Chuck Connors

Actor, Professional baseball player, Professional basketball player
Imposing, lantern-jawed leading man of TV, most famous as Lucas McCain, the righteous, chain-smoking protagonist of ABC-TV's immensely popular "The Rifleman" (1958-63). Connors' six-foot-five frame helped him gain a ... Read more »
Born: 04/09/1921 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (81)

Pioneers of Television 2011 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Salmonberries 1994 (Movie)

Bingo-Chuck (Actor)

The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Days to a Kill 1991 (Movie)

Colonel Wright (Actor)

Last Flight to Hell 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Friday Night Surprise! 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Skinheads 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spenser: For Hire 1985 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Trained to Kill 1988 (Movie)

Ed Cooper (Actor)

1987 Miss USA Pageant 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Mania 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Summer Camp Nightmare 1987 (Movie)

Mr Warren (Actor)

Terror Squad 1987 (Movie)

Chief Rawlings (Actor)

Werewolf 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Party For "Dutch" Reagan 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sakura Killers 1986 (Movie)

The Colonel (Actor)

Steel Collar Man 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Trivial Pursuit 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Yellow Rose 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Daredevils 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Lone Star 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

Sarge (Actor)

Balboa 1981 (Movie)

Alabama Dern (Actor)

Target Eagle 1981 (Movie)

Sam Fisher (Actor)

The Vals 1981 (Movie)

Trish's Father (Actor)

Tourist Trap 1979 (Movie)

Slausen (Actor)

Virus 1979 (Movie)

Captain MacCloud (Actor)

Bordello 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

99 and 44/100% Dead 1973 (Movie)

Marvin "Claw" Zukerman (Actor)

Embassy 1973 (Movie)

Kesten (Actor)

Night Gallery 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Terror 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Soylent Green 1973 (Movie)

Tab (Actor)

The Horror at 37,000 Feet 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Police Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Birdmen 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Support Your Local Gunfighter 1971 (Movie)

Swiftly Morgan (Actor)

The Mad Bomber 1971 (Movie)

William Dorn (Actor)

The Proud and the Damned 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Spina Dorsale del Diavola 1970 (Movie)

Chaplain (Actor)

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City 1969 (Movie)

Senator Robert Fraser (Actor)

Branded 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Arrest and Trial 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Ride Beyond Vengeance 1965 (Movie)

Jonas Trapp (Actor)

Synanon 1964 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

The Rifleman 1958 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Flipper 1962 (Movie)

Porter Ricks (Actor)

Move Over, Darling 1962 (Movie)

Stephen "Adam" Burkett (Actor)

The Loretta Young Theater 1953 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Geronimo 1961 (Movie)

Geronimo (Actor)

The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Matinee Theater 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Country 1958 (Movie)

Buck Hannassey (Actor)

The Lady Takes a Flyer 1958 (Movie)

Phil Donahoe (Actor)

Cavalcade of America 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Designing Woman 1957 (Movie)

Johnnie 'O' (Actor)

Old Yeller 1957 (Movie)

Burn Sanderson (Actor)

The Hired Gun 1957 (Movie)

Judd Farrow (Actor)

Frontier 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot-Rod Girl 1956 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Good Morning, Miss Dove 1955 (Movie)

Bill Holloway (Actor)

Target Zero 1955 (Movie)

Private Moose (Actor)

Naked Alibi 1954 (Movie)

Captain Kincaide (Actor)

Trouble Along the Way 1953 (Movie)

Stan Schwegler (Actor)

High Desert Kill (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Terror (Movie)

(Actor)

Nightmare in Badham County (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Show)

Actor

Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Set This Town on Fire (TV Show)

Actor

South Sea Woman (Movie)

Davey White (Actor)

Standing Tall (TV Show)

Actor

Thrill Seekers (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Imposing, lantern-jawed leading man of TV, most famous as Lucas McCain, the righteous, chain-smoking protagonist of ABC-TV's immensely popular "The Rifleman" (1958-63). Connors' six-foot-five frame helped him gain a position as a pro basketball player on the Boston Celtics after a stint in the military during WWII. He soon switched to baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs, but he was more distinguished for his comical sideline antics than his baseball prowess. Demoted to the Cubs' minor league farm, the old Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League, Connors took advantage of his new location to begin an acting career, appearing in at least a dozen features before his star-making TV role.

Relationships

Jeffrey Connors

Son
survived him

Kevin Connors

Son
survived him

Michael Connors

Son
survived him

Steven Connors

Son
survived him

Kamala Devi Actor

Ex-Wife

Faith Quabius Actor

Ex-Wife

Elizabeth Riddle

Ex-Wife
first wife mother of Connors' four sons

EDUCATION

Brooklyn Adelphi Academy

Brooklyn , New York

Seton Hall College

South Orange , New Jersey
played college baseball; left to join the US Army during World War II

Milestones

1991

Reprised the role of Lucas McCain, "The Rifleman" for the TV movie, "Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns", starring Kenny Rogers

1979

Final major starring role in a feature, "Tourist Trap", a horror film set in a wax museum

1977

Appeared in an Emmy-nominated role as a lustful slave owner in the ABC-TV miniseries, "Roots"

1973

Met longtime fan, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, at a poolside party given by President Nixon in San Clemente

1958

Cast as Lucas McCain in the popular TV series, "The Rifleman"

1952

Early credit in a major film, George Cukor's "Pat and Mike", starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn

1951

Played for the Chicago Cubs

1949

Switched to pro baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers

1946

Signed as a professional basketball player with the Boston Celtics

Sent down to the Angels, the Cubs' farm team in Los Angeles

Began acting career

Served in the Army for four years during World War II, mainly as a tank instructor at West Point

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