Carroll O'Connor

Biography: Born August 2, 1924 in the Bronx, New York. In his early years, O'Connor directed his efforts toward stage acting, mainly performing in the European cities of Dublin, London, and Paris. During the 1960s, he appeared in a number of obscure films, including By Love Possessed (1961) and In Harm's Way (1965).
Shortly after, O'Connor was offered the lead role in an American adaptation of the popular British program Till Death Do Us Part. He accepted the part and starred in the American pilot. CBS eventually agreed to air the sitcom in 1971, after prolonged negotiations because of its controversial content. Renamed All in the Family (1971-79), the show featured O'Connor as the working-class ignoramus Archie Bunker, a character redeemed only by his endearing wife Edith (Jean Stapleton), liberal daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers), and son-in-law Michael, also known as "Meathead" (Rob Reiner).
In the post-civil rights era of the 1970s, the series, created by Norman Lear, was a
Born August 2, 1924 in the Bronx, New York. In his early years, O'Connor directed his efforts toward stage acting, mainly performing in the European cities of Dublin, London, and Paris. During the 1960s, he appeared in a number of obscure films, including By Love Possessed (1961) and In Harm's Way (1965).
Shortly after, O'Connor was offered the lead role in an American adaptation of the popular British program Till Death Do Us Part. He accepted the part and starred in the American pilot. CBS eventually agreed to air the sitcom in 1971, after prolonged negotiations because of its controversial content. Renamed All in the Family (1971-79), the show featured O'Connor as the working-class ignoramus Archie Bunker, a character redeemed only by his endearing wife Edith (Jean Stapleton), liberal daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers), and son-in-law Michael, also known as "Meathead" (Rob Reiner).
In the post-civil rights era of the 1970s, the series, created by Norman Lear, was a forum for social commentary on uncomfortable American issues like racism and bigotry. O'Connor deftly portrayed Bunker as a somehow likable blue-collar worker just trying to get along in life. His performance earned him eight nominations and four Emmy Awards. After the show ended, he continued to portray Archie Bunker in the less-successful Archie Bunker's Place (1979-83). His other notable television role was as the liberal sheriff on the well-received In the Heat of the Night (1988-92), for which he won an Emmy in 1988.
O'Connor made headlines under tragic circumstances in the mid-90s when his son, Hugh, an actor who worked with his father on In the Heat of the Night, killed himself after an unsuccessful bout with drug addiction. An acquaintance of Hugh brought slander charges against O'Connor, after Carroll went on television claiming that he supplied drugs to his son and was partly responsible for his death. O'Connor was cleared of all charges, and became an active anti-drug spokesperson, lobbying for laws that would give individuals and states the right to sue drug dealers for damages. He has also appeared in numerous public service announcements urging parents to help their children refrain from drugs.
During the late 1990s, O'Connor had recurring roles on the Fox series Party of Five, and on Mad About You as Helen Hunt's father. Most recently, he appeared opposite Minnie Driver and David Duchovny in the romantic comedy Return to Me (2000).

On June 21, 2001, at the age of 76, O'Connor died of a heart attack brought on by complications from diabetes.
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Carroll O'Connor's Scores

Average career score: 42
Highest Metascore: 42 In the Heat of the Night: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 42 In the Heat of the Night: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
1 tv review
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Mad About You: Season 6 Sep 23, 1997 Gus Stemple tbd
tbd Party of Five: Season 2 Sep 27, 1995 Jacob Gordon 8.0
tbd Mad About You: Season 4 Sep 24, 1995 Gus Stemple tbd
tbd In the Heat of the Night: Season 8 Oct 21, 1994 Chief Bill Gillespie / Writer tbd
tbd Party of Five: Season 1 Sep 12, 1994 Jacob Gordon 8.5
tbd In the Heat of the Night: Season 7 Sep 16, 1993 Chief Bill Gillespie / Writer / Director tbd
tbd In the Heat of the Night: Season 6 Oct 28, 1992 Chief Bill Gillespie / Writer / Director / Executive Producer tbd
tbd In the Heat of the Night: Season 5 Oct 1, 1991 Chief Bill Gillespie / Writer / Executive Producer tbd
tbd In the Heat of the Night: Season 4 Sep 18, 1990 Chief Bill Gillespie / Writer / Director / Executive Producer tbd
tbd In the Heat of the Night: Season 3 Nov 28, 1989 Chief Bill Gillespie / Writer / Executive Producer tbd
tbd In the Heat of the Night: Season 2 Dec 4, 1988 Chief Bill Gillespie / Writer tbd
42 In the Heat of the Night: Season 1 Mar 6, 1988 Chief Bill Gillespie / Writer tbd
tbd Archie Bunker's Place: Season 4 Oct 10, 1982 Archie Bunker / Archie Bunker (1979-1983) / Director tbd
tbd Archie Bunker's Place: Season 3 Oct 4, 1981 Archie Bunker (1979-1983) / Director tbd
tbd Archie Bunker's Place: Season 2 Nov 2, 1980 Archie Bunker (1979-1983) / Director tbd
tbd Archie Bunker's Place: Season 1 Sep 23, 1979 Archie Bunker (1979-1983) / Writer / Director tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 9 Sep 24, 1978 Archie Bunker tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 8 Oct 2, 1977 Archie Bunker tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 7 Sep 22, 1976 Archie Bunker tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 6 Sep 8, 1975 Archie Bunker tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 5 Sep 14, 1974 Archie Bunker tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 4 Sep 15, 1973 Archie Bunker tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 3 Sep 16, 1972 Archie Bunker tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 2 Sep 18, 1971 Archie Bunker tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 1 Jan 12, 1971 Archie Bunker 7.6