Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mike Kellin

Many internet sites claim that Mike Kellin was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Midnight Express. Although his performance as the father  in that film is worthy of that honor, it never happened. Sadly, this internet false fact seems to be the only thing keeping this wonderful actor on the minds of the general public.

The real fact, or a least the one that really matters, is that Mike Kellin was a working actor in television, movies and the New York stage, and he did his job as good if not better than many of his peers.

He rarely had the showy role, but was able to hold his own among the many scene chewing actors like Jack Lemmon and Shelley Winters that he shared screen time with. With his tired, worn-out looking face and his troubled non-actor look, Mike Kellin appeared in scores of television shows and movies that ranged from Have Gun Will Travel  to Naked City  and The Wackiest Ship in the Army  to Next Stop Greenwich Village.

Midnight Express is probably his best film work and for a good look at him in his younger days, one should check out the Twilight Zone episode from season four - The Thirty-Fathom Grave and see for yourself what a wonderful actor he was.

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