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James Ellison (May 4, 1910 - December 23, 1993) was an actor, born James Ellison Smith in Guthrie Center, Iowa, son of Edward James Smith and Ona Mary Ellis.

Ellison appeared in nearly seventy films between 1932 and 1962.

Ellison worked for a time in a film laboratory and while there was offered a screen test. He developed it himself and when he saw it, decided it was not satisfactory so he would not show it to the director. But he saw it anyway and Ellison got a contract.

Despite his rugged good looks and height of 6 feet 3 inches, Ellison's limited range and somewhat wooden screen presence kept him from the first (or even second) ranks of stardom. He spent much of his career in Westerns, including a stint in the mid-thirties as the sidekick of Hopalong Cassidy in Paramount's successful series. In 1938, he played a charming, romantic character opposite 26 year old Lucille Ball in the comedy, "Next Time I Marry", a film where Ball had her first top billing on screen credits. Before that, in 1936, he played his highest-profile role, as Buffalo Bill in Cecil B. DeMille's The Plainsman, which also starred Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur.

Despite that film's success, Ellison spent most of the remainder of his career shuttling between cowboy pictures and more varied roles, primarily in B movies with titles like Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case and The Undying Monster. He had a supporting role in 1941's Charley's Aunt (which starred Jack Benny) and played the romantic lead in 1943's The Gang's All Here, a Twentieth Century Fox musical in which he seemed somewhat lost among the vivid antics of Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood, and Edward Everett Horton (and was the only principal not to sing a note). He also co-starred with Tom Conway and Frances Dee in Val Lewton's production of I Walked with a Zombie, directed by Jacques Tourneur.

Ellison landed another romantic lead role as 'Jerry Gibson' in the musical film Lady, Let's Dance (1944) which starred ice skating sensation 'Belita'.

In the early 1950s, Ellison moved from acting to real estate. Joining fellow veteran Jackie Coogan, Ellison returned to the screen only once to play Axel 'Longhorn' Gates in a picture called When the Girls Take Over (1962).

James Ellison died at age 83 in Monterey, California after suffering a broken neck as the result of a fall.

Description above from the Wikipedia article James Ellison (actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

James Ellison (May 4, 1910 - December 23, 1993) was an actor, born James Ellison Smith in Guthrie Center, Iowa, son of Edward James Smith and Ona Mary Ellis.

Ellison appeared in nearly seventy films between 1932 and 1962.

Ellison worked for a time in a film laboratory and while there was offered a screen test. He developed it himself and when he saw it, decided it was not satisfactory so he would not show it to the director. But he saw it anyway and Ellison got a contract.

Despite his rugged good looks and height of 6 feet 3 inches, Ellison's limited range and somewhat wooden screen presence kept him from the first (or even second) ranks of stardom. He spent much of his career in Westerns, including a stint in the mid-thirties as the sidekick of Hopalong Cassidy in Paramount's successful series. In 1938, he played a charming, romantic character opposite 26 year old Lucille Ball in the comedy, "Next Time I Marry", a film where Ball had her first top billing on screen credits. Before that, in 1936, he played his highest-profile role, as Buffalo Bill in Cecil B. DeMille's The Plainsman, which also starred Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur.

Despite that film's success, Ellison spent most of the remainder of his career shuttling between cowboy pictures and more varied roles, primarily in B movies with titles like Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case and The Undying Monster. He had a supporting role in 1941's Charley's Aunt (which starred Jack Benny) and played the romantic lead in 1943's The Gang's All Here, a Twentieth Century Fox musical in which he seemed somewhat lost among the vivid antics of Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood, and Edward Everett Horton (and was the only principal not to sing a note). He also co-starred with Tom Conway and Frances Dee in Val Lewton's production of I Walked with a Zombie, directed by Jacques Tourneur.

Ellison landed another romantic lead role as 'Jerry Gibson' in the musical film Lady, Let's Dance (1944) which starred ice skating sensation 'Belita'.

In the early 1950s, Ellison moved from acting to real estate. Joining fellow veteran Jackie Coogan, Ellison returned to the screen only once to play Axel 'Longhorn' Gates in a picture called When the Girls Take Over (1962).

