Michael Callan

Actor, Dancer, Singer
Michael Callan's mother, apparently unenthused about his singing ability, offered to pay for dance lessons for her son. It was money well spent. At 15, he was dancing in nightclubs and at 19 was on stage on Broadway at ... Read more »
Born: 11/22/1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

The Biz 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stuck on You 2003 (Movie)

Fox Prexy (Actor)

Lee Marvin: Hollywood's Straight Shooter 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Leprechaun 3 1994 (Movie)

Mitch (Actor)

Zero Patience 1994 (Movie)

Miss HIV (Actor)

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

The Flirtations (Actor)

Swamp Thing 1989 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Superboy 1988 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Racers Edge 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Over Our Dead Bodies 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Positive 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Reno's Cabaret Reunion 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Freeway 1988 (Movie)

Lieutenant Boyle (Actor)

Bright Eyes 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Young Hearts 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Chained Heat 1982 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

The Cat and the Canary 1978 (Movie)

Paul Jones (Actor)

Record City 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lepke 1975 (Movie)

Robert Kane (Actor)

Frasier, The Sensuous Lion 1973 (Movie)

Marvin Feldman (Actor)

The Magnificent Seven Ride 1972 (Movie)

Forbes (Actor)

In Name Only 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss Me, Kate 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Cat Ballou 1964 (Movie)

Clay Boone (Actor)

The New Interns 1963 (Movie)

Dr Alec Considine (Actor)

13 West Street 1962 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

The Victors 1962 (Movie)

Eldridge (Actor)

Bon Voyage! 1961 (Movie)

Nick O'Mara (Actor)

Gidget Goes Hawaiian 1961 (Movie)

Eddie Horner (Actor)

The Interns 1961 (Movie)

Dr Considine (Actor)

Because They're Young 1960 (Movie)

Griff (Actor)

Mysterious Island 1960 (Movie)

Herbert Brown (Actor)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Dancer (Actor)

They Came to Cordura 1958 (Movie)

Private Andrew Hetherington (Actor)

Blind Ambition (TV Show)

Actor

In Name Only (Movie)

(Actor)

Last of the Great Survivors (TV Show)

Actor

Scruples (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Positive 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Biography

Michael Callan's mother, apparently unenthused about his singing ability, offered to pay for dance lessons for her son. It was money well spent. At 15, he was dancing in nightclubs and at 19 was on stage on Broadway at the Royal Theater alongside Julie Andrews (her debut) in "The Boy Friend." He landed the part of gang leader Riff in the original Broadway production of "West Side Story" for director/choreographer Jerome Robbins in 1957. Talent agent Joyce Selznick found him there and a seven-year contract at Columbia Pictures followed. Callan lost the role of Riff to Russ Tamblyn for Robert Wise's film adaptation of "West Side Story" in 1961 due to contractual obligations at Columbia. With the musical slowly dying in popularity, Callan's talent as a song-and-dance man was shelved, and the studio was pushing him toward teen idol status through a variety of half-baked youth-oriented pictures in the 1960s. He did have success opposite Jane Fonda in "Cat Ballou" in 1965 and with Tony Curtis in the mob film "Lepke" in 1975, but it was television where Callan found his most consistent work. He had the lead role in the two seasons "Occasional Wife" aired in the late '60s and was a guest star on hugely popular shows like "Mary Tyler Moore," "Love, American Style," "Police Story," and "Fantasy Island" throughout the 1970s and '80s. His work slowed in the '90s but he is still active, appearing in the film "The Still Life" in 2007.

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