Mike Kellin

Biography: The son of an English-immigrant clothier, Mike Kellin decided to become an actor in the second grade, after watching a school production of A Christmas Carol. The restless Kellin briefly attended three colleges before serving in the Navy in World War II. After flunking out of Yale Drama School, Kellin headed to New York, where he studied acting under Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler. Denied leading-man assignments because of what he described as his "lived-in face," Kellin's big Broadway break came in the role of the abrasive sergeant in the 1949 Broadway comedy At War with the Army; he would reprise his role in the 1950 film version, which starred Martin and Lewis. Kellin went on to win the Tony award for his performance in the 1956 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Pipe Dream. In 1960, Kellin was cast as slovenly Chief Mate McCarthy in The Wackiest Ship in the Army; when this film was adapted into a TV series in 1965, Kellin came along for the ride inThe son of an English-immigrant clothier, Mike Kellin decided to become an actor in the second grade, after watching a school production of A Christmas Carol. The restless Kellin briefly attended three colleges before serving in the Navy in World War II. After flunking out of Yale Drama School, Kellin headed to New York, where he studied acting under Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler. Denied leading-man assignments because of what he described as his "lived-in face," Kellin's big Broadway break came in the role of the abrasive sergeant in the 1949 Broadway comedy At War with the Army; he would reprise his role in the 1950 film version, which starred Martin and Lewis. Kellin went on to win the Tony award for his performance in the 1956 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Pipe Dream. In 1960, Kellin was cast as slovenly Chief Mate McCarthy in The Wackiest Ship in the Army; when this film was adapted into a TV series in 1965, Kellin came along for the ride in substantially the same role, though the character was rechristened as Chief Petty Officer Willie Miller. Mike Kellin's most celebrated movie appearance was his Oscar-nominated role as the father of the imprisoned protagonist in Midnight Express (1978). Expand

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Starsky & Hutch: Season 2 Sep 25, 1976 Al Grossman tbd
tbd Barney Miller: Season 3 Sep 23, 1976 Mitchell tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 7 Sep 22, 1976 Bummie Fensil tbd
tbd Ironside: Season 7 Sep 13, 1973 Dallavaca tbd
tbd Lost in Space: Season 2 Sep 14, 1966 Myko tbd
tbd Rawhide: Season 7 Sep 25, 1964 Vassily tbd
tbd Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season 1 Sep 14, 1964 Steban tbd
tbd The Twilight Zone: Season 4 Jan 3, 1963 Chief Bell 9.4
tbd Route 66: Season 3 Sep 21, 1962 Hannibal tbd
tbd The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1 Sep 20, 1962 Parker tbd
tbd The Untouchables: Season 3 Oct 12, 1961 Lou Mungo tbd
tbd Route 66: Season 2 Sep 22, 1961 Lt. Calder tbd
tbd The Untouchables: Season 1 Apr 20, 1959 Abe Garfinkel / Mig tbd