Carroll O'Connor
American actor
Carroll O'Connor
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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Rob Reiner on the Middle-Age Love Story 'And So It Goes'
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Rob Reiner says his new movie was inspired by Jack Nicholson. When they were talking to the press about their film, The Bucket List, Nicholson was asked what he wanted to be sure he did before he died. He said he wanted one more great love in his life. Reiner went to As Good as it Gets screenwriter Mark Andrus to write a story about a couple with a chance for one last great romance. That film is And So it Goes, with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. He plays an irascible realtor who has alienated just about everyone he knows. She plays a singer who is still mourning her late husband. In an interview, Reiner said that there are only three kinds of films that get financed by Hollywood studios these days: ... big superhero tent-pole franchise movies, animated films and R-rated raunchy comedies. There's not one film that I've ever made that could get made today by a studio, not one, even A Few Good Men because it's an adult courtroom drama and studios do not make them any m ...
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Jay Weston: Sidney Poitier's New Novel Is Superb!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I read two books by famous show business personalities this weekend. One was a first novel by Sidney Poitier, Montaro Caine, while the other was a memoir, The Friedkin Connection, by film director William Friedkin. For various reasons, I have chosen to do a full review of only one of them, Sidney's novel, although I am also recommending Billy's searingly honest memoir, if only for its depiction of how he managed to make two of the most enduring films of our time, The French Connection and The Exorcist. I have had two incidents working with him of films not getting made (Judgement Day with Gregory Peck and The Hostages), which I might have had to recount in detail if I did a review, so I took the advice of a dear friend and deferred in that respect. After all, he is happily married to one of the great women of our world, the beautiful Sherry Lansing. (And I happened to have been at Richard Cohen's Oscar-viewing party where they met some 25 years ago. She said to him, ...
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10 Ways 'All In The Family' Tested Edith Bunker
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES — Edith Bunker had to deal with her trying husband, Archie, and more. Here are challenges that faced the "All in the Family" character played by Jean Stapleton, who made the most of these series highlights. The actress died Friday at age 90. _ A breast cancer scare that she tried to hide from the family. _ An intruder's attempted sexual assault, which she thwarted with a hot cake to his face. _ Fiery clashes between her liberal cousin Maude (Bea Arthur) and conservative Archie (Carroll O'Connor). _ The mood swings of menopause, which prompted her to turn the tables on Archie and tell him to "stifle!" _ Fretting that she was a kleptomaniac after absent-mindedly taking a wig from a store. _ A confrontation with Archie over his broken promise to give up gambling. _ Enduring a test of faith after a female-impersonator friend is murdered. _ The discovery that Archie was pursuing an extramarital affair. _ Losing her job after helping a w ...
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A Look Back At Jean Stapleton's TV Career
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Jean Stapleton will forever be known to TV viewers as Edith Bunker on "All in the Family." The veteran actress died at the age of 90 on Friday, May 31 and she leaves behind a legacy of stage, screen and TV roles. Stapleton won two Golden Globes and three Emmys for "All in the Family." Her character, Edith Bunker, appeared in the "All in the Family" continuation series "Archie Bunker's Place," but died off screen. The Season 2 premiere of the series saw Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) deal with Edith's death. In 1976, at the height of "All in the Family," Stapleton made a memorable appearance on "The Muppet Show." There she performed in several sketches, singing with the Muppets. In 1982, Stapleton was nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy for her TV film "Eleanor, First Lady of the World." She eventually took the role to the stage and starred in a one-woman show as Eleanor Roosevelt. After "All in the Family" and leaving Edith Bunker behind, Stapleto ...
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Jean Stapleton, who played TV's Edith Bunker, dies at age 90
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Emmy-winning actress Jean Stapleton, best known for her role as Edith Bunker in the groundbreaking 1970s' television series "All in the Family," has died at age 90, her son said on Saturday. Stapleton died on Friday of natural causes at her home in New York City, film and television director John Putch said in a written statement released to Reuters. The actress won three Emmys for her role as the long-suffering wife of loud-mouthed bigot Archie Bunker, played by the late Carroll O'Connor, in the hit TV sitcom. ...
