Rory Calhoun

Rory Calhoun

Highest Rated: 92% Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

Lowest Rated: 8% Night of the Lepus (1972)

Birthday: Aug 8, 1922

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Handsome leading man Rory Calhoun's successful film and television career spanned well over 50 years. In the mid-1940s,after a difficult childhood and adolescence, Calhoun found work as a lumberjack in Santa Cruz, California. It was while there employed that Calhoun was discovered by actor Alan Ladd, who suggested that the rugged young man give movies a try. Billed as "Frank McCown," Calhoun was signed to a brief contract at 20th Century-Fox, but most of his earliest movie scenes (including a sizeable supporting role in the Laurel and Hardy vehicle The Bullfighters) ended up on the cutting room floor. Free-lancing in the late 1940s, Calhoun first attracted a fan-following with his supporting role as a high-school lothario in 1948's The Red House. He returned to Fox in 1950, enjoying major roles in such films as How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and River of No Return (1955). Established as a western player by the late 1950s, Calhoun starred on the popular TV western The Texan from 1958 through 1960. He spent his spare time writing, publishing at least one novel, The Man From Padeira. From 1949 through 1970, Calhoun was married to actress Lita Baron. Perpetuating his career into the 1980s and '90s, a more weather-beaten Rory Calhoun was seen in the lead of the satirical horror film Motel Hell (1980), was quite funny as a washed-up macho movie star in Avenging Angel (1985), and stole the show from ostensible leading-man George Strait in Pure Country (1992).


Highest Rated Movies



41% Pure Country Ernest Tucker 1992
No Score Yet Bad Jim Sam Harper 1990
63% Hell Comes to Frogtown Lonney Tune 1987
33% Avenging Angel Kit Carson 1985
No Score Yet Angel Kit Carson 1984
No Score Yet Running Hot (Makin' It) (Highway to Hell) Actor 1983
71% Motel Hell Vincent Smith 1980
No Score Yet Smokey and the Judge Matt Polsky 1980
40% The Main Event Fighter in Kid's Camp 1979
No Score Yet The Rebels Actor 1979
No Score Yet Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers Farner 1979
No Score Yet Midnight Auto Supply Len Thompson 1978
No Score Yet Mule Feathers Bonaparte Shelby 1977
20% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Philip Hart 1976
8% Night of the Lepus Cole Hillman 1972
No Score Yet Muchacha del Nilo, La (The Girl of the Nile) Actor 1969
No Score Yet Operation Cross Eagles Sgt. Sean MacAfee 1969
No Score Yet Dayton's Devils Mike 1968
No Score Yet Apache Uprising Jim Walker 1966
No Score Yet Finger on the Trigger Larry Winton 1965
No Score Yet A Face in the Rain Rand Executive Producer 1963
92% Requiem for a Heavyweight Himself 1962
63% The Colossus of Rhodes Darios 1961
No Score Yet Thunder in Carolina Mitch Cooper 1960
No Score Yet Apache Territory Logan Cates Producer 1958
No Score Yet The Big Caper Frank Harper 1957
No Score Yet The Hired Gun Producer Gil McCord 1957
No Score Yet Flight To Hong Kong Tony Dumont 1956
No Score Yet Raw Edge Tex Kirby 1956
No Score Yet The Spoilers Alexander McNamara 1955
No Score Yet The Treasure of Pancho Villa Tom Bryan 1955
No Score Yet Dawn at Socorro Brett Rutledge Wade 1954
No Score Yet The Yellow Tomahawk Adam Reed 1954
57% River of No Return Harry Weston (gambler) 1954
No Score Yet Four Guns to the Border Actor 1954
No Score Yet A Bullet Is Waiting Ed Stone 1954
84% How to Marry a Millionaire Eben 1953
No Score Yet The Silver Whip Sheriff Tom Davisson 1953
67% With a Song in My Heart John Burn 1952
No Score Yet Way Of A Gaucho Martin Penalosa 1952
No Score Yet Meet Me After the Show David Hemingway 1951
No Score Yet I'd Climb the Highest Mountain Jack Stark 1951
No Score Yet A Ticket to Tomahawk Dakota 1950
No Score Yet That Hagen Girl Ken Freneau 1947
No Score Yet Adventure Island Mr. Herrick 1947
80% The Red House Teller 1947
No Score Yet Nob Hill Jose 1945
No Score Yet The Bullfighters El Brilliante 1945
No Score Yet Something for the Boys Soldier 1944
No Score Yet Sundown Actor 1941


82% Tales from the Crypt
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
Steve 1977
90% Gilligan's Island
Jonathan Kincaid 1967
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Ben Stack 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
Masters 1965
No Score Yet Bonanza
Tom Wilson 1964


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