Rory Calhoun


Actor
Rory Calhoun

About

Also Known As
Francis Timothy Durgin, Frank Mccown
Birth Place
Los Angeles, California, USA
Born
August 08, 1922
Died
April 28, 1999
Cause of Death
Complications From Diabetes And Emphysema

Biography

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 ...

Photos & Videos

Dawn at Socorro - Movie Posters
Dawn at Socorro - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Night of the Lepus - Pressbook

Family & Companions

Lita Baron
Wife
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.
Susan Langley
Wife
Married for six years in the 1970s; separated and later reconciled; later divorced; mother of Calhoun's youngest daughter.

Bibliography

"The Man From Padera"
Rory Calhoun

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

Biography

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."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Pure Country (1992)
Bad Jim (1989)
Hell Comes To Frogtown (1988)
Avenging Angel (1985)
Angel (1984)
Kit Carson
Motel Hell (1980)
Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers (1979)
Farner
The Main Event (1979)
Fighter In Kid'S Camp
Love and the Midnight Auto Supply (1978)
Len Thompson
Kino, the Padre on Horseback (1977)
Flight To Holocaust (1977)
Editor Davis--Engineer
The West Is Still Wild (1975)
Night of the Lepus (1972)
Cole Hillman
Operation Cross Eagles (1969)
Sgt. Sean MacAfee
Dayton's Devils (1968)
Mike Page
Operation Delilah (1966)
Rory
Apache Uprising (1966)
Jim Walker
Finger on the Trigger (1965)
Larry Winton
Young Fury (1965)
Clint McCoy
Black Spurs (1965)
Santee
The Young and the Brave (1963)
Sgt. Editor Brent
A Face in the Rain (1963)
Rand
The Gun Hawk (1963)
Blaine Madden
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
[Participation unconfirmed]
Marco Polo (1962)
Marco Polo
The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)
Dario
The Secret of Monte Cristo (1961)
Capt. Adam Corbett
Thunder in Carolina (1960)
Mitch Cooper
Apache Territory (1958)
Logan Cates
The Saga of Hemp Brown (1958)
Hemp Brown
Ride Out for Revenge (1957)
Marshal Tate
Domino Kid (1957)
Domino, also known as Cort Garand
Utah Blaine (1957)
Mike "Utah" Blaine
The Big Caper (1957)
Frank Harper
The Hired Gun (1957)
Raw Edge (1956)
Tex Kirby
The Spoilers (1956)
Alex McNamara
Flight to Hong Kong (1956)
Tony Dumont, also known as Anton Dumonnez
Red Sundown (1956)
Alec Longmire
The Treasure of Pancho Villa (1955)
Tom Bryan
Ain't Misbehavin' (1955)
Kenneth Post, III
The Looters (1955)
Jesse Hill
Four Guns to the Border (1954)
Cully
Dawn at Socorro (1954)
Brett Wade
River of No Return (1954)
Harry Weston
A Bullet Is Waiting (1954)
Editor Stone
The Yellow Tomahawk (1954)
Adam [Reed]
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Eben Salem
The Silver Whip (1953)
Sheriff Tom Davisson
Powder River (1953)
Chino Bull
Way of a Gaucho (1952)
Martin Penalosa
With a Song in My Heart (1952)
John Burn
I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951)
Jack Stark
Meet Me After the Show (1951)
David Hemingway
Rogue River (1950)
Ownie Rogers
County Fair (1950)
Peter Brennan
Return of the Frontiersman (1950)
Larrabee
A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950)
Dakota
Massacre River (1949)
Phil Acton
Sand (1949)
Chick Palmer
Miraculous Journey (1948)
Larry Burke
Adventure Island (1947)
Mr. Herrick
That Hagen Girl (1947)
Ken Freneau
The Red House (1947)
Teller
The Great John L. (1945)
James J. "Gentleman Jim" Corbett
The Great John L. (1945)
The Bullfighters (1945)
El Brillante
Nob Hill (1945)
Jose
Something for the Boys (1944)

Writer (Feature Film)

Shotgun (1955)
Writer

Producer (Feature Film)

A Face in the Rain (1963)
Executive Producer
Apache Territory (1958)
Producer
Domino Kid (1957)
Producer
The Hired Gun (1957)
Producer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Fists of Steel (1989)
Line Producer

Cast (Special)

Oil's Well That Ends Well (1993)
The Wildest West Show of the Stars (1986)
Pottsville (1980)
Luxury Liner (1963)
The Desilu Revue (1959)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Blue and the Gray (1982)
The Rebels (1979)

Life Events

1939

At age 17, left home for good; began hot-wiring automobiles

1944

Feature debut (billed as Frank McCown), "Something for the Boys"

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"

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"

Photo Collections

Dawn at Socorro - Movie Posters
Dawn at Socorro - Movie Posters
Dawn at Socorro - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Dawn at Socorro - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Night of the Lepus - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Night of the Lepus (1972). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