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Xaque Gruber: Rob Reiner Shares Wit and Wisdom With Hollywood's Next Generation
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Last week, Oscar-nominated producer/director/actor/writer, Rob Reiner, shared funny and personal stories of his career at Syracuse University's annual Comedy Tonight event at Los Angeles' Writer's Guild Theatre. Moderator Jeff Garlin's relaxed, hilarious rapport with Reiner set a familial tone for the packed house of Syracuse students studying in L.A. Long before landing the starmaking role of Michael 'Meathead' Stivic on All In The Family (for which he won two Emmy Awards), Reiner acted on a who's who of classic 60s television including 77 Sunset Strip, Batman, That Girl, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Beverly Hillbillies. Reiner established himself as a director with 1984's revolutionary mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap. His reputation as an A List Director was cemented with Stand By Me (1986), The Princess Bride (1987), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Misery (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), The American President (1995), and Ghosts of Mississippi (1996). With co ...
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Steve Karras: Groucho Gave Secretary High Marx: Author Steve Stoliar Recalls His Days as Groucho Marx's Secretary
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Steve Stoliar and Groucho Marx In January 1974, a 19-year-old UCLA student named Steve Stoliar started The Committee for the Rerelease of Animal Crackers to pressure Universal Studios into releasing the Marx Brothers' 1930 black-and-white film, which had been in copyright limbo for at least two decades. Executives at Universal were more concerned with their recent releases, Airport 75 and Earthquake, than they were in untangling the legal knots necessary to re-release a 44-year-old movie. "I probably discovered the Marx Brothers when I was in high school and I wondered where they had been hiding all my life," Steve Stoliar said in a recent interview with us. "They were such a wonderful blend of physical comedy and clever wordplay -- either Groucho's wordplay or Chico's mangling of the language." Marx mania swept college campuses in the late '60s and early '70s. Their anarchic shenanigans resonated with baby boomers who weren't even alive when the Marx Brothers wer ...
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'In the Heat of the Night': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Sidney Poitier Classic
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
They called it the "Slap Heard 'Round the World." It happened partway through "In the Heat of the Night" -- a movie released at the height of racial tensions during the Civil Rights Era exactly 45 years ago (on August 2, 1967) -- in a scene where a bigoted Southern cotton plantation owner slaps Sidney Poitier (and Poitier slaps back just as hard). Years of deferential behavior, both from Poitier in saintly role-model performances, and from every black actor ever to perform in a Hollywood movie, halted with a mighty thwack. It's one of the most memorable moments in film history and helped earn "In the Heat of the Night" the Best Picture Oscar that year. Even today, the scene remains brutally effective, a reminder of how much has changed in 45 years, and how much has not. The film -- in which a racist Southern sheriff (Rod Steiger) and a haughty black police detective from the Northeast (Poitier) develop a grudging mutual respect as they cooperate to solve a murder in a sultry Mississi ...
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Bob Schulman: A Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Townsfolk claim the mysterious German writer who used the name B. Traven wrote his famous novel Treasure of the Sierra Madre in the village of Alamos out in western Mexico's Sonoran desert. It's easy to see how this old Spanish mining town might have inspired a book about the lure of riches waiting to be ripped from the hills. A stroll along Alamos' cobbled lanes, porticoed walkways and Andalusian courtyards takes you back to the 17th and 18th centuries, when the silver mines of the nearby Sierras made this city one of the richest spots on Earth. You half expect to see mining barons in silk shirts, velvet breeches and knee-high leather boots strutting off to count the day's take. You can imagine ladies in hooped skirts and white petticoats heading to afternoon teas. Silver-plated carriages, it's said, once lined Alamos' cobbled lanes like Rolls-Royces along Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive. Tourist at doors to a fabulous mansion. The mines gave up so much silver that the t ...
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Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki: Emmys' new 'Odd Couple' - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
With shows such as "All in the Family" (Carroll O'Connor), "Cheers" (Ted Danson), "Everybody Loves Raymond" (Ray Romano), "Frasier" (Kelsey Grammer), "MASH" (Alan Alda), "Monk" (Tony Shalhoub) and so many others throughout TV history, there were easily
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Mahon 'glad week over' as three see red - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC -- Rogers; Pender, Kenna, E McMillan, Carroll; O'Connor (Bennion 69), Mulcahy, Bradley (Crowley 40), Doyle; Kavanagh (McFaul 45); D McMillan. UCD -- Barron; Harding, O'Connor, Leahy, Nangle; Meenan, Corry, Creevy (Russell 65),
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What was skipper's name? - Abilene Reporter-News
Google News - over 5 years
Her first name was Lovey. n Jayne Mansfield turned down the role of Ginger. n Carroll O'Connor tested for the role of The Skipper. n Dabney Coleman tested for the role of The Professor. n Raquel Welch auditioned for the role of Mary Anne. n Jerry Van
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'Man of Steel': Laurence Fishburne will be Perry White [updated] - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
Carroll O'Connor would be fine — if he was still alive. Given all that, I'll see the movie unless it gets hammered by critics who actually KNOW something about the characters. Brandon Routh, in my opinion , was a highly noble Man of Steel,
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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Aug. 2 - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
If today is your birthday, you share it with “All in the Family” star Carroll O'Connor (87-years-old) and Judge Lance Ito, made famous for proceeding over the OJ Simpson murder case (61-years-old). Happy birthday! If there is something we missed and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carroll O'Connor
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2001
    Age 76
    O'Connor died on June 21, 2001, in Culver City, California, from a heart attack brought on by complications from diabetes.
