'Major League' actor James Gammon dies at 70

Gruff-voiced character actor James Gammon, perhaps best known as Cleveland Indians manager Lou Brown in the 1989 big-screen comedy Major League, died Friday in Costa Mesa, Calif., after a battle with cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 70 years old. The Illinois native boasted a lengthy Hollywood resume, with film credits including Urban Cowboy, The Milagro Beanfield War, Ironweed, Silverado, Major League II, and Cold Mountain. He played the father of Don Johnson’s character on Nash Bridges from 1996 to 2001, and guest-starred on TV shows such as GunsmokeThe Waltons, Charlie’s Angels, Homefront, and Grey’s Anatomy. Gammon also made his mark on the stage, starring in a host of Sam Shepard plays and co-founding the MET Theater in Los Angeles; he earned a Tony nomination for his role in a 1996 Broadway production of Shepard’s Buried Child.

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  • B

    I’m sad to hear this. I always enjoyed seeing him, primarily in Nash Bridges and Major League, but other work, too; he always had such a distinctive presence. RIP Mr. Gammon.

    • Lucy

      it would have been nice to see a picture of him

      • Adwina Lambert

        true!! tee-hee!

      • Louis Duffey

        You can see his picture at Wikipedia.com

      • mangagirl

        I agree, why not show a pic, there should be no need to go to Wiki.

      • Big Walt

        EW is a bunch of lollygaggers.

      • Politburo

        Pictures cost money. EW making you google is free.

  • sam

    One of the best character actors out there. He always did great work and I will miss seeing him in new roles.

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  • Chief Wahoo

    “I’m too old to go divin’ into lockers!” I will miss you, Mr. Gammon.

    • Jack

      “I think you can go get him now…”

      Classic. RIP, Lou

  • Eric

    R.I.P. Lou!!!!

  • Cris

    Lou Brown was one of the most iconic sports movie characters of all time.
    “Forget about the curve ball Ricky, give him the heater.”

    • NoChance

      That was a great line, Cris. I LOVED “Major League” – the un-edited version (the “edited for TV” version just doesn’t cut it). Really liked him as Uncle Bob in “Urban Cowboy” too.

      • MsDaisy

        Except Barry Corbin was Uncle Bob.

      • Lurch

        He wasnt uncle Bob, he was the anouncer during the bull riding at the end…

      • Mike

        The character he played in “Urban Cowboy” was named Steve Strange. In addition to being the announcer for the final bullriding competition at the end, he was the guy who introduced Travolta to the two floozies he bedded the first time he visited Gilley’s.


        He did not play Uncle Bob on Urban Cowboy, he worked at Gilley’s bar running the bull.

    • comixchick

      “You may run like Mays, but you hit like s***.” Classic.

    • sam

      He was one of the cowboys at the bar.

  • KevinG

    He was great in Major League and also in Silverado as the leader of the outlaws. Saw him recently in Ed Harris’ Apaloosa and thought he looked frail. Rest In Peace sir.

    • MMCL

      Mr. Gammon wasn’t the leader of the outlaws in Silverado, that was Brian Dennehy. RIP Mr. Gammon.

      • Gregg

        You’re both right. Gammon was the leader of the outlaws who stole the money from the homesteaders – “I think there’s only a couple of guys up there, and this a**hole’s one of ‘em”. Dennehy was the crooked sheriff.

  • brett

    only problem is i didnt cut you.i think someones been having some fun witj you

  • Zebediah

    I liked him in just about every movie I saw him in – the first was “Silverado”, his best was “Silver City.”

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  • Sliver

    Sad news. Gammon also had a nice supporting role in “Traveller,” working with Bill Paxton and Mark Wahlberg.

  • meghan

    One of the truly great character actors. Mr. Gammon, you will be missed!

  • Jed

    Good man and a sad loss for the industry.

  • Alex

    I didnt know alot of his work, but from what I did see of him I really liked. He was always great.

  • gill

    i saw him in something fairly recently and he didn’t look good, in fact i almost didn’t recognize him-Nash Bridges wasn’t the best but I really enjoyed he and Don Johnson together. Sad to hear.

  • Chris

    Come on Dorn, get in front of the damn ball – don’t give me this olay bull**** !!

    • yankee cowboy

      That’s “olé”, not “olay”.

    • Denny

      Forget abouth the curveball Ricky. Give ‘em the Heater!

  • Chris

    Every time I see you play one off the hip, you owe me forty sit-ups.

    • Stephanie T.

      It was fifty push-ups.

      • Paul

        Actually, Dorn had to do 40 situps whenever he didnt get in front of the ball. Hayes owed 20 pushups. Just watched last night, actually. :)

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