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Krekor Ohanian (August 15, 1925 – January 26, 2017), known professionally as Mike Connors, was an Armenian-American actor best known for playing private detective Joe Mannix in the CBS
CBS
television series Mannix from 1967–75, a role which earned him a Golden Globe Award in 1970, the first of six straight nominations, as well as four consecutive Emmy nominations from 1970-73. He starred in the short-lived series Tightrope!
Tightrope!
(1959–60) and Today's FBI
Today's FBI
(1981-82). Connors' acting career spanned six decades; in addition to his work on television, he appeared in numerous films, most notably the 1965 World War II black comedy Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious, in which he and Robert Redford
Robert Redford
played American soldiers taken prisoner by a German villager played by Alec Guinness.[citation needed]

Contents

1 Early years 2 Career 3 Personal life and death 4 Awards and honors 5 Partial filmography

5.1 Film 5.2 Television

6 References 7 External links

Early years[edit] Of Armenian descent, Connors was born Krekor Ohanian in Fresno, California in 1925. His father was also named Krekor Ohanian (1881–1944)[2] and his mother was Alice (1898–1978). They married in 1920 and had three children, Dorthy M., Arpesri A. and Krekor.[3] At school, he often got into fights due to the discrimination faced against Armenians, who were looked upon as outsiders. He stated this made his family more close.[4] He was an avid basketball player in high school, who was nicknamed "Touch" by his teammates. During World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Forces.[citation needed] After the war, he attended the University of California at Los Angeles
University of California at Los Angeles
on a basketball scholarship, where he briefly played under coach John Wooden. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta
Phi Delta Theta
fraternity.[citation needed] Director William A. Wellman
William A. Wellman
got him into acting after noticing his expressive face while Connors was playing basketball. He appeared on the Los Angeles CBS
CBS
station as Touch Connors in an episode of Jukebox Jury before the program went national via ABC in 1953. Connors is credited in his early films, such as Sudden Fear
Sudden Fear
(1952), Island in the Sky (1953), Swamp Women
Swamp Women
(Swamp Diamonds), Five Guns West
Five Guns West
(1955), The Day the World Ended
Day the World Ended
(1955), Shake, Rattle and Rock (1956), and Flesh and the Spur (1957) as "Touch Connors".[citation needed] Connors recalled in an interview that he was renamed by Henry Willson, saying that "Ohanian" was too close to the actor George O'Hanlon
George O'Hanlon
and came up with "Touch Connors".[5] Career[edit]

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Connors with Gail Fisher
Gail Fisher
in a publicity photo for Mannix, 1970

His film career started in the early 1950s. Connors was cast in the critically acclaimed John Wayne
John Wayne
film, Island in the Sky in which he was a crewman on one of the search-and-rescue planes. In 1956, still billed as Touch Connors, he played an Amalekite
Amalekite
herder in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments.[citation needed] He appeared in numerous television series, including the co-starring role in the 1955 episode "Tomas and the Widow" of the 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
James Garner
in 1957.[citation needed] In 1958, Connors appeared in the title role of the episode "Simon Pitt", the series finale of the NBC Western Jefferson Drum, starring Jeff Richards as a frontier newspaper editor. He appeared in another NBC Western series, The Californians.

Connors with Genevieve Gilles
Genevieve Gilles
in a publicity photo for Mannix, 1973

That same year, Connors was cast as Miles Borden, a corrupt US Army lieutenant bitter over his $54 monthly pay, on NBC's Wagon Train
Wagon Train
in the episode "The Dora Gray Story", with Linda Darnell
Linda Darnell
in the title role.[6] About this time, he also appeared on an episode of NBC's Western series Cimarron City.[7] Connors appeared in other syndicated series: The Silent Service, based on true stories of the submarine section of the United States Navy; Sheriff of Cochise, set in and about Bisbee, Arizona; Whirlybirds, an aviation adventure series; and Rescue 8, based on stories of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. An episode of Studio 57
Studio 57
starring Connors and titled "Getaway Car" was proposed as a pilot for a series about the CHP to be called Motorcycle Cop.[8] Connors also co-starred (as the villain) in the classic 1956 Roger Corman
Roger Corman
sci-fi film, The Day The World Ended, and also co-starred in Roger Corman's Swamp Women that same year. Later, he was cast in the episode "The Aerialist" of the anthology series, Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond. In 1963, he guest-starred as Jack Marson in the episode "Shadow of the Cougar" on the NBC modern Western series, Redigo, starring Richard Egan. In 1964, Connors appeared in a pinch-hit role for Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
as attorney Joe Kelly in the Perry Mason
Perry Mason
episode, "The Case of the Bullied Bowler". In 1965, he co-starred in one of Robert Redford's earliest film roles, a World War II black comedy, Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious.

Connors with Eddie Egan
Eddie Egan
in a publicity photo for Mannix, 1972

Connors later took the starring roles in Tightrope!
Tightrope!
(1959–1960), Mannix (1967–1975), and Today's F.B.I.
Today's F.B.I.
(1981–1982). Mannix was originally produced by Desilu Productions
Desilu Productions
(later absorbed by Paramount Television). Then-president Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
pushed for CBS
CBS
to keep the show on air after a lackluster first season in the ratings. This move enabled the show to become a long-running hit for the network. Connors was able to work with his boss on-screen during a cross-promotion episode of Ball's Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
series in 1971, showing his skill at comedy. The episode, which opened Lucy's fourth season, is titled "Lucy and Mannix are Held Hostage". This was notable as the first episode shot at Universal Studios, after Ball ceased producing her program at Paramount Studios. Connors played Air Force Colonel Harrison "Hack" Peters in Herman Wouk's 1988 World War II-based miniseries War and Remembrance. Connors' final appearance was in a Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
episode, as a love interest of Evelyn Harper (Holland Taylor).

