Hines (Actor)

Vegas Vice 1993 (Movie)

Chief Dan Bronski (Actor)

Crisscross 1992 (Movie)

Emmett (Actor)

Leaving Normal 1992 (Movie)

Walt (Actor)

Middle Ages 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Painted Desert 1992 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Bagdad Cafe 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Coupe de Ville 1990 (Movie)

Doc Sturgeon (Actor)

I Love You to Death 1990 (Movie)

Lieutenant Schooner (Actor)

Revenge 1990 (Movie)

Texan (Actor)

Major League 1989 (Movie)

Lou Brown (Actor)

The Milagro Beanfield War 1988 (Movie)

Horsethief Shorty (Actor)

Ironweed 1987 (Movie)

Reverend Chester (Actor)

Made in Heaven 1987 (Movie)

Steve Shea (Actor)

Stacking 1987 (Movie)

Clate Connaloe (Actor)

Hard Traveling 1986 (Movie)

Sergeant Slattery (Actor)

The Long Hot Summer 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Silver Bullet 1985 (Movie)

Arnie Westrum (Actor)

Silverado 1985 (Movie)

Dawson--Box Canyon Outlaw (Actor)

Vision Quest 1985 (Movie)

Kuch's Father (Actor)

Deadly Encounter 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez 1982 (Movie)

Sheriff Frank Fly (Actor)

Rage 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Any Which Way You Can 1980 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

Below the Belt 1980 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

Urban Cowboy 1980 (Movie)

Steve Strange (Actor)

Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pom Pom Girls 1976 (Movie)

Coach (Actor)

Black Oak Conspiracy 1975 (Movie)

Deputy Bullard (Actor)

The McCullochs 1975 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Macon County Line 1974 (Movie)

Murderer (Actor)

Face to the Wind 1971 (Movie)

Amos (Actor)

A Man Called Horse 1970 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

Macho Callahan 1969 (Movie)

Cowboy (Actor)

Journey to Shiloh 1968 (Movie)

Tellis Yeager (Actor)

Conagher (TV Show)

Actor

Criminal Behavior (TV Show)

Actor

Father of Hell Town (TV Show)

Actor

Gore Vidal's Lincoln (TV Show)

Actor

Jesse Stone: Sea Change (TV Show)

Actor

Laguna Heat (TV Show)

Actor

Logan's War: Bound By Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Paradise (TV Show)

Actor

Roe vs. Wade (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger at My Door (TV Show)

Actor

Streets of Laredo (Movie)

(Actor)

The Big Black Pill (TV Show)

Actor

The Intruders (TV Show)

Actor

The Kansas City Massacre (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild West (TV Show)

Voice

Truman (TV Show)

Actor

Two Mothers For Zachary (TV Show)

Actor

What I Did For Love (TV Show)

Actor

Women of San Quentin (TV Show)

Actor

You Know My Name (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A sturdy character actor prolific on stage, screen and television in both small and prominent supporting roles, James Gammon excelled most typically as weathered, rustic types ranging from lawmen to bartenders; from cowhands to military men. Gammon began in the entertainment field at age 19 when he landed a job operating a camera at a TV station in Orlando, FL. Community theater work led him to relocate to Los Angeles in the early 1960s to try his hand professionally, and soon thereafter he made his TV debut in a small guest role on the long-running Western drama series, "Gunsmoke" (CBS, 1955-1975).

Gammon made his feature film debut in a bit part in the classic prison drama, "Cool Hand Luke" (1967). From his role as a killer in "Macon County Line" (1973) to a detective in "The McCullochs" (1975) and a bartender in "Any Which Way You Can" (1980), the esteemed actor carved a modest niche for himself in a good variety of salty character roles. Along with partner Timothy Scott, Gammon also founded the Met Theater in the early 1970s and ran it for more than a decade, winning LA Drama Critics awards for his direction of "Bus Stop" (1973) and for his performance in "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1974). Acting stints on "Bonanza" (NBC, 1959-1973) and "The Wild Wild West" (CBS, 1965-69) helped create an impressive resume of TV work and, through the '70s and early '80s, both the roles and the prominence of his projects steadily grew.

While Gammon continued to do fine theater work - as in the New York and L.A. productions of Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind" - in the late 1980s, he also began to get more of a "familiar face" foothold on the big screen. One of his best film roles came as the sheriff pursuing an elusive and increasingly legendary "little man" wanted for murder in the fine "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez" (1983). Gammon has subsequently played supporting roles in such films as "Ironweed" (1987); "Major League" (1989), in which he famously portrayed team manager Lou Brown; "Crisscross" (1992) and "Wyatt Earp" (1994), and was especially fine as Horsethief Shorty in "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988).

Gammon also took the plunge into series television with two interesting if short-lived comedies, "Bagdad Cafe" (CBS, 1990-91), as the scruffy resident artist Rudy, and "Middle Ages" (CBS, 1992), as part of the motley crowd of Chicago professionals reassessing their lives at the midway point. He had somewhat better luck when he joined the cast of the CBS cop drama "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001), portraying the title character's (Don Johnson) father, despite being only nine years older than Johnson. On July 16, 2010, the 70-year-old actor passed away from cancer of the adrenal glands and the liver.

Relationships

Phillip

Brother

Nancy Gammon

Wife

Amy Gammon

Daughter
born c. 1975

Sandra Glaudell

Sister

Allison Mann

Daughter
born c. 1973

Milestones

2008

Acted in the Ed Harris-directed Western, "Appaloosa"

2007

Cast opposite Sean Astin in the sports drama, "The Final Season"

2007

Guest-starred on ABC medical drama, "Grey's Anatomy"

2006

Cast in Wim Wenders' neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking" starring Sam Shepard

2003

Appeared in "Cold Mountain," directed by Anthony Minghella

2002

Played Pat in "Life or Something Like It"

2000

Had featured role in "The Cell"

1998

Portrayed a rancher in "The Hi-Lo Country"

1996

Joined the cast of the CBS cop series "Nash Bridges" as the title character's father

1995

Co-starred in the Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "Buried Child"; earned a Tony nomination

1994

Reprised role of baseball manager Lou Brown in "Major League II"

1992

Played Dave Nelson on the short-lived CBS comedy-drama series, "Middle Ages"

1992

Played the recurring role of Coach Zelnick on the ABC period drama series, "Homefront"

1990

TV series debut, playing Rudy on the CBS sitcom "Bagdad Cafe," in support of Whoopi Goldberg and Jean Stapleton

1989

Acted at the Promenade Theater in the Off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind"; also performed in a Los Angeles production of the play (date approximate)

1989

Played most famous film role, baseball team manager Lou Brown in "Major League"

1983

Played one of his few leading roles in the historical Western, "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez," taking second billing to Edward James Olmos in the title role

1979

First TV miniseries, "The Sacketts"

1969

TV-movie debut, "The Intruders"

1967

Feature film debut, "Cool Hand Luke"

1966

Made his move into professional acting playing a bit part on the long-running CBS Western series, "Gunsmoke"

1959

Began working in the entertainment industry at age 19 as a camera operator at a TV station in Orlando, FL

Acted for a time in community theaters in Florida before deciding to move to Los Angeles (date approximate)

Founded Los Angeles' Met Theater with partner Timothy Scott; helped run the company for 10 years

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