That Hagen Girl (1947) - There's Nothing To Tell Panic in the small Midwestern town to which Ronald Reagan, as lawyer Tom, has just returned, because Shirley Temple (title character) appears to have drowned herself, because she just learned that everyone (wrongly) thinks she’s his illegitimate daughter, Rory Calhoun and Conrad Janis her spurned boyfriends, Dorothy Peterson and Charles Kemper her adoptive parents, Guy Wilkerson as Link, in That Hagen Girl, 1947.
Colossus Of Rhodes, The (1961) - Open, Island Of Rhodes, 280 B.C. Leave it to Sergio Leone, in his first feature, a cold-open no less, with a Hellenistic commando raid on unspecified villains, the blonde guy being rescued is the French actor Georges Marchal, whom we’ll learn is a rebel Phoenecian slave, in the Italian-financed, shot in Spain, released by MGM The Colossus Of Rhodes, 1961, starring Rory Calhoun.
Colossus Of Rhodes, The (1961) - Proof Of My Ardor Rory Calhoun (who director Sergio Leone later described as a “proletarian Cary Grant”), as Greek soldier and visitor Dario, has pursued sexy, connected local dignitary Diala (Lea Massari) from a big banquet to a quieter temple, but she’s planning tricks, in the Spanish-made Italian-financed MGM release The Colossus Of Rhodes, 1961.
Colossus Of Rhodes, The (1961) - Nectar Of Euphrates This plays rather like a Sergio Leone scene, and comes from his first feature, at a banquet on Rhodes celebrating the new (titular) statue, rakish Greek visitor Dario (Rory Calhoun) flirts with local socialite Diala (Lea Massari), while the king (Roberto Camardiel) susses out a rebel slave (an un-credited actor!), in The Colossus Of Rhodes, 1961.
River Of No Return (1954) - On It Or Under It Recently re-united on their frontier farm (shot on location in Alberta), Calder (Robert Mitchum) and son Mark (Tommy Rettig) are checking out the natives when acquaintances Harry (Rory Calhoun) and Kay (Marilyn Monroe) ride up on a raft, in Otto Preminger's River Of No Return, 1954.
Night Of The Lepus (1972) - Rabbit War Who would believe just rabbits could take over a whole region, Paul Dunphy as the newscaster explains about Australia, in the opening to the far-fetched MGM eco-thriller Night Of The Lepus, 1972, starring Janet Leigh and Stuart Whitman.
Night Of The Lepus (1972) - Just A Case Of Mild Shock Newly acquainted Amanda (Melanie Fullerton) and Jackie (Chris Morrell) are killing their time while her scientist parents (Janet Leigh, Stuart Whitman) worry that their rabbit control scheme may be in trouble, so they explore the mine shaft, and it’s not a dream, in Night Of The Lepus, 1972.
Night Of The Lepus (1972) - We'll Have To Get Larger Cages Married scientists Stuart Whitman and Janet Leigh aren’t yet worried that the rabbit control serum injections they’ve begun will be troublesome, while cooperative rancher Hillman (Rory Calhoun) arranges a fire-break, then they see suspicious tracks, in Night Of The Lepus, 1972.
Night Of The Lepus (1972) - It Only Takes One Rancher Cole (Rory Calhoun) and scientist Roy (Stuart Whitman) are exploring the mine shaft to see if there really are giant rabbits, while his wife Gerry (Janet Leigh) and ranch-hand Jud (Chuck Hayward) monitor progress, and we see the first big attack, in Night Of The Lepus, 1972.

Trailer

Night of the Lepus - (Original Trailer) Death comes hippity-hopping down the bunny trail as giant rabbits unleash The Night of the Lepus (1972).
With A Song In My Heart - (Original Trailer) Singer Jane Froman (Susan Hayward) comes back after a plane crash in the biopic With A Song In My Heart (1952).
Colossus of Rhodes, The - (Original Trailer) Sergio Leone (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) solo directed for the first time on The Colossus of Rhodes (1961), a sword-and-sandal epic.
How to Marry a Millionaire - (Original Trailer) Three models pool their resources to rent a posh penthouse in hopes of snaring rich husbands in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) starring Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe & Betty Grable.
Bullet Is Waiting, A - (Original Trailer) A plane crash strands a policeman and his prisoner in the wilderness in A Bullet Is Waiting (1954) starring Jean Simmons and Rory Calhoun.
Secret Of Monte Cristo, The - (Original Trailer) Rory Calhoun is Capt. Adam Corbett who sets out to find the fabled treasure of the island of Monte Cristo.
Young and the Brave, The - (Original Trailer) Three American POWs fight to escape from North Korea in The Young and the Brave (1963) starring Rory Calhoun.
Dawn At Socorro - (Original Trailer) In one of Rory Calhoun's best westerns he plays a gunfighter turned gambler who falls in love with a dance-hall girl, then has to win her in a poker game.
That Hagen Girl - (Original Trailer) Everyone in town thinks Shirley Temple is the illegitimate child of Ronald Reagan in That Hagen Girl (1947).
Treasure of Pancho Villa, The - (Original Trailer) An American adventurer competes with the famed Mexcan bandit to recover a lost gold shipment in The Treasure of Pancho Villa (1955) starring Rory Calhoun and Shelley Winters.
River of No Return - (Original Trailer) A frontier farmer takes off with his son and a saloon singer after the man who stole his rifle and his horse in River of No Return (1954).
Motel Hell - (Original Trailer) "It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters" at Motel Hell (1980).

Family

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

Companions

Lita Baron
Wife
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.
Susan Langley
Wife
Married for six years in the 1970s; separated and later reconciled; later divorced; mother of Calhoun's youngest daughter.

Bibliography

"The Man From Padera"
Rory Calhoun

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