Mike Connors Movies and Career Information

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Aug 15, 1925
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Mike Connors (born August 15, 1925) is an American actor best known for playing detective Joe Mannix in the CBS television series, Mannix. Before that, he had played a crime-fighting investigator, wielding a .38 handgun hidden in his back, in another CBS series, Tightrope. Born Krekor Ohanian in Fresno, California, of Armenian descent, he graduated from University of California at Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. An avid basketball player who was nicknamed "Touch" by his teammates, he is credited in his early films, such as Island in the Sky (1953), Swamp Women, a.k.a. Swamp Diamonds, Five Guns West (1955), and Flesh and the Spur (1957) as Touch Connors. He played basketball for Coach John Wooden at UCLA. Connors recalled in an interview that he was renamed by Henry Willson saying that "Ohanian" was too close to the actor George O'Hanlon and came up with "Touch Connors". In 1956, still billed as Touch Connors, he played an Amalekite herder in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston. He appeared in numerous television series, including the co-starring role in the 1955 episode "Tomas and the Widow" of the NBC western

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