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Birth information

8 August 1922 Los Angeles, California, USA

Death information

28 April 1999 Burbank, California, USA

Given Name

Francis Timothy Cuthbert

Nickname

Smoke

How tall is Rory Calhoun?

1.93 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Susan Kathleen Langely
Lita Baron

Life Story of Rory Calhoun

Rory Calhoun was born Francis Timothy McCown in Los Angeles, the son of Elizabeth Cuthbert and James McCown. Rory starred in over 80 films and 1,000 television episodes. Before becoming an actor he worked as a boxer, a lumberjack, a truck driver and a cowpuncher. Tall and handsome, he benefited from a screen test at 20th Century-Fox, arranged for him by Sue Carol, a Hollywood agent and the wife of actor Alan Ladd, who is said to have spotted Calhoun while he was riding a horse in a Los Angeles park. He debuted on screen in Something for the Boys (1944), with Carmen Miranda, billed as "Frank McCown". David O. Selznick changed his name to Rory Calhoun, and after playing small parts for a while, he graduated to starring in western films, including River of No Return (1954) with Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum. Calhoun's better-known pictures include How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Lauren Bacall, Monroe and Betty Grable, and With a Song in My Heart (1952) with Susan Hayward.

From 1959 to 1960 he starred in the CBS television series The Texan (1958). More than two decades later he returned to CBS for five years as Judge Judson Tyler on the daytime serial Capitol...

Significant features of Rory Calhoun

Black cowboy hat

Publications and Magazines about Rory Calhoun

Peter Kranzpiller Stars der Kinoszene Band 14 RORY CALHOUN. 1997

What movies did Rory Calhoun play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Fists of Steel (1989) , The Texan , Apache Territory (1958) , Domino Kid (1957) , The Hired Gun (1957) ,
Actors Filmography
Tales from the Crypt (1993) Spider, Johnny Bago (1993) Hal Hubbertston, Pure Country (1992) Ernest Tucker, Bad Jim (1990) Sam Harper, Roller Blade Warriors: Taken by Force (1989) Old Turkel, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1988) Jimmie Thurson, Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988) Looney Tunes, Capitol (1987) Judge Judson Tyler, Half Nelson (1985) , Half Nelson (1985) , Avenging Angel (1985) Kit...

Birth information

8 August 1922 Los Angeles, California, USA

Death information

28 April 1999 Burbank, California, USA

Given Name

Francis Timothy Cuthbert

Nickname

Smoke

How tall is Rory Calhoun?

1.93 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Susan Kathleen Langely
Lita Baron

Life Story of Rory Calhoun

Rory Calhoun was born Francis Timothy McCown in Los Angeles, the son of Elizabeth Cuthbert and James McCown. Rory starred in over 80 films and 1,000 television episodes. Before becoming an actor he worked as a boxer, a lumberjack, a truck driver and a cowpuncher. Tall and handsome, he benefited from a screen test at 20th Century-Fox, arranged for him by Sue Carol, a Hollywood agent and the wife of actor Alan Ladd, who is said to have spotted Calhoun while he was riding a horse in a Los Angeles park. He debuted on screen in Something for the Boys (1944), with Carmen Miranda, billed as "Frank McCown". David O. Selznick changed his name to Rory Calhoun, and after playing small parts for a while, he graduated to starring in western films, including River of No Return (1954) with Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum. Calhoun's better-known pictures include How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Lauren Bacall, Monroe and Betty Grable, and With a Song in My Heart (1952) with Susan Hayward.

From 1959 to 1960 he starred in the CBS television series The Texan (1958). More than two decades later he returned to CBS for five years as Judge Judson Tyler on the daytime serial Capitol...

Significant features of Rory Calhoun

Black cowboy hat

Publications and Magazines about Rory Calhoun

Peter Kranzpiller Stars der Kinoszene Band 14 RORY CALHOUN. 1997

What movies did Rory Calhoun play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Fists of Steel (1989) , The Texan , Apache Territory (1958) , Domino Kid (1957) , The Hired Gun (1957) ,
Actors Filmography
Tales from the Crypt (1993) Spider, Johnny Bago (1993) Hal Hubbertston, Pure Country (1992) Ernest Tucker, Bad Jim (1990) Sam Harper, Roller Blade Warriors: Taken by Force (1989) Old Turkel, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1988) Jimmie Thurson, Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988) Looney Tunes, Capitol (1987) Judge Judson Tyler, Half Nelson (1985) , Half Nelson (1985) , Avenging Angel (1985) Kit...

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Lon Chaney Jr., Rory Calhoun, Corinne Calvet, and Arthur Hunnicutt in Die Apachen (1965)

Mentioned numerous times in the episode of The Simpsons (1989) where Mr. Burns steals the puppies from the Simpsons.

