Michael Shane

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Michael Shane (May 4, 1927 — February 22, 1994[1]) was an American lawyer and actor. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he attended Glenville High School. While earning his undergraduate and law degrees at Ohio State University, he performed as a stand-up comic at local nightclubs.

Legal work[edit]

Shane became a lawyer in 1953 and was a member of the Shane, Shane & Henderson Law Firm in downtown Cleveland. Specializing in personal injury and malpractice cases, he had a reputation as a dramatic courtroom lawyer who made emotional presentations to juries. He also did legal work in show business, acted in small theatre productions and wrote songs.

Acting[edit]

In 1963, director Larry Peerce was filming a small independent movie, One Potato, Two Potato in nearby Painesville, Ohio, and needed a legal office for one of the scenes. Shane offered his in exchange for a part in the film. His performance as attorney Jordan Hollis in the film earned him a positive review in The New Yorker magazine.

Filmography[edit]

  • One Potato, Two Potato (1964) - Jordan Hollis
  • Why Would I Lie? (1980) - Bartender
  • Love Child (1982) - Judge Hare
  • Take These Men (1983) (TV) - the Hotel Manager ... aka Surprise, Surprise! (USA: alternative title)
  • Casino (1992) (TV) - Tony Sutton (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peery, Richard M (February 25, 1994). "Obituary". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. p. 5B. )

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