Skip to comments.Actor James Gammon, who called Ocala home, dies at 70
Posted on 07/16/2010 8:11:34 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla
James Gammon, the gravelly voiced Hollywood actor who owned a thoroughbred farm in Marion County, died Friday morning at age 70.
Gammon died in Costa Mesa, Calif., where he and his wife, Nancy, lived part-time with one of their daughters and her family. Nancy said he had been diagnosed with cancer several years ago, but they thought he had beat it. Then, about a month ago, he ended up in the hospital where they found cancer in his adrenal gland and liver.
At his age, surgery and chemo were out of the question, she said. He chose to come home and be with his family.
The Gammon family considers Marion County their permanent home, moving here in 1988 from Los Angeles. They moved after attending James class reunion at Boone High School in Orlando, where old friend Lair Glaudell urged them to take a look at a nine-acre horse farm in Marion County.
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"With his weathered face and signature voice, Gammon was a scene stealer who often played second fiddle to A-list stars on film and TV. He played Don Johnsons father on TVs Nash Bridges. He played Charlie Sheens coach in Major League. He played pioneer Esco Swanger in Cold Mountain, which earned Renée Zellweger a Best Actress Oscar in 2004.
Among a long list of credits dating back to TVs Gunsmoke in 1966, Gammon played a Korean War veteran on ABCs Greys Anatomy and Steve Strange in the 1980 John Travolta smash Urban Cowboy.
No way! Lou Brown was the man!
I always enjoyed his acting. He had an easy-going way about him.
His first screen work was Cool Hand Luke playing the role Sleepy.
RIP James Gammon
Charlie Donovan: This is your chance to manage in the big leagues.
Lou Brown: Let me get back to you, will ya, Charlie? I got a guy on the other line asking about some white walls.
I saw him in Major Leagues. In that movie he really looked like a baseball manager.
I know I have seen him, but do not recall his performances. Ocala has lost two of its celebrities in one week, and we can’t spare them. He did a staged reading of King Lear, in costume, in the local theater group where I performed decades ago.
Aww... RIP. He was good on “Nash Bridges.”
Rest in peace Mr. Gammon.
Loved him in Silverado:
Mind? You bring a posse to my best hideout and you ask me if I mind? Mister, I don't know any of those names. You're about to die.
Sad because of the occasion to remember the quote, but the first exchange that came to mind was in MLII, when whatshisname sold the team back to whatshername, and Lou was trying to psych up the team.
Lou: “Come on, now...you guys won last year, just to spite her!”
Taylor: “Aw, come on, Skip, that was last year’s team.”
Lou: (angry) “Taylor! You’re not here to make excuses. THAT’S ALL YOU GUYS DO GOOD! It’s either a ‘LEG thing’ (looking at Hays) or a ‘SPIRITUAL thing’ (looks at Cerrano)...or a ‘PSYCHOLOGICAL thing’(looks at Vaughn)...(weakly) or a HEART ATTACK!”
Taylor: “Who used ‘heart attack’?”
Lou: “Me.” (passes out)
Rest in peace, Skip.
I loved him in that role. RIP James!
Don’t forget the deputy role in that underrated movie The Milagro Beanfield War
Remember him as one of King Tut’s minions from the old
BATMAN TV show
“Well you may run like Hayes...but you hit like s—t.”
I love that movie.
There he is in the credits. That was a great film. Thanks for the reminder.
He named his Ocala horse farm ‘Milagro’.
He was great as Nash Bridges’s father, who had Alzheimer’s, IIRC.
Just the other day I was thinking of him and how he played off Wesley Snipes, who's "Willie Mays Hayes" roll was among the finest performances I have ever seen.
Good job Mr. Gammon, well done.
There’s a story they tell of “El Brazo” ... the butterflies took it ...
and they’ll never give it back!
‘how he played off Wesley Snipes’
It appear Snipes is also a sometime Ocala celebrity. Unfortunately he keeps getting picked up by the sheriff on drug charges. A few years ago he was drying out at a local rehab center and got busted in the center. He was just convicted on a tax evasion charge (he followed some tax avoidance guru and was proclaiming that he didn’t owe any taxes. He got three years on misdemeanor tax evasion charges. The story is on the Star Banner’s front page, right under the Gammon story. Rather ironical, it seems to ne.
Jumping on his hospital bed, to the nurse in Major League II: “Soap opera! Oh yeah! I LOVE this sh*t!!”
I always enjoyed Nash Bridges and he was one of my favorite characters on the show......such a great voice and wonderful eyes.....
One of the best. RIP sir.
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