Bill Elliott

Bill Elliott

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Wild Bill Elliott (October 16, 1904 – November 26, 1965) was an American film actor. He specialized in playing the rugged heroes of B Westerns, particularly the Red Ryder series of films. By 1925, he was getting occasional extra work in films. He took classes at the Pasadena Playhouse and appeared in a few stage roles there. By 1927, he had made his first Western, The Arizona Wildcat, playing his first featured role. Several co-starring roles followed, and he renamed himself Gordon Elliott. But as the studios made the transition to sound films, he slipped back into roles as an extra and bit parts, as in Broadway Scandals, in 1929. For the next eight years, he appeared in over a hundred films for various studios, but almost always in unbilled parts as an extra. Elliott began to be noticed in some minor B Westerns, enough so that Columbia Pictures offered him the title role in a serial, The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1938). The serial was so successful, and Elliott so personable, that Columbia promoted him to starring in his own series of Western features, replacing Columbia's number-two cowboy star Robert "Tex" Allen. Henceforth Gordon Elliott would be known as Bill Elliott. Within two years, he was among the Motion Picture Herald's Top Ten Western Stars, where he would remain for the next 15 years. In 1943, Elliott signed with Republic Pictures, which cast him in a series of Westerns alongside George "Gabby" Hayes. The first of these, Calling Wild Bill Elliott, gave Elliott the name by which he would be best known and by which he would be billed almost exclusively for the rest of his career. Following several films in which both actor and character shared the name Wild Bill Elliott, he took the role for which he would be best remembered, that of Red Ryder in a series of sixteen movies about the famous comic strip cowboy and his young Indian companion, Little Beaver (played in Elliott's films by Bobby Blake). Elliott played the role for only two years but would forever be associated with it. Elliott's trademark was a pair of six guns worn butt-forward in their holsters. Elliott's career thrived during and after the Red Ryder films, and he continued making B Westerns into the early 1950s. He also had his own radio show during the late 1940s. His final contract as a Western star was with Monogram Pictures, where budgets declined as the B Western lost its audience to television. When Monogram became Allied Artists Pictures Corporation in 1953, it phased out its Western productions, and Elliott finished out his contract playing a homicide detective in a series of five modern police dramas, his first non-Westerns since 1938. Elliott retired from films (except for a couple of TV Western pilots which were not picked up). He worked for a time as a spokesman for Viceroy cigarettes and hosted a local TV program in Las Vegas, Nevada, which featured many of his Western films.
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    Acting
    Place of birth
    Pattonsburg, Missouri, USA
    Birthday
    10/16/1904
Boots and Saddles
Boots and Saddles
4
Chain of Evidence
Chain of Evidence
4.8
Calling Homicide
Calling Homicide
5.6
Footsteps in the Night
Footsteps in the Night
5.3
Midnight Mary
Midnight Mary
6.8
The Showdown
The Showdown
4.8
Sudden Danger
Sudden Danger
5.3
The Murder of Dr. Harrigan
The Murder of Dr. Harrigan
5.6
Wonder Bar
Wonder Bar
6.2
The Case of the Velvet Claws
The Case of the Velvet Claws
6.8
The Return of Daniel Boone
The Return of Daniel Boone
