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Michael McManus is a Actor, Scriptwriter and Co-Producer American born on 26 january 1946 at Minneapolis (USA)

Michael McManus

Michael McManus
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Nationality USA
Birth 26 january 1946 (77 years) at Minneapolis (USA)

Michael McManus (born January 26, 1946 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as Ben Tuthill in the 1982 film Poltergeist. He also appeared in the films Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976), Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987) and Action Jackson (1988).

McManus was also a series regular on the television sitcom Lewis & Clark as John, the bartender, the series lasted only season of thirteen episodes. McManus also guest starred in number notable television series including M*A*S*H, Laverne & Shirley, The Six Million Dollar Man, Dallas, Happy Days, Knight Rider, Mr. Belvedere, Growing Pains, Newhart, Full House, Webster, The Golden Girls, Hunter, Columbo and other series. In 1989, he had a recurring role as Sid Wilson on the first season of Baywatch. McManus' last screen acting appearance was in a 2001 episode of According to Jim.

Best films

Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
(Associate Producer)

Usually with

Jim Abrahams
Jim Abrahams
(3 films)
Pat Proft
Pat Proft
(3 films)
Neal Israel
Neal Israel
(2 films)
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Filmography of Michael McManus (15 films)

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Action Jackson, 1h36
Directed by Craig R. Baxley
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Carl Weathers, Vanity, Craig T. Nelson, Ivor Barry, Sharon Stone, Michael McManus
Roles Lionel Grantham
Rating55% 2.750392.750392.750392.750392.75039
The story prologues with two auto-worker union officials addressing the recent death of a peer. Within moments, both are brutally murdered by a group of shadowy, almost supernatural killers that seem to move, disappear and reappear at will during a daring skyscraper assault.
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, 1h28
Directed by Jim Drake, Jim Drake
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Steve Guttenberg, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Tim Kazurinsky, Leslie Easterbrook, G. W. Bailey
Roles Todd
Rating49% 2.4566852.4566852.4566852.4566852.456685
Commandant Eric Lassard (George Gaynes) decides that the police force is overworked and understaffed, so he comes up with the idea of recruiting civilian volunteers to work side-by-side with his officers in a program called "Citizens On Patrol" (COP).
Funland (1987)
, 1h38
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors David L. Lander, William Windom, Jan Hooks, Bruce Mahler, Clark Brandon, Michael McManus
Roles T. G. Hurley
Rating43% 2.1697552.1697552.1697552.1697552.169755
Funland is a family-oriented amusement park owned by the eccentric Angus Perry. Niel Stickney, the clown mascot and one of the founders of the park and its former accountant, suffered a nervous breakdown and his grip on reality is slowly deteriorating. After the mob kills Angus and takes over the park, Stickney begins to have increasingly bizarre hallucinations, including envisioning the patrons of the park cafeteria spontaneously breaking into song and dance and seeing visions of the dead Angus. He then begins to believe himself to be his clown persona, Bruce Burger. After the new mafia management fires him, he finally snaps. He buys a rifle, intending to kill his replacement and reclaim the theme park.
Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures, 43minutes
Directed by Jim Drake
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Peter Scolari, Valerie Mahaffey, Michael McManus, Lenore Kasdorf, Shelley Duvall, Michael McManus
Roles Sluggo
Rating59% 2.963772.963772.963772.963772.96377
An attempt to bring the famed "Mr. Bill" clay characters to "life" in a sitcom format, this Showtime special featured Mr. Bill (Peter Scolari), his wife (Valerie Mahaffey) and son (Christopher Burton), as well as his next-door neighbor, Sluggo (Michael McManus), his wife (Lenore Kasdorf) and daughter (Hope Tibbetts). Although starring actors, the "Bills" were shown to be a "miniature" family, with many of the jokes revolving around the characters' small size and the challenges they faced living in a "large" human world, as well as scenarios where Mr. Bill is subjected to the various abusive situations the original Saturday Night Live character was best known for. Although the audience was invited to "look out for more shows" at the end of the 43-minute film, no follow-up "Mr. Bill" shows were ever produced.
Head Office, 1h30
Directed by Ken Finkleman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Judge Reinhold, Eddie Albert, Richard Masur, Merritt Butrick, Michael O'Donoghue, Jane Seymour
Roles Branch Kipp
Rating54% 2.702012.702012.702012.702012.70201
