Mars Callahan

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Mars Callahan
Born 1971 (age 43–44)
Studio City, California, US
Occupation Actor, film director, producer, writer
Years active 1985–present

Mars Callahan (born 1971) is an American actor, film director, producer and writer.[1]

He is perhaps best known for the film Poolhall Junkies where he served as director, actor and screenwriter.[2][3]

At the age of eleven, Callahan toured with a children's musical group through thirty-seven states. At fifteen he received his first acting role in the television series The Wonder Years. After honing his acting skills in television he tried for the big screen and soon appeared in various films. Inspired by the directors he worked with Callahan decided to try working behind the camera and in 1998 shot his first short film The Red Bag.

In a 2007 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Callahan revealed that he has had serious health problems when doctors found a tumor in his right kidney. He lost his right kidney, his right adrenal gland and has been in and out of a wheelchair for years.[4]

Callahan cashed in 94th place in the 2011 World Series of Poker main event, earning $64,531.[5]


In 2014, Callahan was fired as CEO of Gawk, Inc., the company in possession of the rights to his Poker Junkies screenplay, the sequel to Poolhall Junkies, for misusing corporate funds and failing to disclose his past SEC Desist and Refrain orders for selling unregistered securities relating to the film Spring Break '83 production company Big Sky Motion Pictures, Callahan had also been chief executive officer of Big Sky Motion Pictures.[6][7] Callahan declined a request from CBS News for a sit-down interview about the Big Sky Motion Pictures incident.[6]

In addition to being fired from Gawk he was sued for fraud[8][9] and it was reported that Callahan and his business partner John Hermansen "fabricated a $3 million contract and inserted a $1 million default provision, and threatened to put a bullet in the head of the current CEO of Gawk and also threatened the teenage son of one of Gawk's consultants, for the purpose of extorting a favorable severance package," a lawsuit stated.[10]

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