Rory Calhoun Biography ((?)-)



See index for CTFT sketch: Born August 8, 1922, in Los Angeles, CA; died of emphysema and diabetes on April 28, 1999, in Burbank, CA. Actor, director, producer, and writer. Rory Calhoun starred in many B Westerns, but he wasalso a screenwriter, director, and producer. Additionally, he starred in non-Western films opposite Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and other actresses. Calhoun never finished high school and served three years in prison for stealing cars. After working a series of odd jobs, the future actor was spotted by Alan Ladd in a Los Angeles park where both were riding horses. Ladd convincedCalhoun to take a screen test, and Calhoun went on to play many small roles in Westerns before playing a leading role in the 1952 film Way of a Gaucho. Calhoun also starred in an ongoing television series (The Texan)and in the 1980s took many television roles unrelated to Westerns. Film credits include Hell Comes to Frogtown(1987), Bad Jim(1989), and Pure Country(1992). Writings include the screenplay Domino Kid(1957, with Kenneth Garnet and Hal Biller) and the television series The Texan(1957-1960). Calhoun also authored the stage play The Man from Padera.

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