Michael Ontkean, Actor: Slap Shot. His parents Leonard and Muriel (née Cooper) Ontkean were actors. Apr 17, 2017 - Explore Sandra Bland's board "Michael Ontkean" on Pinterest. His parents Leonard and Muriel (née Cooper) Ontkean were actors. Looking for something to watch? Well known as Sheriff Harry S. Truman on the cult TV show Twin Peaks, he was previously known in another law enforcement role as Office Willie Gillis in The Rookies. Michael Ontkean is a tv actor from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As a child actor, he appeared on a Canadian television program called Hudson’s Bay. He was good enough to earn a hockey scholarship to the University of New Hampshire, a Division I program. Michael Ontkean, the Cando-American actor 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. (I seriously said that.) Michael Ontkean is a member of famous people who are known for being a TV Actor, celebrities who are 74 years old, was born in January, in the year 1946. He grew up playing hockey and was the leading goal scorer his junior year at the University of New Hampshire. in Beverly Hills. Played Right Wing for the University of New Hampshire ice hockey team for 3 seasons (1966-1967 thru 1968-1969). (Peter Straus, who lost the role in "Slap Shot" to Ontkean but was the bigger star after the success of the TV mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), turned down the role of the closeted gay man played by Ontkean in "Making Love. View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro, (1987 - (I wish I had someone to talk to.) He played policeman Willie Gillis on the series, which he left after the 1973-74 season and was replaced by policeman Chris Owens, played by Bruce Fairbairn. Ontkean was not the director's first choice for the film: Arthur Hiller had previously approached Tom Berenger, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, William Hurt and Peter Strauss to play the lead, before finally approaching Ontkean. career totals were 63 goals, 48 assists, 118 points and 44 penalty minutes in 85 games. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Go to next page for details on Michael Ontkean’s net worth and earnings. Michael is currently 74 years old. Posts about Michael Ontkean written by lokifire. He was a standout player at UNH in his three seasons as a varsity player from 1966 to 1969. ")Ontkean's most memorable role since the early '80s was Sheriff Harry S Truman) in 'David Lynch''s cult classic TV series Twin Peaks (1990). Well known as Sheriff Harry S. Truman on the cult TV show Twin Peaks, he was previously known in another law enforcement role as Office Willie Gillis in The Rookies. He was born in 1940s, in the middle of Baby Boomers Generation, and in the Year of the Dog. His "Rookies" co-star Kate Jackson would later appear as his wife in the then-controversial 1982 film Making Love (1982), in which Ontkean played a married man who leaves his wife after coming out after an affair with his gay lover.Earlier, Ontkean's skill as a hockey player enabled Ontkean to beat out Peter Straus and other actors for the role as the disaffected Ned Braden in "Slap Shot". Discover what to watch this November including a Marvel docu-series, a '90s reboot, and a Star Wars holiday celebration. According to Hiller, the reaction of most actors was to tell him not to even consider them for the role.