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Mike Connors Net Worth, Biography, Career and Achievements
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Krekor Ohanian, Jr. professionally known as Mike Connors was an American Actor born on August 15th, 1925,  in Fresno, California, and died on January 26th, 2017, at the age of 92.

Aside from Mike Connors net worth, this article also will show you some detailed but summarized pieces of information about Mike Connors like his biography, career, and achievements.

Popular Name: Mike Connors
Real Name: Krekor Ohanian, Jr.
Birth Date: August 15th, 1925(Died January 26th, 2017)
Birth Place: Fresno, California
Age: Died at 92 years
Gender: Male
Nationality/Citizenship: American
Height: 1.87 M
Weight: 75 kg
Sexuality: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Spouse(s): Mary Lou Willey
Children: Matthew Gunnar Ohanian(late), Dana Lee Connors
Profession: Actor
Years active: 1952-2007
Net Worth:  $6 million
Last Updated: 2022

 

Mike Connors Biography

Krekor Ohanian, Jr. professionally known as Mike Connors was an American Actor born on August 15th, 1925,  in Fresno, California, and died on January 26th, 2017, at the age of 92.

Mike Connors was best known for portraying, Joe Mannix in the CBS television series Mannix from 1967 to 1975. He stood 1.87 meters high and weighed 75 kilograms.

His father, Krekor Ohanian Sr. was an attorney who spoke for many poor Armenians that could not speak English, and his mother was Alice (née Surabian) Ohanian.

Mike Connor had 5 siblings including  Paul I, Paul II, Dorothy M., Arpesri A., and Eugene Ohanian. He was a cousin of Charles Aznavour, a French-Armenian singer.

While he was young, Mike Connors spoke three languages including Armenian, English, and French.

At high school, Mike Connors was an avid basketball player consequently nicknamed “Touch” by his teammates, and during World War II, he joined the United States Air Forces.

Mike Connors attended the University of California, Los Angeles on a basketball scholarship and the G.I. Bill after the war.

He thereafter attended a law school, and became an attorney, stepping into his father’s shoes. Mike Connor was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

In his family life, Mike Connors married Mary Lou Willey, his former  UCLA co-student in September 1949, and they had two children, a son and a daughter, Matthew Gunnar Ohanian, and Dana Lee Connors.

His son, Matthew was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 15. and died of heart failure in 2007 long time before his father Mike Connors died. Mike Connors has a granddaughter, his daughter Dana’s child before his demise.

Mike Connors took part in political activities in his early years, he was a Republican. In 1980 and 1984, Mike Connors endorsed Ronald Reagan for President, and in 1982 and 1986 he endorsed George Deukmejian for Governor of California.

Mike Connors was diagnosed with leukemia, and one week after, on January 26, 2017, he died in Tarzana, California, at the age of 91.

Mike Connors Net Worth

Mike Connors net worth clearly comes from his acting career and hosting earnings, since it wasn’t revealed if he has other ventures while he was alive.

At the time of his death in 2017, Mike Connors net worth was estimated at six million US Dollars ( $6 000,000).

Mike Connors Career

Stage Names and Early Roles

Shortly after Mike Connors began acting, his agent Henry Willson believed the name “Ohanian” was very similar to that of  George “O’Hanlon” so he chose “Touch Connors”  for him.

“Touch Connors” was based on Mike’s basketball nickname, and “Connors” was considered to be a “good all-American name.”

Mike Connors didn’t like the name from inception and said not using his birth name was a big regret of his career.

After he was featured in ”Tightrope!”, he wanted to be credited using his real name, however, Columbia Pictures said he had gone way too far with the name Connors.

Connors was however allowed to change his first name from “Touch” to Mike, resulting in the stage name “Mike Connors”.

Mike Connors’s film career began in the early 1950s. He made his acting debut in a supporting role starring alongside Joan Crawford and Jack Palance in the thriller Sudden Fear (1952).

Mike Connors was featured in the John Wayne film, Island in the Sky portraying a crewman on one of the search-and-rescue planes, and in 1956, he portrayed an Amalekite herder in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments.

Mike Connors starred in various television series, including “Tomas and the Widow” of the anthology series Frontier.

He appeared as a guest on the early sitcoms, ”Hey, Jeannie!” and ”The People’s Choice”. He appeared in two Rod Cameron syndicated crime dramas, ”City Detective” and the Western-themed ”State Trooper”.

In 1957, Mike Connors portrayed the villain in the first episode filmed of ABC’s smash hit Maverick, starring James Garner.

Mike Connors starred  in many of the earliest films directed by Roger Corman including:

  • Five Guns West(1955)
  • The Day the World Ended(1955)
  • Swamp Women(1956)
  • The Oklahoma Woman(1956)

Mike Connors starred in Flesh and the Spur in 1956, and was the executive producer, raising  $117,000 for the film.

