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Rory Calhoun (I) (1922–1999)

Rory Calhoun was born Francis Timothy McCown in Los Angeles, the son of Elizabeth Cuthbert and James McCown. Rory starred in over 80 films and 1,000 television episodes. Before becoming an actor he worked as a boxer, a lumberjack, a truck driver and a cowpuncher. Tall and handsome, he benefited from a screen test at 20th Century-Fox, arranged for ... See full bio »

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The Texan
The Texan Bill Longley
Motel Hell
Motel Hell Vincent Smith
How to Marry a Millionaire
River of No Return
River of No Return Harry Weston


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 1993 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
- Oil's Well That Ends Well (1993) ... Spider
 1993 Johnny Bago (TV Series)
Hal Hubbertston
- Lady Madonna (1993) ... Hal Hubbertston
 1990 Bad Jim
Sam Harper
 1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Jimmie Thurson
- Killer Takes All (1988) ... Jimmie Thurson
 1982-1986 Capitol (TV Series)
Judson Tyler / Judge Judson Tyler
- Episode dated 6 October 1986 (1986) ... Judson Tyler
- Episode #1.12 (1982) ... Judge Judson Tyler
 1985 Half Nelson (TV Series)
- Pilot (1985)
 1985 Half Nelson (TV Movie)
 1984 Angel
Kit Carson
 1982 The Blue and the Gray (TV Mini-Series)
Gen. George Meade
- Part 3 (1982) ... Gen. George Meade
- Part 2 (1982) ... Gen. George Meade
- Part 1 (1982) ... Gen. George Meade
 1982 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Jim Bailey
- Harts at High Noon (1982) ... Jim Bailey
 1981 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series)
Mr. Hobbes
- The Cowboy Connection (1981) ... Mr. Hobbes
 1980 Smokey and the Judge
Matt Polsky
 1979 Bitter Heritage
 1979 The Rebels (TV Movie)
 1979 Harris and Company (TV Series)
- Choices (1979)
 1979 Revenge of Bigfoot
Bob Spence
 1978 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Edgar Miles
- Death Mask (1978) ... Edgar Miles
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Mr. Watson
- The Big Dipper/The Pirate (1978) ... Mr. Watson
 1977 Mule Feathers
Bonaparte Shelby
 1977 Little Vic (TV Mini-Series)
 1977 Love and the Midnight Auto Supply
Len Thompson
 1977 Mission to Glory: A True Story
Capt. Juan Monje
 1977 Flight to Holocaust (TV Movie)
Ed Davis
 1976 Jigsaw John (TV Series)
 1975 Movin' On (TV Series)
J.C. Coombs
- The Big Wheel (1975) ... J.C. Coombs
 1974 Police Woman (TV Series)
Lou Gerard
- Shoefly (1974) ... Lou Gerard
 1974 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Edgar Richardson
- By Reason of Madness (1974) ... Edgar Richardson
 1973 Police Story (TV Series)
Pete Eastman
- Death on Credit (1973) ... Pete Eastman
 1973 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
- Death's Head (1973) ... Larry
 1972 Hec Ramsey (TV Series)
Jim Patton
- Mystery of the Green Feather (1972) ... Jim Patton
 1972 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Bwana Bill
- Charlie Gave Me Your Number (1972) ... Bwana Bill
 1972 Night of the Lepus
Cole Hillman
 1972 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Matt Lawrence
- Cover Girl (1972) ... Matt Lawrence
 1971 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Jason Holloway
- Night of the Red Dog (1971) ... Jason Holloway
 1970 Lancer (TV Series)
Buck Addison
- The Rivals (1970) ... Buck Addison
 1969 The Girl of the Nile
Jack Cooper
 1968 Dayton's Devils
Mike Page
 1968 Land's End (TV Movie)
Mark Dunne
 1968 Operation Cross Eagles
Sgt. Sean McAfee
 1967 Custer (TV Series)
Zebediah Jackson
- Blazing Arrows (1967) ... Zebediah Jackson
 1967 Operation Delilah
 1967 Gilligan's Island (TV Series)
Jonathan Kincaid
- The Hunter (1967) ... Jonathan Kincaid
 1967 The World: Color It Happy (TV Movie)
 1966 Our Men in Bagdad
 1963-1966 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
William Richardson / Capt. Burt Mossman
- Water Bringer (1966) ... William Richardson
- Measure of a Man (1963) ... Capt. Burt Mossman
 1966 I Spy (TV Series)
- A Day Called 4 Jaguar (1966) ... Dimitri
 1965 Apache Uprising
Jim Walker
 1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Joseph Denner
- The Testing Post (1965) ... Joseph Denner
 1965 Black Spurs
