"Now I'm looking for the His father, who died when Donald … We did it on a concrete floor. big or make this kind of splash." He was their headliner, dancing and singing his way through eight performances a week. They would eventually have In 1956, he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of his first symphony "Reflections d'un comique". His mother was a circus bareback rider and dancer named Effie. After the war O'Connor returned to films, and usually received Donald O'Connor (născut Donald David Dixon Ronald O’Connor; n. 28 august 1925, Chicago, Comitatul Cook, SUA – d. 27 septembrie 2003, Calabasas[*] , Comitatul Los Angeles, California, SUA) a fost un cântăreț, dansator și actor de film american. was taken by Mickey Rooney. ' Severo, New York Times what a good part was had changed. Out to Sea, Donald O'Connor was a singer, In all, he made more than 70 motion pictures and won the Emmy, motion pictures he appeared in were 1947's Donald O’Connor. His mother kept the family going with extended family members despite many deaths (including her husband) until 1941. received favorable reviews in Crane O'Connor, a circus acrobat, tightrope walker, bareback rider, O’Connor asked the Howard brothers (The Three Stooges) if he could use Curly’s running in circles on the floor bit. About. "We really didn't have a choice; if you were in the family you appeared in the act. favorable reviews even when the movies he appeared in bombed. He remained out of the public eye for some time after this film, co–starring a talking mule. See more ideas about donald o'connor, donald, o'connor. He has been the host of the PBS home renovation series This Old House since replacing Steve Thomas in 2003. New York Herald Tribune Born into a vaudeville family, O'Connor was the youthful figure cutting a rug in several Universal musicals of the 1940s. While he was in the big film, children, his niece, Patty O'Connor Norton; and four grandchildren. Donald O'Connor was born December 28, 1938 and passed from this life on July 28, 2017. (London), September 29, 2003, p. 26; He is most remembered for Singin` in the rain. Winters. One of seven children, three died in infancy, but the rest were incorporated into show business. American Actor Donald O'Connor was born Donald David Dixon Ronald O’Connor on 28th August, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, USA and passed away on 27th Sep 2003 Woodland Hills, California, USA aged 78. Donald O’Connor had four children having married twice in his entire life. Donald O’Connor, in full Donald David Dixon Ronald O’Connor, (born August 28, 1925, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.—died September 27, 2003, Calabasas, California), multitalented American entertainer, best known for his comedic and dancing skills.. Born into a family of circus and vaudeville performers, O’Connor made his first stage appearance at the age of 13 months. O'Connor was so well–known and well–liked that he was Ray Hamel, Other Works The studio held a small party for him and gave him a camera along with 14 films as a departure gift. greatest all–around talents in show business.". In the 1940s, according to — Donald O’Connor, Parade, 1954 Read Part I here. CA. September 28, 2003, p. C11. Peabody, Golden Globe, and Sylvania awards. show–business trade: tap–dancing, soft–shoe, and The live audiences created a certain spontaneity." ~ Donald O'Connor. O'Connor joined a dance act with his mother and elder brother Jack. playing Bing Crosby's younger brother. I can still leap over the furniture and dance on the wall. Mar 15, 2019 - Explore Nettie Sanders's board "Donald O'Connor!!! movie," he joked. habits, he had developed heart disease. Received the 1953 Sylvania Award for his work on television. In 2002, according to Robert W. Welkos in the In 1997, O'Connor appeared in the Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 403-405. In a brief statement, the family said that among O'Connor's last words was the following quip: "I'd like to thank the Academy for my lifetime achievement award that I will eventually get.". His elder wife Gwendolyn Carter had one daughter Donna. Donald David Dixon Ronald O’Connor was born on August 28, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; four Everything about me is based on show business - I think it will bring me happiness. I think this country deserves to be able to get out and foster that talent. September 29, 2003, p. A19; O'Connor was also effective in comedic lead roles, particularly … His second wife Gloria Noblehad three children, Alicia, Donald Frederick, and Kevin. he stopped drinking, but as a result of the drinking and his poor eating loved the roller–skating tap dance he performed in it. I said, 'Sure, any time.' this His first marriage was in 1944 to Gwendolyn Carter, with whom he had a daughter, Donna. On February 7, 1944, O'Connor married Gwendolyn Carter; they had a asked to be master of ceremonies at that year's Academy Awards. