Mike Kellin

Mike Kellin

  • Highest Rated: 100% Girlfriends (1978)
  • Lowest Rated: 19% The Jazz Singer (1980)
  • Birthday: Apr 26, 1922
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of an English-immigrant clothier, Mike Kellin decided to become an actor in the second grade, after watching a school production of A Christmas Carol. The restless Kellin briefly attended three colleges before serving in the Navy in World War II. After flunking out of Yale Drama School, Kellin headed to New York, where he studied acting under Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler. Denied leading-man assignments because of what he described as his "lived-in face," Kellin's big Broadway break came in the role of the abrasive sergeant in the 1949 Broadway comedy At War with the Army; he would reprise his role in the 1950 film version, which starred Martin and Lewis. Kellin went on to win the Tony award for his performance in the 1956 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Pipe Dream. In 1960, Kellin was cast as slovenly Chief Mate McCarthy in The Wackiest Ship in the Army; when this film was adapted into a TV series in 1965, Kellin came along for the ride in substantially the same role, though the character was rechristened as Chief Petty Officer Willie Miller. Mike Kellin's most celebrated movie appearance was his Oscar-nominated role as the father of the imprisoned protagonist in Midnight Express (1978).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

82% Sleepaway Camp Mel 1983
No Score Yet Living Nightmare Sid Berman 1983
No Score Yet Just Before Dawn Ty 1981
No Score Yet Paternity Tour Guide 1981
67% So Fine Sam Schlotzman 1981
19% The Jazz Singer Leo 1980
No Score Yet On the Yard Red 1979
96% Midnight Express Mr. Hayes 1978
100% Girlfriends Abe 1978
77% Next Stop, Greenwich Village Mr. Lapinsky 1976
80% God Told Me To Deputy Commissioner 1976
25% Freebie and the Bean Lt. Rosen $8.8K 1974
No Score Yet Fools' Parade Steve Mystic 1971
No Score Yet The People Next Door Dr. Margolin 1970
No Score Yet The Phynx Bogey 1970
No Score Yet Cover Me Babe Derelict 1970
No Score Yet The Maltese Bippy (uncredited) 1969
No Score Yet Riot Bugsy 1969
86% The Boston Strangler Julian Soshnick 1968
86% The Incident Harry Purvis 1967
No Score Yet Banning Kalielle 1967
No Score Yet Invitation to a Gunfighter Tom 1964
83% Hell Is for Heroes Pvt. Kolinsky 1962
No Score Yet The Great Imposter Thompson 1961
No Score Yet The Wackiest Ship in the Army Chief Mate MacCarthy 1960
No Score Yet The Mountain Road Prince 1960
No Score Yet The Wonderful Country Pancho Gil 1959
No Score Yet Lonelyhearts Frank Goldsmith 1958
No Score Yet Hurricane Smith Dicer 1952
No Score Yet At War With the Army Sgt. McVey 1950
No Score Yet Martin & Lewis: At War with the Army Actor 1950

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Bummie Fensil
  • 1976
No Score Yet Barney Miller
1975-1982
Mitchell
  • 1976
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
Al Grossman
  • 1976
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Dallavaca
  • 1974
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Frank
  • 1974
No Score Yet Lost in Space
1965-1968
Myko
  • 1966
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Vassily
  • 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Chief Bell
  • 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Stranger
  • 1958

QUOTES FROM Mike Kellin CHARACTERS

Roy McLean
What is a demon to you mister?
Ty
Tall... bigger than you. Built, built like that mountain up there. It had Vachel's hat and vest on, it had death in it's eye.
Ty
There's been a murder, my nephew Vachel.
Roy McLean
Who did it? Who did it?!
Ty
Demon. Gonna get those kids too.
Roy McLean
You saw those kids?
Ty
They wouldn't listen. I tried to warn them, they wouldn't hear it.