    More Details Hide Details He was 76 years old. His funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, and was attended by All in the Family cast members Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers and Danielle Brisebois, as well as producer Norman Lear. Actress Jean Stapleton, who played O'Connor's onscreen wife and who had been a close friend of O'Connor's since the early 1960s, did not attend the service due to a commitment for a stage performance. O'Connor's best friend Larry Hagman and his family were also there, alongside the surviving cast of In the Heat of the Night, including Alan Autry and Denise Nicholas, who also attended the Mass. Actor Martin Sheen, then starring on The West Wing, delivered the eulogy. O'Connor is buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery with his son Hugh's cenotaph placed on his grave stone.
  • 1998
    Age 73
    In 1998 O'Connor underwent a second surgery to clear the blockage in a cardiac artery, to reduce his risk of stroke.
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  • 1997
    Age 72
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The university named a regional studies and public policy institute the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West. Afterward, O'Connor taught screenwriting at the university.
  • 1995
    Age 70
    On March 28, 1995, O'Connor's adoptive son Hugh committed suicide after a long battle with drug addiction.
    More Details Hide Details Following his son's death, O'Connor appeared in public service announcements for Partnership for a Drug Free America and spent the rest of his life working to raise awareness about drug addiction. O'Connor also successfully lobbied to get the State of California to pass legislation allowing family members of an addicted person or anyone injured by a drug dealer's actions, including employers, to sue for reimbursement for medical treatment and rehabilitation costs and other economic and non-economic damages. The law, known as the Drug Dealer Civil Liability Act in California, went into effect in 1997. It is also referred to as The Hugh O'Connor Memorial Law. The act is based on the Model Drug Dealer Liability Act authored in 1992 by then Hawaii U.S. Attorney Daniel Bent. The Model Drug Dealer Liability Act has been passed in 17 states and the Virgin Islands. A website devoted to the Act can be found at: www.ModelDDLA.com. Cases have been brought under the Act in California, Illinois, Utah and other states.
  • 1991
    Age 66
    In July 1991, O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers were reunited to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of All in the Family.
    More Details Hide Details Thanks to reruns which aired in syndication, TV Land, Antenna TV, and on CBS, the show continued to be popular. In March 2000 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was given a St. Patrick's Day tribute by MGM. His caricature figures prominently in Sardi's restaurant, in New York City's Theater District.
    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'."
    More Details Hide Details He was joined by Grand Ole Opry star mandolinist Jesse McReynolds, Nashville accordionist Abe Manuel, Jr., and Nashville fiddlers Buddy Spicher and Randall Franks. CD Producer and series co-star Randall Franks created the arrangement which was co-produced by series co-star Alan Autry. He joined other members of the cast for a recording of "Jingle Bells" with vocals by Country Music Hall of Fame members Little Jimmy Dickens, Kitty Wells, Pee Wee King, and The Marksmen Quartet, Bobby Wright, Johnnie Wright and Ken Holloway. In 1973 his fraternity conferred its highest honor, the Sigma Phi Epsilon Citation, on him. Carroll O'Connor and Edie Falco are the only actors to have won the lead acting Emmy Awards in both the comedy and drama series categories.
  • 1989
    Age 64
    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.
    More Details Hide Details O'Connor reprised his role the following year for four two-hour In the Heat of the Night television films to critical acclaim.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1978
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rob Reiner said in a 2014 interview about his on- and off-screen chemistry with O'Connor, "We did over 200 shows in front of a live audience. So I learned a lot about what audiences like, what they don't like, how stories are structured. I would spend a lot of time in the writing room and I actually wrote some scripts. And from Carroll O'Connor I learned a lot about how you perform and how important the script and story are for the actors. So the actor doesn't have to push things. You can let the story and the dialogue support you if it's good. I had great people around me and I took from all the people that was around." He also stated, when he compared Carroll O'Connor's character to his acting mentor's real-life persona: "Carroll O'Connor brought his humanity to the character even though he had these abhorrent views. He's still a feeling, human being. He loved his wife even though he acted the way he did, and he loved his daughter. Those things come out. I don't think anybody's all good or all bad."
