Bill Elliott

Biography

Date of Birth 16 October 1904 , Pattonsburg, Missouri, USA Date of Death 26 November 1965 , Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (cancer) Birth Name Gordon Nance Mini Bio Born Gordon Nance in 1904 on a farm in Pattonsburg, Missouri -- a small town about 60 miles northeast of Kansas City -- the future "Wild Bill Elliott" grew up around horses. His father was a commissioner at the Kansas City Stockyards. and at age 16 Elliott won a first-place ribbon in that city's annual "American Royal Horse and Livestock Show." After a move to California, he appeared in a few productions at the Pasadena PLayhouse, where he was spotted by a talent scout. He made his first movie in 1925. A steady stream of movies followed, first silents and then talkies, in which he played too great a variety of roles to be "typed." In many of these movies he was billed as "Gordon Elliott." In 1938, however, Columbia cast him as the lead in its 15-chapter serial, The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1938), and Elliott's identification with westerns began. He even began to adopt the names "Bill" or "Wild Bill." He also became famous for using the line, "I'm a peaceable man ... " (which was inevitably followed by an outburst of violence). Elliott reached his peak of popularity at Columbia when he was teamed with Tex Ritter for a series of films. In 1943 he left Columbia for Republic, where his westerns had somewhat larger budgets. This was followed by a move to Monogram (later Allied Artists) in 1951. He was now back in low-budget B-westerns, the last one appearing in 1954. There followed six other B pictures in which he played a Los Angeles police detective. He filmed "pilots" for two potential TV series, "Marshal of Trail City" and "Parson of the West," but neither of them sold. His film career over, Elliott settled in Las Vegas where he hosted a weekly TV show in which he interviewed guests and showed some of his old movies. He also became a pitchman for a cigarette company. In 1961 his 34-year marriage to Helen Josephine Meyer ended and he took Dolly Moore as his second wife. He died of lung cancer in 1965 and is buried in Las Vegas at Palm Memorial Park. Spouse Dolly Moore (1961 - 26 November 1965) (his death) Helen Josephine Meyer (1927 - 1961) (divorced) Trivia Pitchman for Viceroy cigarettes during the detective series The Lineup (1954). Elliott's first horse was called "Sonny" (although several different horses were actually used), and later in his career he had another horse called Dice. During the making of his Red Ryder series his horse was called Thunder. When Allan Lane took over the series, he kept Elliot's horse. In the mid-'50s he did a TV pilot for a proposed western series called "Marshal of Trail City" and another one for another series to be called "Parson of the West", in which he would play a frontier minister. Neither one was picked up. Salary Bells of Rosarita (1945) $2,000

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Hellfire

Zeb Smith (as William Elliott)

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Plainsman and the Lady

Sam Colton (as William Elliott)

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The Last Bandit

Frank Norris / Frank Plummer (as William Elliott)

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Waco

Matt Boone (as Wild Bill Elliott)

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Marshal of Reno

Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott)

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In Old Sacramento

Johnny Barrett / Spanish Jack (as William Elliott)

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Old Los Angeles

Bill Stockton (as William Elliott)

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California Gold Rush

Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott)

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Wild Bill Elliott: Der Mann von Topeka

Jim Levering (as Wild Bill Elliott)

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Wagon Wheels Westward

Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott)

Starring In
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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

(archive footage)

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Wild Bill Elliott: Der Mann von Topeka

Jim Levering (as Wild Bill Elliott)

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Waco

Matt Boone (as Wild Bill Elliott)

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Hellfire

Zeb Smith (as William Elliott)

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The Last Bandit

Frank Norris / Frank Plummer (as William Elliott)

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Old Los Angeles

Bill Stockton (as William Elliott)

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The Fabulous Texan

Jim McWade (as William Elliott)

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In Old Sacramento

Johnny Barrett / Spanish Jack (as William Elliott)

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Plainsman and the Lady

Sam Colton (as William Elliott)

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California Gold Rush

Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott)

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Wagon Wheels Westward

Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott)

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Marshal of Reno

Red Ryder (as Wild Bill Elliott)

