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Also Known As: Died: April 28, 1999
Born: August 8, 1922 Cause of Death: complications from diabetes and emphysema
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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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