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Donald O'Connor ACTOR

Donald O'Connor was born on August 28th, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois with the birth name, Donald David Dixon Ronald O'Connor, born to John Edward 'Chuck' and Effie O'Connor.  He was born into a family already involved in the entertainment business as vaudeville performers.  

Her performed with his parents and siblings for a number of years and by the age of twelve was also working as a film actor appearing in, "Melody for Two" (1937) starring James Melton, Patricia Ellis, Marie Wilson and Fred Keating, "Sing, You Sinners" (1938) starring Bing Crosby, Fred MacMurray, Ellen Drew, Elizabeth Patterson and Irving Bacon and "Beau Geste" (1939) starring Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Susan Hayward, Broderick Crawford, James Stephenson, Albert Dekker, J. Carrol Naish, Stanley Andrews and Brian Donlevy.
As his career progressed he added a number of film roles to his resume with his most well known role in, "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) alongside Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Kathleen Freeman, Douglas Fowley and Rita Moreno.  This role earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical. 

Other prominent film roles included, "Private Buckaroo" (1942) starring The Andrews Sisters, Dick Foran, Harry James, Shemp Howard, Joe E. Lewis, Huntz Hall, Eddie Acuff, Pat Flaherty, Addison Richards and Jennifer Holt, "Mister Big" (1943) co-starring Gloria Jean, Peggy Ryan, Robert Paige, Florence Bates, Samuel S. Hinds and Elyse Knox, "Call Me Madam" (1953) also starring Ethel Merman, Vera-Ellen, Billy DeWolfe, George Sanders, Ludwig Stössel and Walter Slezak, "I Love Melvin" (1953) with Debbie Reynolds, Robert Taylor, Una Merkel, Richard Anderson, Allyn Joslyn, Les Tremayne, Noreen Corcoran and Jim Backus, "The Buster Keaton Story" (1957) starring alongside Rhonda Fleming, Jackie Coogan, Richard Anderson, Ann Blyth, Larry Keating and Peter Lorre, "Cry for Happy" (1961) with Glenn Ford, Joe Flynn, Howard St. John, Miiko Taka, James Shigeta and Miyoshi Umeki, "That Funny Feeling" (1965) co-starring starring Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, Nita Talbot, Larry Storch, Leo G. Carroll and James Westerfield, "Rag Time" (1981) featuring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Daniels, Fran Drescher, John Ratzenberger, Moses Gunn, Elizabeth McGovern, Jack Nicholson, Debbie Allen, Brad Dourif, Kenneth McMillan, Mandy Patinkin, Howard E. Rollins Jr. and Mary Steenburgen, "A Time to Remember" (1987) with Morgana King and Raymond Serra and his final film role was in 1997 in, "Out to Sea" a romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Rue McClanahan, Dyan Cannon, Brent Spiner, Gloria DeHaven, Elaine Stritch, Edward Mulhare and Hal Linden. 

O'Connor also appeared on television on such shows as, " Colgate Comedy Hour " which aired on NBC and he was the regular host for a number of years.  Other television credits included, "Playhouse 90", "Vacation Playhouse", "The Bionic Woman", "Police Story", "Hunter", "Fantasy Island", "Hotel", "Highway to Heaven", "Murder, She Wrote", "Petticoat Junction", "Tales from the Crypt" and "The Nanny".
In addition to his film acting, in 1998 he became a member of The Palm Spring Follies as the headliner.  For the majority of his career, he worked with Universal Pictures and upon his departure from them, his career began to slow down drastically. 

