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Michael Ontkean

Highest Rated:   90% Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Allnighter (1987)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
89% The Descendants
  • Cousin Milo
$78.5M 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
No Score Yet Street Justice
  • Curt Flynn
1990
90% Postcards from the Edge
  • Robert Munch
1990
No Score Yet Cold Front
  • Derek
1989
No Score Yet Bye Bye Blues
  • Teddy Cooper
1989
38% Clara's Heart
  • Bill Hart
1988
0% The Allnighter
  • Mickey Leroi
1987
36% Maid to Order
  • Nick McGuire
1987
No Score Yet Kids Don't Tell
  • John Ryan
1985
No Score Yet Por Ser Como Eres
  • Peter Nichols
1984
No Score Yet The Blood of Others
  • Jean Blomart
1984
31% Making Love
  • Zach
1982
No Score Yet Willie & Phil
  • Willie Kaufman
1980
No Score Yet Voices
  • Drew Rothman
1979
81% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% Twin Peaks
1990
  • Sheriff Harry S. Truman Sherrif Harry S. Truman
  • 1991
  • 1990

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