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Sat Apr 15, 2017, 10:26 PM

 

Prolific actor Clifton James Dead at 96

http://www.bdtonline.com/news/entertainment/clifton-james-sheriff-in-james-bond-films-dies-at/article_6269361b-89f9-593e-b696-71abaa7c62eb.html

Clifton James, best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died. He was 96.

His daughter, Lynn James, said he died Saturday at another daughter's home in Gladstone, Oregon, due to complications from diabetes.

"He was the most outgoing person, beloved by everybody," Lynn James said. "I don't think the man had an enemy. We were incredibly blessed to have had him in our lives."

James often played a convincing southerner but loved working on the stage in New York during the prime of his career.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifton_James

Cross gently, Mr James!

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Reply Prolific actor Clifton James Dead at 96 (Original post)
Cooley Hurd Apr 2017 OP
BootinUp Apr 2017 #1
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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Apr 15, 2017, 10:43 PM

1. I'll never tire of his performances in

Those 007 movies. RIP Clifton.

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Response to BootinUp (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 15, 2017, 10:46 PM

2. "Secret agent?" "On who's side?"

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Apr 16, 2017, 12:53 AM

3. I read the article- He sounds like a hell of a guy with a long and splendid story behind him.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Apr 16, 2017, 06:49 AM

4. He was Carl the floor walker

in Cool Hand Luke and the DA in The Untouchables.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Apr 16, 2017, 10:15 AM

5. My favorite Clifton James role

was "DJ Rankin" in "...Tick...Tick...Tick..."

A somewhat overlooked 1970 movie about racial tensions in a southern county that has elected its first black sheriff (Jimmy Price played by Jim Brown). Growing up in Alabama in the 1960's, I recognized Clifton's character in many of the people I knew - conflicted between prejudice and personal decency. For many, prejudice usually won out. But a few, like DJ Rankin, rose above it.

George Kennedy turned in a great performance as the former sheriff.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065360/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_68


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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Apr 16, 2017, 10:30 AM

6. I hadn't known he was from Washington State.

Cool.

His Southern accent was very convincing. Which is why he got cast in so many hayseed roles, I'm sure...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Apr 16, 2017, 10:43 AM

7. He was in "Lone Star".

One of my favorite flicks. RIP

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