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Macon McCalman
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Macon McCalman appears in three episodes in two different roles on the series.
Personal Information
Birth name: Willis Macon McCalman
Also known as: Sonny McCalman, Macon MacCalman
Born: (1932-12-30)30 December 1932
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
Deathplace: Memphis, Tennessee
Career/Family Information
stage and screen actor
Years active: 1971 to 1997
Character information
Appeared on: Three's Company in three guest appearances
Character played: Mr. Penrose in "The Catered Affair"
Roland Wood in "Janet's Secret" and "Hearing Is Believing"
Episode appearances: in Season 3 episode "The Catered Affair", and "Janet's Secret" in Season 5, then "Hearing Is Believing" in Season 6
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Willis Macon "Sonny" McCalman (30 December 1932 – 29 November 2005)[1] appeared as Roland Wood, Janet's father in two Three's Company episodes, first in "Janet's Secret" in Season 5, then "Hearing Is Believing" in Season 6. He also appeared as Mr. Penrose, a lecherous senior partner in and President of the law firm Chrissy works at as a secretary who makes an advance on her at a formal dinner party in the Season 3 episode "The Catered Affair". A veteran stage, film and TV actor, Macon's career spanned from the 1970s to the 1990's.[2][3]

Acting Career

McCalman Helped form the Front Street Theatre in his hometown Memphis, Tennessee, where he was born and raised. During the Korean War, Macon served in the US Army. Over the course of his acting career McCalman appeared in various film and TV guest roles, usually in supporting parts, both dramatic and comedic often as heavies and authoritarian figures. McCalman first got his acting start on the Broadway stage appearing in the productions The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1971), An Enemy for the People (1971), and a comedy, The Playboy of the Western World.

His first Hollywood film role was as Deputy Queen in the Oscar-winning film Deliverance opposite Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty in 1972. In films, he would continue to have prominent supporting parts in films such as The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), and Falling Down (1993) opposite film star Michael Douglas. He would also appear in the Roger Donaldson directed film Marie (1985).

McCalman also appeared in guest roles in television shows such as Starsky & Hutch, Kojak, Lou Grant, and miniseries and TV films such as the ABC-TV miniseries Roots (1977), and The Captains and the Kings (1976). He also appeared in three episodes of the hit ABC-TV sitcom Three's Company, two as Janet Wood's (Joyce DeWitt) father Roland.


McCalman retired from acting and returned to Memphis in 1997 after suffering a heart attack. He died in Memphis in 2005 one month shy of his 73rd birthday, after complications arose while hospitalized after suffering a series of debilitating strokes.