(12/12/2015) Updating Rory Calhoun biography, Motel Hell - Lead actor: Arguably, one of Calhoun's greatest achievements was his dry performance in the 1980 black comedy/horror 'Motel Hell,' which has achieved cult status.
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[on Susan Hayward
] I learned a lot from that lady. I learned more about my trade, about presence in front of the camera, by watching her. She acted like it was nothing, with no effort.
As a teenager Calhoun dropped out of high school and drifted into petty crime, becoming a car thief. He was caught and spent three years in a federal reformatory. In the mid-'50s blackmailers threatened to make his prison record public; instead, Calhoun himself revealed it. He died after a ten-day hospitalization for advanced stages of emphysema and diabetes.
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