~Bill Elliott~

Born: October 16, 1904 in Pattonsburg, Missouri, USA
Died: November 26, 1965 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
~Bill Elliott in "Beyond London Lights," 1928~
Western star "Wild Bill" Elliott was plain Gordon Elliott when he launched his
stage career at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1928. Under his given name, he
began appearing in dress-extra film roles around the same time. While he had
learned to ride horses as a youth and had won several rodeo trophies, movie
producers were more interested in utilizing Elliot's athletic skills in dancing
sequences, in which the still-unbilled actor showed up in tux and tails.
Beginning in 1934, Elliot's film roles increased in size; he also started getting
work in westerns, albeit in secondary villain roles.

In 1938, Elliot was selected to play the lead in the Columbia serial "The Great
Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok," in which he made so positive an impression
that he would be billed as "Wild Bill" Elliott for the remainder of his cowboy
career, even when his character name wasn't Bill. Elliott's western series for
Columbia, which ran from 1938 through 1942, was among the studio's most
profitable enterprises. Fans were primed to expect an all-out orgy of fisticuffs
and gunplay whenever Elliott would face down the bad guy by muttering,
"I'm a peaceable man, but..." Elliott moved to Republic in 1943, where he
continued turning out first-rate westerns, including several in which he
portrayed famed fictional do-gooder Red Ryder.

In 1945, Elliott began producing his own films, developing a tougher, more
jaded characterization than before. A longtime admirer of silent star William
S. Hart, Elliott successfully emulated his idol in a string of "good badman"
roles. The actor's final western series was a group of 11 above-average
actioners for Monogram in the early 1950s, in which Elliott did his best to
destroy the standard cowboy cliches and unrealistic Boy Scout behavior
symptomatic of the Roy Rogers/Gene Autry school. During his last days at
Monogram (which by the mid-1950s had metamorphosed into United
Artists), Elliott appeared in modern dress, often cast as hard-bitten private
eyes. In 1957, Bill Elliott retired to his huge ranch near Las Vegas, Nevada,
where he spent his time collecting western souvenirs and indulging his
ongoing hobby of geology.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
Broadway Scandals (1929) (as Gordon Elliott) .... George Halloway
The Great Divide (1929) (as Gordon Elliott) .... Ruth's Friend
Restless Youth (1928/I) (as Gordon Elliott) .... George Baxter
... aka Wayward Youth (UK)
The Boy Friend (1928/I) (as Gordon Elliott)
Passion Song (1928) (as Gordon Elliott) .... Keith Brooke
Beyond London Lights (1928) (as Gordon Elliott) .... Colin Drummond ... Movie Still Code: BLL-6-X
The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) .... Telemachus  
... aka Helen of Troy (USA)
The Arizona Wildcat (1927) (as Gordon Elliott) .... Roy Schyler
The Drop Kick (1927) (uncredited) .... Aggressive Student at Dance  
... aka Glitter (UK)
On Ze Boulevard (1927) (uncredited) .... Diner at Race Track
Children of Divorce (1927) (uncredited) .... Party Guest
The Shamrock Handicap (1926) (uncredited) .... Well-Wishing Villager
... aka 1732
The Plastic Age (1925) (uncredited) .... Athlete