James Roland Almanzar, television, film and theater actor who co-starred in “Charro” with Elvis Presley in 1969, died June 9 after a long battle with cancer at the Arcadia (Calif.) Methodist Hospital. He was 67.
Almanzar made guest appearances on many TV action and Western programs in the 1950, ’60s and ’70s, particularly “Gunsmoke.” He also had a recurring role on “The High Chaparral.”
His film credits include “The Hostage,” “The Quick and the Dead,” “The Island on Top of the World,” “Pony Express Rider” and “The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again.”
Almanzar received a scholarship to the Pasadena Playhouse in the ’50s and began his career after he graduated.
He is survived by his daughter, granddaughter, former wife Lenore Bond-Almanzar and two brothers.
Contributions to the Pasadena Playhouse and the Pasadena Unified School District’s new visual arts middle school, McKinley, can be made in Almanzar’s name.