James T. Callahan
James T. Callahan
James T. Callahan
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Birthname James Thomas Callahan
Born: (1930-10-04)October 4, 1930
Birthplace Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Died: August 3, 2007(2007-08-03) (aged 76)
Deathplace Fallbrook, California, U.S.
Spouse(s): Peggy Cannon (May 18, 1994 – August 3, 2007, his death)
Character information
Appeared on/in: M*A*S*H
Episodes appeared in: "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet" (Season 1)
Character played: Sergeant Tommy Gillis

James Thomas Callahan (October 4, 1930 – August 3, 2007) was an American film and television actor who appeared in more than 120 films and television shows between 1959 and 2007. He is perhaps best known for portraying Walter Powell on the sitcom Charles in Charge, which co-starred Scott Baio and Willie Aames, from 1987 to 1990. He made a guest appearance on M*A*S*H as Sergeant Tommy Gillis, an old childhood friend of Hawkeye's, and a news reporter and aspiring author who's also a enlisted Army infantryman, whom Hawkeye is forced to operate on after he gets wounded, and then dies on the operating table in the Season 2 episode titled "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet".

James also had recurring roles in two 1960s series, as Danny Adams in ABC's Wendy and Me, with a cast including George Burns, Connie Stevens, Ron Harper, and J. Pat O'Malley, and as Lieutenant O'Connell on NBC's 13-episode war drama, Convoy, with John Gavin and John Larch.

Life and careerEdit

One of three children, Callahan was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to William and Elenora Callahan on October 4, 1930. After his service in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953, he worked for the United States Postal Service. While attending school in the Midwest, he discovered acting and on the advice of a teacher, he enrolled at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He studied drama and graduated in the late 1950s.[1][2]

Callahan did not marry until he was sixty-three, when he wed Peggy Cannon in 1994.


In February 2007, Callahan was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Six months later, on August 3, 2007, Callahan died at his home in Fallbrook, California.[3] He was 76 years old.


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