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      Jack Starrett

      Jack Starrett

      Highest Rated: 86% First Blood (1982)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Slaughter (1972)

      Birthday: Nov 2, 1936

      Birthplace: Refugio, Texas, USA

      Perhaps best known for playing Gabby Johnson (a parody of Western actor Gabby Hayes) in Mel Brooks's seminal spoof "Blazing Saddles," Jack Starrett made a name for himself by acting in a number of biker movies that were in vogue during the late 1960s. Two years before "Easy Rider," he costarred with Jack Nicholson in "Hells Angels on Wheels." Starrett also appeared in a few films directed by counterculture icon Tom Laughlin, including "Like Father, Like Son" and "Born Losers," the movie that introduced Laughlin's vigilante character, Billy Jack. It wasn't long before Starrett was directing movies, too; low-budget exploitation films were his forte. The most famous work in his opus is probably "Cleopatra Jones," with Tamara Dobson as a special agent who wages a war on drugs. The caper comedy "The Gravy Train" was somewhat of a departure for him; it had a cast that included Stacy Keach, Frederic Forrest, and Margot Kidder, as well as a script co-written by Terrence Malick. He also acted in that film, as he did a few of his others; he frequently played aggressive lawmen, as he did in the first Rambo rampage, "First Blood"--a somewhat logical extension of one of Starrett's early directorial jobs, "Nam's Angels." Although he continued to work through the 1980s, he was plagued by alcoholism and died of renal failure.

      Highest rated movies

      86% First Blood
      60% Born Losers
      29% Hell's Angels on Wheels

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Reunion Charlie (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Brothers in Arms Father (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chase Lt. MacGrew (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Chase Lt. MacGrew (Character) - 1988
      86% 86% First Blood Galt (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss My Grits Director - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Treachery and Greed on the Planet of the Apes Director - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Survival of Dana Director - 1979
      No Score Yet 100% Mr. Horn Director - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Bob Johnson and His Fantastic Speed Circus Director - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thaddeus Rose and Eddie Director - 1978
      No Score Yet 68% Final Chapter: Walking Tall Director - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Roger and Harry Director - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love for Ransom Director - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nowhere to Hide Gus (Character),
      Director
      - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Man Director - 1976
      No Score Yet 40% A Small Town in Texas Director - 1976
      71% 55% Race With the Devil Director - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gravy Train Director - 1974
      No Score Yet 82% The Dion Brothers Director - 1974
      80% 44% Cleopatra Jones Director - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie Director - 1972
      17% 44% Slaughter Director - 1972
      No Score Yet 44% The Losers Director - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Chase Director - 1970
      No Score Yet 11% Cry Blood, Apache The Deacon (Character),
      Director
      - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Machismo Director - 1970
      No Score Yet 11% The Fakers Rocky (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 38% Run, Angel, Run Director - 1969
      No Score Yet 29% The Gay Deceivers Colonel Dixon (Character) - 1969
      60% 63% Born Losers Deputy Fred (Character) - 1967
      29% 38% Hell's Angels on Wheels Sgt. Bingham (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Sinner Football Coach (Character) - 1961

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 67% The A-Team Wade Blackburn (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Bartender (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet 80% Knight Rider Hagen (Guest Star) 1983 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Director 1979-1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Director 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Westworld Director