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 John McLiam

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John McLiam

  • Birth 24 Jan 1918 Hayter, Wainwright Census Division, Alberta, Canada
  • Death 16 Apr 1994 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 37192477

Actor. He was born John Williams, but there already was a John Williams in show business (several of them, in fact), so the Canadian-born actor selected John McLiam as his professional moniker. McLiam's man-on-the-street countenance could be molded into a vast array of characterizations, ranging from a cockney low-life (My Fair Lady) to a Southern redneck (Cool Hand Luke). The actor's bland normality was a key factor in his being cast as real-life murder victim Herbert Clutter in 1967's In Cold Blood. John McLiam accepted more TV guest-star assignments than can possibly be listed here; he was also a regular on the weekly series Men From Shiloh (1970) and Two Marriages (1983). He served as an intelligence officer in the Navy for four years, and was awarded a Bronze Star.
The cause of death was melanoma and Parkinson's disease.


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  • Created by: John
  • Added: 17 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37192477
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John McLiam (24 Jan 1918–16 Apr 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37192477, ; Maintained by John (contributor 46919824) Unknown.