/Vale – James Gammon

Vale – James Gammon

James Gammon - 1940-2010

Just a quick update to the news of another talented actor who has left us this week, and I speak of American character actor James Gammon. His name might not immediately be recognisable, but his face sure is.  Gammon is best known for his work in the Western genre, in films as diverse as Silverado, Wyatt Earp, Cold Mountain and most recently in Appaloosa. He has also appeared in numerous other films, including Major League, Any Which Way You Can, Natural Born Killers, Point Break, The Iron Giant, The Cell and In The Electric Mist.

Gammon also appeared in numerous television series across his career, including Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Waltons, Charlie’s Angels, Murder She Wrote, The Equalizer, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and most recently, Grey’s Anatomy.

Considering the quality of projects he was involved in, you’d think his name might be more recognised!

Gammon passed away this week from a variety of cancers. He was 70.

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Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney’s keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them.

Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman.

As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney’s love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.