K Callan

K Callan was a veteran character actress with more than six decades of credits, as well as author of more than 30 showbiz reference books. Born in Dallas, TX as Katherine Elizabeth Borman in 1936, her first ... Read more »

Born: 01/08/1936 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (78)

Not That Funny 2014 (Movie)

Toogey (Actor)

Emily Owens, M.D. 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Getting On 2013 (Tv Show)

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How I Met Your Mother 2007, 2012 (Tv Show)

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Good Luck, Charlie 2011 (Tv Show)

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Heroes 2010 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: LA 2010 (Tv Show)

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The Mentalist 2010 (Tv Show)

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Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? 2010 (Movie)

Ms Tannenbaum (Actor)

Castle 2009 (Tv Show)

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Mental 2009 (Tv Show)

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ER 2008 (Tv Show)

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'Til Death 2007 (Tv Show)

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Crossing Jordan 2001 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Desperate Housewives 2007 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 2006 (Tv Show)

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Four Kings 2006 (Tv Show)

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Midnight Clear 2006 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

The Closer 2006 (Tv Show)

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crazylove 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Carnivàle 2003, 2005 (Tv Show)

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Nip/Tuck 2005 (Tv Show)

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Without A Trace 2005 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2004 (Tv Show)

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The Division 2004 (Tv Show)

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JAG 2003 (Tv Show)

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King of the Hill 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Body & Soul 2002 (Tv Show)

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7th Heaven 1989 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Birdland 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Chicago Hope 1989 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Coach 1989 - 1991, 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Dawson's Creek 1989 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1989 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Family Law 1989 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Kate Brasher 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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L.A. Law 1989 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1989 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Nurses 1989 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Quantum Leap 1989 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Fugitive 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Dean Koontz's "Mr. Murder" 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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The Unborn 1991 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Sara 1984 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Day to Day 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Hope Division 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Hollywood Wives 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Just a Little More Love 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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One Day At A Time 1975 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Leadfoot 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Private Benjamin 1980 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Police Squad! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Splendor in the Grass 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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American Gigolo 1980 (Movie)

Lisa Williams (Actor)

Joe's World 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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A Change of Seasons 1979 (Movie)

Alice Bingham (Actor)

Fast Break 1979 (Movie)

Ms Tidwell (Actor)

Ike 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Married: The First Year 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Onion Field 1979 (Movie)

Mrs Powell (Actor)

James at 15 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Four of Us 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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A Touch of Class 1972 (Movie)

Patty Menkes (Actor)

Joe 1970 (Movie)

Mary Lou Curran (Actor)

A Question of Love (TV Show)

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Blind Ambition (TV Show)

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Carly's Web (TV Show)

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Cutter to Houston (TV Show)

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Flight of Black Angel (TV Show)

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Incident at Dark River (TV Show)

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Saved By the Light (TV Show)

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The Rimers of Eldritch (TV Show)

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This House Possessed (TV Show)

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Biography

K Callan was a veteran character actress with more than six decades of credits, as well as author of more than 30 showbiz reference books. Born in Dallas, TX as Katherine Elizabeth Borman in 1936, her first professional Hollywood credit came in 1962, playing a Western Union operator on the TV classic "Route 66" (ABC-1960-64). Although she did'nt rack up another such role until 1970, when she played the wife of Peter Boyle's title character in the controversial anti-hippie drama "Joe," Callan went on to amass hundreds of film and TV credits over the next several decades. These included her notable 1977 appearance on the "All in the Family" (CBS 1971-79) episode "Cousin Liz," in which Edith Bunker (Jean Stapleton) learned about the relationship between Callan's lesbian character Veronica and Edith Bunker's now-deceased Cousin Liz. Following work in notable films such as the police drama "The Onion Field" (1979) and the controversial "American Gigolo" (1980), Callan became one of the most in-demand guest character actresses on TV in the 1980s and '90s. All preceded the role for which she is most likely known, that of Superman's adoptive mom Martha Kent on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC 1993-97). Following that show's conclusion, she went on to brief feature roles in the atmospheric "Carnivàle" (HBO 2003-2005), Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns" (TBS 2009-2012) and as Lily's (Alyson Hannigan) grandmother Lois on "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014). Her next recurring role came on the dark hospital comedy-drama "Getting On" (HBO 2013- ).

Milestones

1994

Lois and Clark

1969

first feature film, "Joe"

1962

first TV appearance in "Route 66"

Bonus Trivia

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author of several industry-releated books: "How to Sell Yourself as an Actor;" "Directing Your Directing Career;" "The Script is Finished, Now What do I Do?" "The New York Agent Book;" and "The Los Angeles Agent Book."

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"Because the time span of a normal job is short, not like a series which can go on for years, you usually skip the beginning part of a relationship and go straight to the middle because you are so dependent on each other. When people stay in my life after a job we usually have to go back to the beginning part because as you know everything has to have a beginning, a middle, and an end," from ThinkQuest.org

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"I consider acting to be a great adventure. First of all, the most adventurous part, will you be able to pay your bills and next and the best part is that it is so varied, even if you have the stomach for it, it is fun always wondering who I will work with this time, where, and what will the character be like," from ThinkQuest.org

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"The biggest challenge any actor faces is the rejection. Learning to deal with that is an ongoing thing. No matter how far along you might get, there is always someone who won't see you or a part you won't be able to play because you're not famous enough, pretty enough, young enough...whatever," from The Krypton ClubSept. 28, 1995

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