Carroll O'Connor Biography (1924-2001)

Born August 2, 1924 (some sources say 1925), in New York, NY; raised in Forest Hills, Long Island, NY, son of Edward Joseph and Elise Patricia; married; Nancy on July 28, 1951; children: adopted son, Hugh (committed suicide, March28, 1995). Religion: Raised Roman Catholic. Career: Actor, producer, director, and writer. Associated with Save the Children. Awards, Honors: Golden Globe Award, best television actor in a musical/comedy series, 1972, for All in the Family; Emmy Awards, outstanding lead actor ina comedy series, 1971, 1976, 1977, and 1978, all for All in the Family; George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, 1980, for "Edith's Death," Archie Bunker's Place; Emmy Award, outstanding lead actor in a drama series,1989, for In the Heat of the Night; NAACP Image Award, and Golden Globe nomination, best actor in a drama series, both 1990, for In the Heat ofthe Night; elected member, The Television Hall of Fame, 1990, for his contributions to the television industry; NAACP Image Award, 1991, for In the Heat of the Night. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1934.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, producer, director, writer
Birth Details
August 2, 1924
New York, New York, United States
Death Details
June 21, 2001
Los Angeles, California

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Alcoa Premiere, ABC, 1962
  • The Dick Powell Show, NBC, 1962
  • Great Adventure, CBS, 1963
  • The DuPont Show of the Week, NBC, 1964
  • Archie Bunker, All in the Family, CBS, 1971-79
  • Archie Bunker, Archie Bunker's Place, CBS, 1979-83
  • Chief Bill Gillespie, In the Heat of the Night, NBC, 1992-94
  • Jacob "Jake" Gordon, Party of Five, Fox, 1995--
  • Specials
  • Major Hoople/Daddy Warbucks/Joe, Funny Papers, CBS, 1972
  • Don Rickles: Alive and Kicking, CBS, 1972
  • Jon P. Wintergreen, Of Thee I Sing, CBS, 1972
  • Keep U.S. Beautiful, CBS, 1973
  • Show Business Salute to Milton Berle, NBC, 1973
  • Husband (Story 1), Father (Story 2), and Son (Story 3), Three for theGirls, CBS, 1973
  • The Carroll O'Connor Special, 1973
  • The Last Hurrah, 1973
  • Co-host, CBS: On the Air, CBS, 1978
  • Shawnee, Ride a Northbound Horse, 1987
  • The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1987
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, Fox, 1990
  • Himself and Archie Bunker, All in the Family 20th Anniversary Special, CBS, 1991
  • What Is This Thing Called Love?, 1993
  • Presenter, The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards, 1994
  • Narrator, A Kill for a Kill, 1997
  • Also appeared in Acting: Lee Strasberg and the Actor's Studio, 1981.
  • Episodic
  • Barney Lubin, "Power Play," The Untouchables, ABC, 1961
  • Arnie Kurtz, a.k.a. Albert Krim, "Bird in the Hand," The Untouchables, ABC, 1962
  • "The Green Opal Affair," The Man from U.N.C.L.E., NBC, 1964
  • Old John, "Long Live the King," Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, ABC, 1964
  • "It's All Done with Mirrors," I Spy, NBC, 1965
  • "The Night of the Ready Made Corpse," Wild, Wild West, CBS, 1966
  • Gus Stemple, "Jamie's Parents," Mad about You, NBC, 1996
  • Gus Stemple, "The Birth," Mad about You, NBC, 1997
  • Gus, Mad About You, NBC, 1998
  • Also appeared in The Outer Limits, ABC; Profiles in Courage, NBC; and People, CBS.
  • Movies
  • Myles Donovan, Fear No Evil, NBC, 1969
  • Frank Skeffington, The Last Hurrah, NBC, 1977
  • Frank Nolan, Brass, CBS, 1985
  • Lewis May, Convicted, ABC, 1986
  • Cardinal Cody, The Father Clements Story, NBC, 1987
  • Sheriff Bill Gillespie, In the Heat of the Night: a Matter of Justice, CBS, 1994
  • Sheriff Bill Gillespie, In the Heat of the Night: Who Was Geli Bendl?, CBS, 1994
