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Mike Connors (I) (1925–2017)

He once jokingly described himself as 'a frustrated song-and-dance man' who wound up typecast as a TV crime fighter. Tall, handsome Armenian-American Mike Connors had a minor career in the movies before becoming a star on the small screen as the impeccably dressed macho sleuth Joe Mannix. Towards the end of the series, his earnings per episode ... See full bio »

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Mannix Joe Mannix
Tightrope Nick Stone
Sudden Fear
Sudden Fear Junior Kearney
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments Amalekite Herder


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (109 credits)
 2007 Two and a Half Men (TV Series)
- Prostitutes and Gelato (2007) ... Hugo
 2000 The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave (Video)
Grandpa Osborne (uncredited)
 1998 Gideon
Harland Greer
 1998 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Judge Arthur McSpadden
- Code of the West (1998) ... Judge Arthur McSpadden
 1997 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Joe Mannix
 1989-1995 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Boyce Brown / Walter Murray
- Film Flam (1995) ... Boyce Brown
- Truck Stop (1989) ... Walter Murray
 1994 William Saroyan: The Man, the Writer
Narrator (voice)
 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Jack Duncan
- Who Killed the Anchorman? (1994) ... Jack Duncan
 1993 Hart to Hart Returns (TV Movie)
Bill McDowell
 1993 The Commish (TV Series)
James Hayden
- Scali, P.I. (1993) ... James Hayden
 1993 Armen and Bullik (TV Movie)
Joe 'Uncle Do Do' Armen
 1989 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Robert Logan
- Driving Under the Influence (1989) ... Robert Logan
 1989 Fist Fighter
Billy Vance
 1985 Too Scared to Scream
Lt. Alex Dinardo
 1984 Glitter (TV Series)
- Pilot (1984)
 1984 Earthlings (TV Movie)
Captain Jim Adams
 1981-1982 Today's F.B.I. (TV Series)
Ben Slater
- Tapper (1982) ... Ben Slater
- Kidnap (1982) ... Ben Slater
- Bank Job (1982) ... Ben Slater
- Surfacing (1982) ... Ben Slater
 1980 Nightkill
Wendell Atwell
 1980 Casino (TV Movie)
 1979 High Midnight (TV Movie)
Capt. Lou Mikalich
 1979 The Death of Ocean View Park (TV Movie)
Sam Jackson
 1979 Avalanche Express
 1978 Long Journey Back (TV Movie)
Vic Casella
 1977 Police Story (TV Series)
Curtis 'Manny' Mandell
- Stigma (1977) ... Curtis 'Manny' Mandell
 1976 Revenge for a Rape (TV Movie)
Travis Green
 1976 The Killer Who Wouldn't Die (TV Movie)
Karl Ohanian
 1973 Beg, Borrow, or Steal (TV Movie)
Vic Cummings
 1968-1970 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Plastic Surgeon / Airline Pilot / Henry Pringle
- Is This Anyway to Ruin an Airline? (1970) ... Plastic Surgeon / Airline Pilot
 1966 Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die
Kelly (as Michael Connors)
 1966 Stagecoach
Hatfield (as Michael Connors)
 1965 Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious
Sgt. Lucky Finder (as Michael Connors)
 1965/I Harlow
Jack Harrison (as Michael Connors)
 1964 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Joe Kelly
- The Case of the Bullied Bowler (1964) ... Joe Kelly (as Michael Connors)
 1964 Where Love Has Gone
Major Luke Miller (as Michael Connors)
 1964 Good Neighbor Sam
Howard Ebbets (as Michael Connors)
 1964 Panic Button
Frank Pagano (as Michael Connors)
 1963 Redigo (TV Series)
Jack Marston
- Shadow of the Cougar (1963) ... Jack Marston
 1962 The Expendables (TV Movie)
 1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Eddie O'Gara
- The Eddie O'Gara Story (1962) ... Eddie O'Gara (as Michael Connors)
 1960 The Dalton That Got Away
Russ Dalton
 1959-1960 Tightrope (TV Series)
Nick Stone
- Bullets and Ballet (1960) ... Nick Stone (as Michael Connors)