Personal life and death[edit] Connors married Mary Lou Willey in 1949; together they had a son, Matthew Gunner Ohanian, and a daughter, Dana Lou Connors. He is also a cousin of French singer Charles Aznavour.[9] Connors died in Tarzana, California, a week after being diagnosed with leukemia on January 26, 2017, at the age of 91.[3][10] Awards and honors[edit] In 1969, Connors won a Golden Globe for his role as Joe Mannix on Mannix.[citation needed] Partial filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Sudden Fear
Sudden Fear
(1952) – Junior Kearney The 49th Man
The 49th Man
(1953) – Lt. Magrew Sky Commando
Sky Commando
(1953) – Lt. Hobson Lee Island in the Sky (1953) – Gainer Day of Triumph (1954) – Andrew Five Guns West
Five Guns West
(1955) – Hale Clinton The Twinkle in God's Eye
The Twinkle in God's Eye
(1955) – Lou Day the World Ended
Day the World Ended
(1955) – Tony Lamont Jaguar (1956) – Marty Lang Swamp Women
Swamp Women
(1956) – Bob Matthews The Oklahoma Woman (1956) – Tom Blake Flesh and the Spur
Flesh and the Spur
(1956) – Stacy Doggett The Ten Commandments (1956) – Amalekite
Amalekite
herder Shake, Rattle & Rock! (1956) – Garry Nelson Voodoo Woman
Voodoo Woman
(1957) – Ted Bronson Suicide Battalion
Suicide Battalion
(1958) – Major Matt McCormack Live Fast, Die Young (1958) – Rick The Dalton That Got Away (1960) – Russ Dalton Panic Button (1964) – Frank Pagano Good Neighbor Sam
Good Neighbor Sam
(1964) – Howard Ebbets Where Love Has Gone (1964) – Major Luke Miller Harlow (1965) – Jack Harrison Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious
Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious
(1965) – Sgt. Lucky Finder Stagecoach (1966) – Hatfield Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die
(1966) – Kelly Revenge For A Rape (1976) – Travis Green Avalanche Express
Avalanche Express
(1979) – Haller Nightkill
Nightkill
(1980) – Wendell Atwell Too Scared to Scream (1985) – Lt. Alex Dinardo Fist Fighter (1989) – Billy Vance Public Enemy #2 (1993) – Himself William Saroyan: The Man, the Writer (1994) – Narrator (voice) Downtown Heat (1994) – Steve James Dean: Live Fast, Die Young (1997) – Jack Warner Gideon (1998) – Harland Greer The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave (2000) – Grandpa Osborne (uncredited) Nobody Knows Anything! (2003) – Joe Mannix

Television[edit]

The Adventures of Jim Bowie, episode "Broomstick Wedding" (1956) – Rafe "Gunsmoke", episode "The Mistake" (24 November 1956) - Bostick (as Touch Connors) The Silent Service, episode "The Ordeal of the S-38" (1957) – Don Melhop The Walter Winchell File
File
"The Steep Hill" – Dave Hopper (1957) Cheyenne (TV series), episode "Dead to Rights" (1958) – Roy Simmons (as Michael Connors) Official Detective, episode "The Cover-Up" (1958) – Martin Whiting[11] Tightrope!
Tightrope!
(1959–1960) – Undercover agent[12] The Untouchables, episode "The Eddie O'Gara Story" (1962) Perry Mason, Season 8, episode 7 "The Case of the Bullied Bowler" (1964) - Joe Kelly Mannix (1967–1975) – Joe Mannix The Death of Ocean View Park (1979) – Sam Jackson Today's FBI
Today's FBI
(1981–1982) – Ben Slater Public Enemy #2 (1993) – as himself Hart to Hart Returns (1993) – Bill McDowell Murder, She Wrote, episodes "Flim Flam" and "Shooting in Rome" (1995) – Boyce Brown Diagnosis: Murder, episode "Hard Boiled Murder" (1997) – Joe Mannix Walker, Texas Ranger, episode "Code of the West" (1998) – Judge Arthur McSpadden Two and a Half Men, episode "Prostitutes and Gelato" (2007) – Hugo (final television appearance)

References[edit]

^ "GOP Convention, Day 1, Session 2". aparchive.com. July 14, 1980. Retrieved January 27, 2017.  ^ "Krekor Ohanian (1881-1945)". Find A Grave Memorial. Retrieved January 27, 2017.  ^ a b Grode, Eric (January 27, 2017). "Mike Connors, Glass-Jawed Star of 'Mannix', Dies at 91". The New York Times.  ^ "Pop culture: 'Mannix' star Mike Connors
Mike Connors
(RIP) played ball at UCLA, golf at Southern Hills". Tulsa World. January 28, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.  ^ Weaver, Tom (2003). "Mike Connors". Eye on Science Fiction: 20 Interviews with Classic SF and Horror Filmmakers. McFarland. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-7864-1657-8.  ^ "The Dora Gray Story". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 16, 2012.  ^ "Cimarron City". ctva.biz. Retrieved September 8, 2012.  ^ Terrace, Vincent (2013). Encyclopedia of Television Pilots, 1937–2012. McFarland. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-7864-7445-5.  ^ " Charles Aznavour
Charles Aznavour
biography". IMDb. Retrieved April 7, 2017.  ^ Saperstein, Pat (January 26, 2017). "Mike Connors, 'Mannix' Star, Dies at 91". Variety. ISSN 0042-2738.  ^ "The Cover-Up". Classic TV Archives. Retrieved October 21, 2016.  ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2009). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present. Random House. p. 1394. ISBN 978-0-307-48320-1. 

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