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Donald O'Connor – MovieActors.com


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About Donald O'Connor (1925 – 2003)

Donald O'Connor was born on August 28, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. He passed away on September 27, 2003, in Calabasas, California, from heart failure.

Donald O'Connor is from a vaudeville family act. His father, John Edward "Chuck" O'Connor, was an acrobat with Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Baily Circus. His mother was a circus bareback rider and dancer named Effie.

In 1937, Donald O'Connor made his film debut at age 12, in MELODY FOR TWO with his two brothers, Jack and Billy, doing a specialty routine.

In 1942, Donald O'Connor returned to Hollywood after leaving the screen behind to return to what was left of vaudeville. Upon his return, O'Connor signed with Universal to star in their budget-minded youth musicals, WHAT'S COOKIN' and GET HELP TO LOVE.

Donald's best-known musical work is 1952's SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. O'Connor was also effective in comedic lead roles, particularly as the companion to Francis the Talking Mule in that film series.

In 1953, Donald received the Sylvania Award for his work on TV.

O'Connor's trade mark was his ability to do somersaults against walls during musical numbers.

In 1981, Donald did a cameo as a vaudevillian in RAGTIME, and has appeared as Captain Andy in a popular touring stage revival of SHOW BOAT.

In 1998, Donald O'Connor signed on for The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, a revue featuring 54-year-old + performers. O'Connor was their headliner, dancing and singing his way through eight performances a week. Donald closed out the season with the Palm Spring Follies, performing in the last four shows after recovering from a serious illness that stopped him from performing.

Despite failing health in 2003, Donald O'Connor made appearances at the Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival and the opening of the Judy Garland Museum.

Donald O'Connor's notable movie credits include...

OUT TO SEA (1997)
A TIME TO REMEMBER (1987)
THAT FUNNY FEELING (1965)
FRANCIS IN THE NAVY (1955)
THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS (1954)
FRANCIS JOINS THE WACS (1954
FRANCIS COVERS THE BIG TOWN (1953)
CALL ME MADAM (1953)
FRANCIS GOES TO WEST POINT (1952)
FRANCIS GOES TO THE RACES (1951)
FRANCIS (1950)
NIGHT WORK (1939)
MILLION DOLLAR LEGS (1939)
IT CAN'T LAST FOREVER (1937)


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O'Connor in THERE'S NOW BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS (1954).

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Donald O'Connor in CALL ME MADAM (1953).

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