K Callan

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K Callan
Born Katherine Elizabeth Borman
(1936-01-09) January 9, 1936 (age 82)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress, author
Years active 1956-present
Spouse(s) James Ruskin Callan (m. 1957, div. 1968)
Children 3 children, with Callan
Website http://www.kcallan.com

K Callan (born Katherine Elizabeth Borman, January 9, 1936) 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.[1]


Born in Dallas, Texas, Callan made her first TV appearance at the age of 26, playing a Western Union operator on an episode of Route 66 that happened to be shooting in Dallas. She resumed her on-camera career in 1970, having guest-starring 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), 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 Script Is Finished, Now What Do I Do?, Directing your directing career, and How to Sell Yourself as an Actor.

Personal life[edit]

Callan married James Ruskin Callan on June 4, 1957; they divorced in 1968. The couple had three children, James Callan, Kelly Callan, and Kristi Callan.



Year Title Role Notes
1970 Joe Mary Lou Curran
1972 Hail Mrs. Burd
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
1982 Fast-Walking Motel Manager
1991 The Unborn Martha Wellington
1991 Frankie and Johnny Frankie's Mother
1998 Border to Border Mrs. Piston
1999 A Fare to Remember Ginny
2005 Nine Lives Lorna
2007 88 Minutes Shelly Barnes
2007 Jane Austen Book Club, TheThe Jane Austen Book Club Sylvia
2008 Downloading Nancy Carol
2005 Nine Lives Marisa
2006 Midnight Clear Eva
2010 Why Did I Get Married Too? Ms. Tannenbaum
2012 Not That Funny Toogey Richmonde


Year Title Role Notes
1962 Route 66 Western Union Operator Episode: "Aren't You Surprised to See Me?"
1972 Great Performances Evelyn Jackson Episode: "The Rimers of Eldritch"
1976-77 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
1985 Hollywood Wives Catherine TV Miniseries
1985 St. Elsewhere Patty Galecki 2 episodes
1989 Quantum Leap Lenore Mackenzie Episode: "The Americanization of Machiko - August 4, 1953"
1990 Dallas Amy Stevens 4 episodes
1993-97 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
2003-05 Carnivale Eleanor McGill Recurring role, 8 episodes
2007-12 How I Met Your Mother Grandma Lois 3 episodes
2009-10 Meet The Browns Miss Daisy/Daisy LaRue 20 episodes
2016 Veep Judy Sherman Recurring role



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