Kevin J. O'Connor (actor)

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Kevin J. O'Connor
Born Kevin James O'Connor
(1963-11-15) November 15, 1963 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Jane Elizabeth Unrue (1988-unknown; divorced)

Kevin James O'Connor[1] (born November 15, 1963) is an American actor.

O'Connor is known for portraying character roles in major studio films such as There Will Be Blood, The Mummy, Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions, F/X2 and Van Helsing. He is a favorite of writer/director Stephen Sommers, who usually casts him in his films.

Life and career[edit]

Kevin J. O'Connor was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Patricia Connelly, a teacher, and James O'Connor, a retired Chicago police officer, and also has a brother, Christopher O'Connor (a Southside school teacher). In 1988, he was married to Jane Elizabeth Unrue.[2] O'Connor trained for the stage at the DePaul/Goodman School of Drama, before making his big-screen debut as the high school rebel, Michael Fitzsimmons, in Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married (1986). His next major part was quizzical newspaper reporter Taggerty Hayes in the HBO miniseries Tanner '88. He portrayed a young Ernest Hemingway in the 1988 film The Moderns, had a small role in 1989's Steel Magnolias and a featured role in 1994's erotic thriller Color of Night, which starred Bruce Willis and Jane March.

O'Connor worked with writer/director Stephen Sommers on the 1998 science-fiction adventure Deep Rising. He often appears in Sommers' projects, including The Mummy, where he plays the cowardly, materialistic, multilingual Beni, and Van Helsing, in which he played Count Dracula's devious servant (And Dr. Frankenstein's former assistant) Igor.

He had a key supporting role in There Will Be Blood as Henry, the "brother" of Daniel Day-Lewis's oil man, Daniel Plainview.

O'Connor also starred in John Candy's last film Canadian Bacon, as the suicidal, eccentric American, Roy Boy, with an intention to sabotage Canada.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1986 One More Saturday Night Hood
Peggy Sue Got Married Michael Fitzsimmons
1988 Candy Mountain Julius
The Moderns Ernest Hemingway
1989 Signs of Life Eddie Johnson
Steel Magnolias Sammy Desoto
1990 Love at Large Art the farmhand
1991 F/X2 Matt Neely
1992 Equinox Russell Franks
Hero Chucky
1994 No Escape Stephano
Color of Night Casey Heinz
1995 Canadian Bacon Roy Boy
Virtuosity Clyde Reilly
Lord of Illusions Philip Swann
1996 Hit Me Cougar
1997 Chicago Cab Southside guy
Amistad Missionary
1998 Gods and Monsters Harry
Deep Rising Joey "Tooch" Pantucci
1999 The Mummy Beni Gabor
Chill Factor Telstar
If...Dog...Rabbit Jamie Cooper
2004 Van Helsing Igor
2006 Kettle of Fish Harry
2007 Seraphim Falls Henry
Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane Frank
There Will Be Blood Henry Plainview
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Doctor Mindbender
2012 The Master Bill William
2014 Inherent Vice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Hawaii Five-O Brooks Episode: "The Meighan Conspiracy"
Lab technician Episode: "Use a Gun, Go to Hell"
1988 The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Lt. Thomas Keefer
Tanner '88 Hayes Taggerty
1991 Law & Order Patrick McCarter Episode: "The Troubles"
1994 Birdland Mr. Horner 7 episodes
1997 The Love Bug Roddy Martel
1998 Black Cat Run Hobbs
2000 The Others Warren Day 13 episodes
2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Michael Pirandello Episode: "The Mistake"
2004 Century City Henry Krell Episode: "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Lose"
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Evan Chapel Episode: "Grow"
2009 The Beast Harry Conrad 13 episodes
2012 The Mob Doctor Stavos Kazan - Constantine's Consigliere/Attorney 4 episodes

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