Jack Elam

Born: 13 November 1918, Miami, Arizona, USA.
Died: 20 October 2003, Ashland, Oregon, USA.

As a boy scout, Jack Elam lost the use of one of his eyes during a fight when another boy threw a pencil.

The immovable eye gave him a sinister look that would stand him well for a career playing villains in such classic Hollywood westerns as 'High Noon', 'Gunfight at the O.K. Corral' and 'The Comancheros'.

It was also the kind of face that Sergio Leone loved, exploiting it to full effect in characteristic extreme close-up for the opening scene of 'Once Upon a Time in the West'.

Elam also appeared in a fistful of other Spaghetti Westerns.

Spaghetti credentials:
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Sartana Does Not Forgive (1968)
Hannie Caulder (1971)
Last Rebel (1971)