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Mike Kellin

Highest Rated:   100% Girlfriends (1978)
Lowest Rated:   15% The Jazz Singer (1980)
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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
83% 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
80% So Fine
  • Sam Schlotzman
1981
15% The Jazz Singer
  • Leo
1980
No Score Yet On the Yard
  • Red
1979
95% Midnight Express
  • Mr. Hayes
1978
100% Girlfriends
  • Abe
1978
73% Next Stop, Greenwich Village
  • Mr. Lapinsky
1976
78% God Told Me To
  • Deputy Commissioner
1976
27% 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 Cover Me Babe
  • Derelict
1970
No Score Yet The Maltese Bippy
  • (uncredited)
1969
No Score Yet Riot
  • Bugsy
1969
92% The Boston Strangler
  • Julian Soshnick
1968
83% 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 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 The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Chief Bell
  • 1963

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