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Elisha Vanslyck Cook Jr. (December 26, 1903 – May 18, 1995) was an American character actor famed for his work in films noir. According to Bill Georgaris of They Shoot Pictures, Don't They, Cook appeared in a total of 21 films noir, more than any other actor or actress. He played cheerful, brainy collegiates until he was cast against type as the bug-eyed baby-faced psychopathic killer Wilmer Cook in the 1941 version of The Maltese Falcon. He went on to play deceptively mild-mannered villains. Cook's acting career spanned more than 60 years, with roles in productions including The Big Sleep, Shane, The Killing, House on Haunted Hill, and Rosemary's Baby.
Elisha Cook Jr.
Elisha Vanslyck Cook Jr.
(1903-12-26)December 26, 1903
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Died||May 18, 1995(1995-05-18) (aged 91)|
Big Pine, California, U.S.
Mary Gertrude Dunckley
(m. 1928; div. 1941)
(m. 1943; div. 1968)
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