Macon McCalman, 72; Actor’s Career in Films and TV Series Spanned More Than 30 Years

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Macon “Sonny” McCalman, 72, a character actor who appeared on the television shows “Cheers” and “Three’s Company” and in the films “Deliverance” and “The Client,” died Tuesday in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn., after a long illness, family members said.

His acting career spanned more than 30 years and included roles in popular TV shows from the 1970s through the 1990s: “Kojak,” “Roots,” “Family Ties,” “Dallas,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Designing Women,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “L.A. Law” and others.

His movie roles included the prosecutor in “Fried Green Tomatoes” and Deputy Queen in “Deliverance.”