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Lon Chaney Jr., Rory Calhoun, Corinne Calvet, and Arthur Hunnicutt in Die Apachen (1965)

As a teenager Calhoun dropped out of high school and drifted into petty crime, becoming a car thief. He was caught and spent three years in a federal reformatory. In the mid-'50s blackmailers threatened to make his prison record public; instead, Calhoun himself revealed it. He died after a ten-day hospitalization for advanced stages of emphysema and diabetes.

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Rory Calhoun and Betsy Russell in Angel kehrt zurück (1985)

When Lita Baron sued for divorce, she named 79 women with whom he had allegedly committed adultery. Calhoun responded, "Heck, she didn't even include half of them".

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Shirley Temple and Rory Calhoun in That Hagen Girl (1947)

His daughters with Lita Baron are Cindy (b. 1957), Tami (b. 1958) and Lorri (b. 1961). His daughter with Sue Rhodes is Rory Patricia (b. 1971).

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Rory Calhoun and Anne Francis in Flucht vor dem Galgen (1957)

Second wife Sue Rhodes was a journalist.

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Lon Chaney Jr., Rory Calhoun, and Corinne Calvet in Die Apachen (1965)

In 1955 his agent, Henry Willson, disclosed information about Calhoun's years in prison to "Confidential" magazine in exchange for the tabloid not printing an exposé about the secret homosexual life of Rock Hudson, another Willson client. The disclosure had no negative effect on Calhoun's career and only served to solidify his "bad boy" image.

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Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, and Harry Seymour in Fluß ohne Wiederkehr (1954)

After his release from San Quentin, Calhoun worked several odd jobs, including cowpuncher and lumberjack.

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Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, etc.

His young criminal career was rather extensive. A high school dropout, he stole a revolver at age 13, which landed him in the California Youth Authority's Preston School of Industry reformatory at Ione, CA. He escaped while in the adjustment center (jail within the jail). After robbing several jewelry stores, he stole a car and drove it across state lines. This offense sent him to the federal penitentiary in Springfield, MO, for three years. When he finished his sentence he was incarcerated in San Quentin State Penitentiary in California on other charges and remained there until he was paroled just before his 21st birthday.

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Robert Mitchum and Rory Calhoun in Fluß ohne Wiederkehr (1954)

When he was nine months old his father died. After his mother remarried he occasionally used the last name of his stepfather, Durgin.

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Marilyn Monroe and Rory Calhoun in Fluß ohne Wiederkehr (1954)

Guy Madison was one of his closest friends. The two men often went on fishing and hunting trips. Guy and his (second) wife Sheila Connolly named him godfather to their first born Bridget.

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Marilyn Monroe and Rory Calhoun in Fluß ohne Wiederkehr (1954)

He and Vitina Marcus had a daughter, Athena Marcus Calhoun, who became "The World's Most Beautiful Showgirl" and was awarded "The Key to the City of Las Vegas" in 1987.

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Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, etc.

Partners, with Victor M. Orsatti, in Rorvic Productions, a film production company.

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Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Betty Grable, Cameron Mitchell, etc.

The June 30, 1971, issue of Variety, in the Hollywood Production Pulse section, lists a movie "Everyman" directed by Jerry Schafer for Hollywood International Pictures with actors Rory Calhoun, Ruth Roman, Rosie Grier, Jim Mitchum, Tom Bosley, Jesse White, John Fiedler, and Percy Helton which started filming Jun 14, 1971, in Dallas. No evidence the movie was completed or released.

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Rory Calhoun and Betty Grable in Wie angelt man sich einen Millionär (1953)

On February 19, 2019, he was honored with a Sketch of the Day caricature on the Greg Joens website.

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Rory Calhoun and Betty Grable in Wie angelt man sich einen Millionär (1953)

His appearance becoming increasingly gaunt, Calhoun was a regular guest on television series in the 1980s.

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Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, and Stuart Whitman in Rabbits (1972)

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Rory Calhoun in Marco Polo (1962)

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Susan Hayward and Rory Calhoun in Mit einem Lied im Herzen (1952)

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Rory Calhoun in Mit einem Lied im Herzen (1952)

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Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, and William Lundigan in I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951)

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Rory Calhoun in Hotel zur Hölle (1980)

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Rory Calhoun and Nina Axelrod in Hotel zur Hölle (1980)

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Rory Calhoun, Nina Axelrod, and Nancy Parsons in Hotel zur Hölle (1980)

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Rory Calhoun, Nina Axelrod, and Nancy Parsons in Hotel zur Hölle (1980)

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Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, and Nancy Parsons in Hotel zur Hölle (1980)

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Rory Calhoun and Paul Linke in Hotel zur Hölle (1980)

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Leslie Nielsen, Eric Braeden, and Rory Calhoun in Dayton's Devils (1968)

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Rory Calhoun and Richard Boone in König der Gauchos (1952)

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Rory Calhoun and Nina Axelrod in Hotel zur Hölle (1980)

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William Bendix and Rory Calhoun in Stahlhagel (1963)

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Rory Calhoun, Guy Madison, and Johnny Sands in Zweikampf am Red River (1949)

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