Donald O'Connor Overview:

Legendary actor, Donald O'Connor, was born Donald David Dixon Ronald O'Connor on Aug 28, 1925 in Chicago, IL. O'Connor died at the age of 78 on Sep 27, 2003 in Calabasas, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television. Donald O'Connor's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #103 on Feb 25, 1953. O'Connor was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Seven Things to Know About

By Rick29 on Apr 20, 2020 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

1. Show business was in his blood. His father, John, worked as an acrobat, clown, trapeze artist, and strong man for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. His mother Effie was a circus bareback horse rider and dancer. When Donald was thirteen-months-old, he and his sister Arlene, who w... Read full article


, Making Us Laugh

By KC on Nov 21, 2009 From Classic Movies

Hey Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I appreciate your love for 's Make 'Em Laugh from Singin' In the Rain (1952). The great pleasure you took in performing it was the best part of your version on SNL, but I needed to watch this right after: Ah, much better.... Read full article


Remembering

By Caftan Woman on Aug 29, 2008 From Caftan Woman

1925 - 2003I have been reminded that we missed the opportunity to recall upon his August 28th birthday. Shame on us. I do hope that that doesn't mean that we have been neglecting to make room in the entertainment portions of our busy lives for the wonderfully talented, warm-hearted g... Read full article


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Donald O'Connor Quotes:

R.F. Simpson: Lina, you were gorgeous!
Cosmo Brown: Yeah, Lina, you looked pretty good for a girl.


[after Don shows up late for a party]
Cosmo Brown: Don, how did you come, by way of Australia?


Tom Milford: You know, Harv, I hate to see you so hacked up. I wish there was something I could do.
Harvey Granson: Mary Leona. Get me off the alimony hook.
Tom Milford: That good a friend I am not.
Harvey Granson: I'll give you three of my paintings in your apartment.
Tom Milford: How much are they worth?
Harvey Granson: $25,000 a piece.
Tom Milford: I have to take Leona?
Harvey Granson: Yeah.
Tom Milford: Forget it.
Harvey Granson: Fairweather friend.


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In 1994, he and his wife, Gloria Noble, had a close brush with death. It was about four in the morning and he had just finished reading something in bed. All at once, the house started to shake (earthquake). The house started sliding off its foundation. Luckily, the house wedged up against a big tree and that kept it from crashing into a canyon.

Was suppose to co-star with Bing Crosby in the perennial film classic White Christmas (1954) in 1954 but was sidelined with pneumonia and replaced by Danny Kaye.

Had to have three days bed rest after the "Make 'Em Laugh" sequence in Singin' in the Rain (1952).

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