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Elisha Cook – MovieActors.com

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Cook in THE BIG SLEEP.

About Elisha Cook (1903 – 1995)

Elisha Vanslyck Cook Jr. was born on December 26th, 1903, in San Francisco, California.

Elisha Cook attended St. Albans College and the Chicago Academy of Dramatic Art. Elisha Cook made his stage debut at 14 years of age working in vaudeville, stock companies and Broadway. Elisha Cookwas an assistant stage manager at age 17. Elisha Cook moved to Hollywood in 1936 to break into the movies, and never looked back.

Elisha Cook is famous for playing small-time gangsters as a small man with a heavy acting personality. His film nick name was "Hollywood's Lightest Heavy."

He was married to Mary Lou Cook from 1929 until their divorce in 1942. Elisha Cook was married to Peggy McKenna from 1943 until his death in 1995.

Cook's best-known roles were that of Wilmer in THE MALTESE FALCON ;(1941) and a hapless would-be tough guy in THE BIG SLEEP; (1946).

Elisha Cook enlisted into the Army in 1942.

Elisha Cook's last film role was in HARRY'S WAR; (1981). Cook then focused entirely on television work; TV series and TV movies, making a fine living.

From 1986-1988, Elisha Cook was on Magnum P.I, in a reoccurring role, which was his last TV series. In 1990, Cook suffered a stroke and was unable to speak, ending his long acting career.

At age 91, Elisha Cook was the last surviving member of the FALCON cast. He died on May 18th, 1995.

Elisha Cook's notable movie credits include...

TREASURE: IN SEARCH OF THE GOLDEN HORSE (1984)
HAMMETT (1992)
NATIONAL LAMPOON GOES TO THE MOVIES (1982)
HARRY'S WAR (1981)
CARNY (1980)
TOM HORN (1980)
1941 (1979)
ELECTRIC GLIDE IN BLUE (1973)
ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)
SHANE (1953)
PHANTOM LADY (1944)
SERGEANT YORK (1941) (uncredited)
I WAKE UP SCREAMING (1941)

THEY WON'T FORGET (1937)

Elisha Cook's television credits include...

GUNSMOKE
THE WILD WILD WEST
PERRY MASON
BONANZA
NIGHT STALKER
SIMON AND SIMON
BARETTA
MAGNUM P.I.


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Elisha Cook in THE BIG SLEEP.

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Elisha Cook in THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) .

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Elisha Cook in I WAKE UP SCREAMING (1941).

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Elisha Cook in STAR TREK (The Original Series).

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Cook in THE KILLING (1956).