4.5
The Goose and the Gander
The Goose and the Gander
4.6
The Savage Horde
The Savage Horde
5.8
Marshal of Reno
Marshal of Reno
7
Sheriff of Redwood Valley
Sheriff of Redwood Valley
4
San Antonio Kid
San Antonio Kid
0
Tucson Raiders
Tucson Raiders
0
The Girl from 10th Avenue
The Girl from 10th Avenue
6.5
Broadway Scandals
Broadway Scandals
6
The Gallant Legion
The Gallant Legion
7
The Fabulous Texan
The Fabulous Texan
4
Melody for Two
Melody for Two
0
The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
0
The Drop Kick
The Drop Kick
5
A Lost Lady
A Lost Lady
6.1
Dr. Socrates
Dr. Socrates
6.4
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
0
Swing It Professor
0
The Plainsman and the Lady
The Plainsman and the Lady
3
Boy of the Streets
Boy of the Streets
5
Roll Along, Cowboy
Roll Along, Cowboy
5
Love Takes Flight
Love Takes Flight
3
Polo Joe
Polo Joe
0
The Man from Tumbleweeds
The Man from Tumbleweeds
3
Overland with Kit Carson
Overland with Kit Carson
0.5
Phantom of the Plains
Phantom of the Plains
0
The Private Life of Helen of Troy
The Private Life of Helen of Troy
1
The Valley of Vanishing Men
The Valley of Vanishing Men
0
The Big Noise
The Big Noise
5
Dial Red O
Dial Red O
4.9
The Lady in the Morgue
The Lady in the Morgue
6.5
The Shamrock Handicap
The Shamrock Handicap
5.1
The Girl Said No
The Girl Said No
5.5
Murder by an Aristocrat
Murder by an Aristocrat
3
The Homesteaders
The Homesteaders
7
The Forty-Niners
The Forty-Niners
5.2
Lone Texas Ranger
Lone Texas Ranger
6
Lord Byron of Broadway
Lord Byron of Broadway
4.7
The Boy Friend
The Boy Friend
5.3
Fargo
Fargo
7
The Return of Wild Bill
The Return of Wild Bill
0
Hellfire
Hellfire
5.8
God's Gift to Women
God's Gift to Women
5
Part Time Wife
Part Time Wife
0
Let's Do Things
Let's Do Things
0
Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse
4.6
Broadminded
Broadminded
3.7
Broadway Gondolier
Broadway Gondolier
5.4
Traveling Husbands
Traveling Husbands
4
You Can't Have Everything
You Can't Have Everything
5.7
Bordertown Gun Fighters
Bordertown Gun Fighters
0
Hands Across the Rockies
Hands Across the Rockies
7.2
The Right to Live
The Right to Live
5.1
Desirable
Desirable
7.3
Broadway Hostess
Broadway Hostess
5
The Great Divide
The Great Divide
5
Sweepstakes
Sweepstakes
4.5
Fugitive in the Sky
Fugitive in the Sky
6
Going Wild
Going Wild
6
The Case of the Black Cat
The Case of the Black Cat
6.6
Personal Maid's Secret
Personal Maid's Secret
5.5
Stage Mother
Stage Mother
5
Guns of the Pecos
Guns of the Pecos
6.2
Stars Over Broadway
Stars Over Broadway
5.2
Born to Love
Born to Love
4.8
Night Parade
Night Parade
3.5
The Public Defender
The Public Defender
5.7
The Son of Davy Crockett
The Son of Davy Crockett
0
The Roaring Twenties
The Roaring Twenties
7.5
King of Hockey
King of Hockey
5
While the Patient Slept
While the Patient Slept
6.4
The Mummy
The Mummy
6.8
Lady with a Past
Lady with a Past
5.8
Prairie Gunsmoke
Prairie Gunsmoke
0
Midnight Court
Midnight Court
4.8
Traveling Saleslady
Traveling Saleslady
5.9
Man of Iron
Man of Iron
6
Wagon Tracks West
Wagon Tracks West
0
The Wildcat of Tucson
The Wildcat of Tucson
0
Prairie Schooners
Prairie Schooners
0
Trailin' West
Trailin' West
0
The Secret Bride
The Secret Bride
6.3
The Woman in Red
The Woman in Red
6.1
Calling Wild Bill Elliott
Calling Wild Bill Elliott
6
Handlebars
5.5
Frontiers of '49
Frontiers of '49
0
Moonlight on the Prairie
Moonlight on the Prairie
5.5
The Payoff
The Payoff
4.9
Death Valley Manhunt
Death Valley Manhunt
5
Down the Stretch
Down the Stretch
5.5
Gold Diggers of 1933
Gold Diggers of 1933
7.2
The Little Giant
