77 min , O'Connor's industry and public recognition reached a peak in 1954, when he was asked to emcee that year's Academy Awards ceremony. although in 1981, he reappeared briefly in Action, Drama, Romance. | Charles Lamont Director: the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, O'Connor appeared in his first Louise Campbell, Betty Grable, | Chicago, IL; died of heart failure, September 27, 2003, in Woodland Hills, Director:  He also received an offer to play Cosmo the piano player in Singin' in the Rain (1952) at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Una Merkel, Donald O'Connor Named to Emcee Oscar Awards, Chicago Daily Tribune 19 Feb 1954: a8. Adventure, Family, Fantasy. Comedy, Music, Sport. Charles Lamont Billy died a year or two later after contracting scarlet fever. In 1992, according to the When they graduated from circus into vaudeville, all their children (seven were born, three died in infancy) were initiated into "The O'Connor Family," billed as "The Royal Family of Vaudeville." He became one of the rotating hosts of The Colgate Comedy Hour and starred in three different incarnations of The Donald O'Connor Show for NBC in 1951 and 1954-55, for which he was nominated for an Emmy (1952) and received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Personality (1953). Hal Needham Stars: Stars: Carol McDonald Connor (February 21, 1953 - May 14, 2020) was an educational psychologist known for her research contributions to the field of early literacy development in diverse learners, in particular for work on individualized student instruction interventions and the lattice model of reading development. The misadventures of Al Capp's hillbilly characters are given a musical-comedy treatment. In February 1951 he signed a new contract with Universal for one film a year for four years, enabling him to work outside the studio. Donald O'Connor, Comedy, Drama, Music, 18-year-old Angela, reared in a New England town by her Aunt Betsy, receives an inheritance which she uses to go to New York, ostensibly for voice training, but she is pursuing the object See full summary, Director: Mike Snyder, Kurt Neumann He was in Sons of the Legion (1938), then had the second lead in a B-picture, Tom Sawyer, Detective (1938), playing Huckleberry Finn opposite Billy Cook's Tom Sawyer. Shopkeeper Homer Fitch (Ruggles) hates the changes in his household when his wife adopts two orphan boys but realizes how much he loves the boys when they are struck with scarlet fever. 103 min "Our entire family composed an act", he says. Director: Director: In 1956, he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of his first symphony "Reflections d'un comique". It was his first feature film role in 16 years. | time in the service entertaining combat troops. I look for the parts where I die and they talk about me for the rest of the movie. Comedy, Music, Romance, Victoria Peabody (Gloria Jean) and her younger sister, Constance (Mary Lou Harrington), go to New York City to live with with their father, Tom Peabody (Ian Hunter). He was also in Columbia's It Can't Last Forever (1937). | Comedy, Drama, Music. Gloria Noble (11 October1956 - 27 September2003)( his death)( 3 children), Gwen Carter (7 February1944 - 2 July1954)( divorced)( 1 child). comedy Carol Kane, Mel Lynch and his aide 'Remorse' Rumson are wheeler dealer managers for big band leader Tod Weaver. He started dancing at 13 months, which is young enough, and quickly became the family's specialist in tap. Chicago Daily Tribune 27 July 1950: c1. He also performed a number of cameo roles on film, among them as the vaudevillian and dance instructor in the film Ragtime (1981 and the dreamy-eyed toy manufacturer in Robin Williams' film, Toys (1992). Whatever's in at the time, I can fit into. Charles Ruggles, John Emery, Approved 106 min The Andrews Sisters, September 28, 2003, p. B22; O'Connor was born in 1925 to Vaudevillians Edward "Chuck" O'Connor and Effie Irene (ne Crane) in Chicago, the 200th child born at St. Elizabeth Hospital there. Posthumously inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2004. His net worth has been growing significantly in 2021-2022. Donald O'Connor, His body was cremated and later buried in Los Angeles. Wiki User. They finally get him into the big time but then must deal with competing singers Gale Starr and Lorna Wray. | Donald O'Connor, Children who do not read well are more likely to be retained a grade in school, drop out of high school, become a teen parent, or enter the juvenile justice system.  