Award winning actor Mike Connors died January 26 as a result of leukemia in Los Angeles at the age of 91. He had been diagnosed with the disease only one week prior to his death.
Connors is best known for his role as Joe Mannix in the hit detective television series “Mannix”.
Appearing in over 100 film and television productions during his career, Connors made his debut in 1952 in the film “Sudden Fear”. Connors also appeared in “The Ten Commandments” as an Amalekite Herder, an episode of “Gunsmoke” as touch Connors, an episode of “Have Gun Will travel” as Johnny Dart, an episode of “The Rough Riders” as Randall Garrett, 37 episodes of “Tightrope” as Nick Stone, the 1966 remake of “Stagecoach” as Hatfield, an episode of “Here’s Lucky” as Joe Mannix, 18 episodes of “Todays” as Ben Slater, the mini series “War and Remembrance” as Colonel Harrison “Hack” Peters, an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger” as Judge Arthur McSpadden, 10 episodes of “Hercules” as Chipacles, and his final role came in 2007 in an episode of “Two and a Half Men”.
He was born Krekor Ohanian in Fresno, California the son of Armenian-American parents on August 15, 1925. He attended UCLA where he played basketball under Coach John Wooden and served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
The son of a lawyer, Connors spent two years in Law School prior to becoming an actor.
Predeceased by his son Matthew, Connors is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years Mary Lou, daughter Dana, and a granddaughter Cooper.
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