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Michael Callan

Michael Callan

American film, stage, and television actor
Michael Callan
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Intro American film, stage, and television actor
Is Actor Stage actor Television actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 22 November 1935, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Age 85 years
Star sign Sagittarius
Spouse: Patricia Harty (1 June 1968-1970)Karen Malouf (30 January 1975-18 October 1984) Carlyn Chapman (5 March 1960-1967)
Children: Dawn CallanRebecca Callan
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Michael Callan (born November 22, 1935) is an American actor.

Early life

Michael Callan was born as Martin Harris Calinieff on November 22, 1935, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Callan began his career as "Mickey Calin", and it was with this name that he appeared on Broadway in The Boy Friend (1954), Catch a Star (1955), and West Side Story (1957–59), in which he created the role of "Riff," leader of the Jets.

His film career began in 1959 where he was contracted with Columbia Pictures and had roles in two films: Robert Rossen's They Came to Cordura and George Sherman's The Flying Fontaines. Although he was unable to reprise his West Side Story role of Riff in the film version due to his contract with Columbia, he did dance in the film Gidget Goes Hawaiian. His screen credits include The Interns, Mysterious Island, The Victors, Cat Ballou, The Magnificent Seven Ride, Lepke and The Cat and the Canary. In August 1965, he signed a four-picture deal with Columbia and was mentioned as a possible star for Marooned, then being directed by Frank Capra.

In 1966, Callan landed the lead role of "Peter Christopher" in the NBC Television sitcom Occasional Wife. At the time, Callan was married to the former Carlyn Chapman. The young couple lived in Beverly Hills and had two daughters. He engaged in a 12-hour day filming schedule with weekends off for the production of the half-hour television series. Callan divorced Carlyn and was married for a time to Patricia Harty, the actress who played his "occasional wife" in the series.

His additional television credits include Breaking Point, Hazel, That Girl, The Name of the Game, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., Griff, McMillan & Wife, Barnaby Jones, 12 O'Clock High, Quincy, M.E., Charlie's Angels, Simon & Simon, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, The Bionic Woman, four episodes of Murder, She Wrote and eight episodes of Love, American Style. He played "Metallo" in Superboy.

Callan both produced and starred in his own film, Double Exposure (1983). He also returned, occasionally, to the stage in both legit plays and musicals including Absurd Person Singular and The Music Man. He also produced the musical "Hello Muddah! Hello Faddah!".

In 1987, Callan appeared in the Off-Broadway musical Bar Mitzvah Boy. His recent movie credits include Stuck on You (2003) and Joel Miller's The Still Life (2006).


Callan was nominated for a Golden Globe New Star of the Year Award in 1960 for The Flying Fontaines; and won in the same category the following year, for Because They're Young.

Personal life

Callan was married three times. His was first married with Carlyn Chapman from March 5, 1960, until their divorce in 1967. They had two daughters, Dawn and Rebecca.

He then married actress Patricia Harty on June 1, 1968. The two had met while filming for the TV series Occasional Wife (1966). The marriage ended in divorce in 1970.

Callan was then married to Karen Malouf from January 30, 1975, until their divorce on October 18, 1984.

Partial filmography

  • They Came to Cordura (1959) – Pvt. Andrew Hetherington
  • The Flying Fontaines (1959) – Rick Rias
  • Because They're Young (1960) – Griff Rimer
  • Pepe (1960) – Dancer
  • Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) – Eddie Horner
  • Mysterious Island (1961) – Herbert Brown
  • 13 West Street (1962) – Chuck Landry
  • Bon Voyage! (1962) – Nick O'Mara
  • The Interns (1962) – Dr. Alec Considine
  • The Victors (1963) – Eldridge
  • The New Interns (1964) – Dr. Alec Considine
  • Cat Ballou (1965) – Clay Boone
  • You Must Be Joking! (1965) – Lieutenant Tim Morton
  • The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972) – Noah Forbes
  • Frasier, the Sensuous Lion (1973) – Marvin Feldman
  • The Photographer (1974) – Adrian Wilde
  • Lepke (1975) – Robert Kane
  • The Bionic Woman (1977, TV Series) – John Bernard
  • Record City (1978) – Eddie
  • The Cat and the Canary (1979) – Paul Jones
  • Double Exposure (1982) – Adrian Wilde
  • Chained Heat (1983) – Martin
  • Freeway (1988) – Lt. Boyle
  • Leprechaun 3 (1995) – Mitch
  • Drifting School (1995) – Andrew Morgan
  • The Last Road (1997)
  • Stuck on You (2003) – Fox Prexy
  • The Still Life (2006) – Resident (final film role)
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Article Title: Michael Callan: American film, stage, and television actor - Biography and Life
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Publish Date: 14 Dec 2016
Date Accessed: 23 Jan 2021
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