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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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Born:
Oct 16, 1904 In Pattonsburg, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
177
First Appeared:
In the movie The Plastic Age 1925-12-15
Latest Project:
Movie Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch 1976-05-01
Known For
Poster of Tank Patrol
Poster of The Roaring Twenties
Poster of Polo Joe
Poster of Scarface
Filmography
Movie It's Showtime Unknown 1976-03-31
Movie Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (archive footage) 1976-05-01
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie Chain of Evidence Det. Lt. Andy Doyle 1957-01-06
Movie Footsteps in the Night Detective Lieutenant Andy Doyle 1957-04-14
Movie Calling Homicide Det. Sgt. Andy Doyle 1956-09-30
Movie Sudden Danger Det. Lt. Andy Doyle 1955-12-14
Movie Dial Red O Det. Lt. Andy Flynn 1955-03-13
Movie Bitter Creek Clay Tyndall (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1954-02-21
Movie The Forty-Niners Sam Nelson 1954-07-30
Movie The Homesteaders Mace Corbin 1953-03-22
Movie Rebel City Frank Graham (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1953-05-10
Movie Vigilante Terror Tack Hamlin (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1953-11-15
Movie Topeka Jim Levering (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1953-08-09
Movie Kansas Territory Joe Daniels (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1952-05-04
Movie Waco Matt Boone (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1952-02-24
Movie The Maverick Pete Devlin 1952-12-14
Movie Fargo Bill Martin 1952-09-07
Movie The Longhorn Jim Kirk (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1951-11-25
Movie The Showdown Shadrach Jones 1950-08-15
Movie The Savage Horde Ringo 1950-05-22
Movie The Last Bandit Frank Norris / Frank Plummer (as William Elliott) 1949-02-25
Movie Hellfire Zeb Smith 1949-05-29
Movie Old Los Angeles Bill Stockton (as William Elliott) 1948-04-24
Movie The Gallant Legion Gary Conway 1948-05-24
Movie Wyoming Charles Alderson 1947-07-28
Movie The Fabulous Texan Josie Allen 1947-11-09
Movie Sheriff of Redwood Valley Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1946-03-29
Movie California Gold Rush Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1946-02-04
Movie Sun Valley Cyclone Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1946-05-10
Movie In Old Sacramento Johnny Barrett / Spanish Jack (as William Elliott) 1946-05-31
Movie Conquest of Cheyenne Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1946-07-29
Movie The Plainsman and the Lady Sam Colton 1946-11-11
Movie Lone Texas Ranger Red Ryder 1945-05-20
Movie Great Stagecoach Robbery Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1945-02-15
Movie Bells of Rosarita Wild Bill Elliott 1945-06-19
Movie Wagon Wheels Westward Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1945-12-21
Movie Phantom of the Plains Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1945-09-07
Movie Colorado Pioneers Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1945-11-14
Movie Marshal of Laredo Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1945-10-06
Movie Tucson Raiders Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1944-05-14
Movie Hidden Valley Outlaws Bill Elliott (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1944-04-01
Movie Marshal of Reno Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliot) 1944-07-02
Movie Mojave Firebrand Wild Bill Elliott (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1944-03-19
Movie Cheyenne Wildcat Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1944-09-30
Movie San Antonio Kid Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1944-08-16
