Jack Elam, who died at 82 on Oct. 20, specialized in an ornery cussedness. A blinded eye (pencil, carelessness) gave his portrayals of mean cowboys in countless Westerns from the '50s onward a unique squint of madness.

Originally posted Nov 07, 2003 Published in issue #736 Nov 07, 2003 Order article reprints
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