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Also Known As: Kevin Joseph Connors Died: November 10, 1992
Born: April 10, 1921 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, professional baseball player, professional basketball player, tank instructor at West Point

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Imposing, lantern-jawed leading man of TV, most famous as Lucas McCain, the righteous, chain-smoking protagonist of ABC-TV's immensely popular "The Rifleman" (1958-63). Connors' six-foot-five frame helped him gain a position as a pro basketball player on the Boston Celtics after a stint in the military during WWII. He soon switched to baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs, but he was more distinguished for his comical sideline antics than his baseball prowess. Demoted to the Cubs' minor league farm, the old Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League, Connors took advantage of his new location to begin an acting career, appearing in at least a dozen features before his star-making TV role.

Imposing, lantern-jawed leading man of TV, most famous as Lucas McCain, the righteous, chain-smoking protagonist of ABC-TV's immensely popular "The Rifleman" (1958-63). Connors' six-foot-five frame helped him gain a position as a pro basketball player on the Boston Celtics after a stint in the military during WWII. He soon switched to baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs, but he was more distinguished for his comical sideline antics than his baseball prowess. Demoted to the Cubs' minor league farm, the old Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League, Connors took advantage of his new location to begin an acting career, appearing in at least a dozen features before his star-making TV role.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Salmonberries (1991) Bingo-Chuck
2.
3.
 Three Days to a Kill (1991) Colonel Wright
4.
 Trained to Kill (1989) Ed Cooper
5.
 High Desert Kill (1989) Stan Brown
6.
 Skinheads (1988)
7.
 Mania (1988)
8.
 Once Upon a Texas Train (1988) Nash Crawford
9.
 Bordello (1988)
10.
 Sakura Killers (1987) The Colonel
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Served in the Army for four years during World War II, mainly as a tank instructor at West Point
1946:
Signed as a professional basketball player with the Boston Celtics
1949:
Switched to pro baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers
1951:
Played for the Chicago Cubs
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Sent down to the Angels, the Cubs' farm team in Los Angeles
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Began acting career
1952:
Early credit in a major film, George Cukor's "Pat and Mike", starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn
1958:
Cast as Lucas McCain in the popular TV series, "The Rifleman"
1973:
Met longtime fan, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, at a poolside party given by President Nixon in San Clemente
1977:
Appeared in an Emmy-nominated role as a lustful slave owner in the ABC-TV miniseries, "Roots"
1979:
Final major starring role in a feature, "Tourist Trap", a horror film set in a wax museum
1991:
Reprised the role of Lucas McCain, "The Rifleman" for the TV movie, "Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns", starring Kenny Rogers
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Education

Seton Hall College: South Orange , New Jersey -
Brooklyn Adelphi Academy: Brooklyn , New York -

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wife:
Elizabeth Jane Riddle. First wife; divorced; mother of Connors' four sons.

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son:
Steven Connors. Survived him.
son:
Jeffrey Connors. Survived him.
son:
Michael Connors. Survived him.
son:
Kevin Connors. Survived him.
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