Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Donald O'Connor Biography (1925-)
Full name, Donald David Dixon Ronald O'Connor; born August 28, 1925, in Chicago, IL; son of John Edward (a circus strong man) and Effie Irene (a circus acrobat; maiden name, Crane) O'Connor; married Gwendolyn Carter (an actress), 1944 (divorced, 1954); married Gloria Noble, November, 1956; children: (firstmarriage) Donna; (second marriage) Alicia, Donald Frederick, Kevin. Addresses: Agent--Gold/Marshak/Liedtke Talent and Literary Agency, 3500 West Olive Ave., Suite 1400, Burbank, CA 91505.
- Birth Details
- August 28, 1925
- Chicago, Illinois, United States
Credits; Film Appearances
- Specialty performer, Melody for Two, Warner Bros., 1937.
- Mike Beebe, Sing, You Sinners, Paramount, 1938.
- Butch Baker, Sons of the Legion, Paramount, 1938.
- Pat Falconer at age 10, Men with Wings, Paramount, 1938.
- Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Detective, Paramount, 1938.
- Ted Streaver at age 12, Unmarried (also known as Night Club Hostess), Paramount, 1939.
- "Small Fry," Death of a Champion, Paramount, 1939.
- Sticky Boone, Million Dollar Legs, Paramount, 1939.
- Butch Smiley, Night Work, Paramount, 1939.
- Phil Dolan, On Your Toes, Warner Bros., 1939.
- Beau at age 12, Beau Geste, Paramount, 1939.
- Butch, Boy Trouble, Paramount, 1939.
- Donny, Private Buckaroo, Universal, 1942.
- Tommy, What's Cookin'? (also known as Wake Up and Dream), Universal, 1942.
- Don, Give Out, Sisters, Universal, 1942.
- Jimmy Arnold, Get Hep to Love (also known as She's My Lovely), Universal,1942.
- Frankie, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Universal, 1942.
- Strictly in the Groove, Universal, 1943.
- Ricky, It Comes up Love, Universal, 1943.
- Donald, Mister Big, Universal, 1943.
- Don Warren, Top Man, Universal, 1943.
- Donald Corrigan, Chip off the Old Block, Universal, 1944.
- Jimmy Plum, This Is the Life, Universal, 1944.
- Himself, Follow the Boys, Universal, 1944.
- Jimmy Monahans, The Merry Monahans, Universal, 1944.
- Specialty performer, Bowery to Broadway, Universal, 1944.
- Pat Donahue, Jr., Patrick the Great, Universal, 1945.
- Charlie Read, Something in the Wind, Universal, 1947.
- Milton Haskins, Are You with It?, Universal, 1948.
- Wilbur McMurty, Feudin', Fussin' and a-Fightin', Universal, 1948.
- William Waldo Winfield, Yes Sir, That's My Baby, Universal, 1949.
- Peter Stirling, Francis (also known as Francis the Talking Mule), Universal, 1949.
- Edward Timmons, Curtain Call at Cactus Creek (also known as Take the Stage), Universal, 1950.
- Roger Bradley, The Milkman, Universal, 1950.
- Dave Crandell, Double Crossbones, Universal, 1950.
- Peter Stirling, Francis Goes to the Races, Universal, 1951.
- Cosmo Brown, Singin' in the Rain, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1952.
- Peter Stirling, Francis Goes to West Point, Universal, 1952.
- Kenneth, Call Me Madam, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953.
- Melvin Hoover, I Love Melvin, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953.
- Peter Stirling, Francis Covers the Big Town, Universal, 1953.
- Jigger Millard, Walking My Baby Back Home, Universal, 1953.
- Peter Stirling, Francis Joins the WACs, Universal, 1954.
- Tim Donahue, There's No Business Like Show Business, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954.
- Peter Stirling, Francis in the Navy, Universal, 1955.
- Ted Adams, Anything Goes, Paramount, 1956.
- Buster Keaton, The Buster Keaton Story, Paramount, 1957.
- Murray Prince, Cry for Happy, Columbia, 1961.
- Aladdin, The Wonders of Aladdin, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1961.
- Harvey Granson, That Funny Feeling, Universal, 1965.
- Narrator (with others), That's Entertainment!, United Artists, 1974.
- That's Entertainment, Part II, United Artists, 1976.
- The Big Fix, Universal, 1979.
- Evelyn's dance instructor, Ragtime, Paramount, 1981.
- Glenn's dad, Pandemonium (also known Thursday the 12th), United Artists,1982.
- Father Walsh, A Time to Remember, Filmworld Distributors, 1984.
- Kenneth Zevo, Toys, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992.
- Performer, That's Entertainment!, Part III, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1994.
- Jonathon, Out to Sea, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997.
Credits; Television Appearances; Series
- Host, Colgate Comedy Hour (also known as Colgate Variety Hour), NBC, 1951-55.
- Host, The Donald O'Connor Texaco Show (also known as The Texaco Star Theater Starring Donald O'Connor), NBC, 1954-55.
- Host, The Donald O'Connor Show, syndicated, 1968.
Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
- "The Red Mill," The Du Pont Show of the Month, CBS, 1958.
- Guest host, The Tonight Show, NBC, 1962.
- The Judy Garland Show, CBS, 1963.
- The clown, "Freddie the Clown," The Littlest Hobo, syndicated, 1981.
- Himself, "Guinness on Tap," Alice, CBS, 1981.
- Barry Barnes, Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.
- Debbie Reynolds's Movie Memories, AMC, 1991.
- "Strung Along," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1992.
- Bonnie's father, The Building, CBS, 1993.
- Fred, The Nanny, CBS, 1996.
- Harlow Stafford, "Crane vs. Crane," Frasier, NBC, 1996.
- Also appeared in The Dinah Shore Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Carol Burnett Show, The Julie Andrews Show, Ellery Queen, Highway to Heaven, The LoveBoat, and Hotel.
Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
- Lory Bird, Alice in Wonderland, CBS, 1985.
- Uncle Cyrus, Bandit: Bandit's Silver Angel (also known as Action Pack), syndicated, 1994.
Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
- Master of ceremonies, Academy Awards Presentation, 1954.
- Hermes, "Olympus 7-0000," ABC Stage '67, 1967.
- NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1986.
- "Irving Berlin's America," Great Performances, PBS, 1986.
- Remembering Bing, PBS, 1987.
- Happy Birthday, Hollywood!, ABC, 1987.
- "Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow," American Masters, PBS, 1987.
- Voice of Alex, A Mouse, a Mystery and Me (also known as The Littlest Detective; animated), NBC, 1987.
- Happy Birthday, Bob--50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC, NBC, 1988.
- America's Tribute to Bob Hope (also known as America at Its Finest: A Tribute to Bob Hope Cultural Center), NBC, 1988.
- Legend to Legend Night, NBC, 1993.
- Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years, NBC, 1993.
- The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1994.
- Also appeared in The Red Mill and Hollywood Melody.
Credits; Stage Appearances
- (New York debut) Albert Peterson, Bring Back Birdie, Martin Beck Theatre,1981.
- Cap'n Andy Hawks, Show Boat, Minskoff Theatre, New York City, 1984.
- Singin' in the Rain, original soundtrack, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Call Me Madam, original soundtrack; There's No Business Like Show Business, original soundtrack, Decca; Anything Goes, original soundtrack, Decca; Olympus 7-0000, original soundtrack, Command Records; and Bring Back Birdie, original cast, Original Cast Recordings.
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