James Gammon

James Gammon (born April 20, 1940) is an American actor. A character actor recognizable for his gruff appearance and gravely voice, he is known for playing grizzled "good ol' boy" types in numerous movies and television shows. He is probably best known for his characters "Coach Lou Brown" in the Major League movies, and "Nick Bridges", the father of Don Johnson's title character in the television series Nash Bridges. He has appeared in the films Cool Hand Luke (1967), Urban Cowboy (1980), Silverado (1985), The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), Major League (1989), The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993), Major League II (1994), Wyatt Earp (1994), Wild Bill (1995), Cold Mountain (2003) and in the TV movie Noon Wine (1985). He recently portrayed a Korean War veteran on the hit ABC series Grey's Anatomy. He also played Charles Goodnight in the noted western miniseries, Streets of Laredo. Though Gammon played the father of Don Johnson's title character in the television show Nash Bridges, they are but a few years difference in their ages.

Gammon was born in Newman, Illinois, the son of Doris Latimer (née Toppe) and Donald Gammon, a musician.


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