James Gammon Biography (1940-)

Born April 20, 1940, in Newman, IL; son of Donald (a musician) and Doris Latimer (maiden name, Toppe) Gammon; married Nancy Jane Kapusta (a producer and theatre administrator), 1972; children: Allison Raye, Amy Sue (a personal manager). Addresses: Agent: House of Representatives, 400 South Beverly Dr., Suite 101, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; (voice work) Cunningham/Escot/Dipene and Associates, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90025.; Manager: Amy Gammon, GW Management, 414 North Sycamore Ave., Suite 3, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Birth Details
April 20, 1940
Newman, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Sleepy, Cool Hand Luke, Warner Bros., 1967
  • Tellis Yeager, Journey to Shiloh, Universal, 1968
  • Major Varga, The Thousand Plane Raid, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969
  • Ed, A Man Called Horse, Warner Bros., 1970
  • Cowboy, Macho Callahan, Paramount, 1970
  • Amos, Cry for Me, Billy (also known as Apache Massacre, Count Your Bullets, Face to the Wind, and The Long Tomorrow), Films Costello Lopes, 1972
  • Elisha, Macon County Line, Consolidated Productions, 1974
  • Detective, The Wild McCullochs (also known as McCullochs),American International Pictures, 1975
  • Leather salesman, Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw Man, American International Pictures, 1976
  • Coach Hartmann, The Pom Pom Girls (also known as Palisades High), Crown, 1976
  • Deputy Bullard, Black Oak Conspiracy, New World, 1977
  • Mr. Harry, The Greatest, Columbia, 1977
  • Connie Foxworth, A Perfect Circle (also known as It's My Turn), 1980
  • Steve Strange, Urban Cowboy, Paramount, 1980
  • Peanut John, On the Nickel, Rose's Park Production, 1980
  • Palomino bartender, Any Which Way You Can, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Luke, Below the Belt, Atlantic, 1980
  • Sheriff Frank Fly, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, Embassy, 1982
  • Smithereens, 1982
  • Kuch's father, Vision Quest (also known as Crazy for You),Warner Bros., 1983
  • Dawson, Silverado, Columbia, 1984
  • Steve, Sylvester, Columbia, 1985
  • Arnie Westrum, Silver Bullet (also known as Stephen King's Silver Bullet), Paramount, 1985
  • Sergeant Slattery, Hard Traveling, Shire, 1985
  • Reverend Chester, Ironweed, TriStar, 1987
  • Steve Shea, Made in Heaven, Lorimar, 1987
  • Clate Connaloe, Stacking (also known as Season of Dreams),Spectrafilm, 1987
  • Horse Thief Shorty, The Milagro Beanfield War, Universal, 1988
  • Lou Brown, Major League, Paramount, 1989
  • Doc Sturgeon, Coupe de Ville, Universal, 1990
  • Lieutenant Larry Schooner, I Love You to Death, TriStar, 1990
  • Texan, Revenge, Columbia/New World, 1990
  • Emmett, Crisscross (also known as Alone Together), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1992
  • Walt, Leaving Normal, Universal, 1992
  • Deputy Hines, The Adventures of Huck Finn (also known as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Ironbutt Garrott, Running Cool, Paramount, 1993
  • Al, The Painted Desert, 1993
  • Paps, Cabin Boy, Buena Vista, 1994
  • Police Chief Bronski, Hard Vice (also known as Vegas Vice),A-Pix Entertainment, 1994
  • Lou Brown, Major League II, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Mr. Sutherland, Wyatt Earp, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Buddy of the redneck in the diner, Natural Born Killers, 1994
  • California Joe, Wild Bill, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1995
  • Dad, Point Blank, Sterling Home Entertainment, 1997
  • The Apostle, October Films, 1997
  • Double D, Traveller, October Films, 1997
  • The commandant, The Man in the Iron Mask, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1998
  • Hoover Young, The Hi-Lo Country (also known as Hi-Lo Country--Im Land der letzten Cowboys), Gramercy, 1998
  • General Zachary Taylor, One Man's Hero (also known as Heroes sin patria), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Orion, 1999
  • Hat, Love from Ground Zero, Sandbox Films, 1999
  • Voices of Marv Loach, Floyd Turbeaux, and General Sudokoff, The Iron Giant (animated), Warner Bros., 1999
  • FBI Agent Teddy Lee, The Cell, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Lanie's father, Life or Something Like It, Twentieth Century-Fox,2002
  • Voice of Big Al, Country Bears, Buena Vista, 2002
  • Cold Mountain, Miramax, 2003
  • This So-Called Disaster, 2003
  • Also appeared in Fire in the Wind, Universal.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Zack Rosswell, a recurring role, The Waltons, CBS, 1974-1975
  • Rudy, Bagdad Cafe (also known as Bagdad Gas and Oil), CBS,1990
  • Dave Nelson, Middle Ages, CBS, 1992
  • Coach Zelnick, a recurring role, Homefront, ABC, 1992
  • Nick Bridges, Nash Bridges (also known as Bridges), CBS, 1996-2001
  • Miniseries
  • Wes Bigelow, Louis L'Amour's "The Sacketts" (also known as TheSacketts), NBC, 1979
  • Billy Quick, The Long, Hot Summer, NBC, 1985
  • General Grant, Gore Vidal's "Lincoln" (also known as Lincoln), NBC, 1988
  • Charles Goodnight, Larry McMurtry's "Streets of Laredo" (also known as Streets of Laredo), CBS, 1995
