Michael Ontkean

Actor, Hockey player
A former child actor with the National Shakespeare Festival Ontkean first came to prominence in the TV series "The Rookies" (ABC, 1972-74). He has appeared in several films, notably opposite Paul Newman in "Slap Shot" ... Read more »
Born: 01/24/1946 in Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Actor (48)

The Descendants 2011 (Movie)

Cousin Milo (Actor)

North Shore 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal 1996 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bear With Me 1999 (Movie)

Mr Bradley--Emily's Dad (Actor)

Just A Little Harmless Sex 1999 (Movie)

Jeff, Yoga Instructor (Actor)

Nico the Unicorn 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Summer of the Monkeys 1998 (Movie)

John Lee (Actor)

Swann 1996 (Movie)

Stephen (Actor)

The Man Next Door 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stepford Husbands 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rich and Famous 1993 World's Best 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The 3rd Annual International Rock Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

Twin Peaks & Cop Rock: Behind the Scenes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Bye Bye Blues 1990 (Movie)

Teddy Cooper (Actor)

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

Robert Munch (Actor)

Cold Front 1989 (Movie)

Derek MacKenzie (Actor)

Street Justice 1989 (Movie)

Curt Flynn (Actor)

Clara's Heart 1988 (Movie)

Bill Hart (Actor)

Maid to Order 1987 (Movie)

Nick McGuire (Actor)

The Allnighter 1987 (Movie)

Mickey Leroi (Actor)

Kids Don't Tell 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Just the Way You Are 1984 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

The Blood of Others 1983 (Movie)

Jean Blomart (Actor)

Making Love 1982 (Movie)

Zack (Actor)

Willie & Phil 1979 (Movie)

Willie Kaufman (Actor)

Voices 1978 (Movie)

Drew Rothman (Actor)

Slap Shot 1977 (Movie)

Ned Braden (Actor)

Hot Summer Week 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rookies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Necromancy 1971 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Pickup on 101 1971 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

The Peace Killers 1970 (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

A Chance of Snow (TV Show)

Actor

A Killing Spring (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost Cat (TV Show)

Actor

In Defense of a Married Man (TV Show)

Actor

In a Child's Name (TV Show)

Actor

Legacy of Lies (TV Show)

Actor

Rapture (TV Show)

Actor

The Right of the People (TV Show)

Actor

The Rookies (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks (TV Show)

Actor

Vendetta II: The New Mafia (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former child actor with the National Shakespeare Festival Ontkean first came to prominence in the TV series "The Rookies" (ABC, 1972-74). He has appeared in several films, notably opposite Paul Newman in "Slap Shot" (1977) and in the tame homosexual love story "Making Love" (1982), which reunited him with his TV wife Kate Jackson. He is best known to contemporary audiences as straight-arrow police chief Harry S. Truman in David Lynch's TV soap-opera-with-a-twist, "Twin Peaks" (1990). He reprised the role in Lynch's 1992 feature "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me." Ontkean also has appeared in many TV movies including opposite Jodie Foster in the WWII thriller "The Blood of Others" (HBO, 1984) and memorably as an accused murderer in "In a Child's Name" (CBS, 1991).

Relationships

Sheri Ontkean

Sister

Daughter
born in 1980 mother, Jamie Smith Jackson

Jamie Jackson

Wife
mother of two daughters by Ontkean appeared in many TV-movies in early 1970s including "Go Ask Alice"

Fran Ontkean

Wife
divorced

Leonard Ontkean

Father

Muriel Ontkean

Mother

Sadie Ontkean

Daughter
born May 1988 mother, Jamie Smith Jackson

EDUCATION

University of New Hampshire

Durham, New Hampshire 1970
on hockey scholarship; one of nation's top collegiate players, with 30 goals and 24 assists in his junior year

Milestones

2004

Starred in the Fox drama "North Shore"

1994

Starred opposite Jaclyn Smith in Danielle Steel's "Family Album"

1990

Starred as Sheriff Harry S. Truman in TV series, "Twin Peaks"

1972

TV acting debut in series, "The Rookies"

1970

Moved to California; feature acting debut, "The Peace Killers"

1970

Brought to Hollywood by director and fellow Canadian Norman Jewison to test (unsuccessfully) for "Fiddler on the Roof"

First appeared on stage at age three with father's repertory company in British Columbia

Moved to Maine on hiatus from acting; re-entered acting with "Slap Shot" (1977)

Played for St Michael's (Toronto Maple Leafs farm club) and for semi-pro teams in Quebec and Vancouver (NY Rangers farm clubs)

Moved with family to Toronto at age nine; worked regularly for the CBC, the National Film Board and the Stratford Ontario Shakespeare Festival

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