- Category : 1921-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Quadruple Split (10,17,20,25,35,59)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX The Clarion 1
American film actor, a county administrative judge, a rancher, and a brother of both Governor John B. Connally, Jr. (1917–1993), and Texas State Senator Wayne Connally (1923–2000).
Merrill Connally served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He portrayed Davy Crockett in the 1988 picture Alamo: The Price of Freedom. He also appeared in Steven Spielberg's Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In the filming of Close Encounters in 1977, Connally was known on the roll-call sheets as "The American Eagle" because of his shock of white hair and his authoritarian demeanor.
Connally served as the Wilson County judge from 1955 to 1958 and was involved in various Democratic activities.
Connally died of lung cancer on 4 September 2001, aged 80, in Floresville.