Michael Ontkean

Michael Ontkean


Michael Ontkean was born on Jan 24, 1946 in Canada. Michael Ontkean's big-screen debut came with The Peace Killers directed by Douglas Schwartz in 1971, strarring Jeff. Michael Ontkean is known for Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces directed by David Lynch, Chris Isaak stars as Special Agent Chester Desmond and Kiefer Sutherland as Sam Stanley. The upcoming new movie Michael Ontkean plays is Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces which will be released on Aug 01, 2014.

Michael Ontkean, best known for playing the minor league hockey player Ned Braden in the cult classic La Castagne (1977), was born on January 24, 1946 in Vancouver, British Columbia. His parents, Leonard and Muriel (née Cooper) Ontkean, were actors. Michael was raised Catholic and attended Catholic elementary and high schools. Like many young Canadian men, he grew up playing hockey. He was good enough to earn a hockey scholarship to the University of New Hampshire, a Division I program. He was a standout player at UNH in his three seasons as a varsity player from 1966-69. (Division I hockey teams did not allow freshmen to play on the varsity team in those days.) After graduating from UNH in 1969, he did not pursue a professional hockey career but appeared on the Canadian series Hudson's Bay (1959), which ran for one season in 1959-60, but did not appear again professionally as an actor until an episode of L'homme de fer (1967) was broadcast in 1970. He moved to Los Angeles to become an actor.After taking roles on episodic TV shows and appearing in TV movies from 1970-72, he had his breakthrough with a lead in the TV series The Rookies (1972), which debuted in September 1972. He played policeman Willie Gillis on the series, but left after the 1973-74 season and was replaced by Chris Owens (Bruce Fairbairn). His co-star, Kate Jackson, would later appear as his wife in the then-controversial 1982 film Making Love (1982), in which Ontkean played a married man who leaves his wife after coming out after an affair with his gay lover.Earlier, Ontkean's skill as a hockey player enabled him to beat out Peter Straus and other actors for the role as the disaffected Ned Braden in La Castagne (1977). In the film, he performed all of his on-ice shots himself. Subsequently, he had a major role in Paul Mazursky's Willie & Phil (1980), but neither that movie or "Making Love" was a hit. (Peter Strauss -- who lost the role in "Slap Shot" to Ontkean but became a bigger star after the success of Le riche et le pauvre (1976) -- turned down the role of the closeted gay husband played by Ontkean in "Making Love".)Ontkean's most memorable role since the early 1980s was Sheriff Harry S. Truman) in David Lynch's cult classic TV series Twin Peaks (1990). He lives in Hawaii with his wife, Jamie Smith Jackson.

  • Birthday

    Jan 24, 1946
  • Place of Birth

    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Also known

    Michael Leonard Ontkean

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