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Charles John Hallahan (July 29, 1943 – November 25, 1997) was an American film, television and stage actor known for his performances in Going in Style, The Thing, Cast a Deadly Spell, and Dante's Peak. he was also best known as Capt. Charlie Devane on Hunter from 1986-91.
Charles John Hallahan
July 29, 1943
|Died||November 25, 1997 (aged 54)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Gryboski (1983–1997) (his death) 2 children|
Elizabeth Widmann (1970–1974) (divorced)
Life and careerEdit
Hallahan was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Rutgers University-Camden, and earned an MFA from Temple University. During his acting career he was often cast as a police officer, and may have been best known as LAPD Captain Charlie Devane on Hunter. He was memorable for his portrayal of the nameless "Coach" in Vision Quest, opposite Matthew Modine. He also served in the US Navy in the early 1960s, including time as a Navy hospital corpsman stationed in Puerto Rico.
He played geologist Vance Norris in The Thing (the 1982 remake) and volcanologist Dr. Paul Dreyfus in Dante's Peak. Hallahan also co-starred as a regular cast member in two popular television series, Grace Under Fire and the long-running The Paper Chase. He has a brother, Fr. Kenneth Hallahan, a Roman Catholic priest in New Jersey.
In 1997, Hallahan was cast as Liam Bilby in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Honor Among Thieves". On November 25, 1997, he died of an apparent heart attack while driving his car in Los Angeles. Nick Tate assumed the role of Liam Bilby in Hallahan's memory. Hallahan is buried in the Old Cemetery, Cobh, Co. Cork Ireland. His grave is just a few feet away from Jack Doyle, the Cobh actor, singer and boxer.
- Nightwing (1979) - Henry
- Going in Style (1979) - Pete
- Hide in Plain Sight (1980) - Dixon (Bartender)
- The Thing (1982) - Vance Norris
- Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) - Ray (Segment #1)
- The Star Chamber (1983) - Officer Pickett (uncredited)
- Two of a Kind (1983) - Archbishop (uncredited)
- Silkwood (1983) - Earl Lapin
- Kidco (1984) - Richard Cessna
- Terror in the Aisles (1984)
- Vision Quest (1985) - Coach
- Pale Rider (1985) - McGill
- P.K. and the Kid (1987) - Bazooka
- Fatal Beauty (1987) - Deputy Getz
- True Believer (1989) - Vincent Dennehy
- Cast a Deadly Spell (1991) - Det. Morris Bradbury
- A Smile in the Dark (1991)
- Body of Evidence (1993) - Dr. McCurdy
- Warlock: The Armageddon (1993) - Ethan Larson
- Dave (1993) - Policeman
- Roswell (1994, TV Movie) - Pilot MacIntire - Older
- Executive Decision (1996) - General Sarlow
- The Fan (1996) - Coop
- The Rich Man's Wife (1996) - Detective Dan Fredricks
- Space Jam (1996) - Baron's Owner (uncredited)
- The Pest (1997) - Angus
- Dante's Peak (1997) - Paul Dreyfus
- Ambushed (1998) - Sheriff Carter
- Mind Rage (2004) - Jack Stillman (final film role)
- The Rockford Files (1977) - Brian
- Happy Days (1977) - Truant Officer
- Hawaii Five-O (1977) - Larry Kent
- Dallas (1978) - Harry Ritlin
- All in the Family (1978) - Officer Harrison
- Soap (1979) - Lance
- The Paper Chase (1978-1979) - Ernie
- Good Times (1979) - Sergeant Curry
- The Waltons (1979) - Assistant Director Baker
- Hart to Hart (1980) - Coach Warren Sanford
- Trapper John, M.D. (1981) - Sam
- M* A* S* H (1981) - Colin Turnbull
- Hill Street Blues (1981) - Charlie Weeks
- Bret Maverick (1981) - Terrible Fred McShane
- Lou Grant (1979-1982) - Chuck / Chet Wilke
- Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1984) - Charlie / Jack Lowry
- The Equalizer (1985) - George Cook
- Wings (1990) - Ted Cobb
- Civil Wars (1992) - Ralph Negroponte
- Hunter (1986-1991) - Capt. Charles Devane
- Picket Fences (1992) - Greg Stone
- In the Heat of the Night (1993) - Bob Pinkney
- Sirens (1993) - Bob Witkow
- Law & Order (1993) - Captain Tom O'Hara
- Wild Palms (1993) - Gavin Whitehope
- Roswell (1994) - Pilot MacIntire - Older
- Grace Under Fire (1993-1994) - Bill Davis
- Mad About You (1994) - 'Sloopy' Dunbar
- Murder, She Wrote (1994) - Barry Noble
- JAG (1995) - General Thomas Williams
- Coach (1995) - University President Charles W. Kisley
- Gargoyles (1995-1996) - Travis Marshall / Mr. Jaffe / Macduff (voice)
- Sisters (1995-1996) - William 'Will' Griffin, Sr.
- Almost Perfect
- NYPD Blue (1997) - Earl Dawkins
- Players (1997) - Jack Clancy
- Back Stage West Garland Awards, first annual awards dedicated honor to Hallahan
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- "Charles Hallahan". The New York Times. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
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- "Charles Hallahan; Stage and TV Actor Starred in 'Hunter'". Los Angeles Times. December 4, 1997. Retrieved July 10, 2017.