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Arthur O'Connell

Arthur O'Connell

Highest Rated: 100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Lowest Rated: 50% Picnic (1955)

Birthday: Mar 29, 1908

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Citybred actor Arthur O'Connell had the corn-fed look of a born and bred farm boy. His looks and good-natured demeanor garnered him a stage debut in the '30s with the acclaimed Mercury Theatre, founded by Orson Welles. His work there led to a bit part in Welles's drama "Citizen Kane" in 1941. Despite a number of small roles, O'Connell grew frustrated with film, and returned to theater, appearing on Broadway as Polonius in "Hamlet." In 1953, his performance as Howard Bevans in "Picnic" earned him attention from theater-goers and Hollywood alike. In 1955, he reprised his role in the film adaptation, and earned his first Oscar nomination. His second would come five years later for his work in Otto Preminger's legal drama "Anatomy of a Murder." With his acclaimed status, O'Connell had more opportunities, and could be selective about the roles he'd take. By the '70s, O'Connell had become a popular guest star on television. However, the progression of Alzheimer's caused him to take on less and less work. By the time of his death at age 73, he was only appearing in the occasional commercial. Having appeared in over 130 films and television shows, O'Connell left behind a legacy few could surpass.

Highest rated movies

100% Anatomy of a Murder
100% The Solid Gold Cadillac
95% Man of the West
92% Fantastic Voyage
86% 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
82% There Was a Crooked Man
81% Operation Petticoat
80% The Poseidon Adventure

Photos

THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, front, from left, Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson; back, from left, Eric Shea, Pamela Sue Martin, Gene Hackman, Roddy McDowall, 1972, TM and Copyright ©20th Century-Fox Fil 7 FACES OF DR. LAO, Arthur O'Connell, 1964 POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES, Peter Mann, Arthur O'Connell, Ann-Margret, Bette Davis, 1961 POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES, Arthur O'Connell, Ann-Margret, Glenn Ford, 1961 APRIL LOVE, Arthur O'Connell, 1957, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. APRIL LOVE, Jeanette Nolan, Arthur O'Connell, 1957, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. GIDGET, Arthur O'Connell, Mary LaRoche, 1959 OPERATION PETTICOAT, Arthur O'Connell, 1959 PICNIC, Arthur O'Connell, 1955 RIDE BEYOND VENGEANCE, Arthur O'Connell, 1966 VOICE IN THE MIRROR, Arthur O'Connell, 1958 APRIL LOVE, Arthur O'Connell, 1957, TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp./All rights reserved. KISSIN' COUSINS, Pamela Austin, Tommy Farrell, Cynthia Pepper, Glenda Farrell, Arthur O'Connell, Yvonne Craig, Elvis Presley, Jack Albertson, 1964 ANATOMY OF A MURDER, Arthur O'Connell, James Stewart, 1959 MAN FROM HEADQUARTERS, Arthur O'Connell, Paul Bryar, Max Hoffman Jr, Frank Albertson, 1942 MAN OF THE WEST, Gary Cooper, Julie London, Arthur O'Connell, 1958 VOICE IN THE MIRROR, Arthur O'Connoll, Walter Matthau, Julie London, 1958. THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, from left, Roddy McDowall, Pamela Sue Martin, Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine, Carol Lynley, Arthur O'Connell, Red Buttons, 1972, TM and Copyright ©20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Right PICNIC, Rosalind Russell, Arthur O'Connell, William Holden, Susan Strasberg, 1955. THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT, Gregory Peck, Arthur O'Connell, 1956. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved..

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 87% The Hiding Place Casper ten Boom, "Papa" (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 28% Huckleberry Finn Col. Grangerford (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shootout in a One-Dog Town Henry Gills (Character) - 1974
60% 38% Ben Billy Hatfield (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 29% They Only Kill Their Masters Ernie (Character) - 1972
80% 76% The Poseidon Adventure Chaplain John (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Taste of Evil John (Character) - 1971
82% 72% There Was a Crooked Man Mr. Lomax (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 27% Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? Mr. Kruft (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 78% The Last Valley Hoffman (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven in Darkness Larry Wise (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet If He Hollers, Let Him Go Prosecutor (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 38% The Power Professor Henry Hallson (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 67% A Covenant With Death Judge Hockstadter (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 56% The Reluctant Astronaut Buck Fleming (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Birds Do It Prof. Wald (Character) - 1966
92% 68% Fantastic Voyage Colonel Donald Reid (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 51% The Silencers Joe Wigman (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 22% The Third Day Dr. Wheeler (Character) - 1965
67% 83% The Great Race Henry Goodbody (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 41% The Monkey's Uncle Darius Green III (Character) - 1965
86% 78% 7 Faces of Dr. Lao Clint Stark (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 67% Your Cheatin' Heart Fred Rose (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 44% Kissin' Cousins Pappy Tatum (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 64% Follow That Dream Pop Kwimper (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 29% A Thunder of Drums Sgt. Karl Rodermill (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 63% Misty Grandpa Beebe (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 84% The Great Impostor Warden J.B. Chandler (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 54% Cimarron Tom Wyatt (Character) - 1960
81% 81% Operation Petticoat Chief Mechinist's Mate Sam Tostin (Character) - 1959
100% 91% Anatomy of a Murder Parnell Emmett McCarthy (Character) - 1959
55% 86% Gidget Russell Lawrence (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hound-Dog Man Aaron McKinney (Character) - 1959
95% 76% Man of the West Sam Beasley (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Voice in the Mirror William R. "Bill" Tobin (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 29% The Monte Carlo Story Mr. Homer Hinkley (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 40% April Love Jed Bruce (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 43% Operation Mad Ball Col. Rousch (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 53% The Proud Ones Jim Dexter (Character) - 1956
100% 72% The Solid Gold Cadillac Mark Jenkins (Character) - 1956
71% 73% The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Gordon Walker (Character) - 1956
80% 62% Bus Stop Virgil Blessing (Character) - 1956
50% 54% Picnic Howard Bevans (Character) $24.0K 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law of the Jungle Simmons (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet 'Taint Legal Book Salesman (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in the Night Lefty (Character) - 1939

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shaft Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam's Rib Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Sid Nylan (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Judge Matt Garvey (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Emmitt (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Second Hundred Years Edwin Carpenter (Character) 1967-1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Luther Jennings (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet 100% The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Samuel Cole (Guest Star) 1964-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stagecoach West Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Knows Best Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Conners (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1950