Carroll O'Connor

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
O'Connor's apprenticeship as an actor was long; he spent many years as a substitute schoolteacher living with his wife in cold-water flats awaiting the "big break. " He was well into his thirties when steady, albeit ... Read more »
Born: 08/02/1924 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

Return to Me 2000 (Movie)

Marty O'Reilly (Actor)

Gideon 1999 (Movie)

Leo Barnes (Actor)

Mad About You 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Kill For a Kill 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Archie Bunker's Place 1979 - 1983, 1985 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1979 - 1983, 1985 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Party of Five 1987 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night: A Matter of Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Convicted 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Acting: Lee Strasberg and The Actors Studio 1980 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Hurrah 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Law and Disorder 1974 (Movie)

Willie (Actor)

Three For the Girls 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Don Rickles -- Alive and Kicking 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Keep U.S. Beautiful 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Papers 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

A Walk in the Night 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctors' Wives 1971 (Movie)

Joe Gray (Actor)

Kelly's Heroes 1970 (Movie)

General Colt (Actor)

Death of a Gunfighter 1969 (Movie)

Lester Locke (Actor)

Fear No Evil 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

For Love of Ivy 1968 (Movie)

Frank Austin (Actor)

The Devil's Brigade 1968 (Movie)

Major General Hunter (Actor)

Point Blank 1967 (Movie)

Brewster (Actor)

Hawaii 1966 (Movie)

Charles Bromley (Actor)

Waterhole Number 3 1966 (Movie)

Sheriff John Copperud (Actor)

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 (Movie)

General Bolt (Actor)

In Harm's Way 1965 (Movie)

Lt Cmdr Burke (Actor)

Not With My Wife, You Don't 1965 (Movie)

General Parker (Actor)

Profiles in Courage 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Alcoa Premiere 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

Casca (Actor)

Luxury Liner 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Belle Sommers 1962 (Movie)

Jerry Griffith (Actor)

Lonely Are the Brave 1962 (Movie)

Hinton (Actor)

By Love Possessed 1961 (Movie)

Bernie Breck (Actor)

Parrish 1961 (Movie)

Fire Chief (Actor)

A Fever in the Blood 1960 (Movie)

Matt Keenan (Actor)

36 Hours to Die (TV Show)

Actor

Brass (TV Show)

Actor

Marlowe (Movie)

Lt. Christy French (Actor)

Of Thee I Sing (TV Show)

Actor

Ride a Northbound Horse (TV Show)

Actor

The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Show)

Actor

The Father Clements Story (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Bender 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Banana Company 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bronk 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

The Redd Foxx Show 1985 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

O'Connor's apprenticeship as an actor was long; he spent many years as a substitute schoolteacher living with his wife in cold-water flats awaiting the "big break. " He was well into his thirties when steady, albeit supporting, work came as an actor. But at age 46, Carroll O'Connor became Archie Bunker, the endearing bigot who grew to accept diversity (somewhat) on the ground-breaking CBS series, "All in the Family." When the series premiered in January 1971, audiences did not quite know what to make of it--a sitcom which followed the lives of a conservative, loading dock foreman, his "dingbat" wife, daughter and freeloading liberal son-in-law. The premise was typical TV fare, but the content was surely not: Archie Bunker's bigoted, conservative views would be challenged by his liberal son-in-law, and often by his good-hearted wife. Even if audiences and the nation took awhile to swallow sitcom storylines dealing with rape, affirmative action, gender debates, and integration, they fell in love with O'Connor. He portrayed Bunker unabashedly, his thinning white hair sticking up higher and higher on his head as his views were confronted and he screamed and bantered and sat his paunchy frame on "his chair" (which now sits in the Smithsonian). Not only did "All in the Family" become CBS'--and the nation's--top show for five seasons, but O'Connor won four Emmy Awards and eventually took de facto creative control of the series.

Relationships

Nancy O'Connor

Wife
married on July 28, 1951

Hugh O'Connor

Son
born 1961 adopted by O'Connors in Rome in 1962 married costumer Angela Clayton March 28, 1992 battled drug problems appeared on "In the Heat of the Night" commited suicide March 28, 1995

EDUCATION

University of Montana

Missoula , Montana 1956

National University at Dublin

Dublin 1952

University of Montana

Missoula , Montana 1956

Milestones

2000

Final film role as the owner of an Irish-Italian restaurant in "Return to Me"

2000

Honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (March 17)

1996

Joined cast of "Party of Five" in recurring role as the grandfather

1994

Chief Gillespie (O'Connor) married African American woman (Denise Nicholas) on "In the Heat of the Night"

1986

Directed and wrote "The Redd Foxx Show" (CBS)

1985

Starred in "Home Front" at the Royale Theatre, NY

1983

Made Broadway debut in "Brothers" at the Music Box Theatre

1982

Directed pilot, co-executive produced, "Gloria" (CBS)

1977

Executive producer on "The Banana Company"

1974

Last feature film to date, "Law and Disorder"

1972

Sang and danced in the TV special "Of Thee I Sing" (CBS)

1970

Premiere of "All in the Family" with O'Connor as Archie Bunker

1968

TV-movie debut, "Fear No Evil" (NBC)

1963

Co-starred as Casca in "Cleopatra"

1963

Made first TV pilot, the unsuccessful "Luxury Liner" for NBC

1962

Early TV credits include "Alcoa Premiere" and "The Dick Powell Show"

1961

Returned to features in "By Love Possessed," "A Fever in the Blood" and "Parrish"

1957

Off-Broadway debut, "The Big Knife"

1949

Company member, Dublin's Gate Theatre

1946

Film debut, "Johnny Frenchman"

"All in the Family" airs on CBS, five seasons as top series

Executive producer and star, "The Heat of the Night" (NBC, then CBS)

Created and co-executive produced, "Bronk" (CBS)

"In the Heat of the Night" airs as several two-hour movie specials

Continued as Archie Bunker in "Archie Bunker's Place" series

Bonus Trivia

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O'Connor underwent surgery to clear his carotoid artery in June 1998.

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He was inducted into Television Academy Hall of Fame (1990)

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In March 1989, O'Connor underwent successful open heart surgery and gall bladder surgery, yet was gone from "In the Heat of the Night" a mere four weeks.

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O'Connor on the influence of "All in the Family" on America: "Probably nothing. No TV show can change a stubbornly status quo society like America, or at most temporarily."

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