ELLIOTT, Wild Bill


ELLIOTT, Wild Bill
(1903–1965)
   Born Gordon Nance in Missouri, Bill Elliott was associated with the character of Wild Bill Hickok for most of his career, playing the role in a 15-chapter serial, a feature film, and a series of budget films for Columbia with costar Tex Ritter. Elliott’s Hickok character had the reputation of being a level head with the fastest gun, and his very name spread fear among the lawless. His trademark line was “I am a peaceable man” and his horse was Sonny. After his film career, Elliott became a spokesman for Viceroy cigarettes. He died of lung cancer in 1965.

Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Cinema. . 2012.

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