Movie Vigilantes of Dodge City Red Ryder (as 'Wild' Bill Elliot) 1944-11-15
Movie Sheriff of Las Vegas Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1944-12-31
Movie The Man from Thunder River Wild Bill Elliott (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1943-06-11
Movie Calling Wild Bill Elliott Wild Bill Elliott 1943-04-30
Movie Bordertown Gun Fighters Wild Bill Elliott 1943-07-08
Movie Wagon Tracks West Wild Bill Elliott 1943-08-18
Movie Overland Mail Robbery Wild Bill Elliott (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1943-11-20
Movie Death Valley Manhunt Marshal Wild Bill Elliott (as Wild Bill Elliott) 1943-11-25
Movie Bullets for Bandits Wild Bill Hickok / Prince Katey 1942-02-12
Movie The Lone Star Vigilantes Wild Bill Hickok 1942-01-01
Movie North of the Rockies Sergeant Bill Cameron 1942-04-02
Movie The Valley of Vanishing Men Wild Bill Tolliver 1942-12-17
Movie The Devil's Trail Wild Bill Hickok 1942-05-14
Movie Vengeance of the West Joaquin Murietta aka The Black Shadow 1942-08-16
Movie Prairie Gunsmoke Wild Bill Hickok 1942-07-16
Movie Tank Patrol Bluey 1941-06-16
Movie The Return of Daniel Boone Wild Bill Boone 1941-05-07
Movie Across the Sierras Wild Bill Hickok 1941-02-13
Movie North from the Lone Star Wild Bill Hickok 1941-03-30
Movie Hands Across the Rockies Wild Bill Hickok 1941-06-19
Movie The Son of Davy Crockett Dave Crockett 1941-07-15
Movie Roaring Frontiers Wild Bill Hickok 1941-10-15
Movie King of Dodge City Wild Bill Hickok 1941-08-14
Movie The Man from Tumbleweeds Wild Bill Saunders 1940-05-02
Movie Pioneers of the Frontier Wild Bill Saunders 1940-02-14
Movie The Return of Wild Bill Wild Bill Saunders 1940-06-26
Movie Prairie Schooners Wild Bill Hickok 1940-09-29
Movie The Wildcat of Tucson Wild Bill Hickok 1940-12-31
Movie Beyond the Sacramento Wild Bill Hickok 1940-11-11
Movie Frontiers of '49 John Freeman 1939-01-19
Movie Overland with Kit Carson Kit Carson 1939-07-21
Movie The Taming of the West Wild Bill Saunders 1939-12-07
Movie The Roaring Twenties Bootlegger (uncredited) 1939-10-28
Movie The Lady in the Morgue Chauncey Courtland 1938-04-22
Movie The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Wild Bill Hickok 1938-06-30
Movie Melody For Two Walter Wilson 1937-05-01
Movie You Can't Have Everything Lulu's Bathing Companion 1937-08-02
Movie Guns of the Pecos Wellman, a Dude 1937-01-02
Movie Midnight Court City Attorney Seabrook 1937-03-06
Movie Swing It Professor Randall 1937-03-13
Movie Boy of the Streets Dr. Allan 1937-12-08
Movie Love Takes Flight Bill Parker 1937-11-05
Movie Wife, Doctor and Nurse Bruce Thomas 1937-09-17
Movie Roll Along, Cowboy Odie Fenton 1937-10-18
Movie Boots and Saddles Jim Neale 1937-10-04
Movie The Big Noise Sharp, Board of Directors Member (uncredited) 1936-06-21
Movie China Clipper Pilot (uncredited) 1936-08-11
Movie Murder by an Aristocrat Dave Thatcher (as Gordon Elliott) 1936-06-13
Movie The Murder of Dr. Harrigan Kenneth Martin 1936-01-11
Movie The Case of the Velvet Claws Carl Griffin 1936-08-15
Movie Bullets or Ballots Hunter - Bank Worker (uncredited) 1936-06-06
Movie Two Against the World News Commentator (uncredited) 1936-07-11
Movie King of Hockey 2nd Radio Announcer 1936-12-19
Movie Trailin' West Jefferson Duane 1936-09-04
Movie Fugitive in the Sky Ramon Duval 1936-11-28
Movie Polo Joe Don Trumbeau 1936-11-04
Movie The Case of the Black Cat Sam Laxter 1936-10-31
Movie Down the Stretch Robert Bates 1936-09-18
Movie Traveling Saleslady Freddie (as Gordon Elliott) 1935-03-28
Movie Go Into Your Dance Jackson's Secretary / Dorothy's Dance Partner 1935-04-20
Movie 'G' Men Bootlegger Who Gives Eddie the Bottle Outside the Club (uncredited) 1935-05-04
Movie A Night at the Ritz Vincent's Assistant (uncredited) 1935-03-23
Movie The Payoff Maxine's Casino Escort 1935-01-09
