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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 24, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, CA Profession: actor, hockey player

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A former child actor with the National Shakespeare Festival Ontkean first came to prominence in the TV series "The Rookies" (ABC, 1972-74). He has appeared in several films, notably opposite Paul Newman in "Slap Shot" (1977) and in the tame homosexual love story "Making Love" (1982), which reunited him with his TV wife Kate Jackson. He is best known to contemporary audiences as straight-arrow police chief Harry S. Truman in David Lynch's TV soap-opera-with-a-twist, "Twin Peaks" (1990). He reprised the role in Lynch's 1992 feature "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me". Ontkean also has appeared in many TV movies including opposite Jodie Foster in the WWII thriller "The Blood of Others" (HBO, 1984) and memorably as an accused murderer in "In a Child's Name" (CBS, 1991).

A former child actor with the National Shakespeare Festival Ontkean first came to prominence in the TV series "The Rookies" (ABC, 1972-74). He has appeared in several films, notably opposite Paul Newman in "Slap Shot" (1977) and in the tame homosexual love story "Making Love" (1982), which reunited him with his TV wife Kate Jackson. He is best known to contemporary audiences as straight-arrow police chief Harry S. Truman in David Lynch's TV soap-opera-with-a-twist, "Twin Peaks" (1990). He reprised the role in Lynch's 1992 feature "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me". Ontkean also has appeared in many TV movies including opposite Jodie Foster in the WWII thriller "The Blood of Others" (HBO, 1984) and memorably as an accused murderer in "In a Child's Name" (CBS, 1991).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Descendants, The (2011)
2.
 Chance of Snow, A (1998) Matt Hill
3.
 Summer of the Monkeys (1998) John Lee
4.
 Just a Little Harmless Sex (1998) Jeff, Yoga Instructor
5.
 Nico the Unicorn (1998)
6.
 Stepford Husbands, The (1996) Mick Davison
7.
 Swann (1996) Stephen
8.
 Man Next Door, The (1995) Eli Cooley
10.
 Legacy of Lies (1992) Zack Zelnick
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First appeared on stage at age three with father's repertory company in British Columbia
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Moved with family to Toronto at age nine; worked regularly for the CBC, the National Film Board and the Stratford Ontario Shakespeare Festival
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Played for St Michael's (Toronto Maple Leafs farm club) and for semi-pro teams in Quebec and Vancouver (NY Rangers farm clubs)
1971:
Brought to Hollywood by director and fellow Canadian Norman Jewison to test (unsuccessfully) for "Fiddler on the Roof"
1971:
Moved to California; feature acting debut, "The Peace Killers"
1972:
TV acting debut in series, "The Rookies"
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Moved to Maine on hiatus from acting; re-entered acting with "Slap Shot" (1977)
1990:
Starred as Sheriff Harry S. Truman in TV series, "Twin Peaks"
1994:
Starred opposite Jaclyn Smith in Danielle Steel's "Family Album"
2004:
Starred in the Fox drama "North Shore"
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Education

University of New Hampshire: Durham , New Hampshire - 1970

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wife:
Fran Ontkean. Divorced.
wife:
Jamie Smith Jackson. Artist, activist, former actor. Mother of two daughters by Ontkean; appeared in many TV-movies in early 1970s including "Go Ask Alice".

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father:
Leonard Ontkean. Boxer, actor.
mother:
Muriel Ontkean. Actor.
sister:
Sheri Ontkean.
daughter:
Sadie S Ontkean. Born May 1988; mother, Jamie Smith Jackson.
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