Michael F. Blake
|Character actor James Gammon died this morning, Fri, July 16, of cancer.
Gammon's gravelly voice and rugged features made him a natural for many Westerns including SILVERADO, CONAGHER and most recently, APPALOOSA. In the latter film, playing a town elder, he was hardly recogniziable.
His wife, Nancy, said that Jimmy would be cremated and hopes to have a memorial at the Met Theatre in Hollywood within the month.
I worked with him many years ago on a small film and he was just a nice fella.
Here's the link to his listing on Internet Movie Data Base: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0304000/
As a tie-in to Civil War, he played General Grant in the 1988 mini-series LINCOLN, and also appeared inthe film, JOURNEY TO SHILOH.
Gammon spoke two of my favorite movie lines:
"I think there's a couple a guys up there, and this ass%+@@ is one of 'em!" - as Dawson in SILVERADO (1985)
"We was all young on Missionary Ridge. Thought we’d always be that way, or die young." - as Hooker in MONTE WALSH (2003)