The 85-year-old, who starred in the title role as a private investigator, filed a lawsuit against Paramount and CBS Television Studios bosses in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday (19May11).
In his complaint, Connors included a copy of his 1966 contract stipulating he should earn a percentage of “net profits” and “gross proceeds” from the use of his name and likeness – money he claims he has never received.
The suit states, “Notwithstanding all of the hard work, time and effort put into the series, Mr. Connors has never received any profits on Mannix in the ordinary course of participation accounting. Indeed, even as the series continues to generate revenue to this day from exploitation and DVD sales, it sinks deeper and deeper into debt.”
Connors is seeking unspecified damages.
A statement from CBS bosses to the Hollywood Reporter reads, “This lawsuit is a mystery worthy of Mannix’s detective skills. Before the case was filed, we had not heard from Mr. Connors or his lawyers, and we had not been made aware of any dispute. We will honor Mr. Connors’ contract and fulfill all of our obligations.”