Arthur O'Connell (1908–1981)

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Though stage, screen and TV veteran Arthur O'Connell was born in New York City (on March 29, 1908), he looked as countrified as the American Gothic painting or Mom's home-made apple pie. Looking much more comfy in overalls than he ever could in a tuxedo, he would find an equally comfortable niche in westerns or small town drama while playing an ... See full bio »

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


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Anatomy of a Murder Parnell Emmett McCarthy
Picnic Howard Bevans
The Great Race Henry Goodbody


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 1975 Emergency! (TV Series)
Mr. Medford / Ben Maduzi
- The Lighter-Than-Air Man (1975) ... Mr. Medford / Ben Maduzi
 1975 Medical Story (TV Series)
Dr. Avery Loomis
- The Right to Die (1975) ... Dr. Avery Loomis
 1975 The Hiding Place
Casper ten Boom, 'Papa'
 1974 Huckleberry Finn
Col. Grangerford
 1974 Shaft (TV Series)
Frank Lucas
- The Capricorn Murders (1974) ... Frank Lucas
 1974 The New Perry Mason (TV Series)
Oliver Harwood
- The Case of the Tortured Titan (1974) ... Oliver Harwood
 1974 Shootout in a One Dog Town (TV Movie)
Henry Gills
 1973 Adam's Rib (TV Series)
- The Unwritten Law: Part 1 (1973) ... Judge
 1973 Wicked, Wicked
Mr. Fenley, Hotel Engineer
 1972 Norman Corwin Presents (TV Series)
- Reunion (1972)
 1972 The Poseidon Adventure
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
Chief Owen Huston
- Elegy for a Vampire (1972) ... Chief Owen Huston
 1972 The Paul Lynde Show (TV Series)
- No Nudes Is Good Nudes (1972) ... Mayor
 1972 To See Ourselves (TV Series)
- The Tender Branch (1972) ... John
 1972 Honeymoon Suite (TV Series)
- First Pilot (1972)
 1972 Ben
Billy Hatfield
 1972 The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV Series)
Claude Peebles
- Old School Ties (1972) ... Claude Peebles
 1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Sheriff of Big Butte
- Bad Night in Big Butte (1972) ... Sheriff of Big Butte
 1971 Room 222 (TV Series)
 1971 McCloud (TV Series)
Sid Nylan
- The Disposal Man (1971) ... Sid Nylan
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Frank Standish (segment "The Painted Mirror")
- The Messiah on Mott Street/The Painted Mirror (1971) ... Frank Standish (segment "The Painted Mirror")
 1971 Cannon (TV Series)
Judge Matt Garvey
- No Pockets in a Shroud (1971) ... Judge Matt Garvey
 1971 A Taste of Evil (TV Movie)
 1971 Bonanza (TV Series)
Dr. Samuel Hubert
- Fallen Woman (1971) ... Dr. Samuel Hubert
 1971 The Smith Family (TV Series)
Sheriff Dan Mills
- Brian and the Sheriff (1971) ... Sheriff Dan Mills
 1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
- Wolf Track (1971) ... Emmitt
 1971 The Last Valley
 1970 Do Not Throw Cushions Into the Ring
Business Agent
 1970 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Professor Carraway
- Star Bright (1970) ... Professor Carraway
 1970 There Was a Crooked Man...
Mr. Lomax
 1969 Seven in Darkness (TV Movie)
Larry Wise
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Charlie Sherwin
- Breakout to a Fast Buck (1969) ... Charlie Sherwin
 1969 Ironside (TV Series)
Harvey McPhee
 1968 My Three Sons (TV Series)
General Striker
- The Grandfathers (1968) ... General Striker
 1968 If He Hollers, Let Him Go!
 1967-1968 The Second Hundred Years (TV Series)
Edwin Carpenter
- Luke and Comrade Tanya (1968) ... Edwin Carpenter
- A Different Kind of Bug (1968) ... Edwin Carpenter
- Lucky Luke (1968) ... Edwin Carpenter
- Dude Hand Luke (1968) ... Edwin Carpenter
- Love on the Double (1968) ... Edwin Carpenter
 1968 The Power
Henry Hallson
 1967 The Reluctant Astronaut
Buck Fleming
 1967 Lassie (TV Series)
Luther Jennings
- Never Look Back (1967) ... Luther Jennings
 1967 A Covenant with Death
Judge Hockstadter
 1966 Insight (TV Series)
- And Who Has Ever Seen Xanadu? (1966) ... Chips
 1966 Birds Do It
Prof. Wald
 1966 Fantastic Voyage
Col. Donald Reid
 1966 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Professor Fontaine
- The Clown (1966) ... Professor Fontaine
 1966 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
- The Mechanical Man (1966) ... Paul
 1966 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Theophilus Ragan
- The Night of the Bars of Hell (1966) ... Theophilus Ragan
 1966 The Silencers
Joe Wigman
 1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance
The Narrator (voice)
 1965 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
- The Hijackers (1965) ... Smitty
 1965 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
William Lawrence
- What's a Trajectory? (1965) ... William Lawrence
 1964-1965 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Dr. Josephus Harrison Adams / Samuel Cole
- An Apple a Day (1965) ... Dr. Josephus Harrison Adams
