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Character actor, Arthur O'Connell, was born Arthur O'Connell on Mar 29, 1908 in New York City, NY. O'Connell died at the age of 73 on May 18, 1981 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens County, New York City,, NY.

The owl-ish, brown-haired Arthur O'Connell was American actor who toiled in Hollywood for almost 20 years before getting his big break in 1955's Picnic After his Oscar nominated role, he suddenly became one of Hollywood's most in demand character actors and worked steadily for twenty years. O'Connell would receive a second Academy Award nomination for his performance in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



Although O'Connell was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1955Best Supporting ActorPicnic (1955)Howard BevansNominated
1959Best Supporting ActorAnatomy of a Murder (1959)Parnell McCarthyNominated

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Arthur O'Connell Quotes:

Howard Bevans: You went for that Owens girl, didn't you?

Clint Stark: I was like you once, long time ago. I believed in the dignity of man. Decency. Humanity. But I was lucky. I found out the truth early, boy.
Ed Cunningham: And what is the truth, Stark?
Clint Stark: It's all very simple. There's no such thing as the dignity of man. Man is a base, pathetic and vulgar animal.

Grandpa Beebe: Paul, listen to me. The Phantom's not a horse. The Phantom's a piece of wind and sky. That's why we *call* her "The Phantom."

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Arthur was well loved by wounded American troops in Vietnam. He traveled to the other side of the world to visit with them by the hundreds. In 1968 he visited the 24th Evacuation Hospital. On every ward he would ask the patients if they wanted him to call their families when he got back to the states, and give them a message from them. Arthur would write down all their names, who he was to call, phone number and message, and the date and time he talked with the patient. He made a tremendous impression on them and boosted their morale in such a way, that he surely contributed to their healing process.

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