Jack Issel (Judge Reinhold) is a natural-born slacker who has just graduated from business school and joined I.N.C., a large American corporation based in Chicago. On his trip up the corporate ladder, he sees the dirty underside of the corporate world and how it corrupts people. His two mentors, the stuffy and buttoned up chief financial officer Scott Dantley (Michael O'Donoghue) and the chief operating officer Bob Nixon (Ron Frazier), in fact, show him first-hand how to cheat and blackmail one's way to the top. Jack is further aided by his personnel officer Max Landsberger (Richard Masur) who tells Jack that money and power come before people in the corporate world. Jack's supervisor and the public relations vice president, Jane Caldwell (Jane Seymour), also tells Jack exactly the same thing as Jack learns that Jane is a shady vixen who's hell-bent on sleeping her way to the top by seducing every man she meets to get ahead in what she sees as a man's world.
Moving Violations, 1h30
Directed by Neal Israel
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors John Murray, Jennifer Tilly, Brian Backer, James Keach, Sally Kellerman, Nedra Volz
Roles Farmer #1
Rating56% 2.8495752.8495752.8495752.8495752.849575
The film follows a group of people in Birch County, California, a fictionalized city/county which is very similar to real-life Los Angeles, who after being ticketed for numerous traffic violations and as a result lose their licenses and driving privileges (and their vehicles impounded), are ordered by Judge Nedra Henderson (Sally Kellerman) to attend a driving course program in order to get their licenses and their vehicles back. However, the assigned teacher for this course, Deputy Henry "Hank" Halik (James Keach), is also conspiring with the judge in a plan to make sure these offenders fail miserably, and at any cost, making one of the offended individuals, landscaper Dana Cannon (John Murray), very suspicious of their scheme and enlisting his fellow students to expose their plot to sell their impounded vehicles.
Dempsey (1983)
, 1h52
Directed by Gus Trikonis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films
Actors Treat Williams, Sally Kellerman, Victoria Tennant, Sam Waterston, Robert Hardy, Peter Mark Richman
Roles Babe Ruth
Rating62% 3.143523.143523.143523.143523.14352
Jack Dempsey starts out fighting in bars for half the take. He wins his first professional fight. After a later bout, he and his manager are held up at gunpoint and robbed of the purse. He sees the thieves later and beats them up to recover the cash. Jack meets Maxine Cates, but goes to New York to box. After a bout with Jack Johnson is a draw, he breaks with his manager and goes back to Salt Lake City and marries Maxine. After money disputes with her Maxine leaves and Dempsey goes to San Francisco. Kerns becomes his manager. He wins fights goes to New York and divorces Maxine. He beats Jess Willard by a TKO and becomes heavyweight champ. He goes to Hollywood to make films and gets sued for non-support by Maxine. He fights Luis Firpo and is knocked out of the ring, but still wins. He is sick (perhaps poisoned), but still fights Gene Tunney and loses in a TKO. On September 22, 1927 he fights Tunney again. Dempsey knocks Tunney down, but the count doesn't start until Dempsey goes to a neutral corner. This gives Tunney time to recover and get up when the count reaches 9. In this famous "long count" fight Tunney wins by decision.
Poltergeist, 1h55
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about children, Films about television, Ghost films
Actors Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Zelda Rubinstein, Beatrice Straight, Heather O'Rourke, Dominique Dunne
Roles Ben Tuthill
Rating72% 3.648733.648733.648733.648733.64873
Steven and Diane Freeling (Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams) live a quiet life in an Orange County, California planned community called Cuesta Verde, where Steven is a successful real estate developer and Diane is a housewife who cares for their children Dana (Dominique Dunne), Robbie (Oliver Robins), and Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke). Carol Anne awakens one night and begins conversing with the family's television set, which is transmitting static following a sign-off. The following night, while the Freelings sleep, Carol Anne fixates on the television set as it transmits static again. Suddenly, a hand of a white apparition blasts from the television screen and vanishes into the wall, triggering a violent earthquake in the process. As the shaking subsides, Carol Anne announces "They're here'.
Deadly Eyes, 1h27
Directed by Robert Clouse
Origin Canada
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films
Actors Scatman Crothers, Sara Botsford, Cec Linder, Lisa Langlois, Lesleh Donaldson, Michael McManus
Rating49% 2.4605352.4605352.4605352.4605352.460535
The plot and subplots center on the movie's leading man, Paul Harris (Sam Groom), a divorced high school teacher and basketball coach and his interactions during a killer rat infestation with a health department inspector Kelly (Sara Botsford); a high school cheerleader, Trudy (Lisa Langlois); his students; and his friend, Dr. Spencer (Cec Linder), a college professor and rat expert.
The Munsters' Revenge, 1h36
Directed by Don Weis
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Wolves in film, Frankenstein films, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film, Comedy horror films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, K. C. Martel, Bob Hastings, Herb Voland
Rating59% 2.953642.953642.953642.953642.95364