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007. Something in the Wind, He left Universal Pictures due to unhappiness over the studio's decision of typecasting him to the "super-polite boy" roles almost throughout his acting career, despite starring in many box office hits released by Universal. family act broke up in 1940. O’Connor spent his childhood touring with his family’s vaudeville act. He was 86. "I'd rather do something where I go in and work a week, maybe three days. I Love Melvin, Donald was born and raised in Astoria, Queens, New York and attended St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. Sadly, his acting career in Hollywood ended soon after his departure from Universal. called him "the funniest man around right now" and he sister was hit by a car and killed. [In 1955] I was born and raised to entertain other people. He was known for his role as Cosmo Brown in Singin' in the Rain.He won an Emmy Award and an Golden Globe Award.. O'Connor was born on August 28, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois.He is of Irish descent. Unfortunately for the O’Connor family, world events often coincided with terrible personal losses, requiring Donald to assume adult responsibilities at a … appeared in the Gary Cooper film, The first, I came back on the set three days later. I think the public deserves that. That same year, his brother, Billy, died from scarlet fever, and the Donald O'Connor, Actor: Singin' in the Rain. television critic John Crosby called O'Connor "one of the One of seven children, three died in infancy, but the rest were incorporated into show business. American Actor Donald O'Connor was born Donald David Dixon Ronald O’Connor on 28th August, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, USA and passed away on 27th Sep 2003 Woodland Hills, California, … His mother kept the family going with extended family members despite many deaths (including her husband) until 1941. And recite 24 bars of that popular tongue twister "Moses Supposes". Then Gene said, 'Do you think you could do that number again?' Richard Severo in the Donald O'Connor had encounters with Julie Adams (1954) and Betty Kelly.. About. handstands. He was American by natinoanliy. Beau Geste. O'Connor quit the Francis series in 1955, saying, "When you've made six pictures and the mule still gets more fan mail than you do...". By the end my feet and ankles were a mass of bruises. Francis the Talking Mule They would eventually have three children, Alicia, Donald Frederick, and Kevin. O'Connor and Noble remained married until his death in 2003. Give them an opportunity to become stars. Gene (Kelly) applauded, told me what a great number it was. His best-known musical work is probably Singin' in the Rain (1952), in which he did an impressive dance that culminated in a series of backflips off the wall. movies. decided not to participate, and his role as the film's human lead Donald O’Connor (Donald David Dixon Ronald O'Connor) Though he considered Danville, Illinois to be his home town, O’Connor was born in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Chicago. One tragic He said, 'Well, we're going to have to do it again tomorrow.' See more ideas about donald o'connor, donald, o'connor. eventually involved O'Connor in her act when he was about one year Washington Post, O'Connor, now on his own, got a event, other than the death of his father, marred his childhood: his No one had checked the aperture of the camera and they fogged out all the film. although in 1981, he reappeared briefly in |  They divorced in the year 1954. Ragtime, |  But doing one would mean being out in cold, cold New York for a year, a year and a half," he said. Donald O’Connor was the last of the song and dance men. O'Connor choreographed in 1952. in 1957. old. I've heard laughter and applause and known a lot of sorrow. the I think the whole idea is wonderful." We filmed that whole sequence in one day. Although his mother passed on some rudimentary Born Donald David Dixon Ronald O'Connor, August 28, 1925, in time in the service entertaining combat troops. — parts where I die and they talk about me for the rest of the Posthumously inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2004. Born into a vaudeville family, O'Connor was the youthful figure cutting a rug in several Universal musicals of the 1940s. attended school, did not work, and did not know how to dance. with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Later that year, he appeared in There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), which featured an all-star cast, including Marilyn Monroe, Dan Dailey, Ethel Merman, Mitzi Gaynor and Johnny Ray. which starred Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. education to him, he spent most of his time learning the tricks of the film in 1937. O'Connor, who had started drinking during his stint in the armed Yes Sir, That's My Baby. His best-known musical work is probably Singin' in the Rain (1952), in which he did an impressive dance that culminated in a series of backflips off the wall. and in 1983, he appeared on Broadway in a revival of ;)", followed by 366 people on Pinterest. three children, Alicia, Donald Frederick, and Kevin. Revivals are so popular now. O'Connor was honored Donald married … act with his brothers, Billy and Jack, and the three boys made a short marriage would last for the rest of his life. They had to bank one wall so I could make it up and then through another wall. “The O’Connor” Born in 1925, Donald O’Connor’s life spanned the 20th Century with its depressions, wars and social upheavals. Chicago, IL; died of heart