Biography: Carroll O'Connor

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A biography of actor Carroll O'Connor, who won four Emmys and became a television icon for his role as Archie Bunker on "All In the Family."

Early Years

Carroll O'Connor was born in New York City on Aug. 2, 1924, and enjoyed a privileged childhood, first in the Bronx and later in Queens. A mediocre student, O'Connor left Wake Forest University in North Carolina after World War II began. Following a brief stint as a newspaper copy boy in New York, he volunteered for the Naval Air Corps but was rejected. Instead, he served in the United States Merchant Marine Academy and later the National Maritime Union during the war.

O'Connor returned to New York in 1946 and worked for an Irish newspaper his family ran. He resumed his studies at Wake Forest and also took classes at Montana State University. In 1950, he went to Ireland with his brother and enrolled at University College, Dublin, where he studied Irish history and English literature.

Taking the Stage

Billed as George Roberts, O'Connor began acting in plays at the Gate Theater in Dublin. He also performed in Shakespeare plays at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and in the Irish cities of Cork, Limerick, and Galeway.

O'Connor received his bachelor's degree in 1952 and returned to New York two years later. Acting success proved elusive for several years, and he supported himself by working as a teacher. His first acting break came when he was cast in a stage version of James Joyce's Ulysses in the late 1950s, which led to other theater roles. He also appeared in a number of films, including 1962's Lonely Are the Brave and 1963's Cleopatra.

"All In the Family"

On Jan. 12, 1971, CBS premiered a new sitcom called All In the Family. The following disclaimer aired before the broadcast: "The program you are about to see is All In the Family. It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices, and concerns. By making them a source of laughter, we hope to show - in a mature fashion - just how absurd they are."

The "prejudices" came mainly from O'Connor's character, blue-collar worker Archie Bunker, who disliked basically anyone different from himself. Targets of Bunker's ire included women, blacks, Hispanics, Jews, the Irish, the Democratic Party, hippies, and welfare recipients. Television had never seen such a character before. The New York Times wrote, "Mr. O'Connor used many, but not all, of the ethnic and racial slurs that had been taboo in broadcasting." Archie lived in Queens with his wife, Edith (Jean Stapleton), whom he called "dingbat"; his daughter, Gloria (Sally Struthers); and his son-in-law, Mike (Rob Reiner), whom he nicknamed "Meathead." Archie frequently clashed with the outspoken liberal Mike.

All In the Family was adapted from a British comedy series called Til Death Do Us Part. ABC turned down two pilots for the show, then titled Those Were the Days, before CBS picked it up. Robert D. Wood, the network's president, wanted to attract the type of audience that wasn't tuning in to such popular CBS programs as Green Acres and The Red Skeleton Show.

Ratings for All In the Family's first episode were dismal, but viewership slowly increased. The Emmy Awards that May provided a big boost: The show was featured in the ceremony's opening skit and won three honors that night, including Outstanding Comedy Series. All In the Family would spend the next five seasons as American's most-watched television show and won a total of 22 Emmys during its run, including four in the Outstanding Comedy Series category. O'Connor himself won four Emmys, including three in a row from 1977-79. His performance was arguably even more impressive considering that in real life O'Connor was a staunch liberal who endorsed Ted Kennedy's 1980 presidential campaign. Rob Reiner once said O'Connor "couldn't have been more different than Archie Bunker. He cared about the little guy."

But All In the Family's place in television history was based on more than awards or ratings. The New York Times called the show "the vehicle through which television broke down an entire catalogue of broadcasting taboos. Among its themes over the years have been racism, sex, impotence, abortion, rape, homosexuality, menopause, alcoholism, manic-depressiveness, wife-swapping, and venereal disease."

"Archie Bunker's Place"

Despite the show's incredible success, Reiner, Struthers, and Stapleton all left over the years due to fear of being typecast. O'Connor stayed on, and in 1979 All In the Family was renamed Archie Bunker's Place. Bunker was now running a neighborhood bar and adjusting to life in the aftermath of Edith's death. CBS cancelled the show in May 1983.

"In the Heat of the Night"

Perhaps no show could have equaled All In the Family's triumph, but O'Connor enjoyed success with another television series, In the Heat of the Night, which was adapted from the Oscar-winning 1967 film of the same name. The series aired on NBC from 1988-92 and on CBS from 1993-94. Four made-for-TV movies aired from 1994-95. In 1989, O'Connor won his fifth Emmy for his starring role as a liberal Southern police chief.

Personal Tragedy

O'Connor and his wife, Nancy, whom he married in 1951, had one child, Hugh. Hugh struggled with addictions to alcohol and cocaine for years before committing suicide in March 1995. O'Connor claimed a man named Harry Perzigian was Hugh's drug supplier and blamed him for his son's death. Perzigian, who had briefly spent time in jail for giving Hugh cocaine, denied being a drug dealer and having given drugs to Hugh on the night of his death. O'Connor called Perzigian "a sleazeball" and "a partner in murder." He also gave out Perzigian's address and showed his photo on television and publicly expressed a desire to hurt Perzigian "in the worst way."

Perzigian eventually filed a slander lawsuit against O'Connor, but the jury ruled in O'Connor's favor in July 1997. The victory was small consolation for the grieving father. "I can't forget it," O'Connor said on Larry King Live the night of the jury's decision. "There isn't a day that I don't think of him and want him back and miss him, and I'll feel that way until I'm not here anymore."

Death

O'Connor died of a heart attack at a hospital in Culver City, Calif., on June 21, 2001, at age 76. Almost 1,000 people attended O'Connor's June 26 funeral at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Los Angeles, including Reiner, Struthers, All In the Family creator Norman Lear, ex-California governor Jerry Brown, and actors Larry Hagman and Martin Sheen. Stapleton was unable to attend because a professional commitment required her to be in Houston. Seventy-six white doves were released outside the church.

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