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      Michael Callan

      Michael Callan

      Highest Rated: 90% Cat Ballou (1965)

      Lowest Rated: 20% The Victors (1963)

      Birthday: Nov 22, 1935

      Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

      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 appeared in the film "The Still Life" in 2007. Michael Callan died on October 10, 2022 in Woodland Hills, CA at the age of 86.

      Highest rated movies

      Cat Ballou poster
      Cat Ballou
      Mysterious Island poster
      Mysterious Island
      They Came to Cordura poster
      They Came to Cordura
      Chained Heat poster
      Chained Heat
      The Interns poster
      The Interns
      The Victors poster
      The Victors

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Road Unknown (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 34% Leprechaun 3 Mitch (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 18% Freeway Lt. Boyle (Character) $106.0K 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn Hal Wallis (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last of the Great Survivors Jerry (Character) - 1984
      56% 45% Chained Heat Martin (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 4% Double Exposure Adrian Wilde (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 29% The Cat and the Canary Paul Jones (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Donner Pass: The Road to Survival William Eddy (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Record City Eddie (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 50% Lepke Robert Kane (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Frasier, the Sensuous Lion Marvin Feldman (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gift of Terror Steve (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 23% The Magnificent Seven Ride! Noah Forbes (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 53% The Valachi Papers Unknown (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love American Style Unknown (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Name Only Steve Braden (Character) - 1969
      90% 74% Cat Ballou Clay Boone (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Must Be Joking Lt. Tim Morton (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Interns Dr. Alec Considine (Character) - 1964
      20% 79% The Victors Unknown (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 13 West Street Chuck (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 38% Bon Voyage! Unknown (Character) - 1962
      40% 40% The Interns Dr. Alec Considine (Character) - 1962
      81% 64% Mysterious Island Herbert Brown (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 65% Gidget Goes Hawaiian Eddie Horner (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 51% Pepe Dancer (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Because They're Young Griff Rimer (Character) - 1960
      80% 48% They Came to Cordura Pvt. Andrew Hetherington (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Fontaines Rick Rias (Character) - 1959

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Viper Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1988 1990
      No Score Yet 89% Knight Rider Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Otherworld Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      68% No Score Yet E/R Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1983-1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978-1980 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1977 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Tommy Galvin (Character) 1974-1975
      No Score Yet 100% The Mary Tyler Moore Show Chuck Pellegrini (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, American Style Harvey (Character) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Tyler Edwards (Guest Star) 1968
      33% No Score Yet Occasional Wife Peter Christopher (Character) 1966-1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1964 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964