Dick Kallman

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Dick Kallman
Dick Kallman Linda Foster Hank 1965.JPG
Kallman with Linda Foster in Hank, 1965.
Born (1933-07-07)July 7, 1933
Died February 22, 1980(1980-02-22) (aged 46)
New York City
Nationality American
Occupation Actor

Dick Kallman (July 7, 1933 – February 22, 1980) was an American actor.


Kallman was born in Brooklyn in New York City, into wealth. His father, Alvan Kallman, a former barnstorming pilot, was owner of the Savoy-Plaza Hotel in New York City and The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in New Hampshire, then owner of the St. Johns Hotel in Havana.[1][2] Kallman's mother, Zara Whitman Kallman, had been a Broadway actress.[3]

Kallman starred in the title role of the 1965–1966 prime time television sitcom Hank on NBC, and later moved on to stage work with touring companies. He was also a singer and released several albums of pop standards, including Hits & the Misses and Speak Softly, and in conjunction with his TV series, Hank Sings and Dick Kallman Drops In as 'Hank'. He performed one of his songs on an episode of Hullabaloo.[4]

Kallman played non-recurring roles in TV series such as The Jack Benny Show, Bachelor Father and Medical Center.He also acted in episodes 110 and 111 of Batman, playing "Little Louie Groovy," a takeoff on record producer Phil Spector. Groovy is a victim of a robbery at his apartment by the team of Catwoman and The Joker.

Kallman had from youth exhibited an appreciation of fine antique furnishings and an acumen for business[1] (in 1966 he formed a music publishing company),[3] and by 1980 had retired from show business and was a wealthy antiques and art dealer and living with his partner (Kallman was gay) in Manhattan. They were murdered in that year during a robbery of their apartment.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Better To Have Had And Lost Than Never To Have Had At All"Paid subscription required. El Paso Herald-Post. El Paso. December 11, 1965. p. 20. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Alvan E. Kallman, 62, Dies". New York Times. September 4, 1964. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Notes About NBC Television Shows"Paid subscription required. Biddeford-Saco Journal. Biddeford-Saco, Maine. June 11, 1966. p. 12. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  4. ^ Dick Kallman discography at Discogs
  5. ^ "Dick Kallman". NNDB (Notable Names Database). Retrieved March 30, 2017. [better source needed]
  6. ^ Anonymous (July 8, 2010). "The life and death (murder) of closeted gay actor Dick Kallman". Retrieved March 30, 2017. [better source needed]
  7. ^ J. D. Doyle (October 2010). "October 2010 – Script". Queer Music Heritage. Retrieved March 30, 2017. [better source needed]

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