Presenting Rory Calhoun (1922-1999)

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Rory Calhoun is one of those faces you just recognise from movies, a great character actor who thrived in westerns, b-movies, and exploitation flicks. Calhoun usually played the mans-mans; unsurprising when you consider his CV includes spells as a truck driver, a lumberjack, a boxer, a cowpuncher, as well as a little jail time. When people say to you “I graduated from The University of Life” ask them if they were taught by Professor Calhoun, head of the faculty of hard knocks. Also worthy of note is the amount of films Calhoun starred in that had the most ridiculous of names including ‘Won Ton Ton, the Dog That Saved Hollywood’ (1976), ‘Love and the Midnight Auto Supply’ (1977), and ‘Flatbed Annie and Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers’ (1979). But as always it’s the back catalogue of horror, monster, sci-fi, and creature feature films that interest us most, and here’s a look at Calhoun’s best Deadly Movies efforts:
Night of the Lepus (1972): Rory vs Giant rabbits
Revenge of Bigfoot (1979): Rory vs Sasquatch
Motel Hell (1980): Rory vs Severed heads
Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988): Rory vs post apocalypse mutant frogs
Roller Blade Warriors: Taken by Force (1989): Rory vs rollerblades

2 thoughts on “Presenting Rory Calhoun (1922-1999)

  1. Derek O'Brien says:

    Rory Calhoun's early years contained bad-boy elements that today's stars could only dream of, from stealing a revolver at age 13 up to robbing several jewellery stores and cars, spending time in San Quentin and a Federal prison in MIssouri until his parole at age 21.Born Francis McCown, his first agent Henry Wilson rechristened him Rory Calhoun – though not before considering the name Troy Donahue! And in the fifties, when Wilson revealed Rory's criminal past to a tabloid in exchange for covering up an expose on the homosexual life of Rock Hudson, another Wilson client, the revelation only strengthened Calhoun's outlaw image.He's also one of the few people to have more than one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his work in movies and television.And now I'm gonna have to find me a copy of Won Ton Ton…

  2. reality-groove says:

    Look at him Smithers, standing and walking like a regular Rory Calhoun.

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