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Chuck Connors

Janos Skorzeny in Werewolf

Photos Chuck Connors Birth name: Chuck Connors
Birth date: 1921/04/10
Date of death : 1992/11/10 (71 years old)
Birth place : New York

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Biography for Chuck Connors

Born to Newfoundland immigrant parents, Chuck and his two-years-younger sister, Gloria, grew up in a working-class section on the west side of Brooklyn where their longshoreman-father worked the local docks.

Chuck's natural athletic prowess earned him a scholarship to Adelphi Academy, a private high school, and then to Seton Hall, a Catholic college in South Orange, New Jersey. Leaving Seton Hall after two years, on October 20, 1942 he joined the Army, officially listing his occupation as a ski instructor. After enlistment in the infantry at Fort Knox, he later served mostly as a tank-warfare instructor at Camp Campbell, Kentucky, and then finally at West Point. Following his discharge early in 1946, Chuck resumed his athletic pursuits. He played center for the Boston Celtics in the 1946-1947 season but left early for spring training with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Baseball had always been his first love and for the next several years he knocked about the minor leagues in such places as Rochester, Norfolk, Newark, Newport News, Mobile, and Montreal. (While in Montreal he met Elizabeth Riddell whom he married in October of 1948. They had four sons during their 13-year marriage.) He finally reached his goal, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, in May of 1949 but after just five weeks and one at-bat, he returned to Montreal. After a brief stint with the Chicago Cubs in 1951, during which he hit two home runs, Chuck wound up with the Cubs' Triple-A farm team, the L.A. Angels, in 1952. A baseball fan who was also a casting director for MGM spotted Chuck and recommended him for a part in the Tracy-Hepburn comedy, "Pat and Mike." Originally cast to play a prize-fighter in this film, the role went instead to Aldo Ray Chuck was cast to play a state police captain. Chuck now abandoned his athletic hopes and devoted full time to his acting career which often emphasized his muscular, 6-foot-5-inch physique.

During the next several years he made 20 movies, culminating in a key role in William Wyler's 1958 western, "The Big Country." Also appearing in many TV shows, he finally became a "big-name" in 1958 when "The Rifleman" began its highly-successful five-year run on ABC. Other TV series' followed as did a number of movies which, though mostly minor, allowed Chuck to display his range as both a stalwart "good guy" and a menacing "heavy."

He is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery with his tombstone carrying a photo of Connors as Lucas McCain in "The Rifleman" as well as logos from the three professional sports teams he played for: the Dodgers, Cubs, and Celtics.

