Alan Caillou

Actor, writer

Actor and writer Alan Caillou died Oct. 1 in Sedona, Ariz. He was 92.

Born Alan Lyle-Smythe, he used the name Caillou as a wartime alias while serving with the British Army in WWII and then took it as his professional name.

After the war, he worked as a police chief in Ethiopia, a district officer in Somalia and the founder of a Shakespearian theatrical company in Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika, before moving to Canada, where Caillou worked in Canadian radio, television and theater. 

Moving to Hollywood, he appeared in films including “The Sword and the Sorcerer” and “Ice Pirates” and on dozens of TV shows including “Bonanza,” “Rat Patrol,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Mannix” and “McMillan & Wife.”

Caillou was a writer on “Flipper,” “It Takes a Thief,” “Rat Patrol” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” and wrote screenplays for films including “Evel Knievel” and “Kingdom of the Spiders.”

He penned numerous books and acted, directed and produced for the stage.

Caillou is survived by his wife of 67 years, Aliza, and a daughter.

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