Michael Strong

Michael Strong (February 8, 1918 – September 17, 1980)[2] was an American stage, film and television actor.

Michael Strong
Strong in trailer for Detective Story (1951)
Born(1918-02-08)February 8, 1918
DiedSeptember 17, 1980(1980-09-17) (aged 62)
OccupationAmerican stage, film and television actor
Years active1948-1980
Spouse(s)Theda Kropf, Diane Shalet (?-1980) (his death)[1]

Michael Strong was born in New York City into a Russian Jewish family and had extensive stage experience. He was a charter member of The Actors Studio and the Lincoln Center Repertory Company.[3] Among his film credits are Point Blank, Patton, and The Great Santini.

He made numerous television appearances during his career on shows such as The Green Hornet (in "Hornet Save Thyself"), Decoy, Naked City, The Fugitive, I Spy, Mission: Impossible, Columbo (in "Negative Reaction"), The Streets of San Francisco, and Hawaii Five-O. He played Dr. Roger Korby in the Star Trek episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?".

On May 31, 1955, the final episode of the CBS-TV series Danger was an adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier story "The Birds" starring Strong and Betty Lou Holland.


His first wife was Theda Kropf. His second wife was actress Diane Shalet.[4] He had two children with Kropf: Paul and Ellen Strong.


He died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on September 17, 1980, aged 62.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1950The Sleeping CityDr. Alex ConnellUncredited
1951Detective StoryLewis Abbott
1966Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-RoundPaul Feng
1967Point BlankStegman
1968Secret CeremonyDr. Walter StevensUncredited
1970PattonBrig. Gen. Hobart Carver
1974ColumboSergeant HoffmanEpisode: "Negative Reaction"
1979The Great SantiniCol. Varney


  1. "Diane Shalet Strong (paid obituary)". The New York Times. New York, New York City. Archived from the original on 22 October 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2019 via Legacy.com.
  2. California Death Index and Social Security Death Index, accessed on Ancestry.com
  3. The New York Times obituary, September 22, 1980
  4. Meredith, Jack (December 13, 1969). "Michael Strong a man of many lives in variety of theatrical characters". The Windsor Star. Canada, Ontario, Windsor. p. 39. Retrieved 3 February 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "The Spokesman-Review - Google News Archive Search". News.google.com. Retrieved 10 October 2018.

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