John "Spud" McConnell (born November 13, 1958), is an American actor and television/radio personality based in  New Orleans, Louisiana. He is married to actor/producer Maureen Brennan.
McConnell is a
character actor who has appeared in more than 40 films, ranging from obscure independent films (mostly filmed locally in New Orleans, or elsewhere set in the Gulf Coast region) to major cinematic release movies such as , O Brother, Where Art Thou? , Django Unchained , and 12 Years a Slave . McConnell has also appeared in numerous plays, including an Interview with the Vampire off-Broadway run in the one-man show , wherein he portrays colorful Louisiana The Kingfish Governor Huey P. Long. He is perhaps best known for having portrayed Ignatius J. Reilly from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel , and in that role was the model for a life-sized bronze statue of the fictitious character on historic A Confederacy of Dunces Canal Street in downtown New Orleans.
television, McConnell has had recurring roles in several series, among them the recent shows: Underground and Hap & Leonard. He also made several appearances over three seasons of , with good friend and colleague Roseanne John Goodman. McConnell was also featured in a recurring role on the FX series , and on the The Riches HBO series as a (fictional) Treme Disc Jockey at (real life) radio station WWOZ.
McConnell is a
conservative and for 11 years was the #1 afternoon radio personality in the Gulf South, hosting a daily call-in talk show, "The Spud Show", on WWL 870 AM and 105.3 FM.
In early 2019, McConnell began hosting the
morning drive show on KKND (FM). Like his earlier show on WWL, it is also called "The Spud Show" but features music, in the station's classic hits format and less politics and talk. On September 08, 2020, KKND switched to hot adult contemporary and McConnell appears to no longer be a DJ for the station.
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Television [ edit ]
False Witness Police Officer
This Gun for Hire Lt. Leoville
Huey Long Episode: 5.3
Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou Remmy
Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Television movie
The Big Easy Skank
Orleans 1st FBI Agent
Going to California Homicidal Elvis
Episode: "Taking Care of Biscuits"
Miracle Run unknown
Pop Rocks Cop
Torn Apart Detective
Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers Foreman
The Brooke Ellison Story Mr. Jacobs
The Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel Bartender
Elvis Disc Jockey
Pizza My Heart Customer #2
The Year Without a Santa Claus Dog catcher
The Riches Mick O'Malley
Ruffian Tony Pappas
Midnight Bayou Oscar
Memphis Beat Karl King
Treme DJ Jeffy Jeff
Scream Queens Bailiff
Hap and Leonard Judge Beau Otis
Filthy Rich Virgil Love
15 March 1991
The Kingfish Huey P. Long
John Houseman Theatre, New York, NY
Also credited as: Designer
12 January 1993
Henry V Pistol
Theater at St. Clement's Church, New York, NY
24 June 1997
Variety Arts Theatre, New York, NY
Production Stage Manager
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