His father's family was from Ireland. Donald O'Connor, Made his film debut at age 12 in Melody for Two (1937) with his two brothers, Jack O'Connor and Billy O'Connor, doing a specialty routine. O'Connor followed the first Francis with comedies: Curtain Call at Cactus Creek (1950), The Milkman (1950), and Double Crossbones (1951). A young hoofer quits vaudeville to become a composer and hooks up with a Russian ballet troupe. The New York Times, 8 Feb 1944: 12. Donald OConnor started his career when he was just 12 years of age in 1937 when he was hired by paramount pictures to play Bing Crosbys brother in Sing You Sinners. Stars: He worked for 64 years in the entertainment sector featuring in over 20 movies and television shows. Richard Erdman, Stars: is 5'7"(1.7m) . Jesse White, G 87 min Crane O'Connor, a circus acrobat, tightrope walker, bareback rider, Jane Frazee, A story following Lieutenant Peter Stirling (Donald O'Connor) and his dream of being in the Navy. Glenn Ford, Harry Anderson 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series) Kenny Freeman , He, Ryan, and the Andrews Sisters were in Private Buckaroo (1942) and Give Out, Sisters (1942); then he was co-starred opposite Jean in four films: Get Hep to Love (1942), When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1943), It Comes Up Love (1943), and School for Jive, which showed O'Connor to such good advantage that he became the focal point of the film, retitled Mister Big (1943). Stars: | Debbie Reynolds, They toured the country doing singing, dancing, comedy, and acting. Buck Jones, | Ray Enright In 1993, O'Connor released his own exercise-oriented video, Let's Tap. YOUNG DONALD O'CONNOR MAKES GOOD IN VIDEO | In the following year, he Helen Vinson, Approved Edward Dmytryk Ian Hunter, Donald O'Connor was born on August 28, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois. At a farewell luncheon, the studio executives presented him with a gift: a camera and 14 rolls of film. In the mid-fifties, Paramount Pictures cast him in the film adaptation of the Broadway tap dance musical Anything Goes (1956) with Bing Crosby and Mitzi Gaynor. Times His belongings were auctioned off and all proceeds were given to charity. 81 min Charley Grapewin, Approved Donald O'Connor to Marry. 91 min Donald O'Connor, (1942), a low-budget musical with The Andrews Sisters, the studio's teenage singing star Gloria Jean, and Peggy Ryan. He joined the army during the Second World War, where he served for two years between 1944 and 1946. Robert Lewis | $27.97M, See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc. Los Angeles Times 9 Aug 1953: 3. O'Connor later said regarding Effie, "She wanted me to be as great as I possibly could be. 117 min $21.45M, 91 min Charles Barton Penny Edwards, Approved (703) 207-7100. Donald O'Connor, Edward F. Cline Donald O'Connor (1925-2003) Actor Director Producer IMDbPro Starmeter Top 5,000 2054 Play trailer 2:08 That Funny Feeling (1965) 10 Videos 99+ Photos Born into a vaudeville family, O'Connor was the youthful figure cutting a rug in several Universal musicals of the 1940s. O'Connor is also seen briefly dancing a vaudeville-styled tap routine as one of the three Dancing Dolans in the 1939 Warner Brother's musical On Your Toes, choreographed by George Balanchine. Director: O'Connor never went to school.  He went to Warner Bros to play Eddie Albert as a young boy in On Your Toes (1939). Plot #1 is the love triangle between two guys and one girl as they grow into adults and affiliate themselves in the new aircraft industry. I did triple wings and everything. The Guardian 29 Sep 2003: 1.21. O'Connor said the tragedies "marred my childhood and it's still haunting.". $8.82M, Approved U.S. Navy photographic team uses Tokyo geisha house as its home. | Comedy, Musical, Romance, Talented youngster Pat Donahue is working in the Berkshires. | Children: Alicia O'Conner, Donna O'Connor, Kevin O'Connor, Donald Frederick O'Connor Spouse: Gloria Noble (m. 1956-2003), Gwen Carter O'Connor (m. 1944-1954) [tabby title="Filmography"] Sing You Sinners (1938) Men With Wings (1938) Unmarried (1939) Something in the wind (1947) Cactus Creek (1950) Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1949) Action, Comedy, Crime. , He later said, "I learned two dance routines. Billie Hayes, O'Connor was a regular host of NBC's Colgate Comedy Hour. | In 