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Michael Tolan was an American actor, born on November 27, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan, and died on January 31, 2011, in San Francisco, California, at the age of 85.
Tolan began his acting career on stage, appearing in productions of classic plays such as "Hamlet" and "Macbeth." He later transitioned to television and film, making his debut in the 1950s.
He appeared in many popular TV shows of the 1950s and 1960s, including "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "The Twilight Zone," "The Outer Limits," "Perry Mason," and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Tolan also had a recurring role on the TV series "The Nurses."
Tolan is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. John Karin on the TV series "The Doctors," which he played from 1967 to 1982. He received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for his performance on the show in 1979.
In addition to his TV work, Tolan also appeared in films such as "The Boston Strangler" (1968), "The Brotherhood" (1968), and "All the President's Men" (1976).
Tolan was married twice and had two children. He was also a playwright and wrote several plays, including "The Grace of Mary Traverse," which premiered off-Broadway in 1982.
|02/12/1974||0036||A Dream of Death||Reincarnation beliefs of a college professor are accompanied by the dread of having broken an ancient agreement|
|05/01/1974||0084||The Death Bell||Family genealogy research gets a man into trouble with the IRA who believe he is from the police.|
|05/30/1974||0099||Dressed to Kill||An unemployed actor plans a bizarre drama of enacting his own death and consequently impersonating his wife to claim the insurance money.|
|07/03/1974||0113||The Secret Life of Bobby Deland||A couple suffering from the death of their only child take in a young waif to fill the void in their lives. At first the orphan helps alleviate the woman's migraines however, he later repays their kindness by robbing them blind.|
|07/09/1974||0116||And Death Makes Even Steven||In order to seize control of his father's wealth, a slighted brother plans the murder of his twin whom he believes robbed him of his fortune.|
|09/05/1974||0144||Deadline for Death||Johnny Promo is a convict sentenced to death. He promises a witness who testified against him that he will meet his death within a month of his own.|
|11/04/1974||0169||Bury Me Again||A seasoned charlatan somehow survives a massive train accident. He then plots to claim the insurance money belonging to a widow.|
|01/09/1975||0200||Berenice||A young man falls in love with his young sister-in-law while his wife lies on her deathbed. The last distressing smile of his wife taunts him day and night, and he goes crazy when he sees the same smile on his new beloved.|
|01/30/1975||0215||The Night of the Wolf||A very old Indian garment stirs great violence among the patrons of a museum. An investigator delves deeper into the situation, making himself a vulnerable target to the curse.|
|03/17/1975||0240||Every Blossom Dies||A young lady is murdered and the investigator leading the case becomes the main suspect. His boss is unwilling to believe the facts and his wife dismisses the evidence against him, one of them being a note from the victim herself.|
|05/13/1975||0273||Where Angels Fear to Tread||A professor of paranormal psychology, Dr. Ken Anderson, experiments with the astral projection of his self. But the experiment rolls out of control.|
|07/22/1975||0313||The Poisoned Pen||When a group of people suddenly perish under after getting a strange missive, the thing that ties their circumstances together is that they each ridiculed a two-bit actress.|
|10/28/1975||0369||The Storm Breeder||After being cursed to wander New England forever in search of their home, a lost soul and his daughter are doomed to bring rain in the wake of their passing. Moved by pity, a young judge works to bring peace to his restless spirit.|
|03/08/1976||0444||The Queen of Spades||Intent on the pursuit of a secret gambling technique from a wealthy countess, he accidentally kills her. Now she's back to seek vengeance on the Russian soldier that caused her untimely demise.|
|03/31/1976||0459||The Spit and Image||His luck takes a turn for the better when an ex-football player lands an unusual job-- to be the stand in for an eccentric billionaire.|
|09/28/1976||0526||One Girl in a Million||A celebrity business consultant of the future, who makes his living helping corporations make huge decisions, searches the galaxy for an exact duplicate of his long dead girlfriend. Meanwhile, he feels compelled to kill anybody with the same last name as the man who killed his girlfriend.|
|01/28/1977||0592||My Fair Lady-Killer||
A series of deaths involving loose and promiscuous women lead a police detective to believe that the crimes are perpetrated by a serial killer. After narrowing the list of suspects, he is disturbed by the fact that the evidence points to the one person who does not fit the criminal profile supplied by the experts.