  • Sheriff Bill Gillespie, In the Heat of the Night: By Duty Bound, CBS, 1995
  • Sheriff Bill Gillespie, In the Heat of the Night: Grow Old Along withMe, CBS, 1995
  • Uncle Jack O'Malley, 36 Hours to Die, TNT, 1999
  • Leo Barnes, Gideon, 1999
  • Pilots
  • Dr. Lyman Savage, Luxury Liner, NBC, 1963
  • A Walk in the Night, CBS, 1971
  • Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight, NBC, 1980
  • Television Work
  • Executive Producer
  • (And creator) Bronk, CBS, 1975-76
  • The Banana Company, CBS, 1977
  • Bender, CBS, 1979
  • Gloria Comes Home (pilot for Gloria), CBS, 1982
  • The Red Foxx Show, ABC, 1986
  • In the Heat of the Night, NBC, 1992-94
  • In the Heat of the Night: A Matter of Justice, CBS, 1994
  • In the Heat of the Night: Who Was Geli Bendl?, CBS, 1994
  • In the Heat of the Night: By Duty Bound, CBS, 1995
  • In the Heat of the Night: Grow Old Along with Me, CBS, 1995
  • Director
  • Gloria Comes Home (pilot for Gloria), CBS, 1982
  • The Red Foxx Show, ABC, 1986
  • Film Appearances
  • Mr. Harper, Johnny Frenchman, Universal, 1946
  • Bernie Breck, By Love Possessed, United Artists, 1961
  • Matt Keenan, A Fever in the Blood, Warner Bros., 1961
  • Fire Chief, Parrish, Warner Bros., 1961
  • Hamilcar Q. Glure, Lad: A Dog, Warner Bros., 1962
  • Hinton, Lonely Are the Brave, Universal, 1962
  • Casca, Cleopatra, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1963
  • Lieutenant Commander Burke, In Harm's Way, Paramount, 1965
  • Charles Bromley, Hawaii, United Artists, 1966
  • General Parker, Not with My Wife, You Don't!, Warner Bros., 1966
  • General Bolt, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, United Artists,1966
  • Brewster, Point Blank, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • Paul Jerez, Warning Shot, Paramount, 1967
  • Sheriff John Copperud, Waterhole No. Three, Paramount, 1967
  • Major General Hunter, The Devil's Brigade, United Artists, 1968
  • Frank Austin, For Love of Ivy, Cinerama, 1968
  • Lester Locke, Death of a Gunfighter, Universal, 1969
  • Lieutenant Christy French, Marlowe, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969
  • Ride a Northbound Horse, Walt Disney Productions, 1969
  • General Colt, Kelly's Heroes, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970
  • Joe Gray, Doctor's Wives, Columbia, 1971
  • Willie, Law and Disorder, Columbia, 1974
  • Gideon's Webb, 1998
  • Also appeared in Belle Sommers, 1962.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Little Foxes, Westwood Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA, 1975
  • (Broadway debut) Jim, Brothers, Music Box Theatre, New York City,1983
  • Bob, Home Front, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • The Gin Game, Drefoos Hall, Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL, 1997
  • Also appeared in productions for Dublin's Gate Theatre, 1949-52. Appearedin Ulysses in Nighttown (Off-Broadway debut), 1957; The Big Knife.
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage
  • Author of The Ladies of Hanover Tower (three-act play).
  • Television Specials
  • Story 1, Three for Girls, CBS, 1973
  • Television Movies
  • The Last Hurrah, NBC, 1977
  • In the Heat of the Night: Who Was Geli Bendl?, CBS, 1994
  • Television Series
  • Closing theme, All in the Family ("Remembering You"), CBS, 1971
  • The Red Foxx Show, ABC, 1986
  • In the Heat of the Night, NBC, 1988-89
  • Other
  • Written articles for periodicals, including Parade Magazine, TVGuide, and Los Angeles Times.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • Life, February 1999, p.42.
    • Motor Trend, January 1998, p. 110.*

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