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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
As a child, frequently ran away from home
At age 17, left home for good; began hot-wiring automobiles
Spent three years in federal reformatory in El Reno, Oklahoma
Chance meeting with Alan Ladd led to his film career
Feature debut (billed as Frank McCown), "Something for the Boys"
Given the stage name Rory Calhoun by producer David O Selznick
First credit as Rory Calhoun, "The Red House", followed by first starring role in "Adventure Island"
Played gunslinger in Richard Sale's comedy-Western, "A Ticket to Tomahawk"
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
Played a poor but honest forest ranger who wins Betty Grable's heart in "How to Marry a Millionaire"
Gave good account of himself as wealthy businessman who ends up with Piper Laurie in "Ain't Misbehavin'"
Produced (with Victor M Orsatti) and starred in two films directed by Ray Nazarro, "Domino Kid" and "The Hired Gun"
Reteamed with Orsatti and Nazarro for "Apache Territory"
Produced (with Orsatti) and starred in CBS series, "The Texan"; ABC later aired repeats (1960-1962)
Looked uncomfortable in a toga for Sergio Leone's directing debut, "The Colossus of Rhodes"
Played title role in "Marco Polo"
Hosted "Western Star Theater", re-syndicated title for selected episodes of "Death Valley Days"
Co-executive produced and starred as US spy in tense World War II melodrama, "A Face in the Rain"
Played Sergeant Sean MacAfee in WWII pic, "Operation Cross Eagles"
Acted on the London stage in "Belle Starr"
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
Appeared in NBC disaster movie, "Flight to Holocaust"
Acted in syndicated miniseries, "The Rebels"
Had regular role of Judson Tyler on the CBS daytime drama "Capitol"
Played General George Meade in CBS miniseries, "The Blue and the Gray"
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"
Returned to Western genre for "Bad Jim"; screen debut for John Clark Gable (Clark Gable's son)
Last feature to date, "Pure Country"
Acted in "Oil's Well That Ends Well" episode of HBO's "Tales of the Crypt"
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