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Chuck Connors



Chuck Connors attended Seton Hall University before embarking on a career in professional sports. He first played basketball with the Boston Celtics, then baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. Hardly a spectacular player -- while with the Cubbies, he hit .233 in 70 games -- Connors was eventually shipped off to Chicago's Pacific Coast League farm team, the L.A. Angels. Here his reputation rested more on his cut-up antics than his ball-playing prowess. While going through his usual routine of performing cartwheels while rounding the bases, Connors was spotted by a Hollywood director, who arranged for Connors to play a one-line bit as a highway patrolman in the 1952 Tracy-Hepburn vehicle Pat and Mike. Finding acting an agreeable and comparatively less strenuous way to make a living, Connors gave up baseball for films and television. One of his first roles of consequence was as a comic hillbilly on the memorable Superman TV episode "Flight to the North." In films, Connors played a variety of heavies, including raspy-voiced gangster Johnny O in Designing Woman (1957) and swaggering bully Buck Hannassy in The Big Country (1958). He switched to the Good Guys in 1958, when he was cast as frontiersman-family man Lucas McCain on the popular TV Western series The Rifleman. During the series' five-year run, he managed to make several worthwhile starring appearances in films: he was seen in the title role of Geronimo (1962), which also featured his second wife, Kamala Devi, and originated the role of Porter Ricks in the 1963 film version of Flipper. After Rifleman folded, Connors co-starred with Ben Gazzara in the one-season dramatic series Arrest and Trial (1963), a 90-minute precursor to Law and Order. He enjoyed a longer run as Jason McCord, an ex-Army officer falsely accused of cowardice on the weekly Branded (1965-1966). His next TV project, Cowboy in Africa, never got past 13 episodes. In 1972, Connors acted as host/narrator of Thrill Seekers, a 52-week syndicated TV documentary. Then followed a great many TV guest-star roles and B-pictures of the Tourist Trap (1980) variety. He was never more delightfully over the top than as the curiously accented 2,000-year-old lycanthrope Janos Skorzeny in the Fox Network's Werewolf (1987). Shortly before his death from lung cancer at age 71, Chuck Connors revived his Rifleman character Lucas McCain for the star-studded made-for-TV Western The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1993).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Horror At 37,000 Feet
  • Actor
2014
71% Salmonberries
  • Bingo Chuck
1991
No Score Yet The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw
  • The Rifleman
1991
No Score Yet Three Days to a Kill
  • Capt. Damian Wright
1991
No Score Yet Last Flight to Hell
  • Red Farley
1991
No Score Yet High Desert Kill
  • Stan Brown
1990
No Score Yet One Last Run
  • Buddy
1990
No Score Yet Skinheads
  • Mr. Huston
1989
No Score Yet Once upon a Texas Train
  • Nash Crawford
1988
No Score Yet Hell's Heroes
  • Senator Morris
1988
No Score Yet Summer Camp Nightmare
  • Mr. Warren
1987
No Score Yet Texas Guns
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Terror Squad
  • Chief Rawlings
1987
No Score Yet Sakura Killers
  • The Colonel
1986
No Score Yet The Vals
  • Trish's Father ('Boom-Boom Girls' Producer)
1985
42% Airplane 2 - The Sequel
  • Sarge
1982
No Score Yet Target Eagle
  • Sam Fisher
1982
No Score Yet The Capture of Grizzly Adams
  • Frank Briggs
1982
No Score Yet Balboa
  • Dern
1982
No Score Yet Day of the Assassin
  • Fleming
1981
No Score Yet Ultimate Virus
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Tourist Trap
  • Mr. Slausen
1979
No Score Yet Bordello
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Standing Tall
  • Major Roland Hartline
1978
No Score Yet Banjo Hackett
  • Ivory
1976
No Score Yet Nightmare in Badham County
  • Sheriff Danen
1976
No Score Yet Il Lupo dei Mari (The Legend of Sea Wolf)
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Mad Bomber
  • William Dorn
1973
71% Soylent Green
  • Tab Fielding
1973
No Score Yet Pancho Villa
  • Col. Wilcox
1972
No Score Yet The Proud and the Damned
  • Will Hansen
1972
67% Support Your Local Gunfighter
  • Swifty Morgan
1971
No Score Yet Ride to Glory
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Deserter
  • Chaplain
1971
No Score Yet Ammazzali tutti e torna solo (Go Kill Everybody and Come Back Alone)
  • Clyde
1970
No Score Yet Captain Nemo and the Underwater City
  • Sen. Robert Fraser
1969
No Score Yet Kill Them All And Come Back Alone (Ammazzali Tutti E Torna Solo)
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Ride Beyond Vengeance
  • Jonas Trapp, the Tiger
1966
No Score Yet Move Over Darling
  • Stephen Burkett (Adam)
1963
40% Flipper
  • Porter Ricks
1963
No Score Yet Geronimo
  • Geronimo
1962
100% The Big Country
  • Buck Hannassey
1958
100% Old Yeller
  • Burn Sanderson
1957
78% Designing Woman
  • Johnnie `O'
1957
No Score Yet Death In Small Doses
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet The Hired Gun
  • Judd Farrow
1957
No Score Yet Hot Rod Girl
  • Det. Ben Merrill
1956
No Score Yet Walk the Dark Street
  • Frank Garrick
1956
No Score Yet Three Stripes in the Sun
  • Idaho Johnson
1955
No Score Yet Good Morning, Miss Dove
  • William 'Bill' Holloway
1955
No Score Yet The Human Jungle
  • Swados
1954
No Score Yet South Sea Woman
  • Pvt. Davey White
1953
No Score Yet Trouble Along the Way
  • Stan Schwegler
1953
90% Pat and Mike
  • Police Captain
1952

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Arthur
1996
  • Host

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