76 (passed away Jun. 21st, 2001)
Aug. 2nd, 1924
Manhattan, New York, USA
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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.
- Was so displeased with CBS's axing of _"Archie Bunker's Place" (1979)_ (qv) in 1983, without a chance to film an actual series finale, that he vowed to never work for the network again. (Nonetheless, his late-1980s NBC series, _"In the Heat of the Night" (1988)_ (qv) later moved to CBS in 1992.)
- He adopted his only child, Hugh, while in Rome filming _Cleopatra (1963)_ (qv). He named him after his own brother, who was killed years before in a motorcycle accident.
- Said that he came up with the address for the Bunker family residence (704 Hauser Street) when he was driving to work in L.A. He happened to find himself on Hauser Blvd (few blocks from CBS TV City) and thought the name sounded like part of Queens, New York where Archie was supposed to live.
- In the early 1950s, while trying to launch his acting career, he worked as a substitute high school English teacher in order to pay the rent.
- Had completed part of his undergraduate studies at the University of Montana before returning to earn a master's degree in speech in 1956.
- Earned a reported $250,000 a week for "All in the Family" in 1980.
- Listed as #20 on TV Land's Top 50 TV Icons Countdown. He beat out Alan Alda, George Clooney, Matthew J. Fox, and Kermit the Frog.
- Attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC for at least one semester prior to enrolling at University of Montana.