| Cal Bellini|
(Malayan native cast on American film and television, 1960 to 1986)
|Born|| June 6, 1935 |
|Died|| April 9, 2017 (aged 81) |
Pebble Beach, Monterey County,
Cal Bellini, born Khalid Ibrahim (June 9, 1935 – April 9, 2017), was an actor, a Malay originally from Singapore, who was cast in roles of mostly foreigners, American Indians, or ethnic minorities, primarily on American television between 1960 and 1986.
Bellini's first role was as a physician, Motilal Mookerji, in the 1960 CBS summer television series, Diagnosis: Unknown, a nine-episode program starring Patrick O'Neal (1927-1994) as a crime-solving pathologist at a large hospital. His costars on the series included Phyllis Newman as Doris Hudson and Martin Huston as the handyman, Link. During the 1960s, Bellini appeared on such series as Flipper, Coronet Blue, and Dan August, starring Burt Reynolds, in which he played a character named Jose in the 1970 episode, "The Murder of a Small Town."
In 1971, Bellini was cast as Lt. Fernando Mercado in the episode "Escape" of Raymond Burr's second series, Ironside on NBC. From 1970 to 1972, he appeared in different roles in three episodes of ABC's police drama, The Mod Squad. Other roles followed on ABC's The F.B.I in the episode, "Night of the Long Knives", Marcus Welby, M.D., Barnaby Jone, the first 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, Red Eagle, in the segment "The Salt Licks."
Bellini's film roles included those of Younger Bear in Dustin Hoffman's 1970 western film, Little Big Man, and as Cross Otter in The Mountain Men (1980), starring Charlton Heston and Brian Keith, filmed near Jackson, Wyoming.
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 (1884-1950). Bellini's last small screen appearance was as Tommy Lemanna in the 1986 episode, "The Frankie Kahana Show," of the NBC detective series, Riptide.