Mike Connors’s death is being condoled by his fans across the world. The 91-year old actor who was born in the year 1925, was not doing well for sometimes and was diagnosed with leukemia merely a week ago.
Reports suggest that the actor was diagnosed with leukemia very recently. His son-in-law said that Connor, “had been diagnosed a week ago with leukemia.”
Mike Connors’ film career started rather very early in the early 1950s. Later, he appeared in numerous television series, including the co-starring role in the 1955 episode “Tomas and the Widow” of the NBC Western anthology series Frontier. He guest-starred on the early sitcoms, Hey, Jeannie! and The People’s Choice. He guest-starred in two Rod Cameron syndicated crime dramas, City Detective and the Western-themed State Trooper, and played the villain in the first episode filmed (but second one aired) of ABC’s smash hit Maverick opposite James Garner in 1957.
Later Connors played a detective turned private eye named Joe Mannix, who was assisted by his secretary Peggy, a role played by Gail Fisher. Connors won a Golden Globe for his acting on the show, which ran from 1968 to 1975, Variety reported.
A report in the New York Daily News says, “Viewers were intrigued by the tall, smartly dressed, well-spoken detective who could mix it up with the burliest of thugs and leap on the hood of a racing car to prevent an escape.”
Two big Hollywood names have departed in a span of merely days and this is all the more unnerving for their fans. Hollywood fans were mourning the passing away of Mary Tyler Moore when the news of Connor’s death came as a bolt from blue.
In the meantime a report in the AP said that Connors’ wife, Mary Lou, survived him. The couple, married in 1949, “had two children: a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Dana.” His son died before him after struggling with mental illness, the AP reported. According to a biography on Senior City, Connors got his break when he was spotted while playing basketball at UCLA: “Director William Wellman was in the audience for a UCLA basketball game and noticed how expressive Connor’s face was; Wellman asked the coach to see if Connors would be interested in acting and got an affirmative answer.”