Tim O'Connor (actor)
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July 3, 1927 |
Chicago, Illinois, US
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Tim O'Connor (born July 3, 1927) is an American character actor known for his prolific work in television, although he has made only a few appearances since the early 1990s. Before moving to California, he lived on an island in the middle of Glen Wild Lake, near Bloomingdale, New Jersey.
O'Connor specialized in playing officials, military men, and police officers. Some of his best-known roles include: Dr. Elias Huer in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Jack Boland in General Hospital, and Elliot Carson in Peyton Place. He also had recurring roles on Barnaby Jones and Dynasty. He guest starred with Telly Savalas and Joan Hackett in the short-lived medical/police series, Diagnosis: Unknown, on CBS in 1960.
O'Connor was a guest star in Daniel Boone as Secord in 1970. Seven years later, he appeared in two episodes of Wonder Woman as an alien envoy named Andros, alongside Lynda Carter. Also in 1977, he appeared in an episode of the ABC crime drama The Feather and Father Gang and in "The Final Chapter," the first episode of Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale). He appeared in an episode of The A-Team, in the Season 2 episode "Semi-Friendly Persuasion" as Karl Peerson, a leader of a pacifist religious group the A-Team helps out, and portrayed an alien ambassador on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His guest appearance as Mr. Thackery in The Dukes of Hazzard episode "Bad Day in Hazzard" demonstrated that he is also capable of playing villains, albeit on the level of a grand seigneur. Another villainous cameo came as one of Robert Goulet's evil henchmen in the parody film The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear.
He appeared in two episodes of the mystery series Columbo, starring Peter Falk as the rumpled detective. These included Old Fashioned Murder (1976) and Double Shock (1973). He also appeared in two episodes of the comedy series M*A*S*H. In the episode "Of Moose and Men" he played Colonel Spiker, whom Hawkeye splattered mud on, and later had to operate on to save his life. In the 9th Season episode "Operation Friendship" he played Dr. Norman Trager, a surgeon and hand specialist who operated on B.J. Hunnicutt after he developed a compartment hemorrhage in his right hand.
He was a director for The Foothill Theater Company in Nevada City, California, before it closed. O'Connor starred in the 2011 film Dreams Awake (with "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" co-star Erin Gray).
His son, Tim O'Connor Jr. currently (March 2014) is an expatriate singer-songwriter, who left the United States in a sailboat, sailed solo across the Atlantic Ocean and now dwells on that same boat in a canal in the town of Vlaardingen, Netherlands. His original song "Who Stole the Isopropyl Alcohol?" is featured in the 1989 movie "Dead Calm".