Michael Ontkean

Michael Ontkean

Highest Rated: 88% The Descendants (2011)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Allnighter (1987)

Birthday: Jan 24, 1946

Birthplace: Not Available

A ruggedly handsome Canadian actor whose somewhat imposing frame makes him ideal for authority figures, Michael Ontkean has been appearing in film and television since the early '70s. Though having actors for parents may not necessarily be a surefire sign that one will enter into the entertainment industry, the support and encouragement afforded to young Ontkean was key in building early confidence and skill. Ontkean was a mere four years old when he made his stage debut in his father's repertory company, and in addition to taking the stage at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, he became a popular child star thanks to television roles in such series as Hudson's Bay. Aside from his ambitions as an actor, Ontkean also showed athletic prowess as a hockey player -- he won a scholarship to the University of New Hampshire and played on their team for three seasons. Little did he know that his skills on the ice would eventually come into play in front of the camera as well. His popularity eventually reached beyond the Canadian border when Ontkean gained stateside notice as a key player in the 1972 series The Rookies. Soon thereafter, Ontkean's featured role in the hockey comedy Slap Shot impressed audiences by showing that the up-and-comer could hold his own alongside such heavies as Paul Newman. Through the 1980s, Ontkean's career maintained an even keel with such moderately successful features as Just the Way You Are (1984) and Maid to Order (1987). In 1990 he returned to television to great effect with his role as Sheriff Harry S. Truman in David Lynch's acclaimed series Twin Peaks. The show provided Ontkean's career with something of a revival, and after he appeared in a minor capacity in Postcards From the Edge (1990), a series of television roles kept the versatile actor busy throughout the decade. Ontkean became somewhat lost in the shuffle in the late '90s, but his performance in the child-friendly made-for-television feature Mrs. Ashboro's Cat (2003) proved that the screen veteran still had what it took to charm on the small screen.


Highest Rated Movies



88% The Descendants Cousin Milo $78.6M 2011
No Score Yet Bear with Me Actor 2005
No Score Yet Mrs. Ashboro's Cat Wes Merritt 2004
No Score Yet A Killing Spring Tom Keaton 2002
No Score Yet Nico The Unicorn Actor 2001
No Score Yet Green Sails John Scott 2000
20% Just a Little Harmless Sex Jeff 1999
No Score Yet A Chance of Snow Matt 1998
No Score Yet Summer of the Monkeys John Lee 1998
No Score Yet The Stepford Husbands Mick Davison 1996
No Score Yet The Man Next Door Eli Cooley 1996
No Score Yet Danielle Steel's Family Album Ward Thayer 1994
No Score Yet Whose Child Is This? The War for Baby Jessica Jan DeBoer 1993
No Score Yet Legacy of Lies Zach Resnick 1992
84% Postcards from the Edge Robert Munch 1990
No Score Yet Street Justice Curt Flynn 1990
No Score Yet Cold Front Derek 1989
No Score Yet Bye Bye Blues Teddy Cooper 1989
53% Clara's Heart Bill Hart 1988
0% The Allnighter Mickey Leroi 1987
42% Maid to Order Nick McGuire 1987
No Score Yet Kids Don't Tell John Ryan 1985
No Score Yet Just the Way You Are Peter Nichols 1984
No Score Yet The Blood of Others Jean Blomart 1984
39% Making Love Zach 1982
No Score Yet Willie & Phil Willie Kaufman 1980
No Score Yet Voices Drew Rothman 1979
85% Slap Shot Ned Braden 1977
No Score Yet Girls On The Road (Hot Summer Week) Actor 1973
No Score Yet Necromancy (The Witching) (A Life for a Life) (Horror-Attack) (Rosemary's Disciples) (The Toy Factory) Frank 1972
No Score Yet Pickup on 101 Chuck 1972
No Score Yet The Peacekillers Jeff 1971


88% Twin Peaks
Sheriff Harry S. Truman Sherrif Harry S. Truman 2018
No Score Yet North Shore
Gordy Gordan Matthews Gordan 2005
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Lester Braddock 1971
No Score Yet Ironside
Man 1970
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected


Wes Merritt says: Be careful around Kurt. You don't know him.

Natalie Merritt says: You don't know Brenda either.