Wild-eyed movie star Jack Elam has died at his home in Oregon of an unspecified illness, according to family and friends - he was 84.

The character actor made his name as a cowboy film villain in movies like WICHITA and RAWHIDE, but started out as an accountant in the 1940s.

Born in Arizona, he also made his mark in western-style comedies like THE COCKEYED COWBOYS OF CALICO COUNTY. His own cockeye was the result of a childhood fight, according to Elam himself.

22/10/2003 21:19