- Category : Entertain-Music-Vocalist-Pop,-Rock,-etc.
- Type : ME
- Profile : 5/2 - Heretical / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (28,37,48,58)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Spirit 2
American actor, comedian, singer and dancer.
He is still rated as one of the most versatile song-and-dance men ever to star in films and TV. By age 30, in 1955, he had done 50 films.
Raised in a circus and vaudevillian family, his father died when he was one, and he became part of the act with his mom. Always a trouper, he never attended public school. Starting in movies at 13, his films include: "Top Man," "Bowery To Broadway," "Chip Off The Old Block," and perhaps his best known and most beloved film, "Singing In the Rain," with co-stars Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, 1952.
He continued in vaudeville most of his life, but slowed down after a heart attack in 1971. He was still doing Vegas in his later years.
Married on February 6, 1944, they had four kids and divorced ten years later in July, 1954. His second marriage in 1956 lasted over 31 years.
In his 70s, O'Connor lived in Sedona, Arizona and was the featured player in the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, a performing arts group at the Historic Plaza Theatre. On 1/30/1999 he was hospitalized with pneumonia, In intensive care, he was placed on a ventilator. Turning his condition around, he was released from the hospital on 2/26/1999, undergoing physical therapy at his nearby home. Now he finds himself writing songs, doing community things and "just sort of taking it easy."
He died on September 27, 2003 of heart failure at a retirement home in Calabasas, CA. He was 78.