James Jeffrey “Jim” Griffith

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James Jeffrey “Jim” Griffith

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 17 Sep 1993 (aged 77)
Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 41784168 · View Source
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American character actor, musician and screenwriter. Born in Los Angeles, Griffith aspired to be a musician rather than an actor. Instead, he managed to find work in little theatres around Los Angeles, where the budding musician eased into a duel career of acting. He found success in the production They Can't Get You Down in 1939, but put his career on-hold during World War II to serve with the U.S. military. Following the war, Griffith switched from the stage to films when he appeared in the 1948 film noir picture Black Ice. From then on, he enjoyed a lengthy career of supporting and bit roles (sometimes uncredited) in westerns and detective films. Though Griffith was generally cast as the outlaw in Western pictures, he managed to garner a few memorable "good guy" roles over his many years in Hollywood – Abraham Lincoln in both 1950's Stage to Tucson and 1955's Apache Ambush, sheriff Pat Garrett in 1954's The Law vs. Billy the Kid, John Wesley Hardin in a 1959 television episode of Maverick entitled "Duel at Sundown" featuring Clint Eastwood, and Davy Crockett in 1956's The First Texan. Griffith also made more than 70 guest appearances on television shows like The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Dragnet and Little House on the Prairie. He also had recurring roles in two 1950's T.V. series; Robert Culp's Trackdown and Sheriff of Cochise starring John Bromfield.

Throughout his acting career, Griffith continued to practice his original love of music, performing in Spike Jones' band and composing music for the 1958 film Bullwhip and the 1964 film Lorna (in which he also had a role and served as screenwriter). Griffith made his last onscreen appearance in a 1982 episode of Dallas.

Griffith died of cancer in Avila Beach, California on September 17, 1993.

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James Griffith (1916-1993) [Red Skies of Montana (1952); Heaven with a Gun (1969)] American character actor, musician and screenwriter. Born in Los Angeles, Griffith aspired to be a musician rather than an actor. Instead, he managed to find work in little theatres around Los Angeles, where the budding musician eased into a duel career of acting. He found success in the production They Can't Get You Down in 1939, but put his career on-hold during World War II to serve with the U.S. military. Following the war, Griffith switched from the stage to films when he appeared in the 1948 film noir picture Black Ice. From then on he enjoyed a lengthy -- albeit sometimes uncredited -- career of supporting and bit roles in westerns and detective films.


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  • Created by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
  • Added: 9 Sep 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 41784168
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Jeffrey “Jim” Griffith (13 Feb 1916–17 Sep 1993), Find a Grave Memorial no. 41784168, ; Maintained by Douglas Kirk Sorensen (contributor 46956932) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.