Mike Connors in 1958, appeared in the title role of the episode “Simon Pitt”(finale of the NBC Western Jefferson Drum), featuring Jeff Richards as a frontier newspaper editor.

Mike Connors was featured in the NBC Western series, ”The Californians”.

The same year, Mike Connors had a role as Miles Borden on NBC’s Wagon Train in the episode “The Dora Gray Story” alongside Linda Darnell in the title role.

Mike Connors was featured as an undercover police officer who infiltrated organized crime in Tightrope! from 1959 to 1960.

In 1964, Mile Connors was featured in the Jack Lemmon comedy ”Good Neighbor Sam” and was the leading man to Susan Hayward.

He was also the leading man to Bette Davis in ”Where Love Has Gone”,  starring alongside Robert Redford in one of his earliest film roles, the World War II black comedy ”Situation Hopeless… But Not Serious” in 1965.

Mike Connor Plays Mannix

Mike Connors became very popular after he played the private investigator Joe Mannix in the detective series Mannix, which ran for eight seasons between 1967 and 1975.

Mike Connors starred in the “Pilot”, performing his own stunts, and during the filming of the pilot episode, he broke his wrist and dislocated his shoulder.

In 1997, Mike Connors reprised the role of Joe Mannix in that year’s episode of Diagnosis: Murder and in the 2003 comedy film Nobody Knows Anything!

Mike Connors Latter Roles

Mike Connors was the narrator of  J. Michael Hagopian’s 1975 documentary film ”The Forgotten Genocide”, one of the first full-length features on the Armenian genocide.

In 1976, Mike Connors portrayed Karl Ohanian in the television film ”The Killer Who Wouldn’t Die”. The Television film was  Produced and written by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, who were also producers for Mannix.

Mike Connors was featured in the thriller films ”Avalanche Express” in 1979, and ”Nightkill” in 1980. He starred as a bureau veteran who was a mentor to a team of agents in Today’s FBI  from 1981 to 1982.

The series lasted just for a season, and Mike Connors later starred and also produced the independent horror film ”Too Scared to Scream” in  1985.

Mike Connors portrayed Colonel Harrison “Hack” Peters in the 1988 miniseries ”War and Remembrance”, and in 1989, he hosted the  Crimes of the Century series of that year.

Mike Connors voiced Chipacles in the Disney animated series, ”Hercules” between  1998 and  1999.

Mike Connors’s final appearance was in a 2007 ”Two and a Half Men” episode, playing the love interest of Evelyn Harper (Holland Taylor).

Filmography

Film

1952

  • Sudden Fear as Junior Kearney

1953

  • The 49th Man as Lt. Magrew
  • Sky Commando as Lt. Hobson Lee
  • Island in the Sky as Gainer

1954

  • Day of Triumph as Andrew

1955

  • Five Guns West as Hale Clinton
  • The Twinkle in God’s Eye as Lou
  • Day the World Ended as Tony Lamont

1956

  • Jaguar as Marty Lang
  • Swamp Women as Bob Matthews
  • The Oklahoma Woman as Tom Blake
  • Flesh and the Spur as Stacy Doggett (also executive producer)
  • The Ten Commandments as  Amalekite Herder
  • Shake, Rattle & Rock! as Garry Nelson

1957

  • Voodoo Woman as Ted Bronson

1958

  • Suicide Battalion as Major Matt McCormack
  • Live Fast, Die Young as Rick

1960

  • The Dalton That Got Away as  Russ Dalton

1964

  • Panic Button as Frank Pagano
  • Good Neighbor Sam as Howard Ebbets
  • Where Love Has Gone as Major Luke Miller

1965

  • Harlow as Jack Harrison
  • Situation Hopeless… But Not Serious as  Lucky Finder

1966

  • Stagecoach as Hatfield
  • Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die as Kelly

1979

  • Avalanche Express as Haller

1980

  • Nightkill as Wendell Atwell

1985

  • Too Scared to Scream as Lt. Alex Dinardo (also producer)

1989

  • Fist Fighter as Billy Vance

1993

  • Public Enemy #2as Mike Connors

1994

  • William Saroyan: The Man, the Writer as Narrator
  • Downtown Heat as Steve

1997

James Dean: Race with Destiny

Jack Warner

1998

Gideon  as Harland Greer

2000

The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave  as Grandpa Osborne

 2003

Nobody Knows Anything!  as Joe Mannix

Television

1954

  • The Ford Television Theatre as Christopher Ames
  • & Mrs. North as Mark Willard

 1955

  • City Detective as Massey
  • The Lineup

1955

  • Frontier as Tomas
  • Schlitz Playhouse of Stars as Mel Dunlap / Lou Renaldi
  • The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp as Pat Smith

