Veteran American actor dead at 89

According to The Hollywood Reporter, veteran actor Bob Elkins passed away in a Kentucky nursing home this past Wednesday at the age of 89. 

Elkins had a film career that went back decades

The publican noted that Elkins was perhaps best known for his role in the 1980 biographical film “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which focused on the life of country star Loretta Lynn.

Elkins played the role of disc jockey Bobby Day, appearing opposite Academy Award-winning actress Sissy Spacek who appeared as Lynn along with Tommy Lee Jones as her husband Doo. In the film, Elkin’s character agrees to play Lynn’s record and thus kick-start her career.

Other films to feature Elkins included “This Train” (2001), “Tattered Angel” (2008), “The Dream Catcher” (1999), “April’s Fool” (2001), and, “The Greater Good” (2006).

The Reporter noted that Elkins’ talents were recognized with the best actor award by Ireland’s Dublin Film and Music Festival for his work on the 2002 independent film Homefree.

In addition to his movie performances, Elkins also appeared on the small screen, such as when he portrayed the father of a trapped coal miner in ABC’s made-for-TV movie “The Pennsylvania Miners’ Story.”

Another television role taken by Elkins was that of a German admiral in “Expedition: Bismarck,” a historical documentary which was directed by James Cameron in 2002 for the Discovery Channel.

Nine years later, Elkins made another television appearance, this time on an episode of the Showtime series “Homeland.”

Actor fondly remembered in Cincinnati theater scene

What’s more, the West Virginia native was known for being a stage actor who made regular appearances in the Cincinnati theater scene where he is remembered fondly.

D. Lynn Meyers serves as producing artistic director of the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and she told WVXU that Elkins “was a wonderful man.”

“He was always prepared. You could always count on him,” Meyers continued, saying, “He was a familiar face in the audience for many years.” She added that Elkins had “taught or mentored” actors in the area.

The radio station reported that Elkins decided to pursue acting after having served in the U.S. Navy and first found success doing commercials while working at a sales job.

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