“Forgotten Hollywood”- Passing Parade Claims Mike Connors

Posted on January 26, 2017 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Mike Connors was the hard-hitting private eye on the long-running television series Mannix. It ran for eight years on CBS. He won a Golden Globe in 1969 for his performance.

“`Desilu president Lucille Ball campaigned to keep the program running after lackluster ratings in its first season. Ball’s efforts allowed the show to become an eventual long-running hit for the network. Eventually, the producers cast a secretary, portrayed by African-American actress Gail Fisher. CBS chiefs were concerned Southern affiliates might complain about her character. A backlash never happened. Another highlight was an opening theme song by legendary screen composer Lalo Schifrin. Connors appeared with his supportive boss as Joe Mannix in a cross-promo episode of Here’s Lucy.  MIKE CONNORS —>

“`On the small screen, he guest-starred in Cheyenne, Tightrope, Maverick, Wagon Train, Perry Mason, One Step BeyondWalker Texas Ranger, Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis: Murder, and Two and a Half Men. Connors played Air Force Colonel Hack Peters in Herman Wouk’s World War II-based miniseries War and Remembrance.

“`Connors made his film debut in 1952’s Sudden Fear, starring Joan Crawford. Other movies included Island in the Sky, The Ten Commandments, Good Neighbor Sam, Harlow, and a remake of Stagecoach.

“`Using his celebrity, he and his wife championed efforts to erase the stigma of mental illness. Connors was also the proud owner of the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series.

“`Mike Connors was 91.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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