Michael Ontkean Net Worth

Michael Ontkean was born on January 24, 1946 in  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is Actor. Michael Ontkean, the Cando-American actor best known for playing the minor league hockey player Ned Braden in the cult classic Slap Shot (1977), was born on January 24, 1946 in Vancouver, British Columbia. His parents Leonard and Muriel (née Cooper) Ontkean were actors. Michael appeared on the Canadian TV 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 Ironside (1967) was broadcast in 1970.Like many a Canadian lad, Ontkean 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 to 1969. (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 moved to Los Angeles to become an actor.After taking roles on episodic TV shows and appearing in TV movies from 1970 to 1972, 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, which he left after the 1973-74 season and was replaced by policeman Chris Owens, played by Bruce Fairbairn. His "Rookies" 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 Ontkean to beat out Peter Straus and other actors for the role as the disaffected Ned Braden in "Slap Shot". 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 Straus, who lost the role in "Slap Shot" to Ontkean but was the bigger star after the success of the TV mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), turned down the role of the closeted gay man played by Ontkean in "Making Love.")Ontkean's most memorable role since the early '80s was Sheriff Harry S Truman) in 'David Lynch''s cult classic TV series Thi Tran Twin Peaks (1990). He continues to appear in movies and on TV while living in Hawaii with his second wife, Jamie Smith Jackson.
Michael Ontkean is a member of Actor

Age, Biography and Wiki

Who is it? Actor
Birth Day January 24, 1946
Birth Place  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Age 74 YEARS OLD
Birth Sign Aquarius
Occupation Actor
Years active 1955–2011
Spouse(s) Francis Ontkean (m. 1971, div. 1980) Jamie Smith Jackson (? – present)
Children 2

💰 Net worth: $10 Million

Some Michael Ontkean images

Biography/Timeline

1959

Ontkean was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, the son of Muriel (née Cooper), an Actress, and Leonard Ontkean, a boxer and actor. He was a child actor in Vancouver and he appeared on the Canadian television series Hudson's Bay (1959). His family later relocated to Toronto, where he attended St. Michael's Choir School, Holy Rosary and later, St. Michael's College School.

1971

Ontkean began in Hollywood by guest starring in The Partridge Family in 1971, and he was a television guest player on such shows as Ironside and Longstreet, but his break was in the ABC series The Rookies (1972–1976), in which he played Officer Willie Gillis for the first two seasons.

1972

Other early movie roles included Necromancy (1972) with Orson Welles; Voices (1979) with Amy Irving; Willie & Phil (1980) with Margot Kidder; The Blood of Others (1984); The Allnighter and Maid to Order (both 1987) (the latter with Ally Sheedy); Clara's Heart (1988) with Whoopi Goldberg, and Bye Bye Blues (1989).

1977

Ontkean's hockey skill played a large role in his landing the role of Ned Braden in Slap Shot (1977), as he performed all of his on-ice shots himself. In 1979 he appeared in the first episode of Tales of the Unexpected.

1982

Making Love (1982) is about a married man who discovers his homosexuality. Ontkean was not the director's first choice for the film: Arthur Hiller had previously approached Tom Berenger, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, william Hurt and Peter Strauss to play the lead, before finally approaching Ontkean. According to Hiller, the reaction of most actors was to tell him not to even consider them for the role. The film reunited Ontkean with Kate Jackson; the two had previously co-starred together in The Rookies. Many years later, Ontkean tried to prevent clips from the film from being shown in The Celluloid Closet, a 1996 documentary about LGBT characters in film, but he was unsuccessful.

1985

Ontkean subsequently appeared in many film and television productions including Kids Don't Tell (1985) with JoBeth Williams; The Right of the People (1986); In Defense of a Married Man (1990); In a Child's Name (1991) with Valerie Bertinelli; Legacy of Lies (1992); Rapture and Vendetta II: The New Mafia (both 1993); Swann: A Mystery and The Stepford Husbands (both 1996); Summer of the Monkeys and A Chance of Snow (both 1998) (the latter again with JoBeth Williams); Bear with Me (2000), and Mrs. Ashboro's Cat (2003).

1990

Ontkean appeared as Sheriff Harry S. Truman in David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks (1990). He filmed scenes for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me but, like many others from the original TV series, his scenes were deleted from the final film.

2004

Ontkean had a recurring role on Fox's short-lived series North Shore in 2004, and also appeared in the 2008 comedy TV show Sophie. He also featured in the 2011 film The Descendants, which was his last role before he decided to retire from acting.

2017

Ontkean was approached to reprise his role as Sheriff Truman for the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks but declined to come out of retirement. His role was replaced by Robert Forster, playing Sheriff Truman's brother Frank.