Carroll O'Connor

Carroll O'Connor

Highest Rated: 94% Point Blank (1967)

Lowest Rated: 40% For Love of Ivy (1968)

Birthday: Aug 2, 1924

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, USA

Born in the Bronx, NY, to an upper-middle-class Irish family, Carroll O'Connor's father was a well-connected attorney and his mother was a school teacher. The family lived well, in the Forest Hills section of Queens, until O'Connor's father ran afoul of the law and was convicted of fraud. Despite this setback in the family's well-being, O'Connor managed to attend college and considered a career as a sportswriter, but those aspirations were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. Rejected by the United States Navy, he enrolled instead in the Merchant Marine Academy, but he later abandoned that pursuit, instead becoming a merchant seaman. After the war, O'Connor considered journalism as a career, but a trip to Dublin in 1950 changed the course of his life, as he discovered the acting profession. While attending college in Dublin, he began appearing in productions of the Gate Theater and also at the Edinburgh Festival, where he played Shakespearean roles. Returning to New York in 1954, he and his wife worked as substitute schoolteachers while he looked for acting work, which he found, after a long dry spell in which he despaired of ever getting a break, in Burgess Meredith's production of James Joyce's Ulysses. O'Connor got a role in which he received favorable notice from the critics, and that, in turn, led to his breakthrough part, as a bullying, greedy studio boss in an off-Broadway production of The Big Knife. O'Connor jumped next to television, at the very tail-end of the era of live TV drama in New York. Beginning in 1960 with his portrayal of the prosecutor in the Armstrong Circle Theater production of The Sacco-Vanzetti Story, he established himself on the small screen as a good, reliable character actor, who was able to melt into any role with which he was presented. Over the next decade, O'Connor worked in everything from Westerns to science fiction. He played taciturn landowners, likable aliens, enemy agents (on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., in "The Green Opal Affair"), and other character roles with equal aplomb. He also appeared in several unsold television pilots during the 1960s, including The Insider with David Janssen, and Luxury Liner starring Rory Calhoun, playing character roles; and he did a pilot of his own, Walk in the Night -- directed and co-written by Robert Altman -- in which he co-starred with Andrew Duggan. O'Connor's movie career followed quickly from his television debut, starting with appearances in three dramatic films (most notably Lonely Are the Brave) in 1961. He was one of many actors who managed to get "lost" in the sprawling 20th Century Fox production of Cleopatra, but he fared better two years later in Otto Preminger's epic-length World War II drama In Harm's Way. O'Connor, playing Commander Burke, was very visible in his handful of scenes with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, and Preminger thought enough of the actor to mention him by name along with the other stars in the film's trailer. He had major supporting roles, serious and comedic, respectively, in such high-profile movies as Hawaii and What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, of which the latter proved critical to his subsequent career. O'Connor had been in demand for television roles since the early '60s. In an episode of The Outer Limits, he revealed his flexibility by playing a somewhat befuddled alien investigator from Mars, masquerading as a pawnshop owner in a seedy section of New York, and jumping from a slightly affected, carefully pronounced diction in one line to a working-class dialect and manner in the same shot (for benefit of a human onlooker in the scene). He had also given a very warm, memorable, and touching performance in "Long Live the King," an episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and producer Irwin Allen had wanted O'Connor for the role of Dr. Smith on Lost in Space early in the character's conception, when the Smith figure was thoroughly villainous. Although he didn't get the part of Dr. Smith, O'Connor later


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Nightmare In Chicago Actor 2012
62% Return to Me Marty O'Reilly 2000
No Score Yet Gideon Leo Barnes 1999
No Score Yet 36 Hours to Die Uncle Jack O'Malley 1999
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: Grow Old Along with Me Actor 1995
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: By Duty Bound Bill Gillespie 1995
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: Give Me Your Life Actor 1994
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: Who Was Geli Bendl? Sheriff Gillepsie 1994
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: A Matter of Justice Actor 1994
No Score Yet 36 Hours to Die Actor 1993
No Score Yet The Father Clements Story Cardinal Cody 1987
No Score Yet Convicted: A True Story Lewis May 1986
No Score Yet Brass Frank Nolan 1985
No Score Yet Law and Disorder Willie 1974
No Score Yet Of Thee I Sing Actor 1972
No Score Yet Doctors' Wives Joe Gray 1971
77% Kelly's Heroes Gen. Colt 1970
No Score Yet Death of a Gunfighter Lester Locke 1969
71% Marlowe Lt. Christy French 1969
40% For Love of Ivy Frank Austin 1968
60% The Devil's Brigade Maj. Gen. Hunter 1968
No Score Yet Waterhole No. 3 Sheriff John Copperud 1967
94% Point Blank Brewster 1967
No Score Yet Warning Shot Paul Jerez 1967
No Score Yet Not With My Wife, You Don't Gen. Parker 1966
67% Hawaii Charles Bromley 1966
45% What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? Bolt 1966
42% In Harm's Way Lt. Cmdr. Burke 1965
61% Cleopatra Casca 1963
No Score Yet Lad: A Dog Hamilcar Q. Glure 1962
92% Lonely are the Brave Hinton 1962
No Score Yet Parrish Fire Chief 1961
No Score Yet By Love Possessed Bernie Breck 1961
No Score Yet Johnny Frenchman Mr. Harper 1945


No Score Yet Mad About You
Gus Gus Stemple 1999
No Score Yet Party of Five
Jake Jacob 1996
No Score Yet All in the Family
Archie Bunker 1979
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
Archie 1978
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Guest Kyle Vanscoy 1974
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Josef Varsh 1967
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
Fabian Lavender 1966
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Bray 1965
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Brack 1964
No Score Yet Bonanza
Slaydon 1963


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