Arthur O'Connell

Actor, Vaudevillian
Citybred actor Arthur O'Connell had the corn-fed look of a born and bred farm boy. His looks and good-natured demeanor garnered him a stage debut in the '30s with the acclaimed Mercury Theatre, founded by Orson Welles ... Read more »
Born: 03/29/1908 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

The Hiding Place 1974 (Movie)

Papa (Actor)

Huckleberry Finn 1973 (Movie)

Colonel Grangerford (Actor)

Ben 1972 (Movie)

Billy Hatfield (Actor)

The Poseidon Adventure 1972 (Movie)

Ship's Chaplain (Actor)

They Only Kill Their Masters 1972 (Movie)

Cafeteria Owner (Actor)

Wicked, Wicked 1972 (Movie)

Hotel Engineer (Actor)

Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? 1970 (Movie)

Mr Kruft (Actor)

The Last Valley 1970 (Movie)

Hoffman (Actor)

There Was a Crooked Man 1970 (Movie)

Mr Lomax (Actor)

A Covenant With Death 1966 (Movie)

Judge Hochstadter (Actor)

Fantastic Voyage 1966 (Movie)

Colonel Donald Reid (Actor)

The Reluctant Astronaut 1966 (Movie)

Buck Fleming (Actor)

Birds Do It 1965 (Movie)

Professor Wald (Actor)

Ride Beyond Vengeance 1965 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Great Race 1965 (Movie)

Henry Goodbody (Actor)

The Silencers 1965 (Movie)

Wigman (Actor)

Kissin' Cousins 1964 (Movie)

Pappy Tatum (Actor)

Nightmare in the Sun 1964 (Movie)

Sam Wilson (Actor)

The Monkey's Uncle 1964 (Movie)

Darius Green III (Actor)

The Third Day 1964 (Movie)

Dr Wheeler (Actor)

The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao 1963 (Movie)

Clint Stark (Actor)

Your Cheatin' Heart 1963 (Movie)

Fred Rose (Actor)

Follow That Dream 1962 (Movie)

Pop Kwimper (Actor)

A Pocketful of Miracles 1961 (Movie)

Count Alfonso Romero (Actor)

A Thunder of Drums 1961 (Movie)

Sgt Carl Rodermill (Actor)

Misty 1961 (Movie)

Grandpa Beebe (Actor)

Cimarron 1960 (Movie)

Tom Wyatt (Actor)

The Great Impostor 1960 (Movie)

Warden Chandler (Actor)

Anatomy of a Murder 1959 (Movie)

Parnell McCarthy (Actor)

Operation Petticoat 1959 (Movie)

Tostin (Actor)

Gidget 1958 (Movie)

Russell Lawrence (Actor)

Hound Dog Man 1958 (Movie)

Aaron McKinney (Actor)

Man of the West 1958 (Movie)

Seam Beasley (Actor)

Voice in the Mirror 1958 (Movie)

William Tobin (Actor)

April Love 1957 (Movie)

Jed (Actor)

Operation Mad Ball 1957 (Movie)

Colonel Rousch (Actor)

The Monte Carlo Story 1957 (Movie)

Mr Hinkley (Actor)

Bus Stop 1956 (Movie)

Virgil "Virge" Blessing (Actor)

Picnic 1956 (Movie)

Howard Bevans (Actor)

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 1956 (Movie)

Walker (Actor)

The Solid Gold Cadillac 1956 (Movie)

Jenkins (Actor)

Mr. Peepers 1951 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

A Taste of Evil (TV Show)

Actor

Blondie's Blessed Event (Movie)

Interne (Actor)

Dr. Kildare Goes Home (Movie)

Intern (Actor)

Law of the Jungle (Movie)

(Actor)

Love That Brute (Movie)

(Actor)

Lucky Devils (Movie)

Pilot (Actor)

Man from Headquarters (Movie)

Goldie (Actor)

One Touch of Venus (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Open Secret (Movie)

Carter (Actor)

Seven in Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Shootout in a One-Dog Town (TV Show)

Actor

The Countess of Monte Cristo (Movie)

Assistant Director (Actor)

The Power (Movie)

Henry Hallson (Actor)

Two Girls on Broadway (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Citybred actor Arthur O'Connell had the corn-fed look of a born and bred farm boy. His looks and good-natured demeanor garnered him a stage debut in the '30s with the acclaimed Mercury Theatre, founded by Orson Welles. His work there led to a bit part in Welles's drama "Citizen Kane" in 1941. Despite a number of small roles, O'Connell grew frustrated with film, and returned to theater, appearing on Broadway as Polonius in "Hamlet". In 1953, his performance as Howard Bevans in "Picnic" earned him attention from theater-goers and Hollywood alike. In 1955, he reprised his role in the film adaptation, and earned his first Oscar nomination. His second would come five years later for his work in Otto Preminger's legal drama "Anatomy of a Murder". With his acclaimed status, O'Connell had more opportunities, and could be selective about the roles he'd take. By the '70s, O'Connell had become a popular guest star on television. However, the progression of Alzheimer's caused him to take on less and less work. By the time of his death at age 73, he was only appearing in the occasional commercial. Having appeared in over 130 films and television shows, O'Connell left behind a legacy few could surpass.

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