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Also Known As: Francis Timothy Durgin, Frank Mccown, Frank Mccown Died: April 28, 1999
Born: August 8, 1922 Cause of Death: complications from diabetes and emphysema
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, writer, artist, cowboy, forester, miner, forest firefighter, truck driver, mechanic, lumberjack

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A chance meeting with Alan Ladd led to a film career for Rory Calhoun, a rangy, likable leading man who started out billed as Frank McCown before settling on his permanent moniker. Best remembered for his work in the Westerns and action pictures, he acted in a wide variety of movies, portraying eligible bachelors in modern-day comedies like "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953) and "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1955), as well as venturing into period fare for "The Colossus of Rhodes" (1961) and the title role in "Marco Polo" (1962). Calhoun's cowboy credits included the comedy-Western, "A Ticket to Tomahawk" (1950) and a series of films that he produced (with Victor Orsatti) and starred in, "Domino Kid", "The Hired Gun" (both 1957) and "Apache Territory" (1958), all directed by Ray Nazarro. He solidified his Western standing as star of the CBS series, "The Texan" (1958-60), which he also produced with Orsatti. Calhoun has acted in some laughers like "The Night of the Lepus" (1972) and "Angel" (1984), but has balanced those with appearances in the popular CBS miniseries, "The Blue and the Gray" (1982), and features like "Bad Jim" (1990) and "Pure Country" (1992). During the 80s, he also ventured into the realm...

A chance meeting with Alan Ladd led to a film career for Rory Calhoun, a rangy, likable leading man who started out billed as Frank McCown before settling on his permanent moniker. Best remembered for his work in the Westerns and action pictures, he acted in a wide variety of movies, portraying eligible bachelors in modern-day comedies like "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953) and "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1955), as well as venturing into period fare for "The Colossus of Rhodes" (1961) and the title role in "Marco Polo" (1962). Calhoun's cowboy credits included the comedy-Western, "A Ticket to Tomahawk" (1950) and a series of films that he produced (with Victor Orsatti) and starred in, "Domino Kid", "The Hired Gun" (both 1957) and "Apache Territory" (1958), all directed by Ray Nazarro. He solidified his Western standing as star of the CBS series, "The Texan" (1958-60), which he also produced with Orsatti. Calhoun has acted in some laughers like "The Night of the Lepus" (1972) and "Angel" (1984), but has balanced those with appearances in the popular CBS miniseries, "The Blue and the Gray" (1982), and features like "Bad Jim" (1990) and "Pure Country" (1992). During the 80s, he also ventured into the realm of daytime drama, playing a judge with political connections on the CBS series "Capitol".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Pure Country (1992) Ernest Tucker
2.
 Bad Jim (1989) Sam Harper
3.
 Hell Comes To Frogtown (1988) Looney Tunes
4.
 Avenging Angel (1985) Kit Carson
5.
 Angel (1984) Kit Carson
6.
 Motel Hell (1980) Vincent Smith
8.
 Main Event, The (1979) Fighter In Kid'S Camp
9.
 Love and the Midnight Auto Supply (1978) Len Thompson
10.
 Flight To Holocaust (1977) Ed Davis--Engineer
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Raised in Santa Cruz, California
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As a child, frequently ran away from home
1939:
At age 17, left home for good; began hot-wiring automobiles
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Spent three years in federal reformatory in El Reno, Oklahoma
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Chance meeting with Alan Ladd led to his film career
1944:
Feature debut (billed as Frank McCown), "Something for the Boys"
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Given the stage name Rory Calhoun by producer David O Selznick
1947:
First credit as Rory Calhoun, "The Red House", followed by first starring role in "Adventure Island"
1950:
Played gunslinger in Richard Sale's comedy-Western, "A Ticket to Tomahawk"
1952:
Portrayed pilot who saved Susan Hayward's life in Walter Lang's "With a Song in My Heart", based loosely on the events of singer Jane Froman's life
1953:
Played a poor but honest forest ranger who wins Betty Grable's heart in "How to Marry a Millionaire"
1955:
Gave good account of himself as wealthy businessman who ends up with Piper Laurie in "Ain't Misbehavin'"
1957:
Produced (with Victor M Orsatti) and starred in two films directed by Ray Nazarro, "Domino Kid" and "The Hired Gun"
1958:
Reteamed with Orsatti and Nazarro for "Apache Territory"
1958:
Produced (with Orsatti) and starred in CBS series, "The Texan"; ABC later aired repeats (1960-1962)
1961:
Looked uncomfortable in a toga for Sergio Leone's directing debut, "The Colossus of Rhodes"
1962:
Played title role in "Marco Polo"
1963:
Hosted "Western Star Theater", re-syndicated title for selected episodes of "Death Valley Days"
1963:
Co-executive produced and starred as US spy in tense World War II melodrama, "A Face in the Rain"
1967:
Played Sergeant Sean MacAfee in WWII pic, "Operation Cross Eagles"
1969:
Acted on the London stage in "Belle Starr"
1972:
Portrayed a rancher whose pique at hungry rabbits leads to a wacky science experiment gone haywire in "Night of the Lepus", resulting in 25-foot man-eating bunnies
1977:
Appeared in NBC disaster movie, "Flight to Holocaust"
1979:
Acted in syndicated miniseries, "The Rebels"
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Had regular role of Judson Tyler on the CBS daytime drama "Capitol"
1982:
Played General George Meade in CBS miniseries, "The Blue and the Gray"
1984:
Brought an amiability to his role as an old cowpoke laboring under the delusion that he really is Kit Carson in "Angel"; also appeared in 1985 sequel, "Avenging Angel"
1990:
Returned to Western genre for "Bad Jim"; screen debut for John Clark Gable (Clark Gable's son)
1992:
Last feature to date, "Pure Country"
1993:
Acted in "Oil's Well That Ends Well" episode of HBO's "Tales of the Crypt"
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Notes

Calhoun reportedly has a reputation as a ladies' man and may or may not have had romances with numerous co-stars, including Betty Grable and Lana Turner. He reportedly settled a paternity suit and when going through the divorce from his first wife, she accused him of "adultery with 79 women." --From Los Angeles Times obituary, April 29, 1999

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wife:
Lita Baron. Actor. Married in 1949; named Betty Grable and 78 other women in her petition for divorce filed in June 1969; divorced in 1970 mother of Calhoun's three oldest daughters.
wife:
Susan Langley. Married for six years in the 1970s; separated and later reconciled; later divorced; mother of Calhoun's youngest daughter.

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daughter:
Cindy Calhoun. Mother, Lita Baron.
daughter:
Tami Calhoun. Mother, Lita Baron.
daughter:
Lorri Calhoun. Mother. Lita Baron.
daughter:
Rory Patricia Calhoun. Mother, Susan Langley.
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