|09/09/1977||0706||The Woman in the Green Dress||An apparition of a lady in a green dress haunts a visitor in his friend's residence. Things get interesting when he finds her mentioned in a coat of arms in the architecture of a derelict, local church. Further enquiry with the old church sexton reveals a strange murder committed nearly eighty years back. Can he solve the mystery now?|
|09/23/1977||0714||The Burning Whirlwind||A trusting aged woman withdraws eight million dollars and keeps it stashed at her home. Unfortunately the person who helped her transfer the amount has other ideas and hires a criminal to dupe her out of it.|
|10/31/1977||0732||Trial by Fire||A clever deceiver manages to convince a tribal group that he is the appointed messiah from their deity of fire and dupes them into entrusting him with a fabulous jewelled crown. But trouble starts brewing when the fire god himself appears!|
|12/14/1977||0754||The Death Shot||A honeymoon in Greece turns nightmarish as the husband photographs a murder par hasard. The killer is an important political leader and the couple must decide on a course to ensure their survival.|
|02/21/1978||0786||A Phantom Yesterday||A renowned German actress is captured by a Nazi war convict when she returns to her homeland after World War II. She must use her wartime espionage experience and guile to save herself.|
|04/25/1978||0822||International Dateline||This story revolves around a Machiavellian World War II fighter pilot who even cheats the good lieutenant who takes care of him after a severe injury lands him in coma. He romances her on work while maintaining a wife at home. Problems start when the two women meet and he begins to be chased by a malicious ghost.|
|05/09/1978||0830||Room 418||A suave man talks his way into renting a reserved room at a fully-booked hotel. But problems creep up when the rightful owner unexpectedly turns up in the night.|
|06/28/1978||0856||The Quadruple||A trapeze artist trades his soul for the ability to perform the master stunt of all.|
|08/16/1978||0880||Raptures of the Deep||The search of a sunken Spanish galleon fabled for its treasures leads a Greek diver to find the mythical city of Atlantis and know of its strange history.|
|11/08/1978||0915||Second Sight||A psychiatrist recommends a grounded pilot to take up painting to help him loosen up. A strange series of events unfold when his paintings of death and destruction all come to pass the following day.|
|01/04/1979||0939||The Look||In order to further himself as a potential president-elect, a senator uses a sub-committee on organized crime to further things along. Things take a turn for the worse when the investigation moves too close to home.|
|03/05/1979||0959||The Fall of Gentryville||When an entire mountain town vanishes from a map, a reporter is dispatched to uncover the mystery. There she discovers the village's sole survivor and she narrates a chilling and terrible tale.|
|04/25/1979||0974||Letter of Love, Letter of Death||A police detective puts his career on the line in order to prove the innocence of the rival of a murdered theatrical producer when he is accused of the crime.|
|07/04/1979||0994||The Great White Shark||An arrogant millionaire takes his wife on a charter boat and the ship's captain is enthralled by her beauty. Despite his emotions, he cannot dispel the anger he feels as he seeks vengeance on the shark that claimed his limb.|
|10/31/1979||1026||Who Has Seen the Wind?||In a freak accident, a claustrophobic woman is trapped in her home. Help comes in the form of a friend and her husband whose attempts to free her from the apartment are futile.|
|12/19/1979||1040||Shadow of a Lover||An actor playing the role of a police detective in a drama series finds himself sucked into the delusional world of a woman hooked on romance films when she asks him to help her locate her missing husband. Things start to get sticky when the actor begins to confuse fantasy with reality.|
|06/09/1980||1092||That Magic Touch||Christmas works a miracle for a beautiful divorcee and her cold and standoffish husband in a remote hunting lodge. Their plans to start anew are ruined when past hurts resurface.|
|03/16/1981||1172||Maiden Ladies||While performing the deed of a Good Samaritan, a young man is brutally slain while assisting a wealthy man with a flat tire. His aunt takes matters into her own hands when the local police refuse to pursue the case.|
|06/29/1981||1214||Waking and Sleeping||Despite having everything his heart desires, a man finds there is a void in his life and only the Black Feral Dog in the park can help him unravel the mystery.|
|07/31/1981||1228||A Penny for Your Thoughts||A local reporter encounters a woman with a paranoid belief that her spouse is out to get her. When she digs deeper, the journalist discovers a strange tale involving a manipulative and mythical temptress.|
|08/17/1981||1234||The Thracian Lovers||In defense of the homicide charges filed against him for the deaths of his wife and her lover, a delusional man claims that he is the reincarnation of ancient Greece's King Uranus of Thrace.|
|09/21/1981||1244||Diablo||In order to take over a turquoise mine, a journalist blackmails the owner. Her professed intentions seem honorable but the workers wonder about what she is really after.|
|10/23/1981||1253||The Most Necessary Evil||Detective Lieutenant Crane investigates into the mysterious death of a man after his wife narrates the story of their suspicious rise in wealth and stature.|
|02/22/1982||1293||Nickels and Dimes||Undercover cop Ray Vance becomes so immersed living his life as the heir apparent to Big Joe's East Side organization that he begins to dread going back to the boring life of a police officer.|
|04/09/1982||1313||You Tell Me Your Dream||Two strangers suffer through a recurring dream at the same time in which they are attacked by a faceless predator. When Ed Larsen meets Mark Howgate, they learn of their shared problem and work together to unravel the dream's meaning. Little do they know that their troubles have just begun.|
|05/03/1982||1323||Guilty as Charged||A hardware salesman must rely on a polygraph test to prove his innocence when he is pegged as the suspect for a series of crimes he did not have any involvement in.|
|10/04/1982||1377||The Ninth Commandment||In a strange turn of events, a wealthy woman falls for a man who tries to break into her house. When he is later arrested for homicide, he sacrifices his freedom for the sake of keeping her safe.|