Dayton Callie Biography

Dayton Callie is an American actor and US Navy veteran, best known for essaying the role of Charlie Utter on 'HBO' series 'Deadwood.' Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, personal life, career, and achievements.

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Born: 1946

Nationality: American, British

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 74 Years, 74 Year Old Males

Born Country: United States

Born in: Newark, New Jersey

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Males

U.S. State: New Jersey

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Dayton Callie is an American actor and US Navy veteran, best known for essaying the role of Charlie Utter on 'HBO' series 'Deadwood.' The role earned him a 'Screen Actors Guild Awards' nomination. Dayton’s notable television appearances came as former police chief ‘Wayne Unser’ on 'Sons of Anarchy,' and ‘Jeremiah Otto’ on 'Fear the Walking Dead.' Dayton’s first significant role came in 'Abattoir.' Apart from acting, Dayton has a few writing, producing and voice-over credits too. Dayton’s initial days as an actor were extremely difficult. For more than a decade after retirement from Navy, he had no paid job, though he was quite regular in the theater circuit back then. Dayton never intended to become an actor; he was a musician and was making little money out of it. It all changed when he got his first film role. Even though most of his initial roles were uncredited, he nonetheless got to showcase his talent to the filmmakers through auditions.

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Childhood & Early Life
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Career
  • Dayton’s first screen appearance was as a breakdancer in the 1984 'Playboy Channel' collaborative movie 'Preppies.' Three years later, he made brief appearances in an episode of the 'CBS' sitcom 'Kate & Allie' and the TV movie 'At Mother's Request.'
  • In 1989, he had an uncredited role in the film 'Alien Space Avenger' and had single episode appearances in the 'NBC' sitcom 'Valerie's Family' and the series 'Adam-12.' The following year, Dayton made several brief appearances in a number of TV shows and the (1)'CBS' TV movie 'Return to Green Acres.'
  • The 1996 crime noir 'The Last Days of Frankie the Fly' marked Dayton’s debut as a screenplay writer. He also portrayed Vic, the sidekick of the character Michael Madsen’s character ‘Sal’ in the film. His next venture as a writer was the 1997 low-budget feature 'Executive Target.' Dayton also served as an associate producer to the film and added a comic-relief with his role as ‘Bela.’
  • Dayton played a relatively prominent role as ‘Roger Lapher’ in the 1997 disaster film 'Volcano.' In 1998, he was seen as ‘Chuck Bidally’ in two episodes of the 'ABC' crime drama 'Vengeance Unlimited.'
  • He portrayed his first real-life inspired character, ‘Aniello John "Neil" Dellacroce,’ the Italian-American gangster and underboss of the Gambino crime family, in the 2001 TV movie 'Boss of Bosses,' aired on 'TNT.'
  • Next, he appeared in the American-Bulgarian action film 'Derailed' (as Lars) and the sports drama 'Undisputed' (as Yank Lewis).
  • In 2004, Dayton got the opportunity to play his breakthrough (on television) role of Charles H. "Colorado Charlie" Utter, a deputy to Sheriff Bullock and companion of the folk hero of the American Old West Wild, ‘Bill Hickok,’ in the 'HBO' western 'Deadwood.' He essayed the role for 33 episodes till 2006 and later reprised the role in the 2019 TV movie version.
  • Unfortunately, 'Deadwood' was taken off air abruptly after the third season. The increasing budget was believed to be one of the reasons for the channel (HBO) to cancel the show. Subsequently, the fourth season was planned, but it never happened as the ensemble got busy with other projects, making it impossible to reunite.
  • Dayton’s subsequent television appearances were as ‘Ernie Dell’ in three episodes of the 'CBS' drama 'CSI: Las Vegas'(aka ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’) and ‘Steady Freddie Lopez’ in nine episodes of the 'HBO' drama 'John from Cincinnati.'
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  • His next regular role (80 episodes) in a series was as ‘Chief Wayne Unser’ in the 'FX' crime tragedy 'Sons of Anarchy.' He was cast as ‘Jack’ in five episodes (2012) of the 'FX' fantasy drama 'The Booth At The End.' Marshall played a ticket keeper in 'The Devil's Carnival ' and the musical horror 'Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival.'
  • In 2016, Dayton was introduced as a guest-character, ‘Jeremiah Otto,’ in the season 2 of the 'AMC' post-apocalyptic horror drama 'Fear the Walking Dead'; the character became a regular one in the following season.
  • Dayton had a significant role in the 2016 horror flick 'Abattoir.' He was shown in the opening shot as a real estate reporter ‘Jebediah Crone’ who investigates a haunted house. The director of the film, Darren Lynn Bousman, had written the script keeping Dayton in mind, but his character had lesser screen time. The two had previously worked on ' Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival.'
  • In 2018, he appeared as ‘Lieutenant O'Shea’ in the 2018 crime drama 'City of Lies.'
  • Dayton lent his voice to ‘Archer’ in the 'FX' adult animated sitcom, in 2013, and the video game 'Left 4 Dead 2.'
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Family & Personal Life
  • A few of Dayton’s family members live in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His cousins own the 'Callie’s Candy Kitchen' in the Poconos, Pennsylvania.
  • Dayton was married to Susan Peyton. They have two children together; they are now divorced.
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Trivia
  • Acting was never Dayton’s first career choice. He was a jazz musician and played saxophone for 15 years. He was also a prolific athlete. At one point in his life, he thought of becoming a horse trainer. Back then, he performed road gigs and played lounge music to make money.
  • While working as a musician, Dayton got a role in a small off-Broadway show.
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