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Hands Across the Rockies

Wild Bill Hickok

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Roaring Frontiers

Wild Bill Hickok

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The Roaring Twenties

Bootlegger (uncredited)

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The Devil's Party

James Brewster (uncredited)

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The Lady in the Morgue

Chauncey Courtland (as Gordon Elliott)

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Damernes Ven

Backgammon Man (uncredited)

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La Rivincita di Tarzan

Riverboat Captain (uncredited)

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Guns of the Pecos

Wellman (as Gordon Elliott)

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Boy of the Streets

Dr. Allan

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You Can't Have Everything

Lulu's Bathing Companion (uncredited)

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Bullets or Ballots

Hunter (bank worker) (uncredited)

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El chico Cantor

Announcer (scenes deleted) (as Gordon Elliott)

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Trailin' West

Jefferson Duane (as Gordon Elliott)

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Ceiling Zero

Transportation Agent (as Gordon Elliott)

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The Murder of Dr. Harrigan

Kenneth Martin (as Gordon Elliott)

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The Walking Dead

1st (American) Radio Announcer (uncredited)

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The Story of Louis Pasteur

Reporter (uncredited)

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The Goose and the Gander

Teddy (as Gordon Elliott)

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El casino de París

Jackson's Secretary / Dorothy's Dance Partner (uncredited)

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Devil Dogs of the Air

Instructor (uncredited)

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The Girl from 10th Avenue

James (as Gordon Elliott)

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Man of Iron

Charlie Fagan (as Gordon Elliott)

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Bright Lights

Backstage Actor (uncredited)

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Gold Diggers of 1935

Martin, the Clerk (as Gordon Elliott)

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Reckless

Minor Role (uncredited)

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The Case of the Howling Dog

Reporter in Courtroom (uncredited)

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I Am a Thief

Auctioneer's Assistant (uncredited)

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Eine Nacht in Paris

Norman - Man Flirting with Pansy (uncredited)

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The Firebird

Gigolo (uncredited)

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Here Comes the Navy

USS Arizona Officer (uncredited)

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Hollywood Party

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Housewife

Clerk (uncredited)

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Registered Nurse

Male Nurse (as Gordon Elliott)

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The Masquerader

Party Guest (uncredited)

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Cocktail Hour

Party Guest (uncredited)

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Gold Diggers of 1933

Chorus Boy (uncredited)

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The Little Giant

Guest at Polly's Party (uncredited)

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Private Detective 62

Extra at Roulette Table (uncredited)

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Dancing Lady

Cafe Extra (uncredited)

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The Keyhole

Partygoer (uncredited)

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Midnight Mary

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The Mummy

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Night After Night

Escort (uncredited)

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Jewel Robbery

Policeman Following Blonde (uncredited)

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Week-End Marriage

Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)

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The Rich Are Always with Us

Gambler (uncredited)

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Scarface

Man Outside Theatre (uncredited)

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One Hour With You

Dance Extra (uncredited)

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Forbidden

Reporter (uncredited)

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Lady with a Past

Alex Brown (uncredited)

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Merrily We Go to Hell

Party Guest (uncredited)

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The Greeks Had a Word for Them

Wedding Guest (uncredited)

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What a Bozo!

Diner (uncredited)

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Palmy Days

Party Guest (uncredited)

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Party Husband

Wedding Party Guest (uncredited)

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Let's Do Things

Music Store Customer (uncredited)

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Convicted

Shipboard Passenger (uncredited)

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Blonde Crazy

Nightclub Patron under Title Credits (uncredited)

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Les Carrefours de la Ville

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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Smart Woman

Reporter on Ship (uncredited)

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Born to Love

Dancing Doughboy (uncredited)

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Catch-As Catch-Can

Music Store Customer (uncredited)

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Consolation Marriage

Dog Show Attendee (uncredited)

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El Defensor Público

Country Club Guest (uncredited)

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Reaching for the Moon

Ship's Party Guest (uncredited)

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Girl Shock

Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

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Fast Work

Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

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The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu

Wedding Guest (uncredited)

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The Girl Said No

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The Cuckoos

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Going Wild

Physical Exam Onlooker (uncredited)

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Childern of Divorce

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The Drop Kick

Aggressive Student at Dance (uncredited)

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