(August 8, 1922 - April 28, 1999) U.S.A.
TV and film actor, screenwriter, and producer
Born Francis Timothy McCown-Durgin in Los Angeles, California he was raised in Santa Cruz, California. When he was nine months old, his father died. After his mother remarried, he occasionally used the last name of his stepfather, Durgin. As a teen, he dropped out of high school and became a car thief. Stealing cars eventually landed him in a Federal reformatory in El Reno, Oklahoma where he served a three year sentence.
After his release from prison in the early 1940s, he worked several odd jobs. In 1943, while riding a horse in a Los Angeles park, he was spotted by actor Alan Ladd who convinced him to take a screen test. He made his screen debut in an uncredited role in the 1941 film Sundown, followed by another small and uncredited role in Something For the Boys. After appearing in a few more roles, his agent, Henry Willson, persuaded him to change his name to Rory Calhoun.
Calhoun's career soon grew momentum and throughout the 1950s, he appeared in several westerns, musicals, and comedies.
In 1955, Henry Willson, Calhoun's agent, disclosed information about Calhoun's stint in prison with Confidential magazine, in an exchange to keep the tabloid from running a story about one of Willson's other clients, Rock Hudson. The disclosure had no negative effect on Calhoun's career and only served to solidify his bad boy image.
In 1958, Calhoun starred in The Texan, a series that ran until 1960. After the The Texan was canceled, he continued to appear in both television and film throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1982, Calhoun had a regular role on the soap opera Capitol. He stayed with the series until 1987.
His final role was that of grizzled family patriarch and rancher Ernest Tucker in the 1992 film Pure Country.
Calhoun was married twice and had four children. His first marriage was to singer Lita Baron in 1948 with whom he had three daughters. The marriage ended in 1970. The following year, he married Susan Langley, a journalist. The couple had one daughter before divorcing in 1976.
Calhoun died in Burbank, California from complications resulting from emphysema and diabetes.
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Calhoun has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7007 Hollywood Blvd. and a second star at 1750 Vine Street for his work in television.
In the book by Robert Hofler, The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2005. there is a really interesting scene starring "Rory Calhoun and Guy Madison found in flagrante delicto in a Jaguar, rocking the auto on its tires while a bedraggled Henry watched outside in a rainstorm".
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