  • Movies
  • Chaunce Dykstra, The Intruders, NBC, 1970
  • Alex Denton, The F.B.I. Story: The FBI versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One (also known as Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy No. 1 andThe FBI Story--Alvin Karpis), CBS, 1974
  • Garth, The Kansas City Massacre, 1975
  • Joe Dean, Rage!, NBC, 1980
  • Captain Jake Jacqualone, The Big Black Pill (also known as JoeDancer), NBC, 1981
  • Frank Kitchens, The Deadly Encounter (also known as American Eagle), CBS, 1982
  • Willard Kohler, M.A.D.D.: Mothers against Drunk Driving, NBC, 1983
  • Women of San Quentin, NBC, 1983
  • Lieutenant Raymond Tracy, Father of Hell Town, NBC, 1985
  • Sheriff, Noon Wine, PBS, 1985
  • Grimes, Laguna Heat, HBO, 1987
  • Jimmy Russell, Roe vs. Wade, NBC, 1989
  • Sheriff Bitterman, Stranger at My Door (also known as Dead Aim and Dead Run), CBS, 1991
  • Smoke Parnell, Louis L'Amour's "Conagher" (also known as Conagher), TNT, 1991
  • Roy Stubbs, Criminal Behavior (also known as Looking for Larry), ABC, 1992
  • Jack, Men Don't Tell, CBS, 1993
  • Sam Rayburn, Truman, HBO, 1995
  • Clifton Chalmer, Two Mothers for Zachary, ABC, 1996
  • Real Arkansas Tom, You Know My Name (also known as Bill Tilghman), TNT, 1998
  • Ben, Logan's War: Bound by Honor, CBS, 1998
  • "Fightin' Joe" Hooker, Monte Walsh, TNT, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Egan, "The Night of the Freebooters," Wild, Wild West, CBS, 1966
  • "Night of the Wolf," The Monroes, 1966
  • Pete Fowler, "The Gunfighter," The Road West, 1966
  • Osris, "The Unkindest Cut of All," Batman, 1967
  • "The Man without Land," Bonanza, NBC, 1967
  • Deputy Virgil Bramley, "The Agreement," The Road West, 1967
  • Hal, "The Spores," The Invaders, 1967
  • Mickey, "Ordeal by Terror," Felony Squad, 1967
  • Cal Mason, "A Small Taste of Justice," The Virginian, 1967
  • Wes, "Chase a Wild Horse," Lancer, 1968
  • Clint Meek, "Blind Man's Bluff," Lancer, 1969
  • Lafe, "Only the Bad Come to Sonora," The High Chaparral, NBC, 1970
  • Keely, "Country Blues," Cannon, CBS, 1971
  • Ben McCann, "Turnabout," The F.B.I., ABC, 1971
  • Hired hand, "Lariat on the Loose" (also known as "Horse of Another Color"), Dusty's Trail, 1973
  • Dudley, "Susan Was Evil," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1973
  • "Diamond Run," The F.B.I., ABC, 1974
  • Jake, "The Nature of Evil," Kung Fu, 1974
  • Sheriff, "River of Fear," The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1975
  • Andy Lucker, "The Final Burial," Barnaby Jones, 1975
  • Sheriff Ryder, "Quasar Kill," Cannon, CBS, 1976
  • "Angels on Ice: Part 1," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1977
  • Gates, "Angels in the Stretch," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1978
  • Billy Don Baker, "Armed Response," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985
  • Michael Cub, "Out of the Past," The Equalizer, CBS, 1986
  • Jack Claymore, "The Survivor," Crime Story, NBC, 1987
  • Jack Claymore, "The Pinnacle," Crime Story, NBC, 1987
  • Pete Hanrahan, "Tarnished Shield," Midnight Caller, NBC, 1989
  • Sheriff Moore, "A Trip Upstate," In the Heat of the Night, 1989
  • Elias Mills, "The Blood of Others," The Young Riders, ABC, 1991
  • Buck Taylor, Crossroads, ABC, 1992
  • Teddy Roosevelt, "British East Africa, September 1909," The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, 1992
  • Thomas Quinn, "F.O.B.," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993
  • Reverend Joseph Halliday, "God Is My Co-Counsel," L.A. Law, NBC, 1994
  • Also appeared in episodes of Cagney & Lacey, CBS; Code R, CBS; Hunter, CBS; Kaz, CBS; Lou Grant; The Master, NBC; and The Mississippi, CBS.
  • Specials
  • Voice of John Wesley Powell, The Wild West (documentary), syndicated, 1993
  • Stage Appearances
  • Weston, Curse of the Starving Class, Estelle R. Newman, Public Theatre, New York City, 1978
  • Rubin Flood, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Mark Taper Forum,Los Angeles, 1978
  • Baylor, A Lie of the Mind, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1985-1986, then Los Angeles.
  • Reader, "Story with a Moral," Great Writers Series, Met Theatre, Los Angeles, 1993
  • Simms, Simpatico, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, Public Theatre, 1994
  • Dodge, Buried Child, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Coach, That Championship Season, Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • Stamped, Met Theatre, Hollywood, CA, 2000
  • Henry Moss, The Late Henry Moss, Magic Theatre Company, Theatre onthe Square, San Francisco, CA, 2000
  • Appeared in Middle Class, Los Angeles Actors Theatre; On the Money, Victory Theatre, Los Angeles; and in Black Hole in Space, Bus Stop, Cheeseburg, Curse of the Starving Class, The Dreamcrust, Orpheus Descending, The Rainmaker, and Who'llSave the Plow Boy?, all Met Theatre, Los Angeles; also appeared in community theatre productions in Florida early in his career.
  • Stage Work
  • Director, Bus Stop, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1973

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