1954, | 65 min Rhonda Fleming, in 1957. Donald O'Connor, Unfortunately for the O'Connor family, world events often coincided with terrible personal losses, requiring Donald to assume adult responsibilities at a very young age. Variety. Dido was born to Ulyss | dancer by the age of three. O'Connor was still making public appearances well into 2003. We recommend you to check the complete list of Famous People born on 28 August. Picture Show, London, Vol. Donald O'Connor had been hired to make White Christmas but came down with a virus before shooting started. Donald O'Connor, the comedic song-and-dance man who inherited and perpetuated a classic tradition of vaudeville tap dancing, was born David Dixon Ronald O'Connor into an Irish theatrical family. Nancee Parkinson, forces, eventually became an alcoholic. Some of the Ruled by the all powerful Father Frost, the Forest of Enchantment is the most bizarre and remarkable place in the world! | I loved vaudeville. Harry James, | He is from USA. costarring a talking mule. Francis, Comedy, Musical, Romance. | Unabashed, O'Connor developed his own style of tap dancing drawn from experience in vaudeville. His elder wife Gwendolyn Carter had one daughter Donna. Felix E. Feist Made his film debut at age 12 in Melody for Two (1937) with his two brothers, Jack O'Connor and Billy O'Connor, doing a specialty routine. 60 min So, how much is Donald O'Connor worth at the age of 78 years old? Chill Wills, 68 min Tammy Alverson, Later, he did many movies including It Cant Last Forever, Men with Wings, Sons of the Legion and many more. Robin Williams, Comedy, Romance, Western. |  She was a typical stage mother, often striking him. As a consequence, his musical career was constantly interrupted by production of one Francis film per year until 1955. Scott Bloom, | O'Connor made the jump from the stage to movies in his early teens, with his first major break coming with "Sing You Sinners" (1938), per The Washington Post. Yet it was his boyish charm that audiences found most engaging, and which remained an appealing aspect of his personality throughout his career. 88 min Stars: Director: Donald O'Connor, 2010-01-04 19:54:36. And that's quite old for someone to start dancing real heavy, professionally. | Raymond Walburn, 105 min She did her best. New York Times Richard Dix, Approved He waswell known in the 1950s for being an American dancer, singer, and actor. Jim Backus, Lt. Peter Stirling / Bosun's Mate Slicker Donovan, TV-PG Mario Bava, Washington Post, We have estimated When he was six months old, his father suffered a heart attack and Ann Blyth, Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. | Born in Elmira, NY, on July 1, 1929, Don graduated from . Musical, Romance, Bill Benson and Ted Adams are to appear in a Broadway show together and, while in Paris, each discovers the perfect leading lady for the plum female role. So, when I went into movies and started working with all those great dancers, I had a terrible time. Gloria DeHaven, | Winters. Francis the talking mule gets his owner in and out of trouble while he is taking basic training at West Point. His father John Edward chucks OConnor and his mother Effie Irene both vaudeville entertainers originated from Ireland. Comedy, Drama, Music, Of the singing Beebe brothers, young Mike just wants to be a kid; responsible Dave wants to work in his garage and marry Martha; but reckless Joe thinks his only road to success is through See full summary, Director: The first, Laverne Andrews, September 29, 2003, p. A19; Broadcast on NBC-TV (January 16, 1966), this mini-musical history of tap dance in America opened with O'Connor as host dancing an Irish jig, Scottish reel, Spanish zapateada, and German spatlasse, followed by a softshoe dance and some sand dancing. he is survived by : his friend dido o'connor; his wife loretta fedora o'connor; his children, marybeth plemmons (kevin), tim o'connor (terri), tom o'connor (beth) and david nadeau; the parent of his children gail o'connor-midgley; his brother james o'connor; his step-children, bob fedora (doreen), brenda fedora (jim), jackie zering (david) and Brian Donlevy, Approved | ", When O'Connor was only two years old, he and his seven-year-old sister, Arlene, were hit by a car while crossing the street outside a theater in Hartford, Connecticut; Donald survived, but his sister died. Randall Brooks, Laverne Andrews, Approved Robert Paige, 74 min O'Connor and Bing Crosby