"Major League" Manager James Gammon Dead of Cancer

Actor also appear i "Cool Hand Luke," "Urban Cowboy.

By Greg Wilson
|  Monday, Jul 19, 2010  |  Updated 8:31 AM EDT
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Actor James Gammon, who appeared in such film classics as "Cool Hand Luke" and "Urban Cowboy" but was best remembered as crusty Cleveland Indians manager Lou Brown in "Major League," died of cancer in California.

Gammon was 70. In his most memorable role, he played the gruff coach of the hapless Indians, whose fortunes finally turn around in a sort of "Bad News Bears" for grownups. The 1989 film also starred Wesley Snipes, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen and Charlie Sheen as a fireballing pitcher who never new where his fastball was headed.

Gammon also appeared in films including "The Milagro Beanfield War," "Leaving Normal," "Ironweed," "Silverado" and "Cold Mountain." On television he played the father on "Nash Bridges" from 1996 to 2001, had a recurring role on "The Waltons" and made guest appearances on shows ranging from "Gunsmoke" to "Grey's Anatomy."

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