Jack Starrett: The Essentials
From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
Jack Starrett (November 2, 1936 – March 27, 1989) was an American actor and film director. Starrett was often typecast as a tough-talking police officer and played essentially the same character in a trio of biker films: Born Losers (the film that introduced Billy Jack), Hells Angels on Wheels (both from 1967), and Angels From Hell (1968). Starrett is perhaps best known for his role as Gabby Johnson, a parody of Gabby Hayes, in Mel Brooks' 1974 western comedy Blazing Saddles and for his role as the brutal police deputy Art Galt in the 1982 action film First Blood. In the 60s and 70s he directed several exploitation films in a variety of genres most of which are listed here. Starrett is one of the filmmakers of his era that is often overlooked but who we feel made some true classics in the world of B-movies.