Elisha Vanslyck Cook Jr was a renowned actor from the United States. His film and television career spanned over sixty years. He died in 1995 at the age of 91. In 1981, he received the Silver Medallion Award from the Telluride Film Festival.
He starred in a variety of movies, including The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Shane and Henry-Behave. He also appeared in many stage productions.
At the age of 14, he began performing in vaudeville. After a few years, he returned to Broadway where he starred in the play Ah, Wilderness! for two years. From there, he continued to appear in film and television. He was often cast as a sadistic loser or a neurotic slacker. But he also specialized in roles as a mild-mannered villain.
The Maltese Falcon was his most notable performance. As Wilmer, he appeared alongside Humphrey Bogart. He was also the last surviving member of the main cast. Although he was a small man, he was not a weakling. However, he was a baby-faced killer.
He later played the mobster in Laurel and Hardy’s feature A-Haunting We Will Go (1942). He then went on to play the Honolu crime lord “Ice Pick” on Magnum, P.I.. He was also a guest star on Perry Mason.
Cook began his acting career at the age of 14. He appeared in films like Salem’s Lot and the slapstick comedy Phantom Lady. He also did two guest appearances on Perry Mason. While he specialized in playing weak-willed losers, he also starred in a few movies that showed his range.
He played the bum in an episode of The A-Team. In addition to that, he also had a role as a crotchety elderly uncle in an episode of Alf. Eventually, he retired from his career.
Cook’s most memorable performances include a role as an ineffectual sympathetic villain in the 1941 film The Maltese Falcon. This performance helped him earn a spot as one of the most famous actors of all time. With his bug eyes, he became a poster child for ineffectual villains. Throughout his career, he played many memorable characters, but his most memorable role was as Wilmer in The Maltese Falcon.
He was born in San Francisco, California, and raised in Chicago. He was a pharmacist by trade. Later in life, he had an affair with actress Peggy McKenna. They had a daughter together. When he was older, he remarried. It is unclear whether these were romantic relationships.
He became a mainstay in the film business for six decades. Most of his income came from acting. He had a successful career, appearing in a number of memorable films. By the mid-1980s, he had a net worth of about $5 million. Many of his films were directed by Robert Wise and he received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in The Maltese Falcon.
The Maltese Falcon was one of his most important films, but he also acted in several other memorable films. His other notable roles included the musical comedy Pigskin Parade and the romantic juvenile lead in Her Unborn Child.