James Gammon biography

James Gammon

Date of Birth: April 20, 1940

Born in Newman, Illinois, James Gammon has made quite a name for himself as a character actor. His first movie role was an uncredited one, as "Sleepy" in the classic film, Cool Hand Luke (1967). The next year, he received a credit playing Tellis Yeager opposite Harrison Ford and James Caan in the western picture, Journey to Shiloh (1968). Since then he has racked up roles in more than 80 features and TV movies, including opposite Woody Harrelson in The Hi-Lo Country, One Man's Hero (starring Tom Berenger), Robert Duvall's Oscar-nominated The Apostle, the futuristic Gattaca, Traveler (opposite Bill Paxton) and the Jeff Bridges/Ellen Barkin-starrer Wild Bill. The actor has also had roles in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Leaving Normal, Bad to the Bone, Crisscross, I Love You to Death, Major League (I and II) and Ironweed (opposite Jack Nicholson).

Gammon received a Tony nomination for his work in Sam Shepard's Buried Child and starred in the original cast of Shepard's Lie of the Mind; he recently returned from New York, where he starred in the 25th Anniversary production of Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, That Championship Season.

His television credits include appearing as a series regular (as Don Johnson's father) on Nash Bridges and starring roles in the telefeatures For the Love of Tyler, Truman, Streets of Laredo, Grey's Anatomy and You Know My Name (for TNT).

James Gammon Filmography

Actor:

  • The Iron Giant: Signature Edition (2015)
  • The Iron Giant - Family Favourites (2012)
  • In the Electric Mist (2010)
  • The New Daughter (2009)
  • In the Electric Mist (2008)
  • Otis E. (2008)
  • The Final Season (2007)
  • Altered (2006)
  • The Far Side of Jericho (2006)
  • Don't Come Knockin' (2005)
  • Silver City (2004)
  • Cold Mountain (2003)
  • Life Or Something Like It (2002)
  • The Country Bears (2002) (voice)
  • The Cell (2000)
  • The Hi-Lo Country (1999)
  • The Iron Giant (1999)
  • One Man's Hero (1998)
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
  • Point Blank (1997)
  • The Apostle (1997)
  • Traveller (1997)
  • Wild Bill (1995)
  • Cabin Boy (1994)
  • Hard Vice (1994)
  • Major League II (1994)
  • Natural Born Killers (1994) (uncredited)
  • Wyatt Earp (1994)
  • Running Cool (1993)
  • The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
  • CrissCross (1992)
  • Leaving Normal (1992)
  • Coupe de Ville (1990)
  • I Love You to Death (1990)
  • Revenge (1990)
  • Major League (1989)
  • The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
  • Ironweed (1987)
  • Made in Heaven (1987)
  • Stacking (1987)
  • Hard Traveling (1985)
  • Silver Bullet / Peur bleue (1985)
  • Silverado (1985)
  • Sylvester (1985)
  • Vision Quest (1985)
  • The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
  • Any Which Way You Can (1980)
  • It's My Turn (1980)
  • On the Nickel (1980)
  • Urban Cowboy (1980)
  • Black Oak Conspiracy (1977)
  • The Greatest (1977)
  • Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (1976)
  • The Pom Pom Girls (1976)
  • Macon County Line (1974)
  • Cry for Me, Billy (1972)
  • A Man Called Horse (1970)
  • Macho Callahan (1970)
  • The Thousand Plane Raid (1969)
  • Journey to Shiloh (1968)
  • Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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