Height of Rory Calhoun
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1. Where did Rory Calhoun come from ?
Born Francis Timothy McCown in Los Angeles, California, Calhoun spent his early years in Santa Cruz, California. The son of a professional gambler, he was of Irish ancestry. At age 13, he stole a revolver, for which he was sent to the California Youth Authority’s Preston School of Industry reformatory at Ione, California. He escaped while in the adjustment center (jail within the jail).
2. What could we know about Rory Calhoun besides his height ?
He left home at 17 to escape beatings from his stepfather and began hot-wiring cars.
3. What are the projects of Rory Calhoun ?
After robbing several jewelry stores, he stole a car and drove it across state lines. This made it a federal offense, and when he was recaptured, he was sentenced to three years in prison. He served his sentence at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. He remained there until he was paactd shortly before his 21st birthday.
4. Somme collaborations with Rory Calhoun ?
Calhoun worked at a number of odd jobs, including as a mechanic, a logger in California’s redwoods, a hard-rock miner in Nevada, a cowboy in Arizona, a fisherman, a truck driver, a crane operator, and a forest firefighter.
In January 1944, he met actor Alan Ladd while riding horseback in the Hollywood Hills. Impressed with Calhoun’s physique, Ladd introduced him to his wife Sue Carol, who was a talent agent. She arranged for him to have a screen test at 20th Century Fox, and he was cast in uncredited acts for Something for the Boys (1944), and Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (1944). He had a one-line act in a Laurel and Hardy comedy, The Bullfighters (1945), credited under the name Frank McCown.
He also appeared in Where Do We Go from Here? (1945), The Great John L. (1945) (as Gentleman Jim Corbett), and Nob Hill (1945).
“I liked the money it brought in”, said Calhoun. “And I felt it would be nice to go back to forestry with a neat bank roll when these fellows found me out. I never had any feeling I’d make good.”
Shortly afterwards, the Ladds hosted a party attended by David O. Selznick employee Henry Willson, an agent who was known for representing young actors. Willson signed McCown to a contract with Selznick’s company Vanguard and his name was soon changed to Rory Calhoun. According to Calhoun, Selznick told him his first name should be “Rory… because you’re a Leo, Leos are lions, and lions roar.” Selznick suggested either Donahue, Calhoun or Callahan as a surname, and he picked Calhoun. (In another account of the story, Selznick named him “Rory” because he helped put out roaring fire blazes when a fire fighter and “Calhoun” because it sounded Irish.)
In 1945, Calhoun returned to prison after punching a detective.
Calhoun was under contract to Selznick’s company Vanguard, being used to do screen tests and make public appearances. His first public appearance in the movie capital was as Lana Turner’s escort to the premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945), a Selznick production. The glamorous blonde and her handsome companion attracted the paparazzi, and photos appeared in newspapers and fan magazines.
Calhoun did not appear in a movie for a year before being loaned out to producer Sol Lesser for The Red House (1947) with Edward G. Robinson. He was then loaned to Paramount to play the lead in Adventure Island (1947) with fellow Selznick contractee Rhonda Fleming.
Calhoun was announced for a movie which name is Jet Pilot with Fleming, Guy Madison and other Selznick contract players but it was not made. Instead, he was third lead in That Hagen Girl (1947) with Ronald Reagan and Shirley Temple.
Sam Newfield, who used Calhoun in Adventure Island, cast him again in Miraculous Journey (1948). For Monogram he and Guy Madison were in Massacre River (1949). At Fox, Calhoun played a second lead in Sand (1949)
In February 1949 Selznick did a deal with Warners lending them seven of his stars, including Calhoun—they took over half his pictures for the rest of his contract with Selznick. He played the villain in Return of the Frontiersman (1950) and was hero of Monogram’s County Fair (1950).
In August 1950, Calhoun signed a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. He had made no movies for Selznick. “I didn’t worry about it because it was like a long vacation without pay”, he said later.
During Calhoun’s contract with 20th Century Fox, he was in A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950) and was second male lead in I’d Climb the Highest Mountain (1951) with Susan Hayward, and Meet Me After the Show (1951) with Betty Grable.
He went to Ventura to star in a Western Rogue River (1951).
He was promoted to co-star for With a Song in My Heart (1952) with Hayward and Way of a Gaucho (1952) with Gene Tierney, directed by Jacques Tourneur.
Calhoun was promoted to star in the Westerns The Silver Whip (1953) with Dale Robertson and Robert Wagner, and Powder River (1953) with Corinne Calvet. He was in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) as the love interest of Betty Grable, then was back to second male leads in River of No Return (1954) as the boyfriend of Marilyn Monroe who loses her to Robert Mitchum. Both movies were big hits. Calhoun then left Fox.
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