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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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.