  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 46
    They then approached CBS with more success, and accordingly, All in the Family was retooled and debuted early in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details The show also starred unknown character actors, such as Rob Reiner as Archie's liberal son-in-law, Michael "Meathead" Stivic, and Sally Struthers as Archie and Edith's only child and Mike's wife, Gloria. The cast had a unique on- and off-camera chemistry, especially Reiner, who became O'Connor's best friend and favorite actor. CBS was unsure whether the controversial subject matter of All in the Family would fit well into a sitcom. Racial issues, ethnicities, religions, and other timely topics were addressed. Like its British predecessor Till Death Us Do Part, the show lent dramatic social substance to the traditional sitcom format. Archie Bunker's popularity made O'Connor a top-billing star of the 1970s. O'Connor was afraid of being typecast for playing the role, but, at the same time, he was protective of not just his character, but of the entire show.
  • 1968
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After three pilots done between 1968 and 1970, a network change to CBS, and the last name of the character changed to Bunker, the new sitcom was renamed All in the Family. The show was based on the BBC's Till Death Us Do Part, with Bunker based on Alf Garnett, but somewhat less abrasive than the original. It has been stated that O'Connor's Queens background and New York accent influenced Lear to set the show in Queens. Wanting a well-known actor to play the role, Lear had approached Jackie Gleason and Mickey Rooney to play Archie; both declined. O'Connor accepted, not expecting the show to be a success and believing he would be able to move back to Europe. In her book Archie & Edith, Mike & Gloria: the Tumultuous History of All in the Family, Donna McCrohan noted that O'Connor requested that Lear provide him with a return airplane ticket to Rome as a condition of his accepting the role so that he could return to Italy when the show failed. Instead, the show became the highest-rated television show on American television for five consecutive seasons until the 1976-1977 season (the sixth season).
  • 1967
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He cast his son Hugh O'Connor as Officer Lonnie Jamison. The headquarters of the Sparta Police Department was actually the library in Covington, Georgia. Much like O'Connor himself, Gillespie was racially progressive and politically liberal. But the character of Bill Gillespie was also a smart and tough police officer who was not afraid to use his gun when the occasion called for it.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1962
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At age 17, Hugh worked as a courier on the set of Archie Bunker's Place. O'Connor would eventually create the role of Officer Lonnie Jamison on In the Heat of the Night for his son. In 1989, Carroll was admitted to the hospital for heart bypass surgery.
  • 1956
    Age 31
    In 1956, O'Connor returned to Missoula to earn a master's degree in speech.
    More Details Hide Details O'Connor said on The Dick Cavett Show (Dec. 1971) that the level of education that he achieved was a master's degree from the University of Montana and that he had completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Dublin. After acting in theatrical productions in Dublin and New York during the 1950s, O'Connor's breakthrough came when he was cast by director Burgess Meredith (assisted by John Astin) in a featured role in the Broadway adaptation of James Joyce's novel Ulysses. O'Connor and Meredith remained close, lifelong friends. O'Connor made his television acting debut as a character actor on two episodes of Sunday Showcase. These two parts led to other roles on such television series as The Americans, The Eleventh Hour, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Fugitive, The Wild Wild West, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Death Valley Days, The Outer Limits, The Great Adventure, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Dr. Kildare, I Spy, That Girl, Premiere, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, among many others. O'Connor starred as an Eastern European villain in the first season of Mission Impossible, Season 1, Episode 18 "The Trial". Late in his career, he appeared on several episodes of Mad About You as the father of Helen Hunt's character.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1951
    Age 26
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1941
    Age 16
    In 1941, Carroll O'Connor enrolled at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, but dropped out when the United States entered World War II.
    More Details Hide Details During World War II he was rejected by the United States Navy and enrolled in the United States Merchant Marine Academy for a short time. After leaving that institution, he became a merchant seaman and served in the United States Merchant Marine during World War II. After the war, O'Connor attended the University of Montana-Missoula, where he met Nancy Fields, who would later become his wife. He also worked at the Montana Kaimin student newspaper as an editor. At the University of Montana, he joined Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. O'Connor did not take any drama courses as an undergraduate at the University of Montana. He later left that university to help his younger brother Hugh get into medical school in Ireland, where Carroll completed his studies at the University College Dublin. It was there that Carroll began his acting career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Both of his brothers became doctors: Hugh, who died in a motorcycle accident in 1961, and Robert, a psychiatrist in New York City. O'Connor spent much of his youth in Elmhurst and Forest Hills, Queens, the same borough in which his character Archie Bunker would later live.
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