Rory Calhoun

Actor, Producer, Writer
A chance meeting with Alan Ladd led to a film career for Rory Calhoun, a rangy, likable leading man who started out billed as Frank McCown before settling on his permanent moniker. Best remembered for his work in the ... Read more »
Born: 08/07/1922 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Johnny Bago 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Pure Country 1992 (Movie)

Ernest Tucker (Actor)

Bad Jim 1989 (Movie)

Sam Harper (Actor)

Hell Comes to Frogtown 1988 (Movie)

Looney Tunes (Actor)

The Wildest West Show of the Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Avenging Angel 1985 (Movie)

Kit Carson (Actor)

Angel 1984 (Movie)

Kit Carson (Actor)

The Blue and the Gray 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Motel Hell 1980 (Movie)

Vincent Smith (Actor)

Pottsville 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Main Event 1979 (Movie)

Fighter in Kid's Camp (Actor)

The Rebels 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Love and the Midnight Auto Supply 1978 (Movie)

Len Thompson (Actor)

Kino, the Padre on Horseback 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

The West Is Still Wild 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of the Lepus 1972 (Movie)

Cole Hillman (Actor)

Dayton's Devils 1968 (Movie)

Mike Page (Actor)

Apache Uprising 1965 (Movie)

Jim Walker (Actor)

Black Spurs 1964 (Movie)

Santee (Actor)

Luxury Liner 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

A Face in the Rain 1962 (Movie)

Rand (Actor)

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Requiem For a Heavyweight 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Colosssus of Rhodes 1961 (Movie)

Dario (Actor)

Marco Polo 1960 (Movie)

Marco Polo (Actor)

The Desilu Revue 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Ride Out For Revenge 1957 (Movie)

Marshall Tate (Actor)

The Big Caper 1957 (Movie)

Frank Harber (Actor)

The Hired Gun 1957 (Movie)

Gil McCord (Actor)

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Ain't Misbehavin' 1955 (Movie)

Kenneth Post (Actor)

The Spoilers 1955 (Movie)

Alexander McNamara (Actor)

The Treasure of Pancho Villa 1955 (Movie)

Tom Bryan (Actor)

A Bullet Is Waiting 1954 (Movie)

Ed Stone (Actor)

Four Guns to the Border 1954 (Movie)

Ray Cully (Actor)

River of No Return 1954 (Movie)

Harry Weston (Actor)

The Yellow Tomahawk 1954 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

How to Marry a Millionaire 1952 (Movie)

Eben (Actor)

A Ticket to Tomahawk 1950 (Movie)

Dakota (Actor)

Sand 1949 (Movie)

Chick Palmer (Actor)

That Hagen Girl 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Adventure Island (Movie)

Mr. Herrick (Actor)

Apache Territory (Movie)

Logan Cates (Actor)

Capitol (TV Show)

Actor

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

County Fair (Movie)

Peter Brennan (Actor)

Flight to Holocaust (TV Show)

Actor

Meet Me After the Show (Movie)

David Hemingway (Actor)

Nob Hill (Movie)

Jose (Actor)

Oil's Well That Ends Well (TV Show)

Actor

Something for the Boys (Movie)

Soldier (Actor)

The Bullfighters (Movie)

El Brilliante (Actor)

The Rebels (TV Show)

Actor

The Red House (Movie)

Teller (Actor)

The Silver Whip (Movie)

Sheriff Tom Davisson (Actor)

The Texan (TV Show)

Actor

Way of a Gaucho (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

With a Song in My Heart (Movie)

John Burns (Actor)
Producer (3)

A Face in the Rain 1962 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Hired Gun 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Apache Territory (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Shotgun 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A chance meeting with Alan Ladd led to a film career for Rory Calhoun, a rangy, likable leading man who started out billed as Frank McCown before settling on his permanent moniker. Best remembered for his work in the Westerns and action pictures, he acted in a wide variety of movies, portraying eligible bachelors in modern-day comedies like "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953) and "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1955), as well as venturing into period fare for "The Colossus of Rhodes" (1961) and the title role in "Marco Polo" (1962). Calhoun's cowboy credits included the comedy-Western, "A Ticket to Tomahawk" (1950) and a series of films that he produced (with Victor Orsatti) and starred in, "Domino Kid", "The Hired Gun" (both 1957) and "Apache Territory" (1958), all directed by Ray Nazarro. He solidified his Western standing as star of the CBS series, "The Texan" (1958-60), which he also produced with Orsatti. Calhoun has acted in some laughers like "The Night of the Lepus" (1972) and "Angel" (1984), but has balanced those with appearances in the popular CBS miniseries, "The Blue and the Gray" (1982), and features like "Bad Jim" (1990) and "Pure Country" (1992). During the 80s, he also ventured into the realm of daytime drama, playing a judge with political connections on the CBS series "Capitol".