- A Matter of Money (1960) ... Nick Stone (as Michael Connors)
- Borderline (1960) ... Nick Stone (as Michael Connors)
- The Hired Guns (1960) ... Nick Stone (as Michael Connors)
- The Horse Runs High (1960) ... Nick Stone (as Michael Connors)
 1957-1959 Whirlybirds (TV Series)
Tom Grimaldi / Wally Otis
- Rita Ames Is Missing (1959) ... Tom Grimaldi (as Michael Connors)
- Airborne Gold (1957) ... Wally Otis (as Touch Connors)
 1956-1959 State Trooper (TV Series)
Jim Madison / Jim Herndon
- The Woman Who Cried Wolf (1959) ... Jim Madison (as Michael Connors)
- What Price Gloria (1956) ... Jim Herndon (as Jay Connors)
 1959 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Marty / Lou Torrey
- Pen Pals (1959) ... Marty
- Another Man's Poisson ... Lou Torrey (as Michael Connors)
 1959 The Californians (TV Series)
Charles Cora
- The Bell Tolls (1959) ... Charles Cora (as Michael Connors)
 1959 One Step Beyond (TV Series)
Mario Patruzzio
- The Aerialist (1959) ... Mario Patruzzio (as Michael Connors)
 1959 Bronco (TV Series)
Hurd Elliott
- School for Cowards (1959) ... Hurd Elliott (as Michael Connors)
 1959 The Rough Riders (TV Series)
Randall Garrett
- Wilderness Trace (1959) ... Randall Garrett
 1958 Lawman (TV Series)
Hal Daniels
- Lady in Question (1958) ... Hal Daniels (as Michael Connors)
 1958 Jefferson Drum (TV Series)
Simon Pitt
- Simon Pitt (1958) ... Simon Pitt (as Michael Connors)
 1958 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Joe Starky
- Find That Bomb! (1958) ... Joe Starky (as Michael Connors)
 1958 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Bill Thatcher
- Hired Hand (1958) ... Bill Thatcher (as Michael Connors)
 1958 The Texan (TV Series)
Larry Enright
- The Edge of the Cliff (1958) ... Larry Enright (as Michael Connors)
 1958 Target (TV Series)
- Death Makes a Phone Call (1958) ... (as Michael Connors)
 1958 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Roy Simmons
- Dead to Rights (1958) ... Roy Simmons (as Michael Connors)
 1958 Live Fast, Die Young
Rick (as Michael Connors)
 1958 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Patrolman Jeff Saunders / Hap Gordon
- Getaway Car (1958) ... Patrolman Jeff Saunders
- Take Five (1958) ... Hap Gordon (as Michael Connors)
 1958 Official Detective (TV Series)
- The Cover-Up (1958) ... Martin
 1958 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Cy Yedor
- The Checkered Flag (1958) ... Cy Yedor (as Michael Connors)
 1958 Suicide Battalion
Major Matt McCormack (as Michael Connors)
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Lt. Miles Borden
- The Dora Gray Story (1958) ... Lt. Miles Borden (as Michael Connors)
 1957 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series)
Dave Hopper
- The Steep Hill (1957) ... Dave Hopper (as Michael Connors)
 1957 Maverick (TV Series)
Sheriff Barney Fillmore / Ralph Jordan
- The Naked Gallows (1957) ... Sheriff Barney Fillmore (as Michael Conners)
- Point Blank (1957) ... Ralph Jordan (as Michael Connors)
 1957 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Jerry Moss
- Mardi Gras (1957) ... Jerry Moss
 1957 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Johnny Dart
- The Bride (1957) ... Johnny Dart (as Michael Connors)
 1957 M Squad (TV Series)
Pete Wikowlski
- Pete Loves Mary (1957) ... Pete Wikowlski (as Michael Connors)
 1957 Those Whiting Girls (TV Series)
Hotel Guest
- The Trio (1957) ... Hotel Guest
 1957 The Silent Service (TV Series)
- The Ordeal of S-38 (1957) ... Melhop (as Touch Connors)
 1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Glen Kramer
- The Latch Key (1957) ... Glen Kramer (as Michael Connors)
 1957 Code 3 (TV Series)
Bill Dalhart (as Touch Connors)
- The Water Skier (1957) ... Bill Dalhart (as Touch Connors)
