Who is Dayton Callie?
Dayton Callie was born in 1946, in Newark, New Jersey, USA – though some sources say Scotland – and is an actor as well as a screenwriter, best known for his roles in several popular television shows. He played the character Charlie Utter in “Deadwood”, and Jeremiah Otto in the show “Fear the Walking Dead”. He’s appeared in numerous other programs, mostly in supporting or minor roles.
The Net Worth of Dayton Callie
As of early-2020, Dayton Callie’s net worth is estimated to be over $3 million, earned through consistent work in the acting profession, in the entertainment industry since 1984; he’s also worked on numerous films, and been involved in a few voice acting projects during his career.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
While most of Dayton’s life before acting is shrouded in mystery, it is known that he served with the US Navy during the Vietnam War. The two-decade-long war was the result of conflicts between North Vietnam supported by the Soviets while South Vietnam was supported by the anti-communist, primarily the US and its allies, involved during this time due to their previous support of the French occupancy of SE Asia. Following the French leaving the region, they became involved when conflicts arose between the south and the north of Vietnam.
The US later decided to leave the war, following heavy losses and a lack of progress after nearly two decades.After his return to the US, Dayton found an interest in acting, and began taking auditions. During the 1980s, he mainly appeared in independent films and other small projects. He then began making regular guest appearances on television, such as in “Valerie’s Family” and “Kate & Allie”.
Continued Acting Work
Callie’s minor and guest roles continued over the next decade, but he began taking more roles in notable shows, including appearances in “Law & Order”, “The Nanny”, “NYPD Blue”, “Ellen”, and “Seinfeld.
He also had a string of television movies, including “Return to Green Acres”, “Tyson”, and “Body Language”, in which he had mostly unnamed roles. In 1995, he made his feature film debut in “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar”. The film starred Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo playing three drag queens from New York City who go on a road trip. The film’s title is a reference to actress Julie Newmar, and a popular autographed photo of hers that the characters take with them on the trip.
He had more notable roles during this decade compared to his television roles.
His first screenwriting endeavor was “The Last Days of Frankie the Fly” in which he also appeared, and starred Michael Madson, Dennis Hopper and Kiefer Sutherland. He also worked on the disaster film “Volcano”, the story of a volcanic eruption that devastates Los Angeles County.
Rise to Prominence
In the early-2000s, Dayton worked on the film “Boss of Bosses”, which told the story of Paul Castellano, the former boss of the Gambino crime family which was one of the major criminal organizations in New York City during the early 1900s. He also had a supporting role in the Jean-Claude Van Damme film “Derailed”, but which was released straight to video.
Another project during this time was “Undisputed” which starred Wesley Snipes, but the film didn’t fare well at the box office. In the meantime, he made guest appearances in TV series “CSI Miami” and “Judging Amy”.
In 2004, he had one of his most notable roles when he was cast in the HBO series “Deadwood”, in which he portrayed Charlie Utter. The Western show is set during the 1870s in South Dakota, showcasing the growth of a small camp into a town. The film was known for featuring various high profile actors and popular names of the era, playing historical figures such as Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, George Crook, and Wyatt Earp.
Charlie Utter is also an historical figure, who was known to be the companion of folk hero Wild Bill Hickok.
After the end of “Deadwood”, Callie took another notable project when he was cast as Wayne Unser in the series “Sons of Anarchy”, the story of an outlaw motorcycle club living in a fictional town in the Central Valley of California. The show mainly follows the story of character Jax Teller played by Charlie Hunnam, who begins to question the club’s actions. The show was very popular during its run, and used the experiences of outlaws of the past to help with the realism of its story. It was known for its exploration of corruption, vigilantism, and racism.
Dayton was with the show for six years, and then returned to guest work on television. In 2016 he made a guest appearance in “Fear the Walking Dead” as the character Jeremiah Otto, then became a regular cast member during its third season. The show is a companion prequel to “The Walking Dead”, which began its story during the outbreak of the zombie virus before eventually catching up to the main series. The show is known for numerous changes to its cast, even incorporating some of the past main cast members of the original show to rejuvenate it.Concurrently, Dayton took on a few other projects, with some of the most recent being “The Motel Life”, “City of Lies”, and “Abbatoir”.
Dayton married Susan Peyton, and they have two children together. However, their marriage ended in divorce and he has not been seen with any new romantic partners since – he’s never been very public about his romances. Acting wasn’t his initial choice as a career in the entertainment industry, as he aspired to be a musician, loving the jazz genre during his youth, and is well-trained in saxophone. He also considered the equestrian sport, as he had experience training horses. Due to his character in “Sons of Anarchy” having cancer, a lot of people believed that he lived with the disease – he confirmed later that he doesn’t, but supports various efforts to help prevent and cure it.