Arthur O'Connell


Actor
Arthur O'Connell

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
March 29, 1908
Died
May 18, 1981

Biography

Citybred actor Arthur O'Connell had the corn-fed look of a born and bred farm boy. His looks and good-natured demeanor garnered him a stage debut in the '30s with the acclaimed Mercury Theatre, founded by Orson Welles. His work there led to a bit part in Welles's drama "Citizen Kane" in 1941. Despite a number of small roles, O'Connell grew frustrated with film, and returned to theater, a...

Photos & Videos

7 Faces of Dr. Lao - British Front-of-House Stills
The Poseidon Adventure - Movie Posters
Your Cheatin' Heart - Pressbook

Biography

Citybred actor Arthur O'Connell had the corn-fed look of a born and bred farm boy. His looks and good-natured demeanor garnered him a stage debut in the '30s with the acclaimed Mercury Theatre, founded by Orson Welles. His work there led to a bit part in Welles's drama "Citizen Kane" in 1941. Despite a number of small roles, O'Connell grew frustrated with film, and returned to theater, appearing on Broadway as Polonius in "Hamlet." In 1953, his performance as Howard Bevans in "Picnic" earned him attention from theater-goers and Hollywood alike. In 1955, he reprised his role in the film adaptation, and earned his first Oscar nomination. His second would come five years later for his work in Otto Preminger's legal drama "Anatomy of a Murder." With his acclaimed status, O'Connell had more opportunities, and could be selective about the roles he'd take. By the '70s, O'Connell had become a popular guest star on television. However, the progression of Alzheimer's caused him to take on less and less work. By the time of his death at age 73, he was only appearing in the occasional commercial. Having appeared in over 130 films and television shows, O'Connell left behind a legacy few could surpass.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Hiding Place (1975)
Papa
Huckleberry Finn (1974)
Wicked, Wicked (1973)
Hotel Engineer
Shootout In A One Dog Town (1973)
Henry Gills
They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)
Ernie
Ben (1972)
Billy Hatfield
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Chaplain
The Last Valley (1971)
Hoffman
A Taste Of Evil (1971)
John
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came (1970)
Mr. Kruft
There Was a Crooked Man ... (1970)
Mr. Lomax
The Power (1968)
Henry Hallson
If He Hollers, Let Him Go! (1968)
Prosecutor
The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
Buck Fleming
A Covenant With Death (1967)
Judge Hochstadter
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Col. Donald Reid
Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966)
Narrator
Birds Do It (1966)
Professor Wald
The Silencers (1966)
Wigman
The Great Race (1965)
Henry Goodbody
The Third Day (1965)
Dr. Wheeler
The Monkey's Uncle (1965)
Darius Green III
Kissin' Cousins (1964)
Pappy Tatum
7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
Clint Stark
Your Cheatin' Heart (1964)
Fred Rose
Nightmare in the Sun (1964)
Sam Wilson
Follow That Dream (1962)
Pop Kwimper
Misty (1961)
Grandpa Beebe
A Thunder of Drums (1961)
Sergeant Rodermill
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
Count Alphonse Romero
The Great Impostor (1961)
Warden Chandler
Cimarron (1960)
Tom Wyatt
Hound-Dog Man (1959)
Aaron McKinney
Operation Petticoat (1959)
Sam Tostin
Gidget (1959)
Russell Lawrence
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Parnell McCarthy
Voice in the Mirror (1958)
[Bill] Tobin
Man of the West (1958)
Sam Beasley
April Love (1957)
Jed Bruce
The Monte Carlo Story (1957)
Homer Hinkley
Operation Mad Ball (1957)
Col. Rousch
The Violators (1957)
Solomon Baumgarden
Bus Stop (1956)
Virgil
The Proud Ones (1956)
Jim Dexter
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
Walker
The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)
Mark Jenkins
Picnic (1955)
Howard Bevans
The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951)
Jim Brewster
Love That Brute (1950)
Reporter
Force of Evil (1949)
Link Hall
The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948)
Assistant director [Jensen]
Open Secret (1948)
Carter
One Touch of Venus (1948)
Reporter
State of the Union (1948)
Reporter
The Naked City (1948)
Shaeffer
Homecoming (1948)
Driver
Fingers at the Window (1942)
Photographer
Man from Headquarters (1942)
Goldie
Canal Zone (1942)
Fledgling
Law of the Jungle (1942)
Simmons
Blondie's Blessed Event (1942)
Intern
Hello Annapolis (1942)
Pharmacist mate
Yokel Boy (1942)
Second assistant director
Shepherd of the Ozarks (1942)
Bruce
Lucky Devils (1941)
Pilot
Citizen Kane (1941)
Reporter at Xanadu
Two Girls on Broadway (1940)
Reporter
The Golden Fleecing (1940)
Cameraman
Hullabaloo (1940)
Page boy
And One Was Beautiful (1940)
Attendant
Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940)
Interne
Freshman Year (1938)
Student

