Tom O'Connor (comedian)
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|Birth name||Thomas O'Connor|
31 October 1939 |
Bootle, Lancashire, England, UK
|Years active||1970 - present|
|Notable works and roles||Star of The Comedians and Crosswits on ITV.|
Tom O'Connor (born 31 October 1939, Bootle, Lancashire) is a British actor and comedian. He is best known for presenting game shows such as Crosswits, The Zodiac Game, Name That Tune, Password and Gambit.
Tom O'Connor attended St Mary's College, Crosby and Saint Mary's College, Twickenham. He became a mathematics and music teacher at the St Joan of Arc School, Bootle. After work he appeared as a comedian in working men's clubs.
His television break came when he appeared on The Comedians. During the 1970s and 1980s he was one of the most popular faces on British TV. In 1977 he was the subject on an edition of This Is Your Life. He continues to tour comedy venues all around the country.
He continued to host many shows including Name that Tune, Wednesday at 8, Tom O'Connor Show, Gambit, Crosswits, and many more including The Tom O'Connor Road Show for the BBC which ran daily at lunch times and delivered over 12 million viewers daily but was a very expensive show to mount as it came live from a different town each week and the production company had to upsticks and move. The show had several great young producers overseen by executive producer Steve Weddel and came out of the now defunct BBC Pebble Mill studio. The ever changing script was a collaboration between Tom and writer Barry Faulkner ( who worked with Tom on his other shows) with up to the minute changes being written just before broadcast time.
In 2000 he made his television acting debut as Father Tom (a Catholic priest) in the BBC series Doctors. On 24 February 2006 he was given an award for having appeared as a guest on the TV programme Countdown 100 times. O'Connor won Celebrity Come Dine With Me, scoring a record breaking 29/30, on 14 March 2010.
In 2011, O'Connor appeared on a celebrity edition of the BBC One gameshow Pointless with his daughter-in-law Denise Lewis (the gold medal winning Olympic heptathlete). They reached the final, eventually winning £500 for charity.
- Tom O'Connor at the Internet Movie Database
- Tom O'Connor 'Official' Website
- Tom O'Connor Booking Information - After Dinner Speaking
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