Wednesday, May 17, 2017

RIP Cal Bellini

Cal Bellini a former actor, originally from Singapore died on April 9, 2017 in California. Born Khalid Ibrahim in Singapore on June 6, 1935, he was cast in roles of mostly foreigners, Native Americans, or ethnic minorities, primarily on American television between 1960 and 1986.

Using the stage name Cal Bellini his first role was as the physician Motilal Mookerji in the 1960 CBS summer series, ‘Diagnosis: Unknown’, a nine-episode program starring Patrick O'Neal as a crime-solving pathologist at a large hospital. During the 1960s, he made a few appearances on such series as ‘Flipper’, ‘Coronet Blue’, and ‘Dan August’, starring Burt Reynolds.

In 1971, he appeared as Lt. Fernando Mercado in the episode "Escape" of Raymond Burr's second series, ‘Ironside’ on NBC. From 1970-1972, he appeared in different roles in three episodes of ABC's ‘The Mod Squad’ police drama. Other roles followed on ‘The F.B.I.’ ‘Marcus Welby, M.D.’, ‘Barnaby Jones’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’, ‘The Streets of San Francisco’, ‘Cannon’, ‘Little House on the Prairie’, ‘The Rockford Files’, and ‘Kung Fu’. On ‘Young Dan'l Boone’, a four-episode CBS series in 1977, Bellini played an Indian called Red Eagle.

Bellini's film roles included those of Younger Bear in Dustin Hoffman's western, “Little Big Man” (1970), and as Cross Otter in “The Mountain Men” (1980), starring Charlton Heston and Brian Keith.

He played Run Run Li in the 1982 episode "The Warlord" of the Bruce Boxleitner adventure series ‘Bring 'Em Back Alive’, loosely based on the career of professional hunter Frank Buck. Bellini's last small screen appearance was as Tommy Lemanna in the 1986 episode “The Frankie Kahana Show”; of the NBC detective series, ‘Riptide.’

BELLINI, Cal (Khalid Ibrahim)
Born: 6/9/1935, Singapore, Malaysia
Died: 4/19/1935, California, U.S.A.

Cal Bellini’s westerns – actor:
Little Big Man – 1970 (Younger Bear)
The Cowboys (TV) – 1974 (Wa-Cha-Ka)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1974 (Haskay)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1974 (brave)
Law of the Ladn (TV) – 1976 (Tom Condor)
Young Dan’l Boone (TV) – 1977 (Red Eagle)
Go West, Young Girl (TV) – 1978 (Chato)
The Mountain Men – 1980 (Cross Otter)

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