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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:||Cast ... actor professional baseball player professional basketball player tank instructor at West Point|
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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