James Ellison died at age 83 in Monterey, California after suffering a broken neck as the result of a fall.

Description above from the Wikipedia article James Ellison (actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 63

Birthday 1910-05-04

Day of Death 1993-12-23

Place of Birth Guthrie Center, Iowa, USA

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Also Known As

  • Jimmie 'Shamrock' Ellison
  • Jimmie Ellison
  • Jimmy 'Shamrock' Ellison
  • Jimmy Ellison

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1962 When the Girls Take Over as Alex 'Longhorn' Gates (as Jimmy Ellison)
1952 Dead Man's Trail as Dan Winslow (as Jimmie Ellison)
1952 Man from the Black Hills as Jim Fallon (as Jimmy Ellison)
1952 Texas City as Jim Kirby (as Jimmy Ellison)
1951 Texas Lawmen as Sheriff Tod Merrick (as Jimmy Ellison)
1951 Whistling Hills as Sheriff Dave Holland (as Jimmy Ellison)
1951 Oklahoma Justice as Clancy
1951 Kentucky Jubilee as Jeff Benson
1950 The Texan Meets Calamity Jane as Gordon Hastings
1950 I Killed Geronimo as Capt. Jeff Packard
1950 Fast on the Draw as Shamrock Ellison
1950 Crooked River as Jimmy "Shamrock" Ellison
1950 West of the Brazos as James Everett Parkington 'Shamrock' Ellison (as Jimmie 'Shamrock' Ellison)
1950 Colorado Ranger as Shamrock Kid
1950 Marshal of Heldorado as James Shamrock Ellison (as Jimmie 'Shamrock' Ellison)
1950 Hostile Country as Shamrock Ellison (as Jimmie 'Shamrock' Ellison)
1948 Last of the Wild Horses as Duke Barnum
1947 The Ghost Goes Wild as Monte Crandall
1947 Calendar Girl as Steve Adams
1945 Hollywood and Vine as Larry Winters
1944 Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore as Mike Burke
1944 Lady, Let's Dance as Jerry Gibson
1943 The Gang's All Here as Andy Mason
1943 Best Foot Forward as Cadet
1943 I Walked with a Zombie as Wesley Rand
1943 Dixie Dugan as Roger Hudson
1942 Army Surgeon as Capt. James Mason
1942 The Undying Monster as Robert Curtis
1942 That Other Woman as Henry Summers
1942 Careful, Soft Shoulders as Thomas Aldrich
1941 Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case as P. Cadwallader Jones
1941 Ice-Capades as Bob Clemens
1941 Charley's Aunt as Jack Chesney
1941 They Met In Argentina as Tim Kelly
1941 Play Girl as Thomas Elwood Dice
1940 Anne of Windy Poplars as Tony Pringle
1940 You Can't Fool Your Wife as Andrew Hinklin
1939 5th Ave Girl as Mike
1939 Hotel for Women as Jeff Buchanan
1939 Sorority House as Bill Loomis
1939 Zenobia as Jeff Carter
1939 Almost a Gentleman as Dan Preston
1938 Next Time I Marry as Anthony J. Anthony
1938 Vivacious Lady as Keith Morgan
1938 Mother Carey's Chickens as Ralph Thurston
1937 Annapolis Salute as Bill Martin
1937 23 1/2 Hours Leave as Sgt. Robert Gray
1937 Borderland as Johnny Nelson
1936 Trail Dust as Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
1936 The Plainsman as William "Buffalo Bill" Cody
1936 Three on the Trail as Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
1936 Call of the Prairie as Johnny Nelson
1936 Heart of the West as Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
1936 The Leathernecks Have Landed as Mac MacDonald (as Jimmy Ellison)
1935 Hitch Hike Lady as Jimmy Peyton
1935 Bar 20 Rides Again as Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
1935 The Eagle's Brood as Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
1935 Hop-a-long Cassidy as Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
1935 Reckless as Dale Every
1935 The Winning Ticket as Jimmy
1935 Buried Loot as Detective
1932 The Famous Ferguson Case as Reporter Lane (uncredited)
1932 Play Girl as Elmer

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