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Carroll O'Connor

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 Nighttown". He followed that with a Broadway production that was directed by 'Burgess Meredith', "God and Kate Murphy", in which he was both an understudy and an assistant stage manager. 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.

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Aug 2, 1924 In Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Gunsmoke 1955-09-10
Latest Project:
Series Pioneers of Television 2008-01-02

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations.

Known For
Poster of In the Heat of the Night
Pioneers of Television Unknown 2008-01-02
Party of Five Unknown 1994-09-12
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
In the Heat of the Night Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie / ... 146 episodes, 1988-1995 1988-03-06
Archie Bunker's Place Archie Bunker 97 episodes, 1979-1983 1979-09-23
The Jeffersons Unknown 1975-01-18
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
All in the Family Archie Bunker / ... 208 episodes, 1968-1979 1971-01-12
The Time Tunnel Unknown 1966-09-09
Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
Les mystères de l'Ouest Unknown 1965-09-17
I Spy Unknown 1965-09-15
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Old John 1 episode, 1964 1964-09-14
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Unknown 1964-09-22
The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Bonanza Unknown 1959-09-12
The Untouchables Unknown 1959-01-22
Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10