The Little Giant
6.8
In Old Sacramento
In Old Sacramento
6
Wife, Doctor and Nurse
Wife, Doctor and Nurse
4
Delicious
Delicious
6.2
A Night at the Ritz
A Night at the Ritz
3
Beyond the Sacramento
Beyond the Sacramento
0
Bright Lights
Bright Lights
4.5
The Truth About Youth
The Truth About Youth
5.7
Children of Divorce
Children of Divorce
5.9
Vengeance of the West
Vengeance of the West
0
Cheyenne Wildcat
Cheyenne Wildcat
4
Marshal of Laredo
Marshal of Laredo
0
Great Stagecoach Robbery
Great Stagecoach Robbery
0
Vigilantes of Dodge City
Vigilantes of Dodge City
0
Colorado Pioneers
Colorado Pioneers
0
Sheriff of Las Vegas
Sheriff of Las Vegas
4.5
Wagon Wheels Westward
Wagon Wheels Westward
6
California Gold Rush
California Gold Rush
6
Sun Valley Cyclone
Sun Valley Cyclone
5
Conquest of Cheyenne
Conquest of Cheyenne
0
Across the Sierras
Across the Sierras
2.2
The Longhorn
The Longhorn
5.7
The Man from Thunder River
The Man from Thunder River
5
North of the Rockies
North of the Rockies
0
The Maverick
The Maverick
0
Waco
Waco
0
Kansas Territory
Kansas Territory
0
She Who Gets Slapped
She Who Gets Slapped
8
Pioneers of the Frontier
Pioneers of the Frontier
0
King of Dodge City
King of Dodge City
0
North from the Lone Star
North from the Lone Star
0
Roaring Frontiers
Roaring Frontiers
0
Bullets for Bandits
Bullets for Bandits
0
The Devil's Trail
The Devil's Trail
5
The Lone Star Vigilantes
The Lone Star Vigilantes
0
Hidden Valley Outlaws
Hidden Valley Outlaws
0
Overland Mail Robbery
Overland Mail Robbery
0
Mojave Firebrand
Mojave Firebrand
3
The Road to Reno
The Road to Reno
3
Bells of Rosarita
Bells of Rosarita
5.5
Wyoming
Wyoming
6
Old Los Angeles
Old Los Angeles
5.5
The Last Bandit
The Last Bandit
6
Rebel City
Rebel City
5
Vigilante Terror
Vigilante Terror
5
Topeka
Topeka
5
Bitter Creek
Bitter Creek
6.3
Tank Patrol
0
Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair
5.5
Left Over Ladies
Left Over Ladies
0
Party Husband
Party Husband
5
Working Girls
Working Girls
6.2
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
5.7
What Men Want
What Men Want
1
Murder in the Clouds
Murder in the Clouds
4.7
The Plastic Age
The Plastic Age
5.8
Only Yesterday
Only Yesterday
6.8
It's Showtime
It's Showtime
7
Page Miss Glory
Page Miss Glory
6.3
'G' Men
'G' Men
6.5
The Case of the Howling Dog
The Case of the Howling Dog
6.5
The Rich Are Always with Us
The Rich Are Always with Us
5.2
The Keyhole
The Keyhole
4.9
Blonde Crazy
Blonde Crazy
7
Bullets or Ballots
Bullets or Ballots
6.5
China Clipper
China Clipper
5.6
Two Against the World
Two Against the World
5.8
Scarface
Scarface
7.5
The Merry Frinks
The Merry Frinks
3.7
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
7.4
Go Into Your Dance
Go Into Your Dance
7.5
Merrily We Go to Hell
Merrily We Go to Hell
6.4
A Successful Calamity
A Successful Calamity
4.8
The Taming of the West
The Taming of the West
0
Smarty
Smarty
4
Private Detective 62
Private Detective 62
5.9
Jewel Robbery
Jewel Robbery
6.5
The Arizona Wildcat
The Arizona Wildcat
0
The Marshall of Trail City
5
The Greeks Had a Word for Them
The Greeks Had a Word for Them
4.6
Bachelor's Affairs
Bachelor's Affairs
1
Dangerous
Dangerous
6.7
The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu
The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu
5
Five and Ten
Five and Ten
6.3
One Hour with You
One Hour with You
6.5
Night After Night
Night After Night
6.2
Letter of Introduction
Letter of Introduction
5.9
Michael O'Halloran
Michael O'Halloran
0
Restless Youth
Restless Youth
0
Sunny
Sunny
4
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