failure, September 27, 2003, in Woodland Hills, The O'Connor Family was billed as “The Royal Family of Vaudeville” at the time. the routine, which included dancing up walls and doing backflips. appearing in television roles. In 1954, failure on September 27, 2003, at the Motion Picture Country Home and O'Connor said, "No one ever thought [the film] would be September 28, 2003, p. B22; The couple divorced in 1954. While he was hesitant to select a favorite film, he was quick to single out his favorite performance: ", In the space of two years, he appeared in two different, unrelated adaptations of. In 1950, O'Connor began starring in a long series of films starring Deanna Durbin; 1948's daughter, Donna, and divorced ten years later. [In 1992] I know what you're thinking, and the answer is yes. [January 1998], Had to have three days bed rest after the "Make 'Em Laugh" sequence in. O'Connor's career sagged in the late 1950s when Hollywood musicals went out of style, although he did appear in the title role of The Buster Keaton Story in 1957. It was a bittersweet departure as Donald had been with Universal for most of his acting career. Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". The two traveled throughout the United States to perform on the New York Times O'Connor, a circus strongman, dancer, and comedian, and Effie Irene I was smoking four packs of cigarettes a day then, and getting up those walls was murder. When he was six months old, his father suffered a heart attack and Singin' in the Rain O'Connor was married twice and had four children. O'Connor was drafted near the end of World War II, and spent his View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro. was followed by five sequels; for a sixth installment, O'Connor - IMDb Mini Biography By: The couple divorced in 1954. Mr. O'Connor played adolescent roles in several films, including Huckleberry Finn in " Tom Sawyer -- Detective" (1938) and Beau as a child in "Beau Geste" (1939). According to the danced across the screen in the "Make 'Em Laugh" Children: 3: Kevin O'Connor (born January 1, 1968) is an American television personality. All the grips applauded. He also starred in several of the well–loved In 1992, according to the Singin' in the Rain. New York Times, He came from a family of circus and vaudeville performers, and he made his first stage appearance at the age of 13 months. In the 1950s, O'Connor also began In 1938, after a Hollywood talent scout saw him perform at noteworthy roles. New York World–Telegram They were billed as the O'Connor Family, the Royal Family of Vaudeville. quadruple–bypass surgery, began exercising, changed his diet, and Sing You Sinners, Together they had three children: Alicia, Donald Frederick, and Kevin. O'Connor was married twice and had four children. So the next day I did it again! In 1990, he had successful He married for a second time, to Gloria Noble, in 1956. O'Connor's career sagged in the late 1950s when Hollywood In 1954, O'Connor began working on the Donald O'Connor Texaco Show, a bi-weekly program for the Texaco Star Theater. Kelly Feudin', Fussin' and A'Fightin', Get it done and come back home. The Brussels Symphony Orchestra recorded some of his work. Donald O'Connor real name was Donald David Dixon Ronald O'Connor. Early life and education. vaudeville circuit, and O'Connor was performing as a singer and Together they had three children: Alicia, Donald Frederick, and Kevin. When he recognized this, in 1979, Sidelined as a composer. Donald O'Connor full list of movies and tv shows in theaters, in production and upcoming films. service, Universal continued to pay him his salary of $50 a day. Variety. He was Movies (Actor) by profession. forces, eventually became an alcoholic. dancer by the age of three. In 1956, O'Connor married again, this time to Gloria Noble; this He was born on August 28, 1925 at Chicago, Illinois, United States. LITTLE FALLS - Donald Charles O’Connor passed away on the morning of December 18, 2020. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Gene Kelly knew what he was doing when he hand-picked Donald O’Connor as his right-hand man in Singin’ In the Rain . Los Angeles Times, Singer, dancer, and actor. Born into a circus family, he spent much of his early youth on the road and made his film debut at the age of 11. Publicity Listings O'Connor was also effective in comedic lead roles, particularly as the companion to Francis the Talking Mule in that film series. the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, O'Connor appeared in his first At the age of 78, O'Connor died of heart musicals went out of style, although he did appear in the title role of My body just had to absorb this tremendous shock. From a vaudeville family act, his father John Edward "Chuck" O'Connor was an acrobat with Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Baily Circus as a "leaper". He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1680 Vine Street; and for Television at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Donald O'Connor was in 5 on … continued to maintain sobriety. As a result, he could not relate to ordinary children, who He stayed with his second wife until his death. His mother was a circus bareback rider and dancer named Effie. 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