Movie The Girl from 10th Avenue James, Clerk at College Club 1935-06-01
Movie The Right to Live Wedding Guest 1935-01-26
Movie The Woman in Red Stuart Wyatt (as Gordon Elliott) 1935-02-16
Movie While the Patient Slept Bank Teller (uncredited) 1935-03-09
Movie Stars Over Broadway Minor Role 1935-11-23
Movie Bright Lights Backstage Actor 1935-07-27
Movie Broadway Hostess Playboy in 'Playboy of Paree' Number (uncredited) 1935-12-07
Movie Man of Iron Charlie Fagan 1935-12-21
Movie Personal Maid's Secret Warren Sherrill 1935-10-26
Movie Moonlight on the Prairie Jeff Holt 1935-11-02
Movie Broadway Gondolier Reporter 1935-07-27
Movie Dr. Socrates Tom Collins - Greer's Associate 1935-10-19
Movie Page Miss Glory Reporter (uncredited) 1935-09-07
Movie The Goose and the Gander Teddy 1935-09-20
Movie The Merry Frinks Dancer (uncredited) 1934-05-26
Movie Smarty Nightclub Patron (uncredited) 1934-05-19
Movie Registered Nurse Male Nurse 1934-04-06
Movie Desirable Party Guest 1934-09-08
Movie Wonder Bar Norman (uncredited) 1934-03-31
Movie The Case of the Howling Dog Reporter in Courtroom (uncredited) 1934-09-22
Movie Murder in the Clouds Lt. Saunders 1934-12-15
Movie The Secret Bride Governor's Secretary (uncredited) 1934-12-22
Movie A Lost Lady Polo Match Spectator (uncredited) 1934-09-29
Movie Gold Diggers of 1933 Night Club Patron (uncredited) 1933-05-27
Movie The Little Giant Guest at Polly's Party (uncredited) 1933-05-20
Movie The Keyhole Partygoer (uncredited) 1933-03-25
Movie Private Detective 62 Man at Roulette Table (Uncredited) 1933-06-10
Movie Midnight Mary Party Guest (uncredited) 1933-06-30
Movie Only Yesterday New Year's Eve Reveler (Uncredited) 1933-11-01
Movie Stage Mother Audience Member / Dexter's Party Guest 1933-09-29
Movie Handlebars Bicyclist (uncredited) 1933-08-26
Movie Lady with a Past Alex Brown (Uncredited) 1932-02-19
Movie The Mummy Party Guest (uncredited) 1932-01-01
Movie Vanity Fair Bit Role 1932-03-15
Movie A Successful Calamity Polo Player (uncredited) 1932-09-17
Movie Scarface Man Outside Theatre (uncredited) 1932-04-09
Movie Merrily We Go to Hell Party Guest (uncredited) 1932-06-10
Movie The Rich Are Always with Us Gambler (uncredited) 1932-05-21
Movie Sweepstakes Night Club Patron 1931-07-10
Movie Broadminded Hotel Guest on Veranda 1931-08-01
Movie Party Husband Wedding Party Guest 1931-06-06
Movie Born to Love Hotel Dancer (uncredited) 1931-04-17
Movie God's Gift to Women Minor Role (uncredited) 1931-04-13
Movie Let's Do Things Music Store Customer (uncredited) 1931-06-06
Movie Traveling Husbands Hotel Dining Room Guest 1931-08-15
Movie Delicious Larry's Friend 1931-12-27
Movie The Public Defender Country Club Guest 1931-08-01
Movie Blonde Crazy Nightclub Patron (uncredited) 1931-12-03
Movie Working Girls Dance Extra / Lobby Extra 1931-12-12
Movie Le Chemin du Divorce Party Boy 1931-09-25
Movie Left Over Ladies Escort (uncredited) 1931-09-30
Movie She Who Gets Slapped Poker Player 1930-05-15
Movie Lord Byron of Broadway Party-Goer 1930-02-28
Movie What Men Want Party Boy 1930-07-12
Movie The Girl Said No Wedding Guest 1930-03-15
Movie The Truth About Youth Nightclub Patron (uncredited) 1930-11-03
Movie Part Time Wife Golfer (uncredited) 1930-12-27
Movie Going Wild Physical Exam Onlooker 1930-12-21
Movie The Great Divide Ruth's Friend (uncredited) 1929-09-15
Movie Broadway Scandals George Halloway 1929-11-10
Movie Night Parade Party Guest 1929-10-27
Movie The Boy Friend Gordon Elliot 1928-11-10
Movie The Private Life of Helen of Troy Telemachus 1927-12-09
Movie Children of Divorce Party Guest 1927-04-25
Movie The Drop Kick Aggressive Student at Dance 1927-09-25
Movie The Shamrock Handicap Well-Wishing Villager 1926-05-02
Movie The Plastic Age Athlete (uncredited) 1925-12-15
Movie Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited) 1925-12-25