 1957 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Jess Stiles
- Husband and Wife (1957) ... Jess Stiles (as Michael Connors)
 1957 Voodoo Woman
Ted Bronson (as Touch Connors)
 1957 Hey, Jeannie! (TV Series)
Lash Connor
- Jeannie, the Westerner (1957) ... Lash Connor (as Touch Jay Connors)
 1956 The People's Choice (TV Series)
Bob Staples
- Sock and the Law (1956) ... Bob Staples (as Touch Connors)
 1956 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
- The Mistake (1956) ... Bostick (as Touch Connors)
 1956 Shake, Rattle & Rock!
Garry Nelson (as Touch Connors)
 1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Rafe Bradford
- Broomstick Wedding (1956) ... Rafe Bradford (as Touch Connors)
 1956 The Ten Commandments
Amalekite Herder (as Touch Connors)
 1956 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Al Kiner
- Now a Brief Word (1956) ... Al Kiner (as Touch Connors)
 1956 Flesh and the Spur
Stacy Doggett (as Touch Connors)
 1956 The Oklahoma Woman
Tom Blake (as Touch Connors)
 1956 Swamp Women
Bob Matthews (as Touch Conners)
 1956 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Victor Volante
- The Victor Volante Story (1956) ... Victor Volante (as Touch Connors)
 1956 Jaguar
Marty Lang (as Touch Connors)
 1956 Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal (TV Series)
- The Diana Story (1956) ... (as Touch Connors)
 1956 Have Camera Will Travel (TV Movie)
Larry (as Touch Connors)
 1955 Day the World Ended
Tony Lamont (as Touch Connors)
 1955 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Pat Smith
- The Big Baby Contest (1955) ... Pat Smith (as Touch Conners)
 1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Mel Dunlap / Lou Renaldi
- No Trial by Jury (1955) ... Mel Dunlap (as Touch Connors)
- The Last Out (1955) ... Lou Renaldi (as Touch Connors)
 1955 The Twinkle in God's Eye
Lou (as Touch Connors)
 1955 Frontier (TV Series)
- Tomas and the Widow (1955) ... Tomas (as Touch Connors)
 1955 The Lineup (TV Series)
 1955 Five Guns West
Hale Clinton (as Touch Connors)
 1955 City Detective (TV Series)
- Baby in the Basket (1955) ... Massey (as Touch Connors)
 1954 Day of Triumph
Andrew (as Touch Connors)
 1954 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Mark Willard
- Murder for Sale (1954) ... Mark Willard (as Touch Connors)
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Christopher Ames
- Yours for a Dream (1954) ... Christopher Ames (as Touch Connors)
 1953 Island in the Sky
Gainer (as Touch Connors)
 1953 Sky Commando
Lt. Hobson 'Hobbie' Lee (as Touch Conners)
 1953 The 49th Man
Lt. Magrew (as Touch Conners)
 1952 Sudden Fear
Junior Kearney (as Touch Conners)
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Unsold pilot: Screen Gems Productions once again tried to revive its old Tightrope (1959) series, this time shooting a pilot called "The Expendables". Connors again co-starred with Zachary Scott and Dina Merrill as featured co-stars. The pilot was produced by Clarence Greene and Russell Rouse. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Michael Conners | Touch Conners | Jay Connors | Michael Connors | Touch Jay Connors | Touch Connors


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[on Sudden Fear (1952)] There were days Joan [Crawford] looked so angry that I was afraid she was going to chuck something at Jack [Palance]. She put all this intensity into her performance instead, thank goodness. She pretended Gloria [Grahame] didn't exist, and I just tried to stay out of her way. I think David Miller [the director] found it all a trial, but he stayed on keel in spite of it. ... See more »


Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book "Eye on Science Fiction" (McFarland & Co., 2003). See more »


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