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Filmography

Title Role
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) (TV) Lucas McCain
Salmonberries (1991) Bingo Chuck
3 Days to a Kill (1991) (TV) Capt. Damian Wright
Paradise Gideon McKay (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ultimo volo all'inferno, L' (1990) Red Farley
Face the Edge (1990) Buddy
High Desert Kill (1989) (TV) Stan Brown
Wolf (1989) (TV)
Skinheads (1989) Mr. Huston
Murder, She Wrote FBI Agt. Fred Keller / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1988)
Once Upon a Texas Train (1988) (TV) Nash Crawford
Trained to Kill (1988) Ed Cooper
Taxi Killer (1988)
Sakura Killers (1987) (as Chuck Conners) The Colonel
Werewolf Janos Skorzeny (2 episodes, 1987)
Werewolf (1987) (TV) Captain Janos Skorzeny
Summer Camp Nightmare (1987) Mr. Warren
Eroi dell'inferno (1987) Senator Morris
Terror Squad (1987) Chief Rawlings
Maniac Killer (1987) Roger Osborne
Balboa (1986) Alabama Dern
Spenser: For Hire King Powers (2 episodes, 1985)
All American Cowboy (1985) (TV)
The Love Boat (1 episode, 1983)
The Yellow Rose (1983) TV series Jeb Hollister (unknown episodes)
Matt Houston Castanos (1 episode, 1983)
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) The Sarge
Jugando con la muerte (1982) Sam Fisher
Fantasy Island (1 episode, 1982)
The Capture of Grizzly Adams (1982) (TV) Frank Briggs
Best of the West (1 episode, 1982)
The Vals (1982) Trish's Father
Mujeres de Jeremías, Las (1981)
Walking Tall (1 episode, 1981)
Disneyland Burn Sanderson (1 episode, 1980)
Fukkatsu no hi (1980) Captain McCloud
Stone (1 episode, 1980)
Day of the Assassin (1979) Fleming
Tourist Trap (1979) Mr. Slausen
Bordello (1979) (TV) Jonathan Dalton
Standing Tall (1978) (TV) Major Roland Hartline
The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1977) (TV) Mike O'Toole
Roots (1977) (mini) TV mini-series Tom Moore
Police Story Lew Randle / ... (3 episodes, 1974-1976)
Nightmare in Badham County (1976) (TV) Sheriff Danen
Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free (1976) (TV) Sam Ivory
The Six Million Dollar Man Niles Lingstrom (1 episode, 1975)
Lupo dei mari, Il (1975) Wolf-Larsen
99 and 44/100% Dead (1974) Marvin 'Claw' Zuckerman
The Mad Bomber (1973) William Dorn
Soylent Green (1973) Tab Fielding
The Police Story (1973) (TV) Slow Boy
The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973) (TV) Captain Ernie Slade
Set This Town on Fire (1973) (TV) Buddy Bates
Night Gallery Roderick Blanco (1 episode, 1972)
Pancho Villa (1972) Col. Wilcox
Night of Terror (1972) (TV) Brian DiPaulo
The Proud and the Damned (1972) Will Hansen
Embassy (1972) Kesten
The Birdmen (1971) (TV) Colonel Morgan Crawford
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) (uncredited) 'Swifty' Morgan
The Deserter (1971) Reynolds
The Name of the Game Governor Brill (1 episode, 1971)
The Virginian Gustavson (1 episode, 1971)
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969) Senator Robert Fraser
Ammazzali tutti e torna solo (1968) Clyde
Cowboy in Africa (1967) TV series Jim Sinclair (unknown episodes, 1967-1968)
Branded Jason McCord (48 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966) Jonas Trapp, the Tiger
Synanon (1965) Ben
Move Over, Darling (1963) Stephen Burkett
Arrest and Trial (1963) TV series Attorney John Egan (unknown episodes)
Flipper (1963) Porter Ricks
The Rifleman Lucas McCain / ... (168 episodes, 1958-1963)
Geronimo (1962) Geronimo
The DuPont Show with June Allyson George Aswell (1 episode, 1960)
The Big Country (1958) Buck Hannassey
The Adventures of Jim Bowie Cephas K. Ham (2 episodes, 1958)
Zane Grey Theater Lucas McCain (1 episode, 1958)
The Lady Takes a Flyer (1958) Phil Donahoe
Date with the Angels Stacey L. Stacey (1 episode, 1958)
Old Yeller (1957) Burn Sanderson
The Restless Gun Toby Yeaget (1 episode, 1957)
Wagon Train Private John Sumter (1 episode, 1957)
General Electric Theater Long Jack / ... (2 episodes, 1954-1957)
The Hired Gun (1957) Judd Farrow
Death in Small Doses (1957) Mink Reynolds
Tales of Wells Fargo Button Smith & Pete Johnson / ... (2 episodes, 1957)
Designing Woman (1957) Johnnie 'O'
The Millionaire Hub Grimes (1 episode, 1957)
Tomahawk Trail (1957) Sgt. Wade McCoy
West Point Major Neilson (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
The Gale Storm Show Witch Doctor (1 episode, 1956)
Crossroads Lou Brissie (1 episode, 1956)
On Trial Andy (1 episode, 1956)
Hot Rod Girl (1956) Det. Ben Merrill
Hold Back the Night (1956) Sgt. Ekland
Gunsmoke Sam Keeler (1 episode, 1956)
Frontier Thorpe Henderson (1 episode, 1956)
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre Officer Handley (1 episode, 1956)
Walk the Dark Street (1956) Frank Garrick
Cavalcade of America Harry (1 episode, 1955)
Matinee Theatre (1 episode, 1955)
Four Star Playhouse Attendant / ... (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Three Stripes in the Sun (1955) Idaho
Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955) William 'Bill' Holloway
Screen Directors Playhouse Art Shirley (1 episode, 1955)
Target Zero (1955) Pvt. Moose
The Star and the Story Harry Frazier (1 episode, 1955)
Adventures of Superman Sylvester J. Superman (1 episode, 1955)
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode, 1955)
TV Reader's Digest Charlie Masters (1 episode, 1955)
City Detective Sam (1 episode, 1955)
Letter to Loretta Jess Hayes (1 episode, 1955)
The Human Jungle (1954) Earl Swados
Naked Alibi (1954) Capt. Owen Kincaide
Dear Phoebe Rocky (1 episode, 1954)
Dragonfly Squadron (1954) Capt. Warnowski
South Sea Woman (1953) Pvt. Davey White
Code Two (1953) (uncredited) Deputy Sheriff
Trouble Along the Way (1953) Stan Schwegler
The Silver Whip (1953) (uncredited) Bit Role

Trivia

Played major league baseball (for the Chicago Cubs) in 1951.

Connors also played professional basketball with the Boston Celtics.

Chuck Person, an NBA Player, is named after him.

According to a article on TV westerns in Time Magazine (March 30, 1959), Connors stood 6'5" tall, weighed 215 pounds, and had chest-waist-hips measurements of 45-34-41

Almost suffered the same fate in each of his two TV westerns. On a 10-2-61 episode of "The Rifleman" (1958) called "The Vaqueros," he was stripped to the waist, tied to a tree and left to die under a scorching sun by a group of Mexican bandits. On an 11-14-65 episode of +"Branded" (1965)_ called "Fill No Glass for Me," he was stripped to the waist, tied to a tree and left to die under a scorching sun by a group of Indian warriors (in both cases he survived).

Very likely the only guest commentator on Monday Night Baseball to use the F- word.

Received a star on Hollywood's "Walk of Fame" in 1985.

Was elected to the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1991.

In a 1997 biography titled "The Man Behind the Rifle," author David Fury says that "Chuck" Connors acquired his nickname while an athlete playing first base. He had a habit of calling to the pitcher: "Chuck it to me, baby, chuck it to me!"

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1991.

Lucas McCain, Connors' character on "The Rifleman" (1958), was ranked #32 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].

He was the first NBA player to shatter a backboard, he did it while playing for the Boston Celtics in 1946.

Accepted the role of Mr. Slausen in Tourist Trap (1979) because he wanted to "become the Boris Karloff of of the 80s".

On October 10, 1950, he was traded by the Brooklyn Dodgers - with whom he had appeared with in one game in 1949 - with Dee Fondy to the Chicago Cubs for Hank Edwards and cash. He spent part of the 1951 season with the Cubs.

Before the 1940 baseball season, he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent.

Was an altar boy and parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

He was a staunch supporter of the Republican Party as well as a frequent guest at the White House during the administration of his close friend President Richard Nixon.

Hospitalized with pneumonia three weeks before his death.

Quotes

Family

Spouse : Faith Quabius (1977 - 1979) (divorced), Kamala Devi (10 April 1963 - 1972) (divorced), Elizabeth Jane Riddell (1948 - 1961) (divorced)

Four sons; Mike, Jeff Connors, Steve, Kevin.

Author of the card

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