Rory Calhoun - Rotten Tomatoes

Rory Calhoun

Highest Rated:   90% Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Lowest Rated:   10% Night of the Lepus (1972)
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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).

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RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Way Of A Gaucho
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Sports Pack
  • Actor
2006
38% Pure Country
  • Ernest Tucker
1992
No Score Yet Bad Jim
  • Sam Harper
1990
40% Hell Comes to Frogtown
  • Lonney Tune
1987
40% Avenging Angel
  • Kit Carson
1985
No Score Yet Angel
  • Kit Carson
1984
No Score Yet Running Hot (Makin' It) (Highway to Hell)
  • Actor
1983
70% Motel Hell
  • Vincent Smith
1980
No Score Yet Smokey and the Judge
  • Matt Polsky
1980
38% 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
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Philip Hart
1976
10% 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
  • Executive Producer
  • Rand
1963
90% Requiem for a Heavyweight
  • Himself
1962
57% The Colossus of Rhodes
  • Darios
1961
No Score Yet Hard Drivin'
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Thunder in Carolina
  • Mitch Cooper
1960
No Score Yet Apache Territory
  • Producer
  • Logan Cates
1958
No Score Yet The Big Caper
  • Frank Harper
1957
No Score Yet The Hired Gun
  • Gil McCord
  • Producer
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
62% River of No Return
  • Harry Weston (gambler)
1954
No Score Yet A Bullet Is Waiting
  • Ed Stone
1954
No Score Yet Four Guns to the Border
  • Actor
1954
83% How to Marry a Millionaire
  • Eben
1953
No Score Yet With a Song in My Heart
  • John Burn
1952
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
No Score Yet Blue Lightning
  • Actor

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