Cockeyed Character Actor Jack Elam Dead at 84

Everyone knows this guy. Credits include Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter as James Garner’s cowardly sidekick. He was also in Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West and did a short-lived TV series The Texas Wheelers that was better known as an early vehicle for Gary Busey and Mark Hamill.

I love Support your Local Sheriff. That was a great movie.

I’ll always remember him as the drugged-up proctologist who accompanied Burt Reynolds and Dom Delouise in their fake ambulance/race vehicle in The Cannonball Run. I loved the way he was always smelling his finger! Cracked me up!

(what? I was only ten years old!)