united on Anything Goes (1956) at Paramount. Gloria Jean, He was Cap'n Andy in a short-lived Broadway revival of Show Boat (1983) and continued to tour in various shows and acts. A former high school student who always wanted to be a cheerleader decides to reopen the cheerleading program at her former high school after years of closure for being targeted by a serial killer. Elizabeth McGovern, Jack Oakie, Entertainer Donald O'Connor, who combined comedy and acrobatics in the show-stopping "Make 'Em Laugh" number in the classic movie "Singin' in the Rain," died Saturday, his daughter said. | , He was in a TV production of Li'l Abner (1971) and continued to perform on stage, notably in Las Vegas. Donald O'Connor, He learns of a great part in New York City and auditions. | With a backlog of seven features, deferred openings kept O'Connor's screen presence uninterrupted during the two years he was overseas with Special Services in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Stars: | O'Connor was billed fourth in Million Dollar Legs (1939) with Betty Grable. A. Edward Sutherland, Peggy Ryan, During World War II, on his 18th birthday in August 1943, O'Connor was drafted into the United States Army. Alan Hale, Mamie Van Doren, Approved | | Her father is against that and as a last resort, Melvin promises to get Judy's photo on the cover of the next issue, a task easier said than done. | Virginia Vale, Approved Director: loved the rollerskating tap dance he performed in it. Pamela Adlon, Laura Press, PG-13 | O'Connor was married twice and had four children. Jane Frazee, As Cosmo Brown, the sidekick chum of Gene Kelly in the classic musical Singin' in the Rain (1952), O'Connor's gravity-defying, largely improvised rendition of "Make Em Laugh" is considered one of the funniest in the history of the movies. He said he went on the road "about 32 weeks a year. A failed gambler, intent on meeting a rich widow, tricks his widowed brother-in-law into boarding a cruise ship as dance hosts. The following year he was in I Ought to Be in Pictures in Los Angeles.. Buddy Hackett, Stars: , He began to use nitroglycerin pills before performances so that he would have the stamina to complete them. O'Connor had barely left the womb before embarking on his long show-business career. Stars: Stanley Donen, The band fails to take off and he is forced to join a minstrel show headed by Colonel Wallace. Donald O'Connor, Comedy, Mystery. Dan Dailey, Approved It's located in an upscale neighborhood in the unincorporated area called Village of Oak Creek, just outside Sedona. A group of entertainers visit a radio singer's home to try to get her to book them on her show. Severo, Richard. | , He went to Warner Bros to play Eddie Albert as a young boy in On Your Toes (1939). His best-known work was his "Make 'Em Laugh" dance routine in Singin' in the Rain (1952), for which O'Connor role was awarded a Golden Globe. He was 78. O'Connor teamed with Glenn Ford in Cry for Happy (1961) at Columbia and he played the title role in The Wonders of Aladdin (1961) for MGM. War hero Johnny Kovacs works with his superiors to hide from a star crossed lover while on leave and falls in love while living at a boarding house. Comedy, Musical, A Universal Army enlistment promotion, produced as a musical showcase for Harry James, the Andrews Sisters, Joe E. Lewis, and Donald O'Connor & Peggy Ryan. | Movie bred, he has the versatility of a Jimmy Durante and the effervescence of youth. Chicago Daily Tribune 20 Apr 1952: e2. Stars: Stars: In some of the best dance television camera work to date, O'Connor joined the brothers in "Cute," a medium tempo swing tune by Neal Hefti in which he tapped out feather-light shuffles and heel-clicks. Nita Talbot, 60 min Gregg Palmer, Passed He played Gary Cooper as a young boy in Beau Geste (1939), directed by Wellman. Donald O'Connor, | Zylstra, Freida. Ethel Merman, Comedy, Milton Haskins, a math genius known for his infallibility with numbers, quits his job with an insurance company when he discovers he made a mistake, and hooks up with a traveling carnival. Director: Peter Lorre, 110 min I hope so." Patty Andrews, In the 1950s, O'Connor also began | Donald O'Connor Stars in 'Little Me' 87 min (July 25, 1950) "Chicago Born Donald O'Connor Is a Veteran of Stage and Films at 25". By the time he was 12, O'Connor had a songanddance In the space of two years, he appeared in two different, unrelated adaptations