Michael McManus (American actor)

Michael McManus (born January 26, 1946 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American actor. His best known movie role is perhaps Ben Tuthill in the 1982 film Poltergeist. He has also appeared in the films Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976), Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987), Funland (1987) and Action Jackson (1988).

Michael McManus
Born (1946-01-26) January 26, 1946 (age 75)
Years active1975–2001

McManus was a series regular on the television sitcom Lewis & Clark as John, the bartender; the series lasted only one season of thirteen episodes.[1] McManus also guest starred in several popular television series including M*A*S*H, Laverne & Shirley, Rhoda, The Six Million Dollar Man, Dallas, Happy Days, Night Court, Knight Rider, Mr. Belvedere, Growing Pains, Newhart, Full House, Webster, The Golden Girls, Hunter and Columbo among others. In 1989, he had a recurring role as Sid Wilson on the first season of Baywatch. McManus' last known screen acting appearance was in a 2001 episode of According to Jim.


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Mother, Jugs & Speed Walker
1977 Smokey and the Bandit Trucker 'Silver Tongued Devil' Uncredited
1977 The Kentucky Fried Movie Hornung (segment "Courtroom")
1977 The World's Greatest Lover Yes Man #5
1981 Fat Chance Mike
1982 Poltergeist Ben Tuthill
1985 Moving Violations Farmer #1
1985 Head Office Branch Kipp
1986 Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures Sluggo TV Movie
1987 Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol Todd
1987 Funland T. G. Hurley
1988 Action Jackson Lionel Grantham


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present, page 784

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