Donald O'Connor married twice throughout his lifetime, first to Gwen Carter in 1944 and they had one child together before the marriage came to an end in 1954.  He then married Gloria Noble in 1956 and they had three children together and remained married until he passed away at the age of seventy eight, on September 27th, 2003 in Calabasas, California after suffering from heart failure.  His remains were cremated and buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, California.                                                


1997         Out to Sea
1996         The Nanny
1996         Frasier 
1996         Father Frost
1994         Bandit: Bandit's Silver Angel 
1993         The Building 
1992         Toys
1992         Tales from the Crypt
1990         Murder, She Wrote 
1987         A Mouse, a Mystery and Me 
1987         Highway to Heaven
1987         A Time to Remember
1981-1986     The Love Boat
1985         Alice in Wonderland 
1983         Hotel 
1983         Great Performances 
1983         Simon & Simon 
1982         Pandemonium
1982         Fantasy Island 
1982         The Littlest Hobo 
1981         Ragtime
1977         Hunter
1976         Police Story
1976         The Bionic Woman 
1975         Ellery Queen
1974         The Girl with Something Extra 
1971         Li'l Abner 
1969         The Jackie Gleason Show
1968         The Donald O'Connor Show
1966         ABC Stage 67
1966         Vacation Playhouse
1966         Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
1965         That Funny Feeling
1961         Le meraviglie di Aladino
1961         Cry for Happy
1958         The DuPont Show of the Month
1957         Playhouse 90
1957         The Buster Keaton Story
1956         Anything Goes
1955         Francis in the Navy
1954         There's No Business Like Show Business
1954         Francis Joins the WACS
1953         Walking My Baby Back Home
1953         Francis Covers the Big Town
1953         Call Me Madam
1953         I Love Melvin
1952         Francis Goes to West Point
1952         Singin' in the Rain
1951         Francis Goes to the Races
1951         Double Crossbones
1950         All Star Revue
1950         The Milkman
1950         Curtain Call at Cactus Creek
1950         Francis
1949         Yes Sir, That's My Baby
1948         Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
1948         Are You with It?
1947         Something in the Wind
1945         Patrick the Great
1944         Bowery to Broadway
1944         The Merry Monahans
1944         This Is the Life
1944         Chip Off the Old Block
1943         Top Man
1943         Mister Big
1943         It Comes Up Love
1942         When Johnny Comes Marching Home
1942         Get Hep to Love
1942         Give Out, Sisters
1942         Private Buckaroo
1942         What's Cookin'?
1939         On Your Toes
1939         Death of a Champion
1939         Night Work
1939         Beau Geste
1939         Million Dollar Legs
1939         Unmarried
1939         Boy Trouble
1938         Tom Sawyer, Detective
1938         Sons of the Legion
1938         Sing, You Sinners
1938         Men with Wings
1937         It Can't Last Forever
1937         Melody for Two 

Matinee Classics - Singin' in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Jean Hagen, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley and Rita Moreno
Matinee Classics - On Your Toes starring Vera Zorina, Eddie Albert, Alan Hale Sr., Frank McHugh, James Gleason, Leonid Kinskey, Gloria Dickson, Queenie Smith, Erik Rhodes, Berton Churchill, Donald O'Connor and Sarita Wooton
Matinee Classics - There's No Business Like Show Business starring Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe, Dan Dailey, Johnnie Ray, Mitzi Gaynor, Richard Eastham, Hugh O'Brian, Frank McHugh, Rhys Williams, Lee Patrick, Eve Miller and Robin Raymond
Matinee Classics - Private Buckaroo starring The Andrews Sisters, Dick Foran, Joe E. Lewis, Ernest Truex, Jennifer Holt, Shemp Howard, Richard Davies, Mary Wickes, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Huntz Hall and Harry James and his Orchestra
Matinee Classics - Singin' in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley and Rita Moreno
Matinee Classics - Singin' in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley and Rita Moreno
Matinee Classics - Something in the Wind starring Deanna Durbin, Donald O'Connor, John Dall, Charles Winninger, Helena Carter, Margaret Wycherly, Jean Adair, The Four Williams Brothers, Jacqueline DeWit and Jan Peerce
Matinee Classics - Standard Oil 75th Anniversary Special hosted by Tyrone Power
Matinee Classics - The Colgate Comedy Hour
Matinee Classics - The Colgate Comedy Hour starring Donald O'Connor

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