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      K Callan

      K Callan

      Highest Rated: 100% Sew Torn (2024)

      Lowest Rated: 72% American Gigolo (1980)

      Birthday: Jan 9, 1936

      Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA

      K Callan was a veteran character actress with more than six decades of credits, as well as author of more than 30 showbiz reference books. Born in Dallas, TX as Katherine Elizabeth Borman in 1936, her first professional Hollywood credit came in 1962, playing a Western Union operator on the TV classic "Route 66" (ABC-1960-64). Although she did'nt rack up another such role until 1970, when she played the wife of Peter Boyle's title character in the controversial anti-hippie drama "Joe," Callan went on to amass hundreds of film and TV credits over the next several decades. These included her notable 1977 appearance on the "All in the Family" (CBS 1971-79) episode "Cousin Liz," in which Edith Bunker (Jean Stapleton) learned about the relationship between Callan's lesbian character Veronica and Edith Bunker's now-deceased Cousin Liz. Following work in notable films such as the police drama "The Onion Field" (1979) and the controversial "American Gigolo" (1980), Callan became one of the most in-demand guest character actresses on TV in the 1980s and '90s. All preceded the role for which she is most likely known, that of Superman's adoptive mom Martha Kent on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC 1993-97). Following that show's conclusion, she went on to brief feature roles in the atmospheric "Carnivàle" (HBO 2003-2005), Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns" (TBS 2009-2012) and as Lily's (Alyson Hannigan) grandmother Lois on "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014). Her next recurring role came on the dark hospital comedy-drama "Getting On" (HBO 2013-15).

      Highest rated movies

      Sew Torn
      Knives Out
      The Onion Field
      Joe
      American Gigolo

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      lois & clark: the new adventures of superman, k callan, 1993-1997. © warner bros. television MIDNIGHT CLEAR, K Callan, Victoria Jackson, 2006. ©Jenkins Entertainment MIDNIGHT CLEAR, standing: K Callan, Stephen Baldwin, 2006. ©Jenkins Entertainment MIDNIGHT CLEAR, K Callan, Stephen Baldwin, 2006. ©Jenkins Entertainment

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% No Score Yet Sew Torn Unknown (Character) - 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pie in the Sky Mama (Character) - 2021
      97% 92% Knives Out "Great Nana" Wanetta (Character) $165.4M 2019
      No Score Yet 67% Not That Funny Toogey Richmonde (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 31% Samuel Bleak Elaine (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunnyview Virginia (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 45% Coyote County Loser Maggie Hopps (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 61% Midnight Clear Eva (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Committed Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saved by the Light Dannion's mother (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 29% Flight of Black Angel Mrs. Gordon (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 25% The Unborn Martha Wellington (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Incident at Dark River Unknown (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 60% This House Possessed Lucille (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Splendor in the Grass Miss Metcalf (Character) - 1981
      72% 50% American Gigolo Lisa Williams (Character) - 1980
      87% 64% The Onion Field Mrs. Powell (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 58% Fast Break Ms. Tidwell (Character) - 1979
      75% 63% Joe May Lou Curran (Character) - 1970

      TV

      Credit
      98% 81% Poker Face Betty (Guest Star) 2023
      95% 88% Brooklyn Nine-Nine Carol (Guest Star) 2021
      No Score Yet 84% NCIS Bertha Jones-Delacroix (Guest Star) 2020
      93% 90% Veep Judy Sherman (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 81% Code Black Ruth (Guest Star) 2015
      97% 94% Justified Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      84% 84% How I Met Your Mother Grandma Lois (Guest Star) 2007 2012
      No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Annabelle Draber (Guest Star) 2010
      52% 65% Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      6% No Score Yet Mental Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 85% ER Kelly Robinson (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 75% 'Til Death Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Eileen Britt (Guest Star) 2007
      83% 85% The Closer Julia Rose (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      74% 83% Nip/Tuck Ellie Harkness (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Martha Abernathy (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      23% No Score Yet Kate Brasher Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      86% 85% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Martha Kent (Character) 1993-1997
      83% 93% NYPD Blue Mrs. Hastings (Guest Star) 1997
      91% 89% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Alsia (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Marion Williamson (Guest Star) 1989-1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Mrs. Jorgensen (Guest Star) 1985 1989
      No Score Yet 90% Quantum Leap Lenore Mackenzie (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Live-In Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. President Janet Braden (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Mrs. Lowell (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Living Harriet Higgins (Guest Star) 1986
      68% No Score Yet E/R Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
      90% 92% Police Squad! Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      80% 60% Bosom Buddies Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flo Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet 88% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1976-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barney Miller Gwen Baxter (Guest Star) 1977