Mike Kellin

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Mike Kellin
Born Myron Kellin
(1922-04-26)April 26, 1922
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.]
Died August 26, 1983(1983-08-26) (aged 61)
Nyack, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Boston University
Trinity College
Yale School of Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 1950–1983
Religion Jewish
Spouse(s) Nina Caiserman Kellin (1951-1963; her death)
Sally Moffet (?-1983; his death)
Children One adopted daughter

Mike Kellin (April 26, 1922 – August 26, 1983) was an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Kellin was born Myron Kellin in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Sophia and Samuel Kellin, Russian Jewish immigrants. He was educated at Boston University and Trinity College in Hartford. He served with the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander during World War II and after the war studied acting and playwriting at the Yale School of Drama.

Career[edit]

Kellin's coarse-featured face, tired eyes and flat, monotone voice suggested that he had lived hard and fast. He was most often cast as tough guys, both good and evil. His portrayals were memorable. He made his Broadway debut in 1949 in At War with the Army and repeated his role in the film version with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. He worked in some 50 plays and won an Obie Award for his work in American Buffalo and earned a Tony nomination in 1956 for his acting in the Musical Pipe Dream.

Kellin appeared in both the film version of The Wackiest Ship in the Army and the television series based on the film, in the same role.

Kellin appeared in an episode on Lost in Space, "The Deadly Games Of Gamma 6," as Myko.

Personal life and death[edit]

Kellin was married to actress Sally Moffat, daughter of actress Sylvia Field, who is probably best known for her role as Martha Wilson on Dennis the Menace. He was also active in the Fortune Society, a prisoner's rights group. He died on August 26, 1983 from lung cancer in Nyack, New York, at the age of sixty-one. His interment was as Emanuel Synagogue Cemetery in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Play credits (partial)[edit]

  • Are You Now or Have You Ever Been (1979) as Lionel Stander
  • The Ritz (1975) as Carmine Vespucci
  • The Odd Couple (1966) as Oscar Madison
  • Mother Courage and Her Children (1963) as Cook
  • Rhinoceros (1961) as Dribble
  • God and Kate Murphy (1959) as Sean Murphy
  • Pipe Dream (1955) as Hazel
  • Ankles Aweigh (1955) as Joe Mancinni
  • The Emperor's Clothes (1953) as Second Rottenbiller Brother
  • Stalag 17 (1951) as Stosh
  • The Bird Cage (1950) as Frank
  • At War With the Army (1949) as Staff Sergeant McVay

Film credits[edit]

Television credits[edit]

He was very active in television and was a regular on:

  • Mr. Peepers (TV series) (1952) as Edward Barnes
  • Bonino (1953) as Rusty
  • Honestly, Celeste! (1954) as Marty Gordon
  • The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1965–66) as C.P.O. Willie Miller
  • Seventh Avenue a mini-series (1977) as Morris Blackman
  • Fitz and Bones (1981) as Robert Whitmore

He also appeared in made-for-TV movies including:

  • Assignment: Munich (1972)
  • The Connection (1973)
  • F.D.R.: the Last Year (1980) as Andre Gromyko

He guest starred on the following:

Discography[edit]

  • And The Testimony's Still Coming Verve-Forecast FTS 3028 (1967)

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