Tuesday, June 2, 2015

An American Guest – Elliot Sullivan…Day 153 of Bond 365

Elliott in The Man with Two Lives (1942)
Elliott Sullivan
Passed away this day in 1974
American Guest in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Elliott Sullivan was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1907 and at some point before heading west to Hollywood in 1937, Sullivan developed and honed his acting skills on the New York stage. Looking through his filmography of over 120 acting credits, Sullivan was quite often cast as characters that were hardened by crime or by military. Many of his appearances were in film, but he did work on some television shows as well.

According to a New York Times biography, Sullivan was one of many individuals blacklisted from Hollywood during the 1950s and as a result, he moved to England where he worked as a dialogue coach. After a nine-year hiatus (1958 – 1967), Sullivan started making a comeback.  Besides being cast in OHMSS (1969), Sullivan worked alongside Rod Steiger and John Phillip Law in The Sergeant (1968), on Anne of Green Gables (1972) as Matthew Cuthbert, in the sexy Vampyres (1974) as an American Man, and with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in The Great Gatsby (1974).

Sullivan passed away of a fatal heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 66.

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