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August 20, 2020

Fabulous Photos of Rory Calhoun in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1922 as Francis Timothy McCown in Los Angeles, California, American actor Rory Calhoun starred in numerous Westerns in the 1950s and 1960s, and appeared in supporting roles in films such as How to Marry a Millionaire (1953).

Calhoun was considered for the lead of James West in the 1965–1969 CBS series The Wild Wild West, but the producers were not impressed with his screen test and instead chose Robert Conrad. He returned to Europe to make Our Men in Bagdad (1966) and The Emerald of Artatama (1969).

Calhoun continued to appear in both television and film throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He became known to a new generation for several roles in cult films such as Night of the Lepus (1972), Motel Hell (1980), Angel (1984) and its sequel Avenging Angel (1985), as well as Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987). His final role was that of grizzled family patriarch and rancher Ernest Tucker in the film Pure Country (1992).

Calhoun died in 1999 of emphysema and diabetes, aged 76. For his contributions to the film and television industries, Calhoun was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with two stars in 1960. His motion pictures star is located at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard, and his television star is located at 1752 Vine Street.

Take a look at these fabulous photos to see portrait of a young Rory Calhoun in the 1940s and 1950s.

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