Edric Connor

Edric Connor

  • Highest Rated: 89% Cry, the Beloved Country (1952)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Four for Texas (1963)
  • Birthday: Aug 2, 1913
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Edric Connor was one of the more prominent black actors in England from the early '50s until his death in 1968. Born in Mayaro, Trinidad, in the British West Indies in 1913, he began singing as a young man and left Trinidad in 1944 for England, where he established himself as a musician and pursued an acting career. In 1951, he played a role in Zoltan Korda's groundbreaking drama Cry, The Beloved Country. The following year, he released his first full-length LP, Songs From Jamaica by Edric Connor & The Caribbeans, for the Argo label. In 1953, he served as the African music advisor on George More O'Ferrall's The Heart of the Matter, based on the novel by Graham Greene. Connor appeared in the London play Summer Song, later performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and became a regular performer in film beginning in 1954, starring in Harry Watt's West of Zanzibar. He was one of several players who excelled in John Huston's production of Moby Dick (1956), playing Dagoo, the West Indian harpooner, and he had a leading role in Fire Down Below (1957), a major international production starring Rita Hayworth and Robert Mitchum. Huston used him again in the 20th Century Fox production of The Roots of Heaven (1958) and Richard Fleischer cast Connor in The Vikings the same year. The actor briefly turned to directing in 1960 with the film Carnival Fantastique. During the '60s, in addition to working in such high-profile pictures as King of Kings (1961) -- in which he gave a very touching portrayal of Balthazar -- Connor moved into television, playing leading guest-star roles on such series as Danger Man. He appeared in the final episode of the original half-hour series, and worked in a first-season show from the hour-long series, in addition to an amazing Avengers episode entitled "The Gilded Cage," in which he played the operational leader of a gang of top-level criminals and stole almost every scene in which he appeared. Connor worked in one Hollywood movie, Robert Aldrich's Four for Texas (1963), but most of his career was in England, where he worked in two more films: Only When I Larf and Nobody Runs Forever (both 1968). He died in the fall of that year of complications from a stroke.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Only When I Larf Awana 1968
No Score Yet The High Commissioner Julius 1968
11% Four for Texas Prince George 1963
85% King of Kings Balthazar 1961
No Score Yet Virgin Island Capt. Jason 1959
No Score Yet The Roots of Heaven Waitari 1958
76% The Vikings Sandpiper 1958
No Score Yet Fire Down Below Jimmy Jean 1957
86% Moby Dick Daggoo 1956
No Score Yet West Of Zanzibar Actor 1954
89% Cry, the Beloved Country John Kumalo 1952

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
1969
Abe Benham

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