Michael Tolan

Michael Tolan

Show Count: 45
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Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: November 27, 1925
Old Time Radio, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died: January 31, 2011, Hudson, Columbia County New York

Michael Tolan (November 27, 1925 – January 31, 2011) was an American actor.

Life and career

Tolan was born Seymour Tuchow in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit and studied under Stella Adler and atStanford University. He appeared primarily in stage roles in his early career, with only minor parts in films of the early 1950s. His stage roles includeRomanoff and Juliet and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, his Broadway debut. His first film role was in The Enforcer; he also had roles in Fort Worth, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and Presumed Innocent.

He acted mostly on television from the mid-1950s on, including an appearance on the 1960 CBS summer series, Diagnosis: Unknown, a role in The Doctors and the Nurses, and a continuing role as Jordan Boyle on "The Senator" segments of the anthology umbrella TV series The Bold Ones(1970–71). He had a recurring role on three episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and made guest appearances on such television series asMannix, Kojak, McMillan and Wife, and Law & Order. His last known television appearance was on an episode of Murder, She Wrote in 1994.

Tolan appeared in the Bob Fosse film All That Jazz (1979) as lead character Joe Gideon's cardiologist, Dr. Ballinger.

Tolan also helped found the American Place Theatre, of which he wrote:

“We wanted to attract some of the writers who wrote fine, intelligent, deep material about American life, and see if we could interest them in writing for the theater”.

Personal life

Tolan had two marriages, both of which ended in divorce; at the time of his death, he was partnered with Donna Peck, with whom he lived in Ancram,New York. He had previously married actress Rosemary Forsyth on June 28, 1966. The couple had one child and divorced in 1975.


Tolan died January 31, 2011 at a Hudson, New York, hospital from renal failure. He is survived by his three daughters, Emilie, Jenny, and Alexandra, and his partner. Donna Peck.

Source: Wikipedia

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