76 (passed away Jun. 21st, 2001)
Aug. 2nd, 1924
Manhattan, New York, USA
Carroll O'Connor's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2000 - Return to Me
1970 - Kelly's Heroes
1969 - Marlowe
1968 - The Devil's Brigade
1967 - Point Blank
1966 - What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
1966 - Hawaii
1965 - In Harm's Way
1963 - Cleopatra
1962 - Lonely Are the Brave
1961 - Parrish
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Hugh Morgan
Father Joseph McGavin
Lieutenant Wayne Altman
Carroll was born in Manhattan and raised in Forest Hills, a community of Queens, New York. After high school in 1942, he joined the Merchant Marines and worked on ships in the Atlantic. In 1946, he enrolled at the University of Montana to study English. While there, he became interested in theater. During one of the amateur productions, he met his future wife, Nancy Fields, whom he married in 1951. He moved to Ireland where he continued his theatrical studies at the National University of Ireland. He was discovered during one of his college productions and was signed to appear at the Dublin Gate Theater. He worked in theater in Europe until 1954 when he returned to New York. His attempts to land on Broadway failed and he taught high school until 1958. Finally in 1958, he landed an Off-Broadway production, "Ulysses In Downtown". He followed that with a production that was directed by Peter Bogdanovich. At the same time, he was getting attention on TV. He worked in a great many character roles throughout the 1960s. A pilot for "Those Were The Days" was first shot in 1968 based on the English hit, "Till Death Do Us Part", but was rejected by the networks. In 1971, it was re-shot and re-cast as "All in the Family" (1971) and the rest is history.
- His son, Hugh, died on what would have been his third wedding anniversary. He was in the process of reconciling with his wife at the time of his death.
- In real life, he was the total opposite of his "Archie Bunker" character. In fact, his _"All in the Family" (1971)_ (qv) co-star 'Rob Reiner' (qv) once remarked that O'Connor was even more liberal than Reiner himself.
- Performed the "Archie Bunker" role for a remarkable 12 years and 307 episodes (_"All in the Family" (1971)_ (qv) and _"Archie Bunker's Place" (1979)_ (qv)).
- Archie Bunker, O'Connor's character on _"All in the Family" (1971)_ (qv), was ranked #24 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
- Spent some time at the Juilliard School of Fine Arts as an acting and dialogue professor.
- Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Archie Bunker in All in the Family (1971).
- Has one grandson, Sean Carroll O'Connor.
- Passed away 37 days before what would have been his golden wedding anniversary with Nancy Fields.