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John McCallum

McCallum's father, John Neil McCallum Sr., was a theatre owner and entrepreneur, who built and for many years ran the 2,000 seat Cremorne Theatre on the banks of the Brisbane River. After emigrating from Scotland, McCallum Snr. became an accomplished musician, and was soon heavily involved in Brisbane's entertainment scene. His mother was an accomplished amateur actress who was born in England. In 1918, McCallum Jr. was born in Brisbane during the opening night of a comedy performance. After his birth, a family friend sent his father a wire: 'Congratulations on two howling successes'. McCallum was exposed to acting at a young age: his early childhood was full of backstage encounters at the Cremorne with the wide variety of performers who frequented his father's theatre. Although McCallum and his two younger brothers received their primary school education in the UK, the family returned to Australia once the Great Depression started. His secondary education was at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane. His early theatrical training was with Barbara Sisely at the Brisbane Repertory Company.

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Mar 14, 1918
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie A Son is Born 1946-09-20
Latest Project:
Movie Forever Ealing 2002-12-05
Known For
Poster of The Magic Box
Poster of Lady Godiva Rides Again
Poster of Bush Christmas
Poster of The Root of All Evil
Movie Forever Ealing Himself 2002-12-05
Movie Made In Ealing: The Story of Ealing Studios Interviewee 1986-05-02
Movie Three in One Unknown 1957-01-02
Movie Smiley Jim Rankin 1956-06-28
Movie Port of Escape Mitch Gillis 1956-05-01
Movie Devil on Horseback Charles Roberts 1954-03-17
Movie Trouble in the Glen Malcolm 1954-06-15
Movie The Long Memory Supt. Bob Lowther 1953-01-23
Movie The Magic Box Sitter in Bath Studio 1952-01-01
Movie Derby Day Tommy Dillon 1952-06-09
Movie Trent's Last Case John Marlowe 1952-09-22
Movie Valley of the Eagles Dr. Nils Ahlen 1951-09-26
Movie Lady Godiva Rides Again Larry Burns 1951-10-25
Movie Traveller's Joy Reggie Pelham 1950-12-25
Movie The Woman in Question Michael Murray 1950-10-03
Movie A Boy, a Girl and a Bike David Howarth 1949-05-23
Movie Miranda Nigel 1948-04-06
Movie The Calendar Unknown 1948-07-05
Movie The Root of All Evil Joe Bartle 1947-02-05
Movie The Loves of Joanna Godden Arthur Alce 1947-06-08
Movie Bush Christmas Narrator (voice) 1947-07-28
Movie It Always Rains on Sunday Tommy Swann 1947-11-25
Movie A Son is Born John Seldon 1946-09-20