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Actor James Gammon, who called Ocala home, dies at 70
The Ocala Star Banner ^ | July 16, 2010 | Dave Schlenker

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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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: actor
Veteran Character Actor Gammon is one of a small number of celebrities that live in Ocala's horse country. The late Baseball owner George Steinbrunner, and Hollywood actors such as John Travolta and Kelly Preston, and Ocala natives Patrick O'Neal and Monte Markham are other celebrities in the area.

"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 Johnson’s father on TV’s “Nash Bridges.” He played Charlie Sheen’s 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 TV’s “Gunsmoke” in 1966, Gammon played a Korean War veteran on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and Steve Strange in the 1980 John Travolta smash “Urban Cowboy.”

1 posted on 07/16/2010 8:11:40 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

No way! Lou Brown was the man!


2 posted on 07/16/2010 8:19:51 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

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


3 posted on 07/16/2010 8:20:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: buccaneer81

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.


4 posted on 07/16/2010 8:21:55 PM PDT by PrinterEagle
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

I saw him in Major Leagues. In that movie he really looked like a baseball manager.


5 posted on 07/16/2010 8:22:44 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (The important thing to remember is that Obama reads newspapers and isn't that whats important?)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

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.


6 posted on 07/16/2010 8:28:44 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Good night. I expect more respect tomorrow - Danny H (RIP))
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Aww... RIP. He was good on “Nash Bridges.”


7 posted on 07/16/2010 8:36:12 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Rest in peace Mr. Gammon.

8 posted on 07/16/2010 8:37:09 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

9 posted on 07/16/2010 8:37:39 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Sure I've heard of grits. I just never actually *seen* a grit before.)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

10 posted on 07/16/2010 8:39:30 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Liberty Valance
LOL, I see we found the same pic.

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.

11 posted on 07/16/2010 8:41:03 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Sure I've heard of grits. I just never actually *seen* a grit before.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

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.


12 posted on 07/16/2010 8:52:20 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (Mike/Chris Wallace: Did you give in? Palin: "HELL NO!" 109 days til the midterms, if they're held..)
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To: buccaneer81

I loved him in that role. RIP James!


13 posted on 07/16/2010 9:00:14 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: buccaneer81

Don’t forget the deputy role in that underrated movie The Milagro Beanfield War


14 posted on 07/16/2010 9:38:54 PM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Remember him as one of King Tut’s minions from the old
BATMAN TV show


15 posted on 07/16/2010 9:46:52 PM PDT by njslim
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

“Well you may run like Hayes...but you hit like s—t.”

I love that movie.


16 posted on 07/16/2010 9:53:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: LRoggy
"Don’t forget the deputy role in that underrated movie The Milagro Beanfield War"

There he is in the credits. That was a great film. Thanks for the reminder.

17 posted on 07/16/2010 10:10:33 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: LRoggy; Liberty Valance
I saw 'The Milagro Beanfield War' at least 3 times.

imdb.com

18 posted on 07/16/2010 10:23:21 PM PDT by Daaave ("I'll hit you so hard they'll arrest you in El Paso for speeding.")
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To: LRoggy

He named his Ocala horse farm ‘Milagro’.


19 posted on 07/16/2010 10:25:42 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Good night. I expect more respect tomorrow - Danny H (RIP))
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To: fieldmarshaldj

He was great as Nash Bridges’s father, who had Alzheimer’s, IIRC.


20 posted on 07/16/2010 10:30:34 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
That guy could sure act.

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.

21 posted on 07/16/2010 10:35:10 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Daaave

There’s a story they tell of “El Brazo” ... the butterflies took it ...
and they’ll never give it back!


22 posted on 07/16/2010 10:37:27 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Rome2000

‘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.


23 posted on 07/16/2010 10:55:57 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Good night. I expect more respect tomorrow - Danny H (RIP))
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Jumping on his hospital bed, to the nurse in Major League II: “Soap opera! Oh yeah! I LOVE this sh*t!!”


24 posted on 07/17/2010 10:15:05 AM PDT by redhead (BP Gulf Blowout Debacle: Obama's CHERNOBYL.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Man who didn't like James Gammon, outside of the Major League movies he was on “Nash Bridges” as Don Johnson's father and a great character actor in a lot of movies.
That guy was the real deal and I will miss him.
I actually do a pretty fair imitation of him
He will be missed.
25 posted on 07/17/2010 10:19:02 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

I always enjoyed Nash Bridges and he was one of my favorite characters on the show......such a great voice and wonderful eyes.....


26 posted on 07/17/2010 11:30:03 AM PDT by Kimmers (Illegal immigration is destroying America, look what it did to the White House)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

One of the best. RIP sir.


27 posted on 07/20/2010 12:56:01 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Obama is Dangerclown The Manchild)
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