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Charles Hallahan
Charles John Hallahan

(1943-07-29)July 29, 1943
DiedNovember 25, 1997(1997-11-25) (aged 54)
Alma mater
Years active1972–1997
Elizabeth Widmann
(m. 1970; div. 1974)

Barbara Gryboski
(m. 1983)

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,[1] and Dante's Peak.[2] He was also best known as Capt. Charlie Devane on Hunter from 1986–1991 and Chet Wilke in Lou Grant (1979–1982).

Life and career

Hallahan was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Rutgers University-Camden, and earned an MFA from Temple University.[3] 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.[4]


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.[3] Nick Tate assumed the role of Liam Bilby in Hallahan's memory.

Hallahan is buried in the Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, Ireland.[citation needed]




See also


  1. ^ J. O'Connor, John (September 10, 1991). "Review/Television; A Detective and Sci-Fi in Los Angeles Magic". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Sandra Brennan. "Charles Hallahan". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Charles Hallahan; Stage and TV Actor Starred in 'Hunter'". Los Angeles Times. December 4, 1997. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed March 23, 2016.[dead link]