Carroll O'Connor

Born Aug 2, 1924

Carroll O'Connor was an American actor, producer and director whose television career spanned four decades. A life member of The Actors Studio, O'Connor first attracted attention as Major General Colt in the 1970 movie Kelly's Heroes.

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1924 Birth Carroll O'Connor, an Irish American, was the eldest of three sons. He was born on August 2, 1924, in Manhattan, New York, to Edward Joseph O'Connor, a lawyer, and his wife, Elise Patricia O'Connor. … Read More


1941 16 Years Old In 1941, Carroll O'Connor enrolled at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, but dropped out when the United States entered World War II. … Read More


1951 26 Years Old After O'Connor's fiancee, Nancy Fields, graduated from the University of Montana in 1951 with degrees in drama and English, she sailed to Ireland to meet Carroll, who was visiting his brother, Hugh. The couple married in Dublin on July 28, 1951.


1956 31 Years Old In 1956, O'Connor returned to Missoula to earn a master's degree in speech. … Read More
1962 37 Years Old In 1962, while he was in Rome filming Cleopatra, O'Connor and his wife adopted a six-day-old boy, naming him Hugh after O'Connor's brother who had died a year earlier. … Read More


1967 42 Years Old While coping with his son's drug problem, O'Connor starred as Sparta, Mississippi, Police Chief Bill Gillespie, a tough veteran Mississippi cop on In the Heat of the Night. Based on the 1967 movie of the same name, the series debuted on NBC in March 1988 and performed well. … Read More
1968 43 Years Old O'Connor was living in Italy in 1968 when producer Norman Lear first asked him to come to New York to star in a pilot he was creating for ABC called Justice For All, with O'Connor playing Archie Justice, a lovable yet controversial bigot. … Read More
1971 46 Years Old …  They then approached CBS with more success, and accordingly, All in the Family was retooled and debuted early in 1971. … Read More


1978 53 Years Old At the end of the eighth season in 1978, Reiner and Struthers left the series to pursue other projects, but O'Connor and Stapleton still had one year left on their contracts. … Read More


1989 64 Years Old In 1989, while working on the set, O'Connor was hospitalized and had to undergo open heart surgery, which caused him to miss four episodes at the end of the second season (actor Joe Don Baker took his place in those episodes as an acting police chief.) The series was transferred from NBC to CBS in 1992 and cancelled two years later after its seventh season. … Read More
1991 66 Years Old 1 More Event
While on the series, O'Connor recorded "Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella," for the 1991 "In the Heat of the Night" Christmas CD "Christmas Time's A Comin'." … Read More
1995 70 Years Old On March 28, 1995, O'Connor's adoptive son Hugh committed suicide after a long battle with drug addiction. … Read More
1997 72 Years Old In 1997, the O'Connors donated US$1 million to their alma mater to help match a challenge grant to the University of Montana from the National Endowment for the Humanities. … Read More
1998 73 Years Old In 1998 O'Connor underwent a second surgery to clear the blockage in a cardiac artery, to reduce his risk of stroke.
2001 77 Years Old O'Connor died on June 21, 2001, in Culver City, California, from a heart attack brought on by complications from diabetes. … Read More
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