Relationships

Lita Baron

Wife
married in 1949 named Betty Grable and 78 other women in her petition for divorce filed in June 1969 divorced in 1970 mother of Calhoun's three oldest daughters

Cindy Calhoun

Daughter
mother, Lita Baron

Lorri Calhoun

Daughter
mother. Lita Baron

Rory Calhoun

Daughter
mother, Susan Langley

Tami Calhoun

Daughter
mother, Lita Baron

Susan Langley

Wife
married for six years in the 1970s separated and later reconciled later divorced mother of Calhoun's youngest daughter

EDUCATION

attended public schools in Santa Cruz, California

Milestones

1993

Acted in "Oil's Well That Ends Well" episode of HBO's "Tales of the Crypt"

1992

Last feature to date, "Pure Country"

1990

Returned to Western genre for "Bad Jim"; screen debut for John Clark Gable (Clark Gable's son)

1984

Brought an amiability to his role as an old cowpoke laboring under the delusion that he really is Kit Carson in "Angel"; also appeared in 1985 sequel, "Avenging Angel"

1982

Played General George Meade in CBS miniseries, "The Blue and the Gray"

1979

Acted in syndicated miniseries, "The Rebels"

1977

Appeared in NBC disaster movie, "Flight to Holocaust"

1972

Portrayed a rancher whose pique at hungry rabbits leads to a wacky science experiment gone haywire in "Night of the Lepus", resulting in 25-foot man-eating bunnies

1968

Acted on the London stage in "Belle Starr"

1967

Played Sergeant Sean MacAfee in WWII pic, "Operation Cross Eagles"

1963

Co-executive produced and starred as US spy in tense World War II melodrama, "A Face in the Rain"

1963

Hosted "Western Star Theater", re-syndicated title for selected episodes of "Death Valley Days"

1962

Played title role in "Marco Polo"

1961

Looked uncomfortable in a toga for Sergio Leone's directing debut, "The Colossus of Rhodes"

1958

Reteamed with Orsatti and Nazarro for "Apache Territory"

1958

Produced (with Orsatti) and starred in CBS series, "The Texan"; ABC later aired repeats (1960-1962)

1957

Produced (with Victor M Orsatti) and starred in two films directed by Ray Nazarro, "Domino Kid" and "The Hired Gun"

1955

Gave good account of himself as wealthy businessman who ends up with Piper Laurie in "Ain't Misbehavin'"

1953

Played a poor but honest forest ranger who wins Betty Grable's heart in "How to Marry a Millionaire"

1952

Portrayed pilot who saved Susan Hayward's life in Walter Lang's "With a Song in My Heart", based loosely on the events of singer Jane Froman's life

1950

Played gunslinger in Richard Sale's comedy-Western, "A Ticket to Tomahawk"

1947

First credit as Rory Calhoun, "The Red House", followed by first starring role in "Adventure Island"

1943

Feature debut (billed as Frank McCown), "Something for the Boys"

1939

At age 17, left home for good; began hot-wiring automobiles

Chance meeting with Alan Ladd led to his film career

As a child, frequently ran away from home

Had regular role of Judson Tyler on the CBS daytime drama "Capitol"

Raised in Santa Cruz, California

Given the stage name Rory Calhoun by producer David O Selznick

Spent three years in federal reformatory in El Reno, Oklahoma

Bonus Trivia

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Calhoun reportedly has a reputation as a ladies' man and may or may not have had romances with numerous co-stars, including Betty Grable and Lana Turner. He reportedly settled a paternity suit and when going through the divorce from his first wife, she accused him of "adultery with 79 women." --From Los Angeles Times obituary, April 29, 1999

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