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There are few projects that have been as controversial as the Hollywood remake of the classic horror film The Thing. While fans of the 1982 version were outraged that the remake would be directed by Adam Robitel (the guy who directed that 2015 movie about deadly viruses that will destroy humanity), even Robitel was taken aback by the vitriol directed his way. So who is Michael Ontkean?
Michael Ontkean, 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 was raised Catholic and attended Catholic elementary and high schools. Like many young Canadian men, he 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 1966-69. (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 appeared on the Canadian 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. He moved to Los Angeles to become an actor.
Michael Leonard Ontkean (born 24 January 1946) is a Canadian retired actor. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Ontkean relocated to the United States to attend the University of New Hampshire on a hockey scholarship before pursuing a career in acting in the early 1970s.
Michael Ontkean is a former Canadian actor who is popularly known for his role of ‘Officer Willie Gillis’ in the television show ‘The Rookies’. Starting as a promising hockey player in his college years, Ontkean moved to The United States and decided to pursue a career in acting. Since his debut in the television show ‘Hudson's Bay’, Ontkean has appeared in over fifty films and television shows combined. After getting his break on the silver screen in the 1970s, Ontkean appeared in a number of films during the 1980s. Some of his most important works on the silver screen came in that decade, including his career-best performance in the film ‘Bye Bye Blues’. He won a nomination at the Genie Awards for his performance in the film. He appeared in the horror television show ‘Twin Peaks’ in the early 1990s, as one of the lead cast. (Source: www.thefamouspeople.com)