1956

  • Have Camera Will Travel as Larry
  • Hudson’s Secret Journal
  • The Millionaire as Victor Volante
  • The Loretta Young Show as Al Kiner
  • The Adventures of Jim Bowie as Rafe Bradford
  • Gunsmoke as Bostick
  • The People’s Choice as Bob Staples
  • State Trooper as Jim Madison / Jim Herndon

1957

  • Hey, Jeannie! as Lash Connor
  • Sheriff of Cochise as Jess Stiles
  • Code 3 as Bill Dalhart
  • Lux Video Theatre as Glen Kramer
  • The Silent Service as Don Melhop
  • Those Whiting Girls as Hotel Guest
  • M Squad as Pete Wikowlski
  • Have Gun – Will Travel as Johnny Dart
  • The Gale Storm Show as Jerry Moss
  • Maverick as Sheriff Barney Fillmore / Ralph Jordan
  • The Walter Winchell File as Dave Hopper

1957 to 1959

  • Whirlybirds as Tom Grimaldi / Wally Otis

1958

  • Wagon Train as Lt. Miles Borden
  • Telephone Time as Cy Yedor
  • Official Detective as Martin Whiting
  • Studio 57 as Patrolman Jeff Saunders / Hap Gordon
  • Cheyenne as Roy Simmons
  • The Texan as Larry Enright
  • Cimarron City as Bill Thatcher
  • Rescue 8 as Joe Starky
  • Jefferson Drum as Simon Pitt
  • Lawman as Hal Daniels

1959

  • The Rough Riders as Randall Garrett
  • Bronco as Hurd Elliott
  • Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond as Mario Patruzzio
  • The Californians as Charles Cora
  • Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer as Marty / Lou Torrey

1959 to 1960

  • Tightrope! as Nick Stone

1962

  • The Untouchables as Eddie O’Gara
  • The Expendables as Mike

1963

  • Redigo as Jack Marston

1964

Perry Mason for Joe Kelly

Episode: “The Case of the Bullied Bowler”

1967 to 1975

  • Joe Mannix
  • The Red Skelton Show
  • Plastic Surgeon / Airline Pilot / Henry Pringle /Mike Connors/ Federal Witness

1971

  • Here’s Lucy as Joe Mannix

1973

  • Beg, Borrow, or Steal as Vic Cummings
  • Bob Hope Special as Joe Mannix
  • Private Eyes spoof skit with Hope as “Cannon”

1976

  • The Killer Who Wouldn’t Die as Karl Ohanian
  • Charo as George Washington
  • Revenge For A Rapeas Travis Green

1977

  • Police Story as Curtis ‘Manny’ Mandell

 1978

  • Long Journey Back as Vic Casella

1979

  • The Death of Ocean View Parkas Sam Jackson
  • High Midnightas Capt. Lou Mikalich

 

1980

  • Casino  as Nick

1981 to 1982

  • The Love Boat as Mark Hayward / Sidney Sloan
  • Today’s FBI as Ben Slater

1984

  • Earthlings as Captain Jim Adams
  • The Fall Guy as Mike Connors

1988 to 1989

  • War and Remembrance  as Col. Harrison ‘Hack’ Peters

1989

Alfred Hitchcock Presents as Robert Logan

1989 to 1995

  • Murder, She Wrote as Boyce Brown / Walter Murray

1993

  • Armen and Bullik as Joe ‘Uncle Do Do’ Armen
  • The Commish as James Hayden

1993

  • Hart to Hart Returns as Bill McDowell

1994

  • Burke’s Law as Jack Duncan

1997

  • Diagnosis: Murder as Joe Mannix

1998

  • Walker, Texas Ranger as Judge Arthur McSpadden

1998 to 1999

  • Hercules as Chipacles (voice)

2007

  • Two and a Half Men as Hugo

Mike Connors Philanthropy

Mike Connors at one time or another had taken part in philanthropy, most notably the following:

After Mike Connors’s son, Matthew was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 15, he took an active part in charity, joining charitable organizations to help mental-disorder patients.

Mike Connors emerged as a spokesperson for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In 1998. As a result of his contributions, UC Irvine College of Medicine’s Brain Imaging Center Committee awarded him the Silver Ribbon Award.

Mike Connors had made a public-service announcement in support of the Armenian EyeCare Project.

Mike Connors Award and Nominations

Mike Connors throughout his career has had various awards and nominations including the following:

1970

  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor (Television Series Drama) (Won)
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Nominated)

1971

  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor (Television Series Drama) (Nominated)
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series(Nominated)

1972

  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor (Television Series Drama)(Nominated)
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Nominated)

1973

  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor  Television Series Drama (Nominated)
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Nominated)

1974

  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor  (Television Series Drama) (Nominated)

1975

  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor (Television Series Drama)

Conclusion

Mike Connors before his demise in 2017 had been regarded as one of the greatest actors. So many people took more interest in his films after he had supported some republican candidates in various elections.

Certainly, Mike Connors net worth would have increased if he were still alive.

 

 

 

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