Katherine Elizabeth Callan (née Borman; January 9, 1936), known professionally as K Callan, is an American author and actress known for playing Clark Kent's mother Martha in the ABC television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Katherine Elizabeth Borman
January 9, 1936
Dallas, Texas, United States
Born in Dallas, Texas she first appeared on television in an episode of Route 66 that happened to be shooting in Dallas. She resumed her on-camera career in 1970, guest-starring in roles on One Day at a Time, St. Elsewhere, Carnivàle, JAG, Coach and King of the Hill. She played a key role in the Emmy Award-winning episode "Cousin Liz" of All in the Family and portrayed the mother of April Stevens Ewing in several episodes of the penultimate season of Dallas. She played Daisy LaRue in the TV show Meet the Browns and appeared as Mrs. Monroe, Gabe Duncan's teacher, in Good Luck Charlie. She also appeared in the third-season finale of Desperate Housewives as Ilene Britt, the mother of Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan), and has portrayed Lily's maternal grandmother on several episodes of How I Met Your Mother. She played the part of Charlie (as an elderly woman) in Heroes for one episode.
She appeared in the films Joe (1970), The Onion Field, (1979), A Touch of Class (1973), American Gigolo (1980), A Change of Seasons (1980) and Fast-Walking (1982), as well as the television adaptation of the Lanford Wilson play The Rimers of Eldritch.
She has written several books, including The Script Is Finished, Now What Do I Do?, Directing your directing career, and How to Sell Yourself as an Actor. She received her acting training at HB Studio in New York City.
Callan was married to and divorced from author James Ruskin Callan. The couple had three children, Jamie Callan, Kelly Callan, and Kristi Callan.
|1970||Joe||Mary Lou Curran|
|1971||Lady Liberty||Subway Lady||Uncredited|
|1973||A Touch of Class||Patty Menkes|
|1979||Fast Break||Ms. Tidwell|
|1979||The Onion Field||Mrs. Powell|
|1980||American Gigolo||Lisa Williams|
|1980||A Change of Seasons||Alice Bingham|
|1991||The Unborn||Martha Wellington|
|1991||Frankie and Johnny||Frankie's Mother|
|1998||Border to Border||Mrs. Piston|
|1999||A Fare to Remember||Ginny|
|2002||Devious Beings||Lady Jane|
|2007||Coyote County Loser||Maggie Hopps|
|2007||88 Minutes||Shelly Barnes|
|2010||Why Did I Get Married Too?||Ms. Tannenbaum|
|2012||Not That Funny||Toogey Richmonde|
|2019||Knives Out||Wanetta "Great Nana" Thrombey|
|1962||Route 66||Western Union Operator||Episode: "Aren't You Surprised to See Me?"|
|1972||Great Performances||Evelyn Jackson||Episode: "The Rimers of Eldritch"|
|1976-1977||One Day at a Time||Alice Butterfield||4 episodes|
|1977||Barney Miller||Gwen Baxter||Episode: "Fire '77"|
|1977||Fish||Mrs. Lester||2 episodes|
|1977||All in the Family||Veronica Cartwright||Episode: "Cousin Liz"|
|1977||James at 16||Mrs. Stevens||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1977||Rhoda||Dr. Sanders||Episode: "Who's Why"|
|1978||Family||Sophie Sullivan||Episode: "Starting Over"|
|1979||Ike: The War Years||Mrs. Westerfield||Two-part TV movie|
|1979||Blind Ambition||Mrs. Kleindienst||TV Miniseries|
|1982||Police Squad!||Charlotte Burton||Episode: "The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)"|
|1983||Cutter to Houston||Connie Buford||Regular role|
|1983||Newhart||Janet Ebersol||Episode: The Visitors|
|1985||Hollywood Wives||Catherine||TV Miniseries|
|1985||St. Elsewhere||Patty Galecki||2 episodes|
|1986||It's A Living||Dot's Mom||Episode: Oddest Couple|
|1989||Quantum Leap||Lenore Mackenzie||Episode: "The Americanization of Machiko - August 4, 1953"|
|1990||Dallas||Amy Stevens||4 episodes|
|1993-1997||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Martha Kent||Regular role|
|1993||Star Trek: Deep Space 9||Alsia||Episode:"Rivals"|
|2000||Diagnosis: Murder||various role||One episode|
|2003-2005||Carnivale||Eleanor McGill||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2006||Cold Case||Helen Russell - 2006||Episode "The Hen House"|
|2007-2012||How I Met Your Mother||Grandma Lois||3 episodes|
|2009-2010||Meet The Browns||Miss Daisy/Daisy LaRue||20 episodes|
|2013||Getting On||Susan Dayward||3 episodes|
|2016||Veep||Judy Sherman||Recurring role|
|2011;2020||NCIS||various roles||2 episodes|
- The New York Agent Book. 1987. ISBN 978-0-961733-61-2.
- The Los Angeles Agent Book. Sweden Press. 1992. ISBN 978-0-961733-68-1.
- How to Sell Yourself As an Actor: From New York to Los Angeles and Everywhere in Between. Sweden Press. 1992. ISBN 978-0-961733-67-4.
- Script Is Finished, Now What Do I Do?. Sweden Press. 1993. ISBN 978-1-878355-00-3.
- The Life of the Party. 1993. ISBN 1-878355-23-6.
- Directing your directing career. 1994. ISBN 978-1-878355-11-9. Cite has empty unknown parameter:
- The Life of the Party 2. 1997. ISBN 978-1-878355-06-5.
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