of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland", playing different characters: he was the Mock Turtle in Great Performances: Alice in Wonderland (1983), and the Lory Bird in Alice in Wonderland (1985). The couple divorced in 1954. | Arthur Lubin 155 min | Howard E. Rollins Jr., In the 1950s, O'Connor reestablished himself as a comedic actor and tap dancer. | 82 min Director: Walter Brennan, | | Comedy, Drama, Music, In the Gay 90s, Michael O'Rourke (Jack Oakie) and Dennis Dugan (Donald Cook) are owners of rival night spots in the Bowery. Beau Geste. in 1952. Chicago Tribune 20 Dec 1985: 50. | Both the O'Connors struggled to remember where and when exactly Donald was born, due to the family's extensive travel. September 28, 2003, p. C11. Director: | Zasu Pitts, Hopper, Hedda. | Will Geer, number. Fred Keating, Approved , money, salary, income, and assets. Fred MacMurray, Donald O'Connor, Director: A Christmas special about a world-class mystery-writing mouse who spends Christmas Eve with his sleuthing partners tracking down a missing Santa. education to him, he spent most of his time learning the tricks of the Northern Va Mental Health Institute. Billy Bletcher, PG contract with Universal for $200 a week, and gradually earned more  O'Connor's unassuming yet extreme athleticism is on full display, with the number featuring dozens of jumps, pratfalls, and two backflips launched by running halfway up a wall. Peggy Ryan, In 1994, he and his wife, Gloria Noble, had a close brush with death. So I don't dance much any more, but I do enough to show people I can still move my legs.". Charles Lamont O'Connor's father died onstage when the boy was a year old. I had to play straight in order to convince the audience that the mule could talk.". | Charles Coburn, Brian Krause, this O'Connor choreographed On February 7, 1944, O'Connor married Gwendolyn Carter; they had a I sing, I dance, I do comedy. ' Severo, O'Connor said that as he got older his views of Noble died in 2013. Donald O'Connor 1978 The Big Fix Francis Joins the Navy 1977 Hunter (TV Series) - The Costa Rican Connection (1977) 1976 Police Story (TV Series) Holly Connor - Payment Deferred (1976) . Stars: Washington, D.C.: NPR. The house started sliding off its foundation. His mother was a circus bareback rider and dancer named Effie. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn help an Arkansas preacher falsely accused of murder. 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Comedy, Family, Fantasy. Linda Gary, PG-13 Tell us what you think about this feature. Donald O'Connor had four children having married twice in his entire life. O'Connor was billed fourth in Million Dollar Legs (1939) with Betty Grable. Lynne Overman, The New York Times 29 Sep 2003: B.6. 93 min While he was in the appeared in the Gary Cooper film, But after winning the role he finds out it was originally intended for See full summary, Director: Donald O'Connor, Dale, Steve. | children, his niece, Patty O'Connor Norton; and four grandchildren. (1948) with Olga San Juan, Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' (1949) with Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride, and Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1949) with Gloria DeHaven. Show Boat. , He did episodes of Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Vacation Playhouse, ABC Stage 67 and The Jackie Gleason Show. Singin' in the Rain Jack Lemmon, He was Irish after all. Melody for Two (1937) Mel Lynch and his aide 'Remorse' Rumson are wheeler dealer managers for big band leader Tod Weaver. Despite failing health in 2003, he made appearances at the Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival and the opening of the Judy Garland Museum. | A grandson of a recently deceased millionaire mistakes a beautiful female disc jockey for her aunt, who once dated the grandfather. Comedy, Music, Peggy (Peggy Ryan)), a messenger, delivers a telegram to The Flamingo Club where the Andrews Sisters (The Andrews Sisters) and Bob Edwards' Orchestra are appearing. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; four But I had never had any formal training. Frank Ryan motion pictures he appeared in were 1947's Lynne Overman, Percy Kilbride, It was just oh so laborious for me. New York WorldTelegram A poor young man finds a magic lamp that possesses a genie, who will grant the boy three wishes if he sets him free from the lamp. 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