Actor Lon McCallister died June 11 of heart failure in Lake Tahoe, Calif. He was 82.
Born in Los Angeles, McCallister studied acting, dancing and singing from childhood and began his film career at the age of 13 in a small role in “Romeo and Juliet.” He continued to play featured roles in such classics as “Stella Dallas,” “Babes in Arms,” “Gentle Jim,” “Winged Victory” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” until he caught the public’s eye in “Stage Door Canteen.”
He had more prominent roles in “Home in Indiana,” “Scudda-Hoo, Scudda Hay,” and “The Story of Seabiscuit,” usually playing gentle, boyish young men form the country. His career continued through 27 motion pictures, including “Bob, Son of Battle,” “Boy from Indiana,” “A Yank in Korea,” Montana Territory,” and “Combat Squad,” his last film in 1953 when he retired from the screen and became a real estate speculator.
Mc Callister and William Eythe were producers of the stage musical revue “Lend an Ear,” which began at Los Angeles’ Las Palmas Theatre and launched Carol Channing’s career.
He is survived by a brother and a sister.
Contributions may be made to the Actor’s Fund of America, 729 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019.