RIP: James Gammon (1940-2010)

One of our finest character actors, James Gammon, died last week at the age of 70. Like a poor man’s Sam Elliott or a rich man’s Nick Nolte, the grizzled vet often played whiskey-throated cowboys, ranchers, and alcoholic fathers, as well as starred in a number of Sam Shepard’s Broadway productions, including Buried Child and The Late Henry Moss. Although most filmgoers never knew his name, he had a face you couldn’t forget.

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