 1965 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Ben Stack
- Honey Pot (1965) ... Ben Stack
 1961-1965 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Jarbo Pierce / Artie Matthewson
- The Jarbo Pierce Story (1965) ... Jarbo Pierce
- The Artie Matthewson Story (1961) ... Artie Matthewson
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Ashton DeWitt
- Who Killed Nobody Somehow? (1965) ... Ashton DeWitt
 1965 Finger on the Trigger
Larry Winton
 1964 Young Fury
Clint McCoy
 1964 The Virginian (TV Series)
Jim Shea
- A Father for Toby (1964) ... Jim Shea
 1964 Bonanza (TV Series)
Tom Wilson
- Thanks for Everything, Friend (1964) ... Tom Wilson
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
 1963 Face in the Rain
 1963 The Gun Hawk
Blaine Madden
 1963 The Young and the Brave
MSgt. Ed Brent (escaped POW)
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Captain Victor Kilhgren
- Luxury Liner (1963) ... Captain Victor Kilhgren
 1961 The Secret of Monte Cristo
Captain Adam Corbett
 1961 The Colossus of Rhodes
 1960 Thunder in Carolina
Mitch Cooper
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Juan O'Rourke
- The Killer Instinct (1959) ... Juan O'Rourke
 1958 Apache Territory
Logan Cates
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
George Slattery
- Curfew at Midnight (1958) ... George Slattery
 1958 The Saga of Hemp Brown
Hemp Brown
 1958 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Charles Goodnight
- Trail Blazer (1958) ... Charles Goodnight
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Peter Lockwood
- Meeting in Paris (1958) ... Peter Lockwood
 1957 Ride Out for Revenge
 1957 Domino Kid
 1957 The Hired Gun
Gil McCord
 1957 The Big Caper
Frank Harper
 1957 Utah Blaine
Utah Blaine
 1956 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Mason Ward
- Muletown Gold Strike (1956) ... Mason Ward
 1956 Flight to Hong Kong
Tony Dumont
 1956 Raw Edge
Tex Kirby
 1956 Red Sundown
Alec Longmire
 1955-1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Joe Mahoney / Master Sgt. Norris
- Hot Cargo (1956) ... Joe Mahoney
- Day Is Done (1955) ... Master Sgt. Norris
 1954-1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Jeff Blade / Rory Garrity
- Bet the Queen (1955) ... Jeff Blade
- Garrity's Sons (1955) ... Rory Garrity
- The Road Ahead (1954)
 1955 The Treasure of Pancho Villa
Tom Bryan
 1955 Ain't Misbehavin'
Kenneth Post
 1955 The Looters
Jesse Hill
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Midge Kelly
- The Champion (1955) ... Midge Kelly
 1954 Dawn at Socorro
Brett Wade
 1954 The Yellow Tomahawk
Adam Reed
 1954 River of No Return
Harry Weston
 1953 Powder River
Chino Bullock
 1953 The Silver Whip
Sheriff Tom Davisson
 1952 Way of a Gaucho
Martin Penalosa
 1952 With a Song in My Heart
John Burn
 1951 Meet Me After the Show
David Hemingway
 1951 I'd Climb the Highest Mountain
Jack Stark
 1951 Rogue River
Ownie Rogers
 1950 County Fair
Peter Brennan
 1950 Return of the Frontiersman
 1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk
 1949 Sand
Chick Palmer
 1949 Massacre River
Phil Acton
 1947 That Hagen Girl
Ken Freneau
 1947 The Red House
 1945 Nob Hill
Jose - Boxer Sparring with Tony (uncredited)
 1945 Where Do We Go from Here?
Soldier Leaving Canteen (uncredited)
 1945 The Bullfighters
El Brillante - Disgusted Matador (uncredited)
 1944 Sunday Dinner for a Soldier
Soldier in Truck (uncredited)
 1944 Something for the Boys
Soldier (uncredited)
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Album: He and wife Lita Baron record an album called "His and Hers". See more »

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Alternate Names:

Frank McCown


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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.


Henry Willson, an agent known for a stable of young, attractive, marginally talented actors with unusual names (Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter) signed Rory to a contract and initially christened him "Troy Donahue", then changed it to "Rory Calhoun". He used the Troy Donahue name later on another up-and-coming actor, with excellent results. See more »


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