- Tug of War (1964) ... Samuel Cole
 1965 The Big Valley (TV Series)
- The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner (1965) ... Jubal
 1965 The Third Day
Dr. Wheeler
 1965 The Great Race
Henry Goodbody
 1965 The Monkey's Uncle
Darius Green III
 1965 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Charlie Loughlin / Dabney Pitts
- The Silver Lady (1965) ... Charlie Loughlin
- The Wanda Snow Story (1965) ... Dabney Pitts
 1965 Nightmare in the Sun
Sam Wilson
 1964 Special for Women: The Menace of Age (TV Movie)
Joe Lawson
 1964 Your Cheatin' Heart
Fred Rose
 1964 Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Grogan
- The Human Comedy (1964) ... Mr. Grogan
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Dr. Stuart Alexander
- Who Killed Molly? (1964) ... Dr. Stuart Alexander
 1964 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
Clint Stark
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Pop Slate
 1964 Kissin' Cousins
Pappy Tatum
 1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Andrew Sheridan
- The Best There Is (1964) ... Andrew Sheridan
 1964 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Joseph Baylor
- A Little Anger Is a Good Thing (1964) ... Joseph Baylor
 1963 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Noah Jackson
- Sugar and Spice and Everything... (1963) ... Noah Jackson
 1962 Empire (TV Series)
Clayton Dodd
- Green, Green Hills (1962) ... Clayton Dodd
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Dr. Lawrence Martin
- From an Enchantress Fleeing (1962) ... Dr. Lawrence Martin
 1962 The New Breed (TV Series)
Peter Capples
- Judgement at San Belito (1962) ... Peter Capples
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Dan Ryan
- Pericles on 31st Street (1962) ... Dan Ryan
 1962 Follow That Dream
Pop Kwimper
 1961 Pocketful of Miracles
Count Alfonso Romero
 1961 A Thunder of Drums
Sgt. Karl Rodermill
 1961 Misty
Grandpa Beebe
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Matt Dexter
- Songs My Mother Told Me (1961) ... Matt Dexter
 1961 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
- The Broken Wing (1961) ... Lyman
 1960 The Great Impostor
Warden J.B. Chandler
 1960 Cimarron
Tom Wyatt
 1959 Operation Petticoat
Chief Machinist Mate Sam Tostin
 1959 Hound-Dog Man
Aaron McKinney
 1959 Anatomy of a Murder
Parnell Emmett McCarthy
 1959 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
John Monroe
- Christabel (1959) ... John Monroe
 1959 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
John Monroe
 1959 Gidget
Russell Lawrence
 1959 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
- Hard Luck Leo (1959) ... Leonard
 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 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
 1957 Operation Mad Ball
Col. Rousch
 1956 The Montecarlo Story
Mr. Homer Hinkley
 1955-1956 Omnibus (TV Series) (segment "The Blue Hotel") / (segment "Uncle Tom's Cabin")
- The Blue Hotel (1956) ... (segment "The Blue Hotel")
- Uncle Tom's Cabin (1955) ... (segment "Uncle Tom's Cabin")
 1956 Bus Stop
Virgil Blessing
 1956 The Solid Gold Cadillac
Mark Jenkins
 1956 The Proud Ones
Jim Dexter
 1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Gordon Walker
 1955 Picnic
Howard Bevans
 1955 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Benjamin Miller
- Cordially - with Bombs (1955) ... Benjamin Miller
 1949-1955 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Grant / Jim Elkins
- The Outsiders (1955) ... Grant
- 0 for 37 (1953) ... Jim Elkins
- A Man's Game (1952)
 1950-1955 Studio One (TV Series)
Manachi Conners / Josh Ridley / Mr. Belnap / ...
- A Terrible Day (1955) ... Manachi Conners
- Fandango at War Bonnet (1954) ... Josh Ridley
- Public Servant (1951)
- Look Homeward, Hayseed (1950) ... Mr. Belnap
- The Taming of the Shrew (1950) ... Curtis
 1954 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Diary (1954)
 1954 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
- Mr. Simmons (1954)
 1954 Love Story (TV Series)
- Shadow Waltz (1954)
 1953 Mister Peepers (TV Series)
Mr. Hansen
- The School Locker (1953) ... Mr. Hansen
 1951 The Whistle at Eaton Falls
Jim Brewster
 1950 Suspense (TV Series)
- I'm No Hero (1950) ... Grady
 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 He Asked for It (Short)
 1940 The Leather Pushers
Reporter (uncredited)
 1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home
New Interne (uncredited)
 1940 The Golden Fleecing
Cameraman (uncredited)
 1940 Bested by a Beard (Short)
 1940 'Taint Legal (Short)
Book Salesman
 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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5' 10" (1.78 m)


Ann Hall Dunlop  (divorced)

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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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