Mike Connors

Mike Connors

Highest Rated: 91% Sudden Fear (1952)

Lowest Rated: 80% Good Neighbor Sam (1964)

Birthday: Aug 15, 1925

Birthplace: Fresno, California, USA

Tall and masculine, Mike Connors was discovered on a UCLA basketball court by director William Wellman and went on to appear in supporting parts and occasional leads in feature films until he found TV stardom as private detective Joe Mannix in "Mannix" (CBS, 1967-75). Originally named Krekor Ohanian, Connors grew up facing the discrimination heaped upon the Armenian community of Fresno, CA. He served in the Air Force during World War II and then matriculated at UCLA. By 1952, he made his feature film debut in the RKO release "Sudden Fear," billed as Touch Connors. ('Touch' had been his nickname at UCLA and agent Henry Wilson thought it fit the era.) He continued playing small and supporting roles for several years. He was a member of John Wayne's downed transport crew in "Island In the Sky" (1953), and even played an Amalekite herder trying to keep water from the future wife of Moses in "The Ten Commandments" (1956). By 1958, he had changed his name to Michael Connors, and co-starred in "Live Fast, Die Young," as a member of a gang of thieves. Connors was a prisoner of Alec Guinness several years after the end of World War II in "Situation Hopeless--But Not Serious" (1965) and had one of his best movie roles as Hatfield the card shark in the Bing Crosby/Ann-Margret remake of "Stagecoach" (1966). In 1979, after years of TV series work, Connors became Mike Connors in the movies, with "Avalanche Express" and even produced as well as starred in "Too Scared to Scream" (1985), in which he was tracking down a psycho killer. Connors played Jack Warner, (for whom he made "Islands in the Sky") in the feature film "James Dean: Race With Destiny" (1996). Connors first worked in TV starting in 1954 with an episode of "Ford Theatre" and was active as a guest star, particularly as a heavy in Westerns, throughout the decade. CBS gave him his first chance to star in a series with "Tightrope!" (1959-60), in which he played an undercover agent. "Mannix," often considered one of the most violent detective shows in TV history, brought true stardom as well as three Emmy nominations as Best Actor in a Drama Series and a 1970 Golden Globe Award. Later, he was the father figure for young agents in "Today's FBI" (ABC, 1981-82) and hosted the syndicated series "Crimes of the Century" (1989). His TV longform work began with his playing a Captain in "High Midnight" (CBS, 1970) and he sought to have "Revenge for a Rape" (ABC, 1976). In 1988-89, Connors played Colonel Hack Peters, a comrade of Robert Mitchum's Pug Henry in the miniseries "War and Remembrance" (ABC). Mike Connors died of leukemia on January 26, 2017. He was 91.

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Highest rated movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 66% Gideon Harland Greer (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet James Dean: Race With Destiny Jack Warner (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Returns Bill McDowell (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Armen and Bullik Joe "Uncle Do Do" Armen (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 70% Fist Fighter Billy Vance (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doorman Lt. Alex Dinardo (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 27% Too Scared to Scream Lt. Alex Dinardo (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today's FBI Ben Slater (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 25% Nightkill Wendell Atwell (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Casino Nick (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet S.S. Casino Nick (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet High Midnight Capt. Lou Mikalich (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 13% Avalanche Express Haller (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Death of Ocean View Park Sam Jackson (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Long Journey Back Vic Casella (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stigma Curtis "Manny"' Mandell (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Killer Who Wouldn't Die Karl Ohanian (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Revenge for a Rape Travis Green (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beg, Borrow... or Steal Vic Cummings (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 57% Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die Kelly (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 41% Stagecoach Hatfield (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 45% Harlow Jack Harrison (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Situation Hopeless -- But Not Serious Sgt. Lucky Finder (Character) - 1965
80% 65% Good Neighbor Sam Howard Ebbets (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 29% Where Love Has Gone Maj. Luke Miller (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Panic Button Frank Pagano (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 52% Live Fast, Die Young Rick (Character) $15.6K 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suicide Battalion Major Matt McCormack (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 0% Voodoo Woman Ted Bronson (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flesh and the Spur Stacy Tanner (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 42% The Day the World Ended Tony Lamont (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 5% Swamp Women Bob Matthews (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Swamp Diamonds Bob Matthews (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cruel Swamp Bob Matthews (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shake, Rattle and Rock Garry Nelson (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 12% Five Guns West Hale Clinton (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Twinkle in God's Eye Lou (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Day of Triumph Andrew (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sky Commando Lt. Hobson "Hobbie" Lee (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 49th Man Lt. Magrew (Character) - 1953
91% 83% Sudden Fear Junior Kearney (Character) - 1952

TV

Credit
65% 66% Two and a Half Men Hugo (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1995 1993 1989
43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Jack Duncan (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commish James Hayden (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet War and Remembrance Col. Harrison 'Hack' Peters (Guest Star) 1988-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today's FBI Ben Slater (Character) 1981-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop Guest 1981 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Curtis 'Manny' Mandell (Character) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Joe Mannix (Character) 1967-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Joe Kelly (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silent Service Melhop (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Bostick (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Pat Smith (Guest Star) 1955

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