Cast (Special)

The Secret Life of John Monroe (1959)
John Monroe

Cast (Short)

'Taint Legal (1940)

Life Events

Photo Collections

7 Faces of Dr. Lao - British Front-of-House Stills
7 Faces of Dr. Lao - British Front-of-House Stills
The Poseidon Adventure - Movie Posters
The Poseidon Adventure - Movie Posters
Your Cheatin' Heart - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Your Cheatin' Heart (1964). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
7 Faces of Dr. Lao - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for MGM's 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), starring Tony Randall and Barbara Eden, and produced and directed by George Pal. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

Operation Mad Ball (1957) - Punishable By Death Vindictive Captain Lock (Ernie Kovacs) is determined to have crafty Private Hogan (Jack Lemmon) disciplined for minor violations that derailed his attempt to seduce a pretty nurse, Arthur O'Connell as his perplexed superior Col. Rousch, in post WWII France, in director Richard Quine's B>Operation Mad Ball, 1957.
Anatomy Of A Murder (1959) - I've Seen Him In Action Hot-shot prosecutor Dancer (George C. Scott) entering the courthouse as the judge (Joseph N. Welch) briefs the jury, the local DA (Brooks West) and his defense attorney opponent Biegler (James Stewart) taking his measure, in Otto Preminger's Anatomy Of A Murder, 1959.
Ben (1972) - I Never Saw People Look Like That A stand-alone incident, as the title (rat!) character leads his band to attack a grocery truck driver (Bern Hoffman), who is rightly panicked, then the crusty local newsman (Arthur O’Connell), spectators, and cops (Kaz Garas, Joseph Campanella) try to process things, in Ben, 1972, sequel to Willard, 1971.
Ben (1972) - How Do I Play It Down? Dovetailing with the original (Willard, 1971) the crowd outside the house where the title character was killed by rats includes the Garrisons (Lee Harcourt Montgomery, Meredith Baxter and Rosemary Murphy), while the cop (Joseph Campanella) and editor (Arthur O’Connell) tangle inside, in the sequel Ben, 1972.
Power, The (1968) - He Won't Expose Himself! Nordlund (Michael Rennie), supervisor from the Pentagon, is intrigued because Hallson (Arthur O’Connell) claims that someone on the committee (including Earl Holliman, Richard Carlson, Suzanne Pleshette, Nehemiah Persoff and George Hamilton as Tanner), has the power to take over using mind-control, in The Power, 1968.
Power, The (1968) - Something Light And Bubbly Scientist Tanner (George Hamilton) disagrees but Margery (Suzanne Pleshette) insists that they follow-up when the wife of Hallson (Arthur O’Connell), colleague in their pain-tolerance research project, whom we know has been killed via mind-control, calls to say he hasn’t come home, in The Power, 1968.
Bus Stop (1956) - Ignorant Hillbilly Virgil (Arthur O'Connell) is just arriving at the Blue Dragon, as Cherie (Marilyn Monroe, her first scene) shares her story with waitress friend Vera (Eileen Heckart), in Bus Stop, 1956, Joshua Logan directing, from the William Inge play.
Naked City, The (1948) - Who Moved The Body? Cranky Lieutenant Muldoon (Barry Fitzgerald) works the crime scene with help from Halloran (Don Taylor) and Schaefer (Arthur O'Connell) in an early scene from The Naked City, 1948.
Man In The Gray Flannel Suit, The (1956) - Strictly A Split The Difference Man The potential new P-R guy Rath (Gregory Peck) interviews with broadcast network boss Hopkins (Fredric March) and aides Walker (Arthur O'Connell) and Ogden (Henry Daniell), in Nunnally Johnson's The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit, 1956.
Fantastic Voyage (1966) - There Should Be A Tremendous Surge Knocked off course by an undetected medical condition, supervised by military brass Arthur O’Connell and Edmond O’Brien, the crew of the miniaturized submarine (Arthur Kennedy, Stephen Boyd, Donald Pleasence, Raquel Welch, William Redfield) attempt to shoot through the temporarily stopped heart of their Cold War defector patient in Fantastic Voyage, 1966.
Fantastic Voyage (1966) - Opening, Benes After a dramatic jet landing, joining director Richard Fleischer’s artful opening, briefly introducing Stephen Boyd, and Jean Del Val as the defector Benes, from Fantastic Voyage, 1966, also starring Raquel Welch, Edmond O’Brien, Arthur Kennedy and Donald Pleasence.
Fantastic Voyage (1966) - An Ocean Of Life The big moment as the miniaturized submarine is injected into the bloodstream of the ailing Cold War defector, William Redfield the pilot, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Pleasence and Raquel Welch the medical crew, Stephen Boyd the CIA man along for security reasons, in director Richard Fleischer’s Fantastic Voyage, 1966.

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