Michael Ontkean


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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 Twin Peaks (1990). He continues to appear in movies and on TV while living in Hawaii with his second wife, Jamie Smith Jackson. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

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Streaming Availability

Amazon Video has the most number of Michael Ontkean’s flixes, followed by Vudu compared to other streaming platforms. See the full graph below.

Releases by Year

Michael Ontkean on average has worked on 2 movies per year from 1971 to 2004. See the full graphs of the number of Michael Ontkean movies released per year from 1988 till 2004.

Top Genres

Michael Ontkean works mostly in Drama Genre followed by Romance Genre flixes. 47% of Michael Ontkean movies are Drama Genre movies. See Top Genres that Michael Ontkean worked on in the graph below.

Average IMDB Score

On average the IMDB score of the movies that Michael Ontkean has worked on is 5.9.

5.9 / 10

Michael Ontkean's Movies and Tv Series available to Stream now ..

Twin Peaks (1990)

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

8.8/1047 min

Available in 9 platform(s).

Slap Shot (1977)

A failing ice hockey team finds success with outrageously violent hockey goonery.

7.3/10123 min

Available in 13 platform(s).

Voices (1979)

A young man meets a deaf teacher and finds she is a great dancer. He encourages her to follow her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

6.7/10106 min

Available in 5 platform(s).

Summer Of The Monkeys (set in 1910 on the prairies of Canada) follows the story of a young boy, Jay, who dreams of getting enough money to buy his dream horse. One summer Jay finds four ...

6.1/10101 min

Available in 1 platform(s).

David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and ...

6.1/1090 min

Available in 7 platform(s).

Just the Way You Are (1984)

Susan Berlanger, a New York based concert flutist, is currently in the pit orchestra for a ballet company where her best friend Lisa Elliott is a dancer. Susan's parents are helping arrange...

5.9/1094 min

Available in 6 platform(s).

After a horrific shooting incident, a small town votes to allow a mass arming of the citizenry.

5.7/10100 min

Available in 2 platform(s).

Bear with Me (2000)

The family of eleven-year-old Emily (Kaitlyn Burke) searches desperately for her after she becomes lost in the Great Bear Rain Forest.

5.6/1096 min

Available in 5 platform(s).