Michael Ontkean Biography (1946?-)

Born January 24, 1946 (some sources say 1950), in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; son of Leonard (an actor and boxer) and Muriel (an actress; maidenname, Cooper) Ontkean; married Fran (divorced); married Jamie Smith Jackson (a painter); children: (second marriage) Sadie, another daughter. Addresses: Agent: Innovative Artists, 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2850, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Birth Details
January 24, 1946?
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Officer Willie Gillis, The Rookies, ABC, 1972-74
  • Sheriff Harry S. Truman, Twin Peaks (also known as Northwest Passage), ABC, 1990
  • Miniseries
  • Mark Fawcett (some sources say Hank Parnell), Vendetta II: The New Mafia (also known as Bride of Violence, Donna d'onore 2, and Vendetta 2), syndicated, 1993
  • Ward Thayer, Danielle Steel's "Family Album" (also known as Family Album), NBC, 1994
  • Movies
  • Summer, 1981
  • Jean Blomart, The Blood of Others (also known as Le sang des autres), HBO, 1984
  • John Ryan, Kids Don't Tell, CBS, 1985
  • Christopher Wells, The Right of the People, ABC, 1986
  • Robert Simmons, In Defense of a Married Man, ABC, 1990
  • Dr. Kenneth Z. Taylor, In a Child's Name, CBS, 1991
  • Zack Zelnick (some sources say Zach Resnick), Legacy of Lies, 1992
  • Jeff Lisker, Rapture, syndicated, 1993
  • Jan DeBoer, Whose Child Is This? The War for Baby Jessica, ABC, 1993
  • Eli Cooley, The Man Next Door, ABC, 1996
  • Mick Davison, The Stepford Husbands, CBS, 1996
  • Matthew "Matt" Parker, A Chance of Snow, Lifetime, 1998
  • Green Sails, 2000
  • Specials
  • Twin Peaks and Cop Rock: Behind the Scenes, ABC, 1990
  • MTV's 1990 Video Music Awards, MTV, 1990
  • Presenter, The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation, Fox, 1990
  • Presenter, The 3rd Annual International Rock Awards, ABC, 1991
  • The Rich and Famous 1993 World's Best, syndicated, 1993
  • Episodic
  • Lester Braduck, "Not with My Sister, You Don't!" The Partridge Family, ABC, 1970
  • "So, Who's Fred Hornbeck," Longstreet, ABC, 1971
  • Tommy, "The Man from the South," Tales of the Unexpected, NBC, 1979
  • "Square Deal," The Hitchhiker, 1988
  • Dr. Charles McCamber, "New Lease," The Outer Limits, Showtime andsyndicated, 1997
  • Also appeared in Dan August; as John Doe/Wesley Addison, "John Doe," Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, syndicated.
  • Pilots
  • Officer Willie Gillis, The Rookies, ABC, 1972
  • Sheriff Harry S. Truman, Twin Peaks, ABC, 1990
  • Film Appearances
  • Jeff, The Peace Killers, Transvue, 1971
  • Frank Brandon, Necromancy (also known as The Witching, The Toy Factory, Rosemary's Disciples, and A Life for a Life), Cinerama, 1972
  • Chuck, Pickup on 101 (also known as Where the Eagle Flies and A Time to Every Purpose), American International, 1972
  • Will, Girls on the Road, Fanfare Corporation, 1972
  • Hot Summer Week, Fanfare, 1973
  • Ned Braden, Slap Shot, Universal, 1977
  • Drew Rothman, Voices, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1979
  • Willie Kaufman, Willie and Phil, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Zack, Making Love, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Peter Nichols, Just the Way You Are, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Mickey Leroi, The Allnighter, Universal, 1987
  • Nick McGuire, Maid to Order, New Century/Vista, 1987
  • Bill Hart, Clara's Heart, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Curt Flynn, Street Justice, Sandy Howard, 1989
  • Derek MacKenzie, Cold Front, HBO Home Video, 1989
  • Teddy Cooper, Bye Bye Blues, Circle, 1990
  • Robert Munch, Postcards from the Edge, Columbia, 1990
  • (Scenes deleted) Sheriff Harry S. Truman, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (also known as Twin Peaks), 1992
  • Stephen, Swann, Majestic Films, 1996
  • Tom Gentry, Nico the Unicorn, Kingsborough-Greenlight Productions,1997
  • John Lee, Summer of the Monkeys (also known as L'ete des singes), BWE Distribution, Inc., 1998
  • Jeff, Just a Little Harmless Sex, Phaedra Cinema, 1999
  • Greg Bradley, Bear with Me, 2000
  • Stage Appearances
  • Has appeared at the Public Theater, New York City, Williamstown Theater Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, and The Kitchen, Soho, London.

Further Reference


    • Maclean's, October 5, 1998, p. 11

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    Jan 26, 2015 @ 8:20 pm
    He also attended high school in Rosemere, Quebec at Milles Iles Regional Catholic High.

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