The film begins with the Munster family making a visit to the wax museum. They take a picture of themselves standing next to their wax replicas. When the family leaves, the statues in the museum (which are actually robots) mysteriously come to life and begin wreaking havoc across the city. Herman and Grandpa are then arrested for various crimes they did not commit and try to clear their names in time for the Halloween celebration at the Munster home.
Captain America, 1h37
Directed by Rod Holcomb
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Action, Adventure
Themes Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Reb Brown, Heather Menzies, Robin Mattson, June Dayton, Lance LeGault, Joseph Ruskin
Roles Ortho (uncredited)
Rating35% 1.7638851.7638851.7638851.7638851.763885
Steve Rogers is a character in contemporary times whose father was a 1940s government agent. The very patriotic attitude of Steve's father earned him the nickname Captain America, and his father is spoken of as having been murdered. Rogers, a former Marine now making what little living he makes as an artist, is inspired by this story to sketch a super-hero. After receiving potentially fatal injuries in an accident, he is administered an experimental chemical called the FLAG — Full Latent Ability Gain—formula (at one point referred to as a "super-steroid") which not only saves his life but also enhances his body with heightened strength and reflexes. These new abilities lead Dr. Simon Mills (Len Birman), the research biochemist and intelligence official who had told Rogers about his father, to recruit him and give Steve a costume based on his drawing. As Captain America, he also makes significant use of a specialized reconstruction of the van he has been driving, out the rear of which can be launched a modified motorcycle. Its functions include a rocket thrust for a fast start out of the van, a jet boost for increased speed, a setting to allow the bike to be ridden with less noise for stealthier movement and a hang glider structure which can allow the bike to glide to the ground with some forward momentum, although it must be jettisoned upon landing.
Smokey and the Bandit, 1h32
Directed by Hal Needham
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Trucker films, Musical films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed (Hubbard), Mike Henry, Mike Henry
Rating69% 3.4996053.4996053.4996053.4996053.499605
Wealthy Texan Big Enos Burdette (Pat McCormick) and his son Little Enos (Paul Williams) seek a truck driver willing to bootleg Coors beer to Georgia for their refreshment. At the time, Coors was regarded as one of the finest beers in the United States, but it could not be sold legally east of the Mississippi River. Truck drivers who had taken the bet previously had been caught and arrested by "Smokey" (CB slang for highway patrol officers, referring to the Smokey Bear–type hats worn in some states).
The Kentucky Fried Movie, 1h30
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Sports films, Films about television, Erotic films, Sexploitation films, Martial arts films
Actors Marilyn Joi, Bill Bixby, George Lazenby, Tony Dow, Donald Sutherland, Branscombe Richmond
Roles Hornung (segment "Courtroom")
Rating63% 3.198523.198523.198523.198523.19852
Un film de sketches totalement satirique et délirant, où tous les genres se mêlent (films de pub, films de Kung Fu, films catastrophe, films de guerre, films d'espionnage, films de mafia, films pornos...), HAMBURGER FILM SANDWICH est truffé de participation amicales insolites (un ex-James Bond, Bill Bixby en Hulk, Donald Sutherland, Henry Ibsen - le nazi des BLUES BROTHERS, etc...). Les références aux films cultes des années 70, sont innombrables (Dirty Harry, Opération Dragon, La tour infernale, etc.) Irracontable, même en se forçant... Un concentré de mauvais goût, politiquement incorrect et parfaitement irrespectueux.
The World's Greatest Lover, 1h26
Directed by Gene Wilder
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about films, Children's films
Actors Gene Wilder, Carol Kane, Dom DeLuise, Carol Arthur, Fritz Feld, Lupe Ontiveros
Roles Yes Man #5
Rating57% 2.852062.852062.852062.852062.85206
Set in the silent film era, Rainbow Studios figures they are losing revenue to a rival studio because they don't have Rudolph Valentino. Led by studio head Adolph Zitz, they decide to hold a contest for the World's Greatest Lover in order to find a star to combat Valentino's popularity.
Mother, Jugs & Speed, 1h35
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, Harvey Keitel, Allen Garfield, L. Q. Jones, Bruce Davison
Roles Hal Walker
Rating58% 2.949472.949472.949472.949472.94947
The F+B Ambulance Company is locked in an intense battle with the Unity Ambulance Company to win a city contract for providing ambulance service to a territory within Los Angeles. Their star driver is "Mother" Tucker (Bill Cosby), a talented antihero who drinks alcohol on duty, harasses nuns, and behaves brazenly towards practically everybody he meets, including his partner Leroy (Bruce Davison). Indeed, the entire company is a band of misfits, including the hypersexual John Murdoch (Larry Hagman), his partner Walker (Michael McManus), putative medical student Bliss (Allan Warnick), and brash Texan "Rodeo" Moxey (Dick Butkus). Handling calls at the switchboard is Jennifer (Raquel Welch), whom the drivers nickname "Jugs" for her ample bosom. Harry "Doughnut" Fishbine (Allen Garfield) runs the company, using occasionally underhanded means (such as kickbacks) to maintain an income stream.