Charles John Hallahan
July 29, 1943
|Died||November 25, 1997 (aged 54)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
(m. 1970; div. 1974)
Charles John Hallahan (July 29, 1943 – November 25, 1997) was an American film, television, and stage actor known for his performances in Going in Style, The Thing, Cast a Deadly Spell, and Dante's Peak. He was also best known as Capt. Charlie Devane on Hunter from 1986–1991 and Chet Wilke in Lou Grant (1979–1982).
Hallahan was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Rutgers University-Camden, and earned an MFA from Temple University. During his acting career he was often cast as a police officer, and may have been best known as LAPD Captain Charlie Devane on Hunter. He was memorable for his portrayal of the nameless "Coach" in Vision Quest, opposite Matthew Modine. He also served in the US Navy in the early 1960s, including time as a Navy hospital corpsman stationed in Puerto Rico.
In 1982, he portrayed geologist Vance Norris in the remake of The Thing. His most notable role came when he portrayed volcanologist Dr. Paul Dreyfus in the 1997 disaster-thriller film Dante's Peak. Hallahan also co-starred as a regular cast member in two popular television series, Grace Under Fire and the long-running The Paper Chase. His brother, Fr. Kenneth Hallahan, was a Roman Catholic priest in New Jersey.
In 1997, Hallahan was cast as Liam Bilby for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Honor Among Thieves". On November 25, 1997, he died of an apparent heart attack while driving his car in Los Angeles. Nick Tate assumed the role of Liam Bilby in Hallahan's memory.
Hallahan is buried in the Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, Ireland.