Pat O'Connor

Director
Like many Irishmen before him, Pat O'Connor left his homeland as a young man to seek his fame and fortune. Immigrating first to London and then the USA, he eventually attended UCLA as an undergraduate and then went on ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1942 in Ireland

Filmography

Director (13)

Private Peaceful 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Sweet November 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Dancing At Lughnasa 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Inventing the Abbotts 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Circle of Friends 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Night in Tunisia 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

Fools of Fortune 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

January Man 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

A Month in the Country 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Stars & Bars 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Cal 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ballroom of Romance 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Zelda (TV Show)

Director
Art Department (1)

Northmen - A Viking Saga 2015 (Movie)

(Art Director)
Actor (1)

Mom 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Like many Irishmen before him, Pat O'Connor left his homeland as a young man to seek his fame and fortune. Immigrating first to London and then the USA, he eventually attended UCLA as an undergraduate and then went on to graduate work in film at Toronto's Ryerson Polytech. After nearly decade away from Ireland, O'Connor returned, armed with his degrees, and began his career in earnest as a trainee with Radio Telefis Eirann (RTE). Graduating first to producing and directing documentaries, he segued to dramatic programs before heading to London and a job with the BBC. In 1981, O'Connor produced and directed the award-winning TV drama "The Ballroom of Romance". Subsequently, he turned his attentions to the big screen with the uncompromising political romance/thriller "Cal" (1984) set against the backdrop of the "troubles" in Northern Ireland. The film featured strong lead performances (from John Lynch in the title role and particularly Helen Mirren as the Italian widow of the British officer he has killed) which have come to be a hallmark of O'Connor's work. "A Month in the Country" (1987) proved to be a studied, atmospheric drama about a WWI veteran who finds himself falling in love with a rector's wife. Again, the director elicited strong central portrayals from Colin Firth (as the soldier), Kenneth Branagh (as the cleric) and Natasha Richardson (as the cleric's wife).

Relationships

Mary Mastrantonio

Wife
born on November 17, 1958 directed her in "The January Man" (1989) and "Fools of Fortune" (1990)

Declan O'Connor

Son
born in January 1997

Jack O'Connor

Son
born c. 1992

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Ryerson Polytechnical University

Toronto , Ontario 1969

Milestones

2001

Directed the remake of "Sweet November"

1998

Helmed the screen adaptation of the hit stage play "Dancing at Lughnasa"

1997

Directed the well-received "Inventing the Abbots"

1995

Had critical and box office success with "Circle of Friends", starring Minnie Driver

1990

Returned to London; directed "Fools of Fortune"

1989

Helmed the thriller "The January Man"

1988

First US film, the comedy "Stars and Bars", starring Daniel Day-Lewis; film abandoned by studio

1987

Made second feature, "A Month in the Country", with Kenneth Branagh, Colin Firth and Natasha Richardson

1984

Feature directorial debut, "Cal" starring Helen Mirren and John Lynch

1981

Breakthrough TV program, the award-winning "The Ballroom of Romance"

1969

Returned to Ireland after studying at UCLA and Ryerson Institute (date approximate)

1969

Became trainee producer-director with Radio Telefis Eirann (RTE) in Ireland; began making documentaries before moving into dramatic programs

1961

Immigrated to London and later to the USA

Moved to London; began working for the BBC

Raised in Lismore, Ireland

Bonus Trivia

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From INDIEWIRE (www.indiewire.com) November 16, 1998:Gesha-Marie Bryant: Do you picture yourself as an auteur, or is that term too pretentious for you?Pat O'Connor: I think it's a word that is overused, misleading and, yes, a little pretentious. Filmmaking is very personal for me.

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