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Arthur O'Connell (1908–1981)

Though veteran character actor Arthur O'Connell was born in New York City in 1908, he looked as countrified as apple pie, looking ever more comfy in overalls than he ever did in a suit. He made his stage debut in the mid 1930s and came into contact with Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre. As a result, he earned the bit role of a reporter in the final ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Known For

Anatomy of a Murder
Anatomy of a Murder Parnell Emmett McCarthy
Bus Stop
Bus Stop Virgil Blessing
The Poseidon Adventure
Fantastic Voyage
Fantastic Voyage Col.l Donald Reid


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 1975 The Hiding Place
Casper ten Boom, 'Papa'
 1973 Wicked, Wicked
Mr. Fenley, Hotel Engineer
 1972 Ben
Bill Hatfield
 1971 The Last Valley
 1970 Do Not Throw Cushions Into the Ring
Business Agent
 1970 There Was a Crooked Man...
Mr. Lomax
 1968 If He Hollers, Let Him Go!
 1968 The Power
Prof. Henry Hallson
 1967 A Covenant with Death
Judge Hockstadter
 1966 Birds Do It
Prof. Wald
 1966 The Silencers
Joe Wigman
 1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance
The Narrator
 1965 The Third Day
Dr. Wheeler
 1965 The Monkey's Uncle
Darius Green III
 1965 Nightmare in the Sun
Sam Wilson
 1964 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
Clint Stark
 1964 Kissin' Cousins
Pappy Tatum
 1961 A Thunder of Drums
Sgt. Karl Rodermill
 1961 Misty
Grandpa Beebe
 1961 The Great Impostor
Warden J.B. Chandler
 1960 Cimarron
Tom Wyatt
 1959 Hound-Dog Man
Aaron McKinney
 1958 Man of the West
Sam Beasley
 1958 Voice in the Mirror
William R. 'Bill' Tobin
 1957 April Love
Jed Bruce
 1957 The Violators
Solomon Baumgarden
 1957 Operation Mad Ball
Col. Rousch
 1956 The Montecarlo Story
Mr. Homer Hinkley
 1956 The Solid Gold Cadillac
Mark Jenkins
 1956 The Proud Ones
Jim Dexter
 1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Gordon Walker
 1950 Love That Brute
Newspaperman at Funeral (uncredited)
 1948 Force of Evil
Link Hall (uncredited)
 1948 The Countess of Monte Cristo
Assistant Director Jensen
 1948 One Touch of Venus
Reporter (uncredited)
 1948 Homecoming
Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
 1948 State of the Union
First Reporter (uncredited)
 1948 The Naked City
Sgt. Shaeffer (uncredited)
 1948 Open Secret
 1942 Hello, Annapolis
Pharmacist Mate (uncredited)
 1942 Fingers at the Window
Photographer (uncredited)
 1942 Blondie's Blessed Event
Interne (uncredited)
 1942 Shepherd of the Ozarks
Bruce (uncredited)
 1942 Canal Zone
New Recruit (uncredited)
 1942 Yokel Boy
Second Assistant Director (uncredited)
 1942 Law of the Jungle
 1942 Man from Headquarters
Goldie Shores
 1941 Citizen Kane
Reporter (uncredited)
 1941 Lucky Devils
Pilot (uncredited)
 1940 Hullabaloo
Fourth Page (uncredited)
 1940 The Leather Pushers
Reporter (uncredited)
 1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home
New Interne (uncredited)
 1940 The Golden Fleecing
Cameraman (uncredited)
 1940 I Take This Oath
Court Clerk (uncredited)
 1940 Two Girls on Broadway
Reporter at Wedding (uncredited)
 1940 And One Was Beautiful
Moroni's Parking Attendant (uncredited)
 1939 Murder in the Night
 1938 Freshman Year
Student (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Brighten the Corner. See more »


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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The stage is vital to an actor. On the stage, a performance is all yours. Nobody can edit or cut you out. Actors need the stage for the rejuvenation of their abilities and equipment.


Arthur was well loved by wounded American troops in Vietnam. He traveled to the other side of the world to visit with them by the hundreds.

In 1968 he visited the 24th Evacuation Hospital. On every ward he would ask the patients if they wanted him to call their families when he got back to the states, and give them a